Where We Live

“While a number of countries and provinces continue to debate what they will—or won’t—do to fight humanity’s greatest threat, cities are increasingly taking steps to transition away from fossil fuels completely. Case in point: just last week, Saskatchewan’s capital city, Regina, pledged to be 100% renewable by 2050.
 
It’s not the first Canadian city to make this kind of promise. Ten Canadian cities—including Vancouver, Edmonton, and Guelph—have similar 100% renewable ambitions. And they’re in good company. Nearly 50 million Americans—spread over two states, 84 cities, and nine counties—now live in places with 100% renewable goals”
 
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Most of us live in cities these days, people and places with dense infrastructures and lots of cars/trucks/buses. We can change to renewable energy fairly quickly because it’s cleaner, cheaper and makes good business sense. Just imagine cities with never again a brown skyline, choking pollution and a lot less noise. Cars are a natural to go renewable and electric. Trucks and buses are a little harder. Homes get electricity delivered by kWh for a few pennies. Just produce the stuff in bulk from Sun or wind or water and be done with it. Build even more efficient homes. Put plants and solar panels on the roofs. You know we can do it. It’s the right way to live.

Harder to do but desirable eventually is to rebuild our cities to better make use of electrical power. If we all could live closer to where we work we might not need cars at all and certainly a lot less. If we lived in apartments instead of detached homes we could save a lot of heating costs both in area exposed to the cold and size of homes. If we planted more trees we could absorb more CO2 and have more shade in summer and produce more food locally. Yes, trees do bear fruit and nuts, good food for us.

I still prefer to live in a rural area just to avoid congestion and noise. I have the space to set up my own solar panels and possibly a wind turbine. An EV like the Solo would work for me. It’s the right size, has the right efficiency and costs very little to own.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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