We can capitalize on the co-benefits of micro-grids to both combat climate change and reach our global SDGs. Micro-grids provide so much more than illumination. Every new micro-grid increases GDP, powers cell-phone towers, provides communities with the means to store vaccines and provide lifesaving health services, illuminates streets at night to increase safety for women and girls, and prevents respiratory illnesses caused by biomass cook-stoves.
Pretty much anywhere you look, you can find a reforestation project or policy being implemented. These successes should not take away from the dire state of our world’s forests. It should give us hope for what is possible when we come together to do what is right for our planet and all the people who call her home. There is no Planet B.
The scars left by Sandy are particularly visible in those areas most impacted by the unprecedented storm surge - basically everything ocean facing. We’ve spent the last year talking to friends, friends of friends, and people we’ve never met before about their Sandy experiences. With each new retelling of how events unfolded on that day, it brought home what we keep seeing in climate data and other macro reports - climate change is here, it’s making things worse, and it will change all our lives.