Target: Alpidio Armas, President of the El Hierro Island Council
Goal: Praise El Hierro for using only renewable energy sources
El Hierro, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, recently announced that it would stop using fossil fuels to provide for its energy needs and instead use only wind and water power. El Hierro needs to be acknowledged and praised for its embrace of renewable energy.
El Hierro, aided by funds from the European Union, will soon open a new five-turbine wind farm that will produce an energy output of nearly 12 MW. This is enough power to fulfill the energy needs of the island’s 11,000 citizens as well as its vital water desalination plants. In addition, as a back-up plan, fresh water will be stored in the crater of an extinct volcano on the island and during days of little to no wind this water will be released and hydroelectric turbines will turn it into nearly 12 MW of electricity.
Despite the island’s small population, the move to renewable energy will reportedly “cut 18,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year and eliminate the island’s annual consumption of 40,000 barrels of oil.” Those are significant numbers. If the island’s energy plans succeed, other islands will surely follow along. Islands in Denmark, Japan, and Hawaii have already demonstrated great interest in El Hierro’s new energy schemes.
Please sign the petition below to let El Hierro know that you appreciate its bold decision to embrace wind and water instead of crude oil and to show the rest of the world that renewable energy can work.
Dear Mr. Armas,
I recently heard about El Hierro’s decision to forgo fossil fuels and instead begin using only renewable energy sources like wind and water to provide for its energy needs, and I wanted to let you know that I truly appreciate your actions. We are living in an era of transition from dirty energy to clean energy, and for the sake of our planet and everyone living on it, we must make this transition as quickly as possible. Actions like yours show the entire world that renewable energy sources can and do work.
I hope your energy plans inspire other islands around the world to implement similar strategies. Thank you again for your actions.
[Your Name Here]
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