Climate Scientists agree that, to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial (1850 – 1900) temperatures. Scientists also believe temperatures have already risen 1 degree of our “budgeted” 1.5 degrees Celsius already. Temperatures are increasing because fossil fuel use is pouring greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; these gases trap heat in the atmosphere, warming our world.
We must act quickly and decisively to prevent increasingly catastrophic natural events, including rising seas, ocean acidification and increasingly violent weather events as more and more moisture enters the atmosphere. We can avoid generating more greenhouse gasses by completely electrifying our lives, with all that electricity coming from renewable sources – solar, wind, geothermal and, with qualifiers, environmentally friendly hydro power. As we work toward that goal, we must ensure that the fossil fuels we still use during our transition are used as efficiently as possible.
We’re prepared to help Sharon become as energy efficient as possible, through improved residential and municipal efficiency, and by introducing alternative options, like community solar.