An informal group of retired Silicon Valley professionals who reside at BridgePoint at Los Altos senior living community have been meeting since 2015 to discuss ways to increase access to renewable energy in the face of global warming.
Known as the BridgePoint Consortium, the group seeks solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. Members recently published a report highlighting the ability to halt global warming through the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar cells and wind, by 2040.
Their timeline is more ambitious than the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, set at this month’s United Nations COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow.
The consortium’s members said they hope their research leads to real change in the fight against global warming and increased use of renewable energy.
“No one yet has a full solution to climate change, and that’s why we have to work together,” said Larry Partain, BridgePoint Consortium member. “Our hope is that our findings show there are options available to move forward and make this happen sooner rather than later.”
The consortium began with member Richard Hansen’s efforts to convince Partain of the reality and urgency of climate change due to human activity. Over time, Hansen won Partain over, and ever since the pair has worked with their fellow members to seek answers to the pressing global issue.
Their most recent report, “Halting Global Warming & Climate Change Before 2040,” details how world energy use has doubled every 30 years since 1880, and how with sufficient rates of adoption, renewable energy could supply all of the world’s energy needs before 2040 – a decade earlier than the 2050 goal of the Climate Change Summit.
The group recognizes that success depends on the development of acceptable energy alternatives that still work when the sun isn’t shining or when the wind doesn’t blow. Their findings show that accelerated development of energy storage technologies and super grids have the potential to meet all such requirements. However, progress is only possible when enough coordinated and focused resources are allocated.
“The consortium is going beyond our backyard and taking their efforts to change the world and making them global in scope,” said Donna Daniel-Herr, interim executive director of BridgePoint at Los Altos. “We couldn’t be more honored to support these amazing individuals in their efforts, as they show all of us that there’s no point in your lifetime where you can’t make a difference.”
For more information on BridgePoint at Los Altos, call (650) 948-7337 or visit kiscoseniorliving.com/senior-living/ca/los-altos/bridgepoint-at-los-altos.