100% clean energy may be a big dream, but we're ready to dream big.
It takes guts to dream big.
Because when you're willing to take a stand, it means you actually care about something. And it's scary — to be open like that. It means placing a part of yourself on the line. It's easier to give in to doubts or peer pressure. To hide.
But we've always loved the people who weren't willing to settle. The dreamers.
We look up to them because they've felt what we've felt — in every job interview, or school application, or confession of love — they felt those same doubts and beat them back. They're the people who inspire us to do what seems impossible.
But, what if Gandhi had gotten cold feet?
What if Dr. King never had a dream?
What if Ellen DeGeneres had stage fright?
The extraordinary IS achievable.
As J.K. Rowling says, "We don't need magic to transform our world." Everyone has the power to do something amazing.
That's what this new video from creative agency Don't Panic and the Here Now project wants people to realize.
Because some people say 100% clean energy by 2050 is impossible.
Could the world really be powered by completely renewable sources? "There are a lot of people who say it is not possible," Stanford professor Mark Jacobson told Upworthy. He's out to prove them wrong.
Jacobson and his team weren't involved in Don't Panic's video, but they have created a road map to 100% clean energy for 139 individual countries. Jacobson used today's energy data — projected forward to 2050 — and customized the plan for each country based on their natural resources.
Volcanic Iceland, for example, could use a lot of geothermal, while sunny Italy could get more than half of their power from solar plants.
In fact, many countries are already well underway to becoming carbon free.
People should feel confident that 100% clean energy is achievable, according to Jacobson. And moving to a carbon-free energy system could not only reduce pollution and emissions, but also stabilize energy prices, create jobs, make each country largely energy independent, and bring energy to those without access.
"In the end we'll have a system that's a lot cleaner, a lot safer, and our society should be more stable," he added.
But to achieve this, we still need the same determination and heart that Gandhi and King had.
From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015, world leaders will be meeting in Paris to try to finally solve the climate change crisis.
We need to show them that we're ready to dream big.
Watch Don't Panic's full video here:
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