Stand together on renewable energy

Published: 2/6/2020 9:01:15 AM

To the adults making decisions about the environment: We need to transition to renewable energy. As the younger generation, our future is being destroyed. You are merely the earth’s current caretakers, waiting to hand it over to the next generation, as we will be for our children and grandchildren. It is your responsibility to give us the world better than you found it; not to leave us a world in which we have to pick up the pieces of a mess we did not create.

In 2016, the plan to run a pipeline through local towns was canceled due to community protest. Private land was going to be seized and communities were going to be put at risk. We stood together as a community to say no to fossil fuel infrastructure.

Now we need to stand together and transition to 100 percent renewable energy. The CO2 content in our atmosphere is rising to dangerous levels and renewable energy sources release little to no fossil fuels. In addition to reducing air pollution in our communities, renewable energy sources can create opportunities for local businesses and lead to a stable economic and environmental future. There is currently a bill before the senate (No. 1958) to transition Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2045. It sets out attainable interim goals for levels of non-renewable energy use, slowly eliminating its usage without crashing the economy. It also focuses on supporting those who have been excessively affected by climate change and those who will be displaced due to the elimination of fossil fuel plants.

We ask you to use this bill as an opportunity to make a difference. Support this bill, and all clean energy movements to save the world for the next generation.

Ella Dubin and Katie Deso


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