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10 years ago this week, our country was shocked by Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters ever to touch the U.S. In the following decade, too many people, including myself, have been affected by global warming-fueled extreme weather events. We touch upon the growing saga of how Americans are affected by climate change and ask you to contribute your story.

For Margo Pellegrino — who recently completed a 1,700 mile journey from New York to Chicago in an outrigger canoe — advocating for clean water can be like “paddling against the wind on a windy day.” Now that she’s back home in Medford Lakes, N.J., she’s not slowed down any in her quest to protect our waterways and ensure clean water for all Americans. 

As the threat of severe ecological and economic hardship poised by climate change becomes more apparent by the day, we know that implimenting solar, wind, and energy efficiency as a part of the Clean Power Plan is the best way to protect our environment and revolutionize the way we power our lives. But it won't happen without you.

“Instead of sitting back and letting this happen I’ll do my little things. I’m not going to change the world, but if there were 1,000 of me it might.” 

How one man got a small Arizona community to go solar. 

Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents of Toledo discovered — we won’t be able to take it for granted anymore.

A finance package extending tax credits for wind power to the end of next year, recently approved by a key U.S. Senate panel, has been hailed as progress for clean energy, and it is. But here at Environment America we're containing our enthusiasm.

This week, President Obama announced a plan to increase the availability of solar energy for all Americans, particularly in low and moderate-income communities and those renting their homes and businesses. This step will allow more Americans to access solar energy, and continue our country’s necessary transition away from dirty fossil fuels of the past. 

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced a commitment to nearly triple wind power, solar power, and other non-hydro renewable sources in the U.S., so that they make up 20 percent of our energy use by 2030. 

This Father’s Day we’re celebrating the many fathers who instilled an appreciation for the great outdoors — specifically a respect for clean water — in their children by taking them hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, or just swimming in the local watering hole. The more children connect with the outdoors and local waterways, the more likely they are to respect and value wild places — creating the next generation of environmental stewards. 

This summer solstice is almost here! To celebrate the longest day of the year, we wanted to share the reasons we love solar. Be sure take the Twitter solstice challenge and tweet out your favorite!