Citizen Action Can Combat Climate Crisis

Vote Solar and the Stop Global Warming Virtual March are two organizations under the auspices of the Tides Center that help spur citizen and organizational involvement to combat the climate crisis. While polls show that Americans want increased investment in solar and other renewable energies, more action is needed to implement policy change.

A new national campaign aimed at changing state and federal policy, and finally making solar a significant part of America’s energy future has been formed by a diverse group of organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Environmental Law and Policy Center, the Center for American Progress, and Co- op America. Called Solar Nation, it brings together groups united around solar energy advocacy. “Global warming is a crisis that merits immediate action, but energy policy is extremely complex. There are many institutional barriers to effecting government-level change for renewable sources,” said Adam Browning, Vote Solar’s executive director. “The Tides Center allows us to devote all our time and energy to creating pioneering solutions, not to the minutiae of running a nonprofit. Our Solar Nation collaborative is one of these solutions.” “A march happens on one day, and then it’s over. We wanted to enable lasting, long-term engagement on this issue, so we created the idea of a virtual march,” said Laurie David, founder of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March. “Tides Center’s services and values made them a perfect home for this completely new type of citizen engagement initiative.” Tides Center provides infrastructure support services — including financial, HR, payroll, grants and risk management — to almost 200 progressive projects nationwide. Citizens can march alongside Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Christie Brinkley, Senators John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, and many others demanding that governments, corporations, and politicians take the steps necessary to stop global warming by joining the march. Citizens and organizations can voice concerns on specific, key energy policies and issues through Solar Nation.
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