One of the reasons many Americans are not particularly freaked out about climate change is that they tend to believe that the impacts will occur far in the future in distant lands. The EPA’s Climate Change Indicators in the U.S. Report shatters that myth, documenting the many effects we are experiencing right here, right now. From disappearing beaches on the east coast to droughts in the Southwest and Hawaii, the EPA’s 24 indicators leave little room for complacency.
We at Sungevity certainly take climate change very seriously–it’s a key reason why many of us work in the solar industry. Back in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. implored Americans to confront “the fierce urgency of now.” The EPA report makes it clear that the reality we must confront is becoming fiercer by the year. While it’s up to world leaders and major corporations to implement climate stabilizing policies and practices, each of us as individuals can also play a role by setting an example for our neighbors, friends and elected officials. Whether it’s installing solar, using mass transit, turning down the air conditioner, or participating in a grassroots environmental campaign (like Solar on the White House!), we can all confront the fierce urgency of now.