Learn About 100% Renewable Cities

What can YOU do to encourage your city to go 100% Renewable by 2050?

100% Renewable — What does it mean?

Earth Day Network is calling on cities to go 100% renewable by 2050. We want all of our consumed energy to be created by renewable energy sources– sun, wind and water!

2015 – Earth Day’s 45th anniversary – could be the most important year in environmental history. It’s Our Turn to Lead. Get the conversation started on making your city 100% renewable and be part of the movement on April 22, Earth Day.

Why do we need 100% renewable?

1 billion people still live on less than $1.25 per day and those most affected by climate change are low-income or marginalized populations. These trends will only get worse if we don’t stop misusing the planet. Moving towards a 100% renewable world is possible, but only in a world where all countries commit to a low carbon future. We have the technology. Now we need the political will to begin this change.

Over the past 20 years, there have been a series of failed attempts to create an effective international treaty to mitigate climate change. In 1997, the UN passed the Kyoto Protocol, the first major international agreement. Unfortunately, the US—one of the world’s top polluters—failed to ratify the treaty. Since then, the countless efforts to come to an agreement—Rio, Copenhagen— have all ended in failure.

The next summit-COP21 in Paris- is scheduled later this year; and this time we cannot fail. We need a universal climate agreement  that limits global warming to 2°C. We must come together to demand climate action from our leaders!

Why 2°C? There is consensus within the scientific community that greenhouse gases emissions that increase global temperatures beyond 2°C will irreversibly alter climatic regions all over the world, making fierce natural weather phenomena a daily occurrence. Let’s make 2015 the year we reverse this trend, and call on civic leaders to commit to powering our cities with 100% renewable technology.

Moving to renewable energy has the potential to be cost-effective and transform the way we interact with our environment. Divestment from fossil fuels, green buildings, and sustainable cities must drive this change.

We have to start from the bottom up– show our representatives that we will lead where they cannot. This starts in your city.

Join a Global Movement

What can YOU do to encourage your city go 100% Renewable by 2050?

1.   Sign the petition and encourage the rest of your community to sign on with you as an Act of Green.

2.  Encourage your city council or government to pass a proclamation and send us a copy at getlocal@earthday.org.

3.   Are you hosting an Earth Day event?

 

4.   Let us know! Take notes, write a brief and report back to Earth Day Network with your creative ideas to make your city run on 100% renewable energies.

Energy

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The world’s energy infrastructure is outdated and inefficient. Find out how we can transition to a more sustainable energy system.

Green Buildings

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Buildings are responsible for 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions. Find out how green building can change that.

Transportation

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Transportation is the fastest growing source of carbon emissions in the world. Find out what your city or town can do to make a difference.

Cities of the Future

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Wonder how the world would change with green cities? Find out what the future looks like for our cities and towns.

 

Join a Global Movement

What can YOU do to encourage your city go 100% Renewable by 2050?

1.   Sign the petition and encourage the rest of your community to sign on with you as an Act of Green.

2.  Encourage your city council or government to pass a proclamation and send us a copy at getlocal@earthday.org.

3.   Are you hosting an Earth Day event?

 

4.   Let us know! Take notes, write a brief and report back to Earth Day Network with your creative ideas to make your city run on 100% renewable energies.