Our guest blogger, Roger Miksad, executive vice president of Battery Council International, recently authored an op-ed in Capitol Weekly, highlighting the important role of lead batteries to power essential communications infrastructure during natural disasters such as California wildfires. California legislators are considering several bills to require backup power to protect residents and their property – and Miksad encourages the lawmakers to include lead batteries in those plans. Regardless of annual rainfall, California always faces warm summer temperatures and dry conditions that pose a high fire risk throughout the state.
In a world reliant on mobile phones, a service interruption can be more than an inconvenience. It can be life-threatening.
This was acutely apparent during Northern California’s devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018. Entire communities had no access to 911 and other critical services, due to fires or imposed blackouts to reduce additional fire risk. Access to other essential resources, like medical care, insurance companies and financial institutions, were also severed. And today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, as millions now work from home, our connectivity to the world through our phones is even more important.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, more than 1 billion people (1 of every 12) have mobilized for the future of our planet. Although this year’s celebration – the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – will be limited to digital, we can still maintain the momentum.
It’s more important than ever. Earth Day 2020 comes at a time of two converging crises – COVID-19 and climate change. We’re proud that the lead battery manufacturing and recycling industries are helping to stop climate change AND provide essential services during the pandemic.
COVID-19 has disrupted – if not completely halted – our lives in profound ways. While some of us can work from home, countless others are heroically staying on their jobs to ensure critical safety, connectivity and transportation services continue.This includes facility workers in the lead battery manufacturing and recycling industry. The federal government declared that our industry provides essential services that can continue to operate, even as other businesses reduce their operating hours or temporarily shut down.