We talked with people of all ages and diverse occupations, they all had a similar story to tell. The last four to five years of intense red tides and algae blooms have devastated their livelihoods, caused them or their young children health consequences, and forced them to question how much longer they can call the Fort Myers area home.
Some of these technologies may sound futuristic and far afield, like something featured in the ‘Jettsons’, but the reality is that the future is here. We not only have tools to cut emissions and seek a zero carbon future, we have and are developing tools that can capture particulate matter pollution.
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.