Throughout the course of history, all great movements have been born at the grassroots level. The American independence movement, the civil-rights movement and the women’s suffrage movement were all begun by people who did not wait for others. Then they gained momentum and speed, and swept throughout our nation.
There is a lesson in this when discussing climate change. Even in the absence of national and international commitments, we must not ignore the tremendous movement that is already under way to solve our environmental and energy problems.
And this movement is about much more than just protecting the environment. It is also about seizing an incredible economic opportunity.
We can create a new economic foundation for the 21st century that is built on clean fuels, clean cars and clean energy.