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UCSB students call for a faster pace on clean energy goals

UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara students with CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group) want to to see a goal of 100% clean energy on a faster pace than the UC system is on now.

Gathering in an outreach effort on campus, the students said the UC is making great strides but environmental issues may be moving faster.

CALPIRG said climate change is moving faster than the solutions, but they were encouraged by the commitment made at UCSB to clean energy projects.

The newer buildings are all built to the highest energy efficient and environmentally favorable standards.

CALPIRG plans to make this goal a campaign issue coming up in 2024 and hold more informational gatherings.

Thursday, the students were joining a "Clean Energy Fest" as part of a statewide week of action.

UCSB student Jake Twomey said, "we're seeing that climate change is such a huge issue especially for our generation  that really if we want  the brightest future  it's important that we take that leadership and  go even further. We are calling for 100 percent clean energy by 2035."

Freshman Sierra Ferrante is also with CALPIRG and said, "as large as the energy issue and climate change can be, this effort is out to effect change." They plan to speak out in the upcoming election year too. "Even though this problem comes at us from  all angels and it feels like  the solutions are out of  reach because they are so complicated it's really just about putting together the effort and showing the desire to  find a solution. "

For more information go to : CALPIRG - UCSB

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