I was delighted to read Richard K. Rein’s timely piece in the April 5 issue on C-Change Conversations’ presentation at Princeton Marching Forward. Rein’s proposal that those concerned with climate change turn off their air conditioners for one week during the summer reminded me of a similar proposal from Charlottesville, Virginia-based Generation 180.
Generation 180 aims to accelerate a cultural shift in energy awareness and clean energy adoption. Their first campaign will urge merchants to stop leaving their front doors open with the air conditioning running during the summer. Here are two of their eye-opening statistics:
1.) Each retailer with the door open uses 4,200 kWh in one summer which is equal to a semi-trailer driving from NYC to Miami and
2.) By closing their doors all summer, retailers across the county could prevent the equivalent of a car with average MPG driving 830 million miles. Small actions do add up!
At the end of the column Rein mentioned Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). Here’s a note for those looking for a silver lining in the current political turmoil. Last year CCL volunteers enrolled 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats in the new House Climate Solutions Caucus. In November, four of the Republicans either retired or lost their seats, so the bipartisan Caucus was down to 6 Republicans and 6 Democrats. After President Trump was inaugurated, CCL volunteers enrolled 12 more Republicans so there are now 18 Republicans and 18 Democrats in the Caucus. You couldn’t have gotten one Republican on board in 2014. And where does that kind if change come from. In 2015 and 2016 CCL volunteers had 2,632 meetings with members of Congress or their staff and had more than 5,900 media pieces published.
I will discuss this and more during a talk at the Princeton Public Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, in a talk at the Princeton Public Library titled “Writing Checks, Signing Petitions, and Protest Marches: Is that All there Is?”
CEO, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, Princeton
Editor’s note: Scientists concerned about climate change and other issues will march in Washington, D.C., Trenton, and Princeton (among many other places) on Saturday, April 22. See Diccon Hyatt’s preview on page 4.
And Kathleen Biggins will make a C-Change Conversations presentation at the Friends of Princeton Open Space on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at Mountain Lakes House (www.fopos.com) and Wednesday, May 17, at the Princeton Chamber breakfast at the Nassau Club.