Environment America Blog

When you think of places leading the way on environmental sustainability, a city in the hills of East Tennessee probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind.

Portsmouth became the first town in New Hampshire to ban foam cups and takeout containers. The city council’s unanimous vote not only made me proud of my home state but also led me to reflect on what it means to be a New Hampshire resident. 

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

Yet as world leaders meet in Madrid this week to discuss progress towards cutting global warming pollution and hitting the targets of the historic international Paris Agreement, President Trump has vowed to pull our country out. 

I’m not usually one to take selfies, but this moment, sitting in the corner of a conference room at UCLA, felt important enough to commemorate — and not just because I was wearing my first blazer. It was because this was my first time wearing the hat.

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Ben Sonnega
Renewable Energy Advocate, Environment America

As a clean energy advocate, it’s clear to me that the energy revolution is charging forward. According to the International Energy Agency’s Renewables 2019 report, “Renewable power capacity is set to expand by 50 percent between 2019 and 2024, led by solar PV.” Over the last decade, renewable energy technologies have grown at a faster clip than many experts predicted. According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA), the U.S. produced 17 times the amount of solar energy in 2018 than was predicted by the agency just six years previously. But what does the average person think about the possibility of a future powered by renewable energy?

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

Last week, thousands of sustainability professionals and students flocked to Spokane, Wash. to talk about how higher education can play a leading role in tackling some of our most challenging environmental problems, from the climate crisis to our use of plastics. 

When Toyota sided with the Trump administration on the rollback of the Clean Car standards, and then this past week joined Trump in a lawsuit against California and four other automakers over emissions standards, I was done.

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Ben Sonnega
Renewable Energy Advocate, Environment America

Having recently joined the clean energy team at Environment America, I’ve been reflecting on this transition. It’s always motivating to hear others tell the stories of why they chose the work they do, and my aim here is to offer the same inspiration, and offer  a positive take on why we should all be excited about a clean energy future.

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Emma Searson
Director, 100% Renewable Campaign

Last month, nearly 20,000 solar and clean energy professionals from around the world traveled to sunny Salt Lake City for the 2019 Solar Power International conference. This annual event is an opportunity for folks throughout the sector -- from solar and energy storage developers to policy and technology experts -- to both share knowledge and learn about the latest improvements, policies and growth opportunities.

The video provides visceral imagery of the suffering caused by single-use plastic. Marine animals, like this turtle, ...do not deserve to suffer extraordinary pain because of the vast quantities of disposable plastic products that end up in the sea.