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The Times They Are a' Changing!
Tough times; exciting times. Especially for the green movement. To be compelled to get there, towards the elusive S-word (sustainability), we may look back and realized that crisis was needed to jar us to a messy transition.
Profound investment and job losses, a fundamental lack of confidence, and a collective downward spiral. Yet we have hope in Washington; Obama has spelled enthusiasm. On energy and the environment, he's "spot on."
Foresters tell us that forest fires have a place. They enable new, far more vital growth.
Our energy sector is not working. The global recession can usher major and transformative change into this sector. How about doubling the use of renewables in three years? We can move quickly from broken systems and outdated thinking, to new ways of doing business.
Where is the economic recovery/energy interface? Like a farmers' market, it's all green and local. What would that look like in your community? It's about green collar job growth: The new red white and blue is green, as Tom Friedman likes to say.
Like new growth in a burned forest, imagine the seeds of energy independence taking root in our communities. Panels going on roof-tops, insulation and new windows increasing comfort and lessening bills and conventional fuel use. Imagine an army of green workers providing productive services.
Communities like Santa Monica and Palm Desert are focusing on energy independence, taking messages directly to the people. Independence from old, carbon-based ways and consumptive patterns resonates. Local initiatives are tapping local ingenuity and resources for responsible energy use.
Change will be tough; transitions are difficult. Steve Chu at Energy (pictured above) has a huge task to shift the prevailing energy paradigm in Washington, and the world. The new energy paradigm is the front-runner in the American commitment to sustainability.
And it all begins at home. Then it gains momentum through the power of the increment.
Sun Power for the Schools Solar Primer Workshop
Held on Friday, January 30th, Anaheim Public Utilities partnered up with EcoMotion and the Rahus Institute to give hands-on training for solar in the classroom. EcoMotion is in the process of installing ten demonstration solar systems at select Anaheim elementary schools.
EcoMotion New Staff: Thomas Wong
As part of the change going on nationally, Thomas joins the team to head up greenhouse gas research.