JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Green energy has been a hot topic in our region lately, and this week, clean energy is up for discussion in Jamestown as part of a conference hosted by the Jamestown’s Board of Public Utilities.
Warren, Pa. native Clint Wilder, who has a passion for clean energy and for the last two decades has worked to inform others about the benefits of going green.
“We’re here to talk about how the world and the local area are in the process of a transition to clean energy and what’s being called Climate Tech,” said best-selling author and analyst Clint Wilder.
While there are many topics at the eco-conference, Wilder is very concerned about the condition of the Earth.
“Climate change is already here as we know just from reading the paper every day, so we need to do everything we can to kind of stave off the worst effects of it and reduce carbon dioxide, but as I say, it’s much more than that, it’s also the transition that we’re making to what we like to call the clean energy economy,” said Wilder.
He says there are several ways someone can become eco-aware.
“Watch your energy consumption, turn your air conditioning off at night in the summer, use LED light bulbs instead of fluorescent, good gas mileage cars and hopefully if you can do it, an electric car,” Wilder said. “Be conscious and keep an eye on your political leaders and try to elect those who think this is a big issue.”
Not everyone is keen on the idea of going green, but Wilder believes that the first step is breaking the stigma surrounding Climate Tech.
“There’s been resistance to this, resistance to change, there’s a lot of current invested interest in oil and gas but I think that’s changing,” said Wilder.
Wilder hopes to see a more green-friendly world soon.
“By 2030 I think we’d be well on our way to really seeing that transition become the way most things are done,” Wilder said.
The best thing anyone can do, Wilder said, is educate themselves on clean energy.
“There’s plenty out there to learn, it’s easy to do so. Look up electric cars or solar power on the net. There’s also misinformation about why you shouldn’t do it but I’d look for the reasons you should,” said Wilder.
The event aims to educate and entice local manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and investors to bring eco-friendly technology to their businesses. The conference runs Monday through Wednesday this week.