I would like you to watch a video before I continue this post. It opened the UN Climate Summit held just recently in New York City. Morgan Freeman, my favorite voice, is the narrator. “We have everything we need to wake up to a different kind of world” is a quote from the video. Is it possible and do we have everything we need?
I’ve collected a few examples to show that it is possible.
“The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can now feel confident that when they turn on their TVs or power up their computers they are using renewable energy. With the purchase of the 7.4 megawatt Winooski One hydroelectric project earlier this month, the Burlington Electric Department now owns or contracts renewable sources — including wind, hydro, and biomass — equivalent to the city’s needs.”
“The Polish town of Kisielice has received the European Commission’s ManagEnergy Award 2014 for its clean energy leadership. It is 100% powered by renewable energy (wind and biomass, to be specific). The prize is to award outstanding local and regional sustainable energy projects. Kisielice’s submission was titled, “Energy self-sufficient Commune of Kisielice.”
Mayor Tomasz Koprowiak of the small community in the province of Warmia-Mazury received this thanks for his work with the town to reduce emissions, abandon dependence on coal, and improve air quality. This is quite an anomaly in Poland, which gets over 90% of its electricity from coal.”
“Wildpoldsried, Germany, a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany’s extraordinary renewable energy transformation. The village has invested in a holistic range of renewable energy projects over the past 17 years that include 4,983 kWp of photovoltaics, five biogas facilities, 11 wind turbines and a hydropower system. As a result, the village has gone beyond energy independence – and it now produces 500% more energy than it needs and profits from sales of the surplus power back to the grid.”
“There’s a revolution happening in Sweden right now. Dubbed the “recycling revolution,” the Scandinavian country now recycles 99 percent of their garbage, edging closer to a zero-waste lifestyle, nationwide.
Wouldn’t it be great if no household waste was wasted? If each and every item of refuse was turned into something else — new products, raw materials, gas or at least heat?”
“The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point “mobility on demand” system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.”
“By 2050, New York City will emit 80 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than it did in 2005, under a new plan announced Sunday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.”
“The plan will focus first on buildings, whose heating, cooling and power are responsible for almost three-quarters of New York City’s emissions. Over the next 10 years, the city will work to reduce the level of emissions coming from about 4,000 buildings by about 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. The plan is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by about 3.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.”
So it is possible now and in the near future. What’s happening in your homes and local towns?