I am a sophomore at the High School for Environmental Studies, and my generation has become increasingly concerned about and aware of the importance of reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere. I believe clean energy must play a key role in our future.
New York has fallen behind other states in producing clean energy, especially solar, which accounts for just 0.02 percent of the state’s overall energy production. Even New Jersey is ahead of us- the Garden State actually produces six times as much solar as New York!
This semester, I have been interning at the New York League of Conservation Voters and have learned about a bill that I hope my representatives will support. Called the “Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act,” this bill will not only reduce the amount of fossil fuels being emitted into the atmosphere, but will create 22,000 jobs, will boost the economy, create a better future for my generation, and will create a greener New York at the same time.
There’s been a lot of talk about solar energy as it is something that many New Yorkers have wanted for a long time. Now is the time to start taking action for a brighter, greener future for my generation and the generations to follow.