Alton residents will join hundreds of environmentalists, faith leaders, students, clean energy companies and Illinoisans from across the state in Springfield on Earth Day to call on legislators to create clean energy jobs in Illinois.
This year, Illinois stands at a decisive moment for power generation. The state gets most of its power from aging power plants that are responsible for air, water and climate pollution. Illinois is also home to more than 100,000 clean energy jobs with potential to grow with the right policies.
“The energy landscape in Illinois and around the country is changing, and the economic and health impacts of climate disruption continue to grow,” Alton mother and Sierra Club volunteer Laura Asher said. “Madison County cannot be left behind.”
Illinois lawmakers have an opportunity to pass a bill that could increase energy efficiency, fix the renewable portfolio standard to work better for Illinois workers and create 32,000 annual clean energy jobs. The Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (HB 2607/SB1485) would lower utility rates through energy efficiency, provide funding for low-income solar and much-needed job transition.
On the morning of Wednesday, April 22, Metro East residents will meet at College Avenue Presbyterian Church for a parking lot press conference and then carpool to Springfield. Those interested in attending this rally should contact Elizabeth Scrafford at (208) 818-4626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.