I wanted to let the Daily Kos community know about a great new environmental campaign in West Virginia called The Light Switch and ask for their help.
The biggest challenge over the next 50 years--in fact, the great challenge for my entire generation--will be fighting climate change. It will be very hard--but we simply cannot afford to fail at this task.
One of the most important lessons from the 2008 election is that you have to compete everywhere--that you can't ignore large swaths of the country if you want to win. The same is true of global warming. We need a 50 State Strategy for climate change to look for emissions reductions in every block, community, and state.
West Virginia is the heart of coal country and the least environmentally-friendly state by nearly every ranking. And it happens to be my home state. In an effort to make inroads into the state for the environmental movement, have a substantive effect on our greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the local economy, I just founded a new non-profit organization called The Light Switch.
The Light Switch is an energy efficiency education project that will help homeowners realize that they can save money by making simple changes--like making the switch to energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs. This summer, we will knock on 18,000 doors--every home in Jefferson County, WV and deliver one free fluorescent light bulb to each home and coupons to bring the price down even more.
I know times are tough right now, but the world can't afford to wait. Your generous donation will pay for the light bulbs, for a field office, and the recruitment and training of our neighborhood volunteers. Whatever you can spare--whether it's $100, $50, or $25 will go a long way toward making West Virginia and the world a greener place.
To contribute, to volunteer, to get in touch with us, or for more information, please visit our website at www.wvlightswitch.org
The Light Switch
PS--Will you contribute to The Light Switch at www.wvlightswitch.org?