Support the Paris Agreement and Commit to 100% Renewable Energy for Wellesley
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The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement makes it more important than ever that we take strong action on the local level to save our planet.
In 2014, Wellesley Town Meeting set a goal to reduce Town-wide carbon emissions 25 percent below 2007 levels by 2020 -- a target we are not yet on a path to achieve. Meanwhile, the need for reducing emissions has become much more urgent, with evidence mounting that the planet is warming at a rate that is not sustainable.
We urge you to support the Paris Climate Agreement and take these specific local actions to reflect the priorities and values of our community:
- Commit to a goal of 100 percent renewable energy, with Town officials and staff considering all municipal decisions in light of what will bring the Town and its residents, businesses, and institutions closer to 100 percent renewable energy;
- Commit to having the Municipal Light Plant meet or exceed state clean energy standards and accept the authority of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in support of the goals outlined by the state Global Warming Solutions Act.
More than 30 communities in the U.S. have already committed to 100 percent renewable energy. Four towns are already powered entirely by 100 percent renewable energy -- Palo Alto, California; Aspen, Colorado; Burlington, Vermont; and Georgetown, Texas. All four have municipally-owned utilities. Let’s make Wellesley the first town in Massachusetts to run exclusively on clean, local sources of renewable energy!
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