Climate In The News: The Social-Good Match Made in Heaven
This week, we are that much closer to the Presidential Debate, as well as COP 22. Tension is being felt across the nation. Whether it is the abuses escalating amongst peaceful protestors at Standing Rock, or climate activists sounding alarm for land protection, biodiversity loss, and finance reform - it is imperative we stay in the know.
In Savannah's news, she had the pleasure of hearing Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speak to her colleagues at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. "I want optimists!" He announced. "I have found that there is an art to balancing anger with hope. As I leave office, with this notion in mind, I still firmly believe in the collective goodwill of humanity. I am asking you, young students, to carry on this torch with global passion and global compassion."
This is my promise to you, Sir, that we will.
1) Clean Energy Investments are Growing Faster than Fossil Fuels!
We are finally seeing clean energy investments growing faster than fossil fuels! According to the International Energy Agency, new installations of renewable energy surpassed conventional power sources that burn fossil fuel. The report highlights that a staggering 500,000 solar panels were installed daily in 2015. With increased investment in the space, we are seeing prices dropping at staggering rates. Over the past half-decade, solar has dropped by 80% and wind has dropped by one-third.
“We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables and, as is the case with other fields, the center of gravity for renewable growth is moving to emerging markets,” states Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director. Maintaining with our COP21 goals, this is incredible news for the world.
2) Protecting Our Lands Is Crucial to Protecting Ourselves
3) President Obama Promises $28 Million To Revitalize New Age in Coal Country
As part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER), the Obama administration has promised $28 million to help 13 coal-producing states move towards different economic activities. Coal employed hundreds of people around the United States, but with the continuing divestment from this industry, the government is ensuring workers have new opportunities. Examples include a $2.2 million aid package to train employees in the growing drone industry, or the $790,000 for the University of Utah to find technology to convert coal into carbon fiber.