Jeffrey Olsen: Set sights on 100% renewable energy

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The COVID-19 epidemic has put most environmental activism efforts on pause for good reason. However, that does not mean that we stop completely.

With the current administration also putting holds on environmental regulations, it is up to ordinary citizens like us to stand up for our environment and make the people in power listen to what we have to say.

Just a few hours before writing this letter, I went on my daily walk in Northampton when I encountered a vulture high above the trees, peering around to look for food. It inexplicably brought a smile to my face and made me realize the beauty and importance of our home, as well as rekindling my passion for needing to protect it.

The Decker/Garballey Bill H. 2836, if passed, will see Massachusetts convert to 100% renewable energy by the year 2045. This bill doesn’t just make the state I live in a better place to live, but a motivator for other states and countries to convert to 100% renewable energy. Students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that are part of the MASSPIRG chapter have been hard at work urging students to push for House Speaker Robert DeLeo to bring this bill to a vote and get it passed.

Jeffrey Olsen

Florence The writer is a sophomore of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and program manager for MASSPIRG.