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Thousands call for shift to renewable energy

More than 50 events held as part of “100% Committed, 100% Renewable” week of action
For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, DC (November 17, 2016) –  Thousands of people across the nation are standing together this week to call for a bold shift to 100 percent renewable energy in their communities and their institutions. More than 50 events across the country are being held as part of 100% Committed. 100% Renewable. The Week of Action for Renewable Energy, a collaboration of The Climate Reality Project, Environment America, the Student PIRGs and other partners. The events are being held to champion renewable energy in the face of President-elect Donald Trump’s outdated and dangerous energy platform that could set the climate movement back decades.

“There are many reasons for hope in the climate fight, and our ability to overcome this crisis does not depend on politics or ideology, but our commitment to each other, the health of the planet, and creating a sustainable future for all,” said former Vice President Al Gore. “Commitments like the ones being made during this Week of Action demonstrate that the momentum of climate action continues our transition to a clean energy economy. I commend these recent victories and look forward to many more as the 100% Committed campaign continues to grow.”    

A future powered by 100 percent renewable energy is within reach. America can reduce the total amount of energy used by improving energy efficiency and tapping the virtually inexhaustible supplies of energy from the wind, the sun, and the oceans. 

“The good news is that 100 percent renewable energy is 100 percent possible,” said Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America. “The public is with us on renewable energy and we are excited to work with local, state, and national leaders to move America towards a clean and renewable future.”

Cities such as Salt Lake City, Utah, Aspen, Colorado, and Park City, Utah are all committed to 100 percent renewable electricity. 

“Local support for action on the climate crisis is more important now than ever,” said Ken Berlin, President and CEO, The Climate Reality Project. “College campuses, mountain communities, businesses, cities and towns across the country are committing themselves to renewable energy that will lower our emissions, and more importantly, help to build a national movement demanding an end to carbon pollution.”

“We can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we need to transform the way we produce and consume energy,” said Alt. “That’s why we are calling for a commitment to 100 percent renewable energy.” 

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About The Climate Reality Project

Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action on climate change. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

About Environment America 

Environment America is an environmental advocacy organization working in 29 states to build a cleaner, greener, healthier future. We fight to protect the places we love and advance the environmental values we share. Learn more at www.environmentamerica.org or follow us on Twitter at @EnvAm

About the Student PIRGs

Student PIRGs are independent statewide student organizations that work on issues like environmental protection, consumer protection, and hunger and homelessness. For nearly 40 years students working with their campus PIRG chapters have been making a real difference in people's lives and winning concrete changes to build a better world. To learn more visit, www.studentpirgs.org