The world's climate scientists are telling us that the planet doesn't have the luxury to wait for governments to "maybe" or "someday" mandate the lifestyle changes scientists believe need to happen. "The time is now for people to wake up from their daily routines and take personal action by making the necessary changes in their lifestyle and purchases that experts are saying must occur." says Ryan Logtenberg, Director of the 2° Institute. A transition away from a fossil fuel driven economy is one of those steps and thankfully individuals now have a choice to drastically reduce their own carbon footprint through a single decision of making the next car they buy an electric one.
With the anticipation of a new generation of 300km+ (200 mile) range electric vehicles in 2017 in a price range comparable to mass produced gas vehicles, it will now be easier than ever for the average middle-class consumer to make the leap to the new paradigm of zero emission personal transportation. To help individuals take this step, The 2° Institute is asking people to take the Electric Car Pledge: that when they are ready to shop for their next vehicle, that next vehicle they buy will be an electric one.
Why Take the Electric Car Plege?
By taking the pledge, you are making a real commitment that you will stop directly funding the fossil-fuel industry with your next car purchase. If you believe in what we are trying to do, please help by volunteering or making a one-time donation here. Your money will go towards funding a targeted online educational ad campaign and outdoor billboard campaign in major North American cities. The 2° Institute's Electric Car Pledge Campaign aims to garner one million pledges by the end of 2017 and ten million by 2020.
Percent of an average person's carbon footprint that comes from transportation (driving and flying). That's a big number that can be seriously reduced (depending on your electricity source), just by switching over to an electric car!
The percentage of vehicles in North America that are powered by fossil fuels. We need to replace these vehicles with electric and fast.
Estimated number of electric or plug-in electric cars in North America. We need to get this number up, big time. Pledge to make your next car electric.
Climate change. It's not an "issue" for you to add to the list of things to worry about. It is a civilizational wake up call. A powerful message - spoken in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts - telling us that we need an entirely new economic model, one based on justice and sustainability. - Naomi Klein, Author
[Climate change] is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children's children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.
Leonardo DicaprioActor/Climate Activist
The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed, and as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.
Al GoreFormer Vice President/Climate Activist
Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to our future generation.
Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much about climate change. Today we have no excuse.
Desmond TutuSocial Activist/Former archbishop of Cape Town
We are running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.
Elon MuskFounder Tesla Motors
The oncoming trouble is climate change. It is going to affect you all in the same way the Second World War consumed people of my parents' generation. They rose to the challenge and so will you. they came to be called the greatest generation. I want you all to preserve our world in the face of climate change and carry on as the next great generation.
Bill NyeScientist/Climate Activist
We're in a giant car heading toward a brick wall and everyone's arguing over where they're going to sit.
David SuzukiScientist/Climate Activist
If we've learned any lessons during the past few decades, perhaps the most important is that preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it's common sense. Our physical health, our social happiness, and our economic wellbeing will be sustained only by all of us working in partnership as thoughtful, effective stewards of our natural resources.
Ronald ReaganFormer US President
Since climate change and the global economy now affect us all, we have to develop a sense of the oneness of humanity.
Climate change. It's not an "issue" for you to add to the list of things to worry about. It is a civilizational wake up call. A powerful message - spoken in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts - telling us that we need an entirely new economic model, one based on justice and sustainability
Norway has done a lot to spur the electric vehicle market domestically. We see working together with other proactive governments as a key to a global transition to an electric fleet. The problem of climate change is clearly global, and we see electric vehicles as one of the important global climate solutions.
Jens Frolich HoltheAdvisor to Norway's Minister for Environment
Limiting the impact of climate change is only possible if we transition to cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles. We're very pleased to be joining with many of the leaders in this growing market, and we look forward to working with them to put more drivers at the wheel of zero-emission vehicles.
Matthew RodriquezCalifornia Secretary for Environmental Protection
The meter is ticking [particularly in the face of climate change], so you've got to get to as much as you can as fast as you can. I grew up with "This Land Is Our Land," and public land doesn't belong to that administration or this one. We want our kids to grow up with real natural places, not just photos of them.
Robert RedfordActor/Climate Activist
We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge.
John McCainUS Senator (R)
Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now. The time is past when humankind thought it could selfishly draw on exhaustible resources. We know now the world is not a commodity.
Francois HollandePresident of France
This is not some distant problem of the future. This is a problem that is affecting Americans right now. Whether it means increased flooding, greater vulnerability to drought, more severe wildfires - all these things are having an impact on Americans as we speak.
Barack ObamaUS President