From Green Right Now Reports
Climate activists have launched a campaign calling on world leaders to take tangible clean energy action by putting up solar panels on the presidential digs.
The advocates are enlisting the public’s help in the Put Solar On It movement by providing a way to send an online note to U.S. President Barack Obama, India’s President Pratibha Patil, China’s President Hu Jintao, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Australia’s Julia’s Gillard.
In their direct appeal to the national leaders, the Put Solar On It team asks:
“Install solar panels on your roof, and then make it possible for everyone in your country to join you in the clean energy future. We need you to act symbolically — and then we need you to get for real.”
The group hopes the leaders will put up solar panels by Oct. 10, when 350.org’s 10/10/10 campaign will be supporting a global day of action when thousands will put up solar panels, wind turbines, start community gardens, retrofit buildings and take other actions to mitigate climate change and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
Solar arrays on the White House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament, Los Pinos and other official residences and state halls would send a powerful signal that the world must switch to clean energy, said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, the group leading the initiative, which is also supported by 10:10, 10/10/10 Work Party and Sungevity Solar.
Another spokesperson for 350.org, Jamie Henn, says they’ve heard that the Obamas are interested in solar panels but don’t have specific plans in place.
“We want the president to act now — with oil spewing into the Gulf and an energy debate taking place in Congress; now is the perfect time,” she said.
Another leader is listed along with the targeted leaders of top industrial nation, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, who has become a high profile leader in the climate movement. At climate conferences, he has urged the world’s large industrial nations to take action to slow global warming in order to prevent losses from the warming, rising oceans that threaten to put the Maldives under water and will certainly claim more cities and islands as the polar ice caps melt. But in Nasheed’s case, the prepared note thanks the president for already committing to put up a solar array.
Once, as many people remember, the White House did have solar panels, when President Jimmy Carter had them installed. But this post-oil crisis measure was dismantled by President Ronald Reagan.
Americans cannot reclaim the decades lost, but can turn to clean energy now, McKibben said.