Emma Hargraves: Embraces renewable energy

Sunday, July 16, 2017

In good weather on my days off, I take a stroll with my little spotted beagle and bask in the benefits of my favorite star: the sun. I watch the wind ripple through the tall grass and I marvel at the power of the sun and the wind; wondering why we’re so reliant on dirty sources of energy.

We, as a nation, need to face the facts that relying on dirty fossil fuels are not forever, and that transitioning to renewable energy such as solar is a stable source of eternal energy. We could meet our electricity needs 100 times over with just solar, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Cities like Greensburg, Kansas; Georgetown, Texas; Aspen, Colorado; and Burlington, Vermont, are already running on 100 percent renewable energy. Companies like Google, General Motors, and Coca-Cola have plans to go 100 percent renewable. We should follow their lead. As a student at UMass Lowell, I think we should start with Massachusetts colleges and universities.

As institutions that train engineers, economists, and the civil leaders of the future, colleges and universities are well-positioned to lead the effort.

Let’s get started.

Emma Hargraves