Activism and education for sustainability

submitted by Exact Solar,

Millions of young people around the world took to the streets in September to demand political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change, uniting in a worldwide protest inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

In Philadelphia, at the same location where famous labor leader Mother Jones marched for mill children over a century ago, children again went on strike – but this time for the climate.

In nearby Doylestown, a march on the Bucks County Courthouse included inspirational youth, legislative and organizational speakers who shared their personal stories and passionate calls for action.

Energy production continues to be a main driver of carbon emissions and therefore a key focus for policy change.

In this area there is good news, because solutions to change course are at hand.

In Pennsylvania within the last year, an executive order was issued to more aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, followed by a legislative bill to boost the short- and long-term renewable energy requirements with a special carve-out for solar power. Combined with historically low solar installation costs, new rule changes a year ago that strengthened the value of solar credits, or SRECs in Pennsylvania, and more financing options, more residents are finding a solar solution that works for them.

In many cases, these solar homeowners are similarly motivated  to share their efforts  with their neighbors and highlight the benefits of transitioning to clean energy.

For example, many times each year families open up their homes to showcase both their ecological efforts and their solar energy systems.

Earlier this year, the Bucks County Audubon Society organized a solar tour of homes where proud owners showed off a combination of rooftop and ground mounted systems, as well as other energy efficiency features such as EV cars, and sustainable living ideas like composting, organic vegetable gardens, and more.

Whether marching in the streets, or opening their homes to show off their solar, people in our local communities are raising their voices to share their knowledge and experience about the reality that it is not only feasible, but practical, to immediately lower our personal carbon footprints, mitigate the effects of climate change, and also save money at the same time.