Stop whatever it is you are doing. Look around.
By Tera Landers
The December holidays are long gone. The Rose Parade bleachers are packed up and hauled away until next year. At this point, any New Year resolutions are likely forgotten or relegated to something to be worked on next week.
Many centuries ago, the months of January and February were considered dead months. These months were so lacking in anything extraordinary, that they were not even worthy of a name! Calendars shaped by the hands of white Europeans showed the new calendar year beginning on March 1. Can you imagine having low expectations of yourself in January and February? No need to rejoin the gym or making promises to be virtuous. At least not for a few months.
Pasadena Water & Power generates 60% of our electrical power from dirty sources
However, in 2024, our lives keep moving forward. Our to-do lists and responsibilities do not take a break. And neither does climate change. If you read the local paper, you realize that December in California was one of the fourth hottest Decembers on record. You note that we are in a “snow drought,” with the Sierra Mountain snowpack only at 35% of normal for this time of year. Our Earth is groaning, louder and louder with each passing season. Meanwhile, Pasadena Water & Power generates 60% of our electrical power from dirty sources like coal and gas, as noted in their “power content label.”
January 30 marks the one-year anniversary of Pasadena City Council declaring a climate emergency, and they stated a policy goal to source Pasadena’s electricity from 100% carbon free sources by 2030. But a big question remains: will our public utility secure the necessary power contracts to make the policy goal a reality?
We need them to.
Our Earth needs them to.
Show your support for Pasadena’s Climate Emergency Resolution by joining the March for Our Climate on Tuesday, January 30, 4:30 pm. We will gather in front of Pasadena Water & Power Headquarters at 150 S. Los Robles and peacefully walk to Pasadena City Hall, where we will offer our appreciation to City Council members who voted in favor of the resolution. Your presence makes a difference.
Stop whatever it is you are doing. Look around. Connect with local efforts to heal our Earth.
March for Our Climate by PASADENA 100 January 30, 2024 4:30 pm Location From PWP’s offices at 150 S. Robles Ave. To City Hall at 100 Garfield Ave.
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