Each of these campaigns aims to accelerate our country’s shift to clean energy in unique ways. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:
Put the environment first. A healthy environment isn’t the hoped-for by-product of a fossil fuel-driven prosperity. It’s the necessary precondition and only sustainable source of a sound energy system for America and our communities. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.
Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.
Build on what works. Our national network has won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power, cleaner air, and reduced global warming pollution in 25 states. We know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. As always, we’re also open to new ideas that work even better.
Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around clean, renewable energy, whether it’s the farmer who benefits from wind turbines on her land or the environmentalist who wants to store and share the solar energy generated on his rooftop. Our national advocates in Washington, D.C., lobby members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in Illinois build coalitions that include business owners, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and people from all walks of life. Our organizers and canvassers engage literally hundreds of thousands of people. Our members and activists live across the state.