RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – “We are here today for Earth Day to rally around 100-percent clean energy for North Carolina,” Drew Ball with Environment NC told a crowd rallying on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Scientists, students and leaders of faith joined Ball in calling for 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
“Local communities are leading the way, business leaders, universities across the country.
They’re seeing the writing on the wall and recognizing this is what we need to do this is the future of our energy and so we just need North Carolina to follow their lead and be a leader in this” Ball told CBS 17.
North Carolina is second in the nation, only behind California, for solar energy capacity. There are more than 200 solar companies in the state.
“And we’re already a clean energy state and this move would really provide to our strengths and really support those jobs that are already there” added Drew Ball.
Participant Amy Bryan told CBS 17 it’s important to teach the younger generation about how better to keep the earth a healthy place. “We need to protect our resources not for just ourselves for future generations and if we don’t take action now the world won’t exist as we know it,” she said.
The rally happened simultaneously and just a short walk away from N.C. State’s Earth Day celebration.
Folks had an opportunity to learn about clean energy, environmentally friendly agriculture as well as a cause very dear to Lanie St. Hill’s heart.
Hill works with N.C. State Waste Reduction and Recycling.
“Earth Fare is always a wonderful event. It’s like preaching to a choir a little bit because these are our people you know they want to come out and they love the earth and they want to do their part,” St. Hill said.