Today, President Bill Clinton announced four new commitments to provide solar energy to Haiti by Clinton Foundation partners. Matt Petersen, Global Green USA's President and CEO, announced a partnership with the SunPower Foundation to deliver 100 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic to help power schools and other community facilities in Haiti.
Since 1994, Global Green has consistently worked to promote energy conservation and clean power generation. Reduced and smarter energy consumption directly benefits consumers by reducing energy bills, creating new jobs, and reducing our need for new fossil fuel power plants. As the single largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, energy production poses a significant challenge in combating climate change, but also provides a meaningful opportunity. Given that the operation and maintenance of our nation’s buildings account for 40% of all energy use, increased energy efficiency has been a central focus of Global Green's efforts.
US President John F. Kennedy once warned that “every man, woman, and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment.” For more than 50 years, humanity has warily eyed that lethal pendulum while statesmen debated how to mend its fraying cords. The example of Reykjavik should remind us that palliative measures are not enough. Our efforts 25 years ago can be vindicated only when the Bomb ends up beside the slave trader’s manacles and the Great War’s mustard gas in the museum of bygone savagery.
Among other challenges, global warming is causing our sea levels to rise and putting our coastal cities -- and billions of people -- at risk across the globe.
Top World Cities/Regions Threatened by Sea Level Rise:
Ho Chi Minh City
Greater New York
Top U.S. Cities/Regions At Risk from Sea Level Rise:
Atlantic City, NJ
Cape Coral, FL
Cypress Lake, FL
East Boston, MA,
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Foster City, CA
Lavalette/Dover Beaches, NJ
Marina Del Ray/Santa Monica, CA
Miami Beach, FL
Naples/East Naples, FL
Newport Beach, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York City, NY
Oakland Airport, CA
Point Pleasant, NJ
Point Shirley, MA
Port Aransas, TX
San Francisco, CA
Silverton Area, NJ
More information on the threat of sea level rise:
Sea Level Rise: At-Risk Populations, Global and U.S. Regions
Sea Level Rise: Facts on sea level rise and climate change
Sea Level Rise: Rapid Ice Shelf Melting