Friday, 12 February 2021

FFF week 3: Power your home with renewable energy

I would like to contribute to FFF (Fridays for Future) in my own way: by sharing one concrete action per week that YOU can do, and which I have done, for combating climate change. 

FFF week 3: Power your home with renewable energy

WHY: Many electricity companies still produce electricity through fossil fuels, for instance 23% of all Finnish electricity  was produced in 2014 with oil and 23% of all the energy in the USA was produced in 2019 with coal. In 2018, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion (burning) for energy were equal to about 75% of total U.S. anthropogenic GHG emissions (based on 100-year global warming potential) and about 93% of total U.S. anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Fossil fuel companies cause water pollution, deadly air pollution and perpetuate environmental injustice. 

WHAT CAN I DO: Choose an electricity company that generates at least half its power from wind or solar and has been certified by Green-e Energy, a certification program that is the trusted global leader in clean energy certification. Choose a company with a green option, like for instance windpower. An easy choice for most of us, which can have a huge impact on the climate.

GOOD NEWS! The petition I asked you to sign two weeks ago has gathered over 50.000 signatures! So it will be passed to our government and hopefully Finland will stop burning peat soon! Peat is a fossil fuel that atm only produces 6% of all electricity but 12% of Finland’s CO2 emissions. Thank you to everyone who signed! <3 

Cecilia Damström in Oulu 11 February 2021. Photo by Alexandra Silocea

Above mentioned statistics and information gained from following websites:

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