When it comes to materials management, the simplified solution can be summed up as the three R's -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These are in priority order.
The equivalent in the energy world is:
Conservation, Efficiency and Clean* Renewables
*Clean means technologies which don't create pollution while generating energy
These solutions have the potential to fill all of our energy needs, without needing nuclear power, fossil fuels, biomass/incineration, or even large hydro dams. The technology exists, and the money exists (yet it's being directed towards bailouts for the nuclear industry, investment in gas-fired power plants and other bad ideas). What's missing is the political will to enact the solutions. We need politicians without connections to dirty power industries so that we can direct public and private investment dollars towards clean energy solutions, rather than a continued reliance on dirty, unsustainable energy sources.
Please use the information on this page to influence anything in your power, from the energy choices in your home, school, workplace or local government to the energy policies in your state or on the national level.