The 100 percent renewables moonshot: We’re closer than you think

The 100 percent renewables moonshot: We're closer than you think
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Advocates for 100 percent renewable energy often compare the effort needed to meet that goal to efforts to put a person on the moon.

The truth is this: We’re closer to 100 percent renewable energy today than we were to the moon in 1961, when President Kennedy made his famous pledge to land there by the end of the decade.

Here’s another truth: It’s not going to be pretty. We have unleashed powerful climactic forces that can’t just be shut off like a dirty, obsolete coal plant. Every day those forces are intensifying and interacting in ways that profoundly affect people right now. We can no longer afford to debate whether we should or can’t pull off this monumental task. We must focus on how to achieve it – and on that front, there’s more reason for optimism than you might think.

JFK didn’t have the blueprints for the Apollo landing craft in his pocket when he said: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” But within a remarkably short time, we have developed the technologies that can free us from the dirty, dangerous and expensive energy sources of the past.

Here are just a few examples: MORE

100+ Cities Commit to Clean with 100% Renewable Energy

We have some very good news to share.

Commit to Clean: 100 City Celebration

Just a few days ago, a huge milestone in our collective journey to 100% renewable energy was reached when Cincinnati, Ohio became the 100th city to pledge a switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. With your help, we’ve seen cities across the country make the pledge, from Denton, Texas to Santa Barbara, California. With every city that Commits to Clean through 100% renewable energy, we take another important step toward reducing the negative health effects caused by climate change and the burning of fossil fuels. The solution is here and we’ve seen that it not only is attainable—it’s a solution being embraced across the nation because of the power in our collective voice. MORE

Take Action

Cities and communities across the country are ready for a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy! Tell your mayor and local leaders you’re ready for 100% clean energy for all! TAKE ACTION