photo via 350.org
By now, most people have heard this story. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House, but when the Reagan Revolution swept into power a few years later, Reagan famously had the panels taken down. Well, it's a new day, and it's high time for those panels to go back up. Solar power in the U.S. is rapidly growing, with 91 MW coming on line last year alone. Now 350.org and the solar company Sungevity have begun a new campaign designed to get President Obama to put solar panels back on the roof of the White House and you can join them.The campaign is called PutSolarOnIt, and it's not just aimed at the leader of the free world. At PutSolarOn.It you can also send letters to President Hu Jintao, asking him to add panels to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, or to Prime Minister David Cameron, asking him to retrofit the British Parliament.
Says 350.org founder and author Bill McKibben:
"Panels on the White House will remind every visitor to Washington that every roof in America should have solar panels for electricity and hot water on them. The President's panels will do as much good as the wonderful organic garden that the First Lady planted on the South Lawn."
The campaign is part of a bigger push by 350.org toward its day of action on October 10. The day is a Global Work Party, created to "encourage communities across the globe to get to work on climate solutions and celebrate clean energy." Already, over 1,000 work parties have been registered in more than 100 countries. Last year, in advance of the climate negotiations in Copenhagen, 350.org coordinated what has been described as the biggest day of action ever on climate change.
You can sign up to host or attend a party on 10/10/10 here.