One of the common “destroyer” or should we say violators of ozone layer pact are those nations categorized as first world.
But it quite seldom for us to hear their action to the increasing environmental problem concerning the energy consumption that is efficient, clean and eco-friendly.
However, this city from United States has outshined in the name of renewable energy, the american metropolis planned to become an a community that is dependent on clean and green energy source.
The city of Orlando has unanimously passed a resolution to run completely on renewable energy by 2050.
Like other U.S. cities that have set similar targets, Orlando is confident the environmental and economic benefits of going 100 percent renewable will help the city thrive.
The new cry of Orlando for green revolution has comes amid the fight against climate change continues, and the city has now pledged their support to the cause.
With a unanimous vote, the city council on Tuesday to push for a resolution that puts Orlando on track to run solely on renewable energy by 2050.
As of writing, Orlando joins 39 other cities — including San Diego, Atlanta, and Chicago — in adopting a 100 percent renewable energy goal.
The city decision comes after the U.S. federal government opted to withdraw from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, which set carbon emission reduction goals to help stop human-made climate change.
Amid the weak nation support, local leaders and state level have taken up the fight for a cleaner environment.
“This administration has decided not to honor our commitment to the Paris climate accord, but a lot of mayors around the country have picked up the reins to say if we’re not doing it at the federal level, it’s incumbent that we lead at the local level,” said Mayor Buddy Dyer after the resolution passed.
Furthermore, the environmental implications of transitioning to renewables, the government of Orlando also recognized the economic benefits. Solar, in particular, has become very inexpensive.
“The power from the Sun is cheaper to produce electricity than the power from fossil fuels, including coal and even natural gas,” said Chris Castro, Orlando’s director of sustainability, following the vote.
“What we want to do is maintain the affordability of our electricity rates. A lot of people think that just by going solar, it’s going to be more expensive, and that is not the case,” Castro added.
The city is also keen on the job opportunities produced by renewable energy.
According to Castro, the solar energy added 1,700 new jobs in Florida in 2016, growing 10 times faster than the state’s overall economy.
Indeed, in the U.S. as a whole, renewables are providing more jobs than their fossil fuel counterparts and adding new jobs at a rate 17 times that of the overall economy.