The U.S. has seen record-breaking devastation from wildfires and hurricanes in the last two years. In 2017, there were 71,499 wildfires with 10 million acres burned and 10 hurricanes bringing the second highest death toll in ten years. Although there are many factors to consider when looking to the causes of these natural disasters, one thing is common to both: higher temperatures.
While this is a very significant shift, thankfully, we are making progress. Over two thirds of the U.S. is well on its way to reducing greenhouse emissions as 29 states have mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standards, and 8 states make them voluntary. California, New York and New Jersey require 50% of all electricity be generated by renewable sources by 2030. That means that 42,000 tons of CO2 pollution will have been prevented.
However, real change begins with each of us doing what we can do now. When we choose sustainable energy sources to power our homes or businesses or vote for environmentally-friendly legislation, our combined efforts add up and the health of our planet improves. All of us can create a safer and cleaner world for ourselves and future generations. It is our privilege and our duty.