The National RPS Conference, held in May 2021, focused on the importance of renewable energy as a tool for achieving environmental justice. The conference brought together experts, policymakers, and advocates in the field of renewable energy and climate change to discuss how to make renewable energy accessible to all, particularly to communities that have been historically marginalized.
The conference highlighted the fact that, while renewable energy can benefit everyone, it is often the most vulnerable communities that are most affected by the negative impacts of climate change. Low-income communities, communities of color, and indigenous communities are often the ones that bear the brunt of pollution from fossil fuels and other sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
The conference also discussed how renewable energy can be a powerful tool for reducing the harm caused by fossil fuels. Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power do not produce greenhouse gases and are therefore less harmful to the environment. By replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, we can reduce air and water pollution, mitigate the effects of climate change, and improve public health.
Another important topic discussed at the conference was the need to make renewable energy accessible to everyone. In order to achieve environmental justice, it is important that all communities have access to clean, renewable energy sources. This includes not only access to the technology itself, but also access to the economic and political power necessary to advocate for and implement renewable energy policies.
The conference also addressed the need for equitable access to job opportunities in the renewable energy industry. By creating jobs in the renewable energy sector, we can not only address the environmental issues caused by fossil fuels but also create new opportunities for economic growth and employment. However, it is essential that these jobs are accessible to all communities, including those that have been historically marginalized.
Overall, the National RPS Conference highlighted how renewable energy can play a critical role in achieving environmental justice. By reducing the harm caused by fossil fuels and making clean energy accessible to all, we can create a more just and sustainable future for everyone.