In 2018 a group of Manatee County citizens met to address concerns about the impact of Climate Change on our community. Although other local climate, peace and justice organizations have similar concerns as part of their agendas, none seemed focused on obtaining commitments from our local governing bodies to reduce the use of fossil fuels that cause global warming, which severely impacts individual health and our economy. Consequently, the Manatee Clean Energy Alliance was formed, committed to joining with other community/organizational efforts to combat the potential catastrophic effects of Climate Change and to take advantage of successes by these groups. The initial goal of the Alliance is to convince our county and city officials to pledge to have municipal operations running on 100% renewable energy by 2035 and the rest of the county by 2045 in accordance with the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Program. This goal will be achieved by educating and empowering our citizens and community organizations to hold elected officials accountable for addressing the potential climate crisis we face. Following their commitment we will assist in establishing action plans and implementing those strategies to lessen the effects of Climate Change on ALL citizens of Manatee County.