The scientific community has proved that our climate is changing because of pollution from outdated and inefficient energy sources. These climate changes are a legitimate threat to our health and well-being. The increase of environmental temperatures and changing weather patterns exacerbate a variety of health problems, including allergies, respiratory illnesses and infectious diseases, as well as cause rising sea levels and issues associated due to resultant flooding.
It is time to employ cleaner sources of energy such as geothermal, photo-voltaic and wind power. It is time to require by code that the design of appliances, buildings, and communities use energy more efficiently. With cleaner energy sources, we can reduce emissions that are known to be harmful to our environment.
With enhanced engineering design, we can maximize the utilization of these energy sources to provide a more sustainable path forward. We should be investing in these new industries that promote environmentally cleaner energy sources, which can create jobs in our state and nationwide. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to protect our health and the welfare of our environment.
The writer is a LEED-accredited professional engineer.