By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk.
When you think of Massachusetts, do you think ‘green?’ Most people don’t, but that is about to change.
This past week, the state of Massachusetts took a huge environmental leap; the majority of legislators endorsed bills to transition Massachusetts to one hundred percent renewable energy by 2045.
The bills agreed upon would change our state to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and by 2045, energy uses such as heat and transportation will be powered by 100% renewable energy, making Massachusetts fully switched to renewable energy.
These goals are also supported and endorsed by forty-five different organizations.
Businesses and companies all around the state support the goal for green. It is even more supported by the communities and citizens of the bay state.
Keigan Cullen, a mechanical engineering major of the class of 2022 gives his thoughts on this recent development: “it’s about time.”
“I think this is a huge step in the right direction and I’m proud Massachusetts is joining the party. Not enough people care about the world we live in.”
Fortunately, Massachusetts is one of many states around the country aiming to be more sustainable. California, Hawaii and Washington D.C have already committed to 100% renewable energy within the next twenty-six years.
Additionally, over ninety cities and more than ten counties have committed to clean energy goals. Better yet, this is only the beginning.
The state of California has always supported and practiced renewable energy methods due to their abundant natural resources.
They stand as the prime example of a green state.
By 2009, 11.6% of their energy came from renewable resources, and they continuously develop more clean energy resources through a new renewable energy program.
The commitment to a future of clean energy is crucial to the state of our planet.
Although we cannot undo the damage we have done to Earth’s climate, we can stand up for change and aspire for a more sustainable future.
Clean energy will not only be beneficial to the Earth, but it’s inhabitants as well.
It will provide us with cleaner air, healthier communities, and overall a happier, healthier way of living.
It is especially important that action is taken within state and local governments.
We cannot wait on Congress to make bold moves for the benefit of the future of our planet, and future generations.
It is now up to individual states to stand up and commit to a sustainable future that will continue to provide a safe and healthy world for generations to come.
In a few years maybe Massachusetts will cause people to think ‘green.’