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solar power

27 petitions

Started 4 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court

Climate Change | Give All States A "Carbon Cap"

There have been many acts in order to change the way our electrical energy is produced and processed. This by far is the best. Setting a cap essentially means to have a max amount of fossil fuels that one factory can produce. If they go over that they have to pay insane amounts of capital or money in order to retain the ability to emit fossil fuels. Then you lower that cap each year. Meaning they have to pay more and more, as well as the amount they are allowed to emit lowers until it eventually reaches 0. Climate change is a topic that the federal government does not want to bring up. For good reason, the idea of shifting how our energy is produced is a horribly daunting task. However, doing it will provide us with a better future. The whole point of this petition is to get the ball rolling and keep it rolling. You can't save the Earth completely, but you can make it to where the Earth is able to fix itself with the resources it has. Hurricanes have plagued this nation and the world for many years. But just recently there has been worse and worse hurricanes. Many meteorologists believe this to be because of climate change. That is just another reason why this problem that we recently have had damage us needs to be fixed.   We have seen California do this which has created a huge success. As you can see on the chart: https://imgur.com/a/CWcw8Zj | Their GDP has grown, even with their acts of defense. And their population has surged, but their fossil fuels still are being used less and less. Another idea would be to not just do this for businesses, but do this for you and me. That would sound like a terrible idea, but if you want to save the planet, you have to do whatever it takes. The rest of the US should follow in the footsteps of California. There are many solutions to climate change but this is the most simple, definitive, and effective one. Please sign this petition, and hopefully unlike most petitions, we will be able to present this to the federal government.

Robbie Gruenewald
4 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Albemarle County Public Schools

Commit to clean energy at our schools to power a brighter, healthier future for our youth

As students, parents and community members, we are asking Albemarle County School Board to pass a resolution (included below) that declares its ongoing commitment to reducing its energy demand and increasing its clean energy sourcing. We applaud the existing efforts and leadership of Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) to adopt energy efficiency and clean energy into its operations, and we are encouraging ACPS to continue its investment in protecting the future of our youth through clean energy. Please sign the petition and join us in supporting the resolution below.  PROPOSED RESOLUTION FOR ALBEMARLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHEREAS, Albemarle County Public Schools are committed to personal and academic excellence and preparing all current and future students to be engaged citizens who make contributions to the well-being of their community, including the natural environment; and  WHEREAS, there is scientific consensus regarding the reality of climate change and the recognition that human activity, especially the combustion of fossil fuels that create greenhouse gases, is an important driver of climate change; and  WHEREAS, climate change has been widely recognized by government, business, academic, and other community leaders as a worldwide threat that is harming our economy, safety, public health and quality of life now and in the future; and  WHEREAS, children represent a particularly vulnerable group because greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere will continue to accumulate over the coming decades and will profoundly impact our current students throughout their lives, as well as the lives of future generations; and WHEREAS, actions that reduce climate pollution and increase energy efficiencies will also lead to a cleaner environment, a better quality of life for both students and community members, energy security, domestic job security, and increase economic competitiveness; and WHEREAS, through buildings, practices, and partnerships, Albemarle County Public Schools strives for energy-efficiency, sustainability, and eco-friendliness; and  WHEREAS, renewable power installations and energy savings initiatives provide an educational opportunity for students and employees for everyday teaching and learning. WHEREAS, Albemarle County Public Schools has been deliberate and proactive in taking actions directly related to climate protection, including: ●       In 2012, installation of a 42-kilowatt photovoltaic system at Henley Middle School ●       In 2014, installation of solar powered tables/plugs to charge devices at Western Albemarle High School ●       In 2015, executed the first Power Purchase Agreement in Commonwealth of Virginia. The 1.1 megawatt system included the installation of more than 3,000 solar panels on six schools ●       In 2018, implementation of a $7.5 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract to provide energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 22 schools and is expected to save more than $8.7 million over the 12-year term  WHEREAS, Albemarle County Public Schools are committed to leveraging all available resources responsibly and efficiently to maximize student services, improve public health/attendance, and ensure quality instruction; and  WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in September 2017 to reaffirm commitment to support local actions to reduce climate pollution; and has adopted long-term strategic goals to protect natural resources, safeguard the quality of life of current and future generations, foster economic prosperity, and invest in critical infrastructure; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Albemarle County Public School Board commits to continue efforts to reduce the energy use of buildings and operations through conservation and efficiency upgrades, as well as, secure renewable energy systems where practical, such as solar, for current and future school buildings that result in reduced dependence on fossil fuel energy sources and increased utility cost savings.

Generation 180
172 supporters