This weekend Americans celebrate a bold declaration. It wasn’t itself enough, but it was a pivotal piece of what has become history.
What will our era’s contribution be?
This may be our moment. Let us rise to the occasion.
As the United States sees the impacts of climate change but wavers on taking meaningful action to address it, it feels like there is hesitation or inability to state and embrace the obvious: we need to stop using fossil fuels, and we need to act quickly. Everything we need is within reach. Details matter, but only if the big picture is well defined.
From our small perch on the planet, the EarthSpark team has already committed to shifting to 100% renewable energy for our electricity systems in Haiti. It turns out that relying on even a small amount of fossil fuels where we work is extremely expensive and difficult to manage. For us, the shift to 100% is already here. “It’s not only possible, it’s happening!” says Wendy Sannassee. If our tiny organization can go 100% renewable energy in rural Haiti, the United States of America can also get this done!
Ready for a smile and a shot of can-do-ism?
Is the transition to 100% renewable energy possible? Of course it is! say the members of the EarthSpark team.
Together, let’s all speed up the transition and get better energy everywhere.
The spirit of this email is celebratory and encouraging, but we also want to share that things are very hard in Haiti right now. Our team is ok, but many are not so lucky. Gang violence and COVID are both surging. The vaccine has not arrived. Hunger and physical insecurity are widespread. A political crisis is coming to a head, and the season’s first hurricane is currently tracking towards the coast.
It’s a sobering time, but the best answer is always grounded optimism and the diligence to follow it up. If you can support our work, please consider making a donation here. Oh, and please spread the word in your communities about the urgency and our ability to make some bold declarations of independence from the oppressive systems – fossil fuels and otherwise – that we currently face.