Need an environmental pick-me-up? We’ve all been there before. Hear from leaders and activists to get your dose of optimism below. Powering a renewable future can feel daunting.
Personally, when I feel overwhelmed, it helps to remind myself that I’m not in it alone. Amazing leaders from around the world are taking action, and on top of that, spreading inspiring words to stir action in others. Since you care about the climate, too, we thought you might appreciate a few of our favorite quotes from leaders in the movement for a renewable future. Take a look, and at the end, let us know which of your own favorite lines we missed!
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We need renewable energy.
As the founder of Patagonia, Chouinard has built his company’s identity around products that wear slowly–and high-quality replacements if they don’t. Speaking of lasting as long as possible, do you know what isn’t going to last? Fossil fuels. In fact, we have an extremely finite amount of those to source from.
Clean energy isn’t just about environmentalism.
Of course, renewable power is about preserving the one planet we have, but it’s about creating a more just world, with equal opportunity for all.
In a separate TED talk, Majora said that “No community should be saddled with more environmental burdens and less environmental benefits than any other.”
Clean energy will make us wealthier.
Environmentalists get an unfair reputation for sabotaging the economy with expensive policies. Don’t fall for that story. We can save the planet and make money at the same time. In fact, not acting now will be extremely costly down the line.
And if you aren’t convinced that solving climate change will stimulate our economy, consider this point:
Am I too small to make a difference?
No. Here’s why:
We have the power to change the world; we just need to decide how we want to change it. Rachel offers some advice on how we can set our mind right:
What about when things get really hard?
We cannot give up because it is hard. The fact that it’s hard is all the more reason that each contribution is valuable.
Remember: people are on board with a renewable future.
And, not to get too sappy, but sometimes the best inspiration can come from our fictional heroes.
A renewable future is our only option.
Al Gore summed it up well in “An Inconvenient Truth”, using Carl Sagan’s “pale blue dot” footage of earth from space to remind us of how fragile our planet is, and how much responsibility we each hold to protect it.