St. Petersburg, Florida, is far from the largest city in the United States. It’s not even the largest city in the state of Florida. But it just pledged to do something that could make a big impact on climate action: transition its electricity to 100 percent renewable energy.
The pledge — which was voted on unanimously by the city council in November — makes St. Petersburg the 20th city in the United States to pledge to move its electricity generation to 100 percent carbon-free sources.
“It moves us beyond just rhetoric to real, concrete action,” St. Petersburg city council member Karl Nurse told ThinkProgress of the city’s commitment. “The danger in politics is rhetoric. This is the real work of how do you make your city more efficient, and how do you spur your community into a series of moves that move you towards renewable energy.”
Waiting on federal leadership is failing in a major way. Starting local, taking on what can be changed, is the way to go now.