Supporting Renewable Energy
Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels
Sierra Club is always 100% committed to a renewable energy future. But, what does that mean?
A few ways we can reinvest our efforts in a cleaner energy economy are:
Closing Brayton Point - There are only a handful of coal plants left in the Northeast and one is right over the Rhode Island border in Somerset, MA. The Brayton Point Coal Plant, the biggest single source of carbon pollution in New England, proudly claims to have spent over one billion dollars cleaning up the plant, but the truth is that those efforts have failed to make it safe. In fact Brayton Point is responsible for 15-39 premature deaths annually. Rhode Islanders need to join with activists in Massachusetts to shut down the plant.
Divesting from Fossil Fuels - Schools and municipalities are choosing to sell their investments in the most profitable industry on earth. The City of Providence has already committed to divest, while students at Brown and RISD are demanding divestment at their colleges. We need to help spread the movement to include the state government, and all of the institutes of higher learning in RI. We are home to URI, RIC, CCRI, PC, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University as well as many large corporations whose investment choices affect us all.
Developing Offshore Wind & Large Scale Solar - There are better options for energy! We can choose to push lawmakers to avail RI residents of the same tax incentives for renewable energy projects that are available in other states, like MA. We can write to our legislators and demand more investment in offshore wind and solar projects. We are the consumers and if enough of us express our wants, our consumer choices really do change the marketplace and drive it towards cleaner energy.
Simply Demanding Change - Petitions, activism alerts, climate marches, film screenings, rallies, talking to your friends about their energy habits and choices: all of it matters! Simply making choices in your daily life and joining with Sierra Club activist alerts and groups sends the message to your community and your legislators that we want change. The RI Chapter is constantly putting forth an effort to demand change from our lawmakers, businesses and citizens through community action.
Adapting to Coastal Erosion
Advancing Good Governance
Ensuring a Sustainable RIPTA
Demanding Complete Streets