To the editor:

Massachusetts is a beacon of leadership in so many areas: education, technology, medicine, health care.

But we are behind the curve in a very important area: clean energy. In Europe, offshore wind power is a booming industry with over 4,000 turbines supporting 80,000 jobs – and providing energy for millions of people.

Massachusetts has signed a large-scale offshore wind commitment, and has contracted to develop an 84-turbine project which will power 400,000 homes and save ratepayers about $1.4 billion. Now, it’s time to move from commitment to reality, and bring real green energy – and a new industry – to our commonwealth.

On July 16, the National Wildlife Federation’s Amber Hewett will speak about the commonwealth’s largest untapped clean energy solution – offshore wind power — at Indivisible-RISE Newburyport, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport.

This should be a fascinating learning experience, explaining how we can harness the wind while at the same time protecting wildlife and our own communities. If we can generate both clean energy and new jobs for our community – while at the same time battling climate change – why not move forward?

Christina Eckert