IN THIS ISSUE: APRIL 2021Apr 02, 2021 11:33AM ● By Terry Chriswell
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As we contemplate our April issue in the aftermath of the fourth largest snowstorm in Colorado history March 14-15, is it any wonder we embrace the emerging awakening to stop our thoughtless pollution of Mother Earth?
According to npr.org, “Scientists warn that the coming decade will be critical for slowing heat-trapping emissions… Right now, the world is on track for an increase of three degrees Celsius, a level that ensures more destructive wildfires and hurricanes, devastation for coral reefs and rising seas flooding the coastlines.”
Thankfully, the Biden administration appears to take climate change seriously. Says npr.org, “Biden has set a goal of making the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050, which will require steeper emissions cuts than the U.S. has ever achieved. To reach it, coal power would have to wane into a footnote, replaced by renewables like solar and wind. Most cars would run on batteries, instead of gas. He has also emphasized investing in communities that are hardest hit, both communities of color that bear the highest pollution burden and those that depend on disappearing fossil fuel jobs.”
As more individuals, communities, organizations and countries are waking up to the fact that the old ways will no longer sustain us, good things happened for the environment in 2020:
Some 16 European countries are now looking to phase out coal. China, the world’s top importer of coal, will stop importing from Australia, the world’s top exporter. Australia has several big clean energy projects in the works.
Renewables are now cheaper than coal and often gas-fired plants. Renewables will fulfill 80% of new energy demand over the next decade, according to the International Energy Agency, and solar will lead that growth.
Denmark, the European Union’s largest oil producer, announced it would end oil and gas production by 2050.
Japan pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
China — the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide — committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.
The European Union accelerated an intermediate goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 55% below 1990’s levels by 2030.
And corporations are increasingly being held to account for their professed commitments to the climate by the people whose money they depend on:
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, has been taking money out of companies that profit off thermal coal and other fossil fuels since its CEO declared in January that climate change is too risky an investment.
Microsoft unveiled a plan to go carbon-negative by 2030. By 2050, its goal is to “remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.”
Several large banks have ruled out financing drilling projects in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
New York State will sell off all fossil fuel holdings in its $226 billion pension fund by 2040.
Let’s continue to hold our government, corporations and ourselves accountable to clean up this beautiful Earth.
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