Last night was a celebration of the Summer Solstice Gathering in front of the Pasadena City Hall to celebrate 100% carbon-free electric power by 2030. This effort is through the coalition of nonprofit organizations, www.pasadena100.org.
I met so many Pasadena Leaders in the community spreading this mission, to name a few, Councilmember Felicia Williams of District 2, Board of Education Patrice Marshall Mckenzie, Citizen Climate Facilitator - Nancy Curl, Principal at Los Angeles Unified School District - Dr. Hilarie Dyson and her lovely daughter Kylie Green, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Pasadena Alumnae Chapter, and others.
I went to a Farmer's Market last weekend and met Claudia and Peter, discussing climate change. They invited me to this gathering last night. I listened because I do love our planet. In fact, as a Block Captain of our street, we have our recycling program once a month.
I also believe that we share the same Earth, sky, and hopes. The things that link us together outnumber all the things that separate us. There is an interconnection between us whether we live near or far. Collaborating with other planet guardians and being mindful of our footprint ensures our way of healthy living here on Earth.
Other countries, like Sweden, Costa Rica, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Uruguay, Denmark, China, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, and Australia, were leading the charge on renewable energy.
In Pasadena, we have both when it comes to Science. For our planet, we have Caltech; it is the world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. We have JPL or Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a research and development lab by NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for our universe.
It is only fitting that Pasadena is an example of a carbon-free environment.
It refers to the absence or elimination of carbon emissions or carbon-based substances that contribute to climate change and global warming, renewable energy sources, and technologies that do not release carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases when generating power or performing different functions.
Achieving a carbon-free, economy is an important goal in mitigating climate change and transitioning to sustainable energy systems. It involves reducing reliance on fossil fuels and adopting cleaner alternatives such as renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and bioenergy. By embracing carbon-free technologies, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and work towards a more sustainable and climate-friendly future. Carbon-free practices extend beyond energy generation and can encompass various sectors, including transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture.
If the Earth became carbon-free, it would significantly impact the environment and the fight against climate change. Here are some of the potential effects:
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. By eliminating carbon emissions, we would drastically reduce the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, slowing down the rate of climate change.
Mitigation of global warming: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions would help mitigate the rise in global temperatures. It would contribute to preserving the planet's delicate climate balance and reduce the risks associated with extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and other climate-related impacts.
Improved air quality: Many carbon-based energy sources, such as coal and oil, release not only CO2 but also other pollutants and particulate matter when burned. These pollutants contribute to air pollution and have detrimental effects on human health. A carbon-free Earth would mean cleaner air and a healthier environment for all living beings.
Conservation of ecosystems: Burning fossil fuels and other carbon-intensive activities often leads to habitat destruction and environmental degradation. By transitioning to carbon-free alternatives, we can protect and conserve ecosystems, preserving biodiversity and supporting the health of various plant and animal species.
Renewable energy development: The shift toward a carbon-free Earth would accelerate the development and adoption of renewable energy technologies. It would create opportunities for the growth of clean energy industries, such as solar and wind power, leading to job creation, economic development, and energy security.
Sustainable transportation: Carbon-free initiatives would encourage transitioning from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) or other low-carbon alternatives. It would reduce transportation emissions, which significantly contribute to global carbon emissions.
Climate leadership and international cooperation: A carbon-free Earth would position countries as leaders in the fight against climate change. It would encourage international cooperation and collaboration to address global environmental challenges collectively.
While achieving a completely carbon-free Earth may be a long-term goal, reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to renewable energy sources is crucial to mitigating climate change and creating a sustainable future.
An environment where we can smell nature, breathe fresh air, serve neighbors, work locally, and support the community shows that we are part of a thriving, peaceful, and enjoyable place to live. That's what I meant to do!