PHOENIX – Today, Environment Arizona highlighted four Arizonans profiled in a national project as leading voices for clean energy. The initiative; Voices for 100% Renewable Energy is an online album with photos, testimonials and videos featuring a wide array of individuals — from academics, to mayors and other public officials, to community leaders, to business and nonprofit leaders – embracing a massive transition to clean energy.
Arizonans featured in the in the project include Kierán Suckling from the Center for Biological Diversity, Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Professor of History and Sustainability Paul Hirt from Arizona State University, and City of Tempe Councilmember Lauren Kuby.
“We’re inspired by people like Kierán Suckling, Congressman Grijalva, Paul Hirt, and Lauren Kuby, who know we can, and must, shift to 100 percent renewable energy,” said Bret Fanshaw with Environment Arizona, “We’re thrilled to share some of their stories through this project. Our hope is that it will motivate the many folks who know we need a swift, steady and complete transition from dirty to clean energy to lean into the effort.”
The people featured in the project cited a range of environmental, economic, equity, social, and health benefits from the transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Most focused on the urgent need to eliminate climate-altering carbon pollution. Others simply believe that it’s common sense and good economics to save energy and to harness unlimited, pollution-free energy sources.
“There’s no other responsible option – if we care about the generations coming after us, then pursuing renewable energy is the only choice we have,” said Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, “To continue to depend on fossil fuels is to continue to endanger all life on this planet.”
“100% renewable energy is possible, it’s affordable, it’s a pathway to a strong economy and growing workforce, it can lead to energy independence, and it’s the only way to mitigate global warming – to electrify the economy and transition to 100% renewable energy,” said Paul Hirt, Professor of History and Sustainability at Arizona State University and Board Member of the Salt River Project.
“I firmly believe that Arizona cities can lead the way by committing to 100% renewable energy.” said City of Tempe Councilmember Lauren Kuby. “We must make this transformational investment for our communities, our cities, our state, and the world.”
Environment Arizona is a state-wide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization working for clean air, clean water and open space. www.environmentarizona.org
To view Voices for 100% Renewable Energy, go to www.100percentrenewable.org