Clean Renewable Energy Solutions to Protect Health
Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the future of our communities, our nation, and our world. By making a rapid transition to 100 percent clean renewable energy systems, we can protect ourselves from one of the greatest threats to health and survival: climate change.
Climate change is happening now. Disruption of weather patterns and increasing extreme weather events are expanding disease ranges, taking lives, affecting food production, even threatening to displace entire communities. Climate change has been called the greatest public health threat of the 21st century.
That makes the transition to energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal, combined with energy efficiency, an urgent need.
An energy system that is clean, renewable and efficient also offers immediate benefits to health. By ending end our dependence on fossil fuels, we will be able to enjoy cleaner air, water and land. This in turn will reduce the risks of leading causes of premature death: cancers, respiratory disease, heart disease and stroke.
PSR is working to assure a rapid transition to a healthy and climate-safe energy system. We’re also working to be sure that transition is equitable: responsive to the needs of displaced workers as well as low-income, minority and frontline communities.
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