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Published on April 17th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley


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Just because there are climate denier lunatics at all levels of the federal government, is that any reason to hide under the covers on Earth Day 2017? Absolutely not. The folks at Earth Day Initiative have put together a website that lists 50 ways to make renewable energy part of your life — one for every state in the union — in just a few seconds. All it takes is a few minutes online to tell your local utility you want all or a portion of your electricity to come from renewable sources. The campaign is co-sponsored by CleanChoiceEnergy and Arcadia Power as part of the Count To 50 initiative leading up to the 50th Earth Day celebration in 2020.

Earth Day 2017Earth Day Initiative is a non-profit that promotes environment awareness through partnerships with school, community, business, and government groups. Looking ahead to 2020, it is on a mission to educate the public about the clean energy options available to all Americans. In several states, including New York, Ohio, and Washington, DC, consumers can choose their energy supplier and divert their monthly utility bill away from dirty energy and toward clean energy simply by filling out a quick online form.

In the rest of the country, consumers can take advantage of the services offered by Earth Day Initiative partners to match their energy usage with Renewable Energy Certificates. Either way, the sign up process takes only a few minutes and can turn a monthly utility bill into a tool for good. The Count to 50 campaign is also releasing a series of tool kits that make it easy for individuals, schools, community organizations, and businesses to engage their communities in real and impactful ways.

“In the face of our government abandoning scientific fact and urgent environmental issues, we’ve really seen a surge in demand for simple ways people can initiate positive changes,” said John Oppermann, executive director of Earth Day Initiative. “Collectively, individual actions can make a difference. That’s why our goal with the Count to 50 campaign is to enable people to make a real and ongoing impact in a matter of minutes. ”

Count to 50 will officially kick off at Earth Day New York, one of the most popular Earth Day events in the country. Located at Union Square on Tuesday, April 18, the event begins at noon and goes until 7 pm. Free and open to the public, the annual festival celebrates Earth Day and offers visitors easy, actionable ways to make more sustainable and environmentally conscious choices in their everyday lives. Attendees are encouraged to bring their utility bills to sign up for clean energy at the event.

On Friday, April 21, Earth Day New York will organize the third annual Earth Day 5K Green Tour. New Yorkers are invited to get outside and visit green organizations around the city. The tour will include stops at Battery Urban Farm, LEED Platinum designed luxury residence The Solaire, Toyota’s green vehicle display, and other destinations. On the tour, visitors will learn how to get involved, volunteer, and stay connected to green causes throughout the year.

The time to begin slashing global carbon emissions is now. The earth can’t wait. It’s so easy to get involved at the Count To 50 website, why not do it today? You don’t need to wait for Earth Day to begin making a personal contribution to a greener, more sustainable environment.

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Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island and anywhere else the Singularity may take him. His muse is Charles Kuralt -- "I see the road ahead is turning. I wonder what's around the bend?" You can follow him on Google + and on Twitter.

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