After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the “energy rebels” of Schönau, Germany, launched a grassroots revolution in the Black Forest to take control of their community’s power. Their creation, EWS, not only triggered the country’s transition to renewable energy but also demonstrated the need for grassroots democratic control of energy production.
The experience of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in accelerating investment, collective action, profitability, and impact provides lessons for other impact industries attempting to do the same in base of the pyramid markets across the developing world.
Addressing climate change requires that we transition quickly to renewable energy while grounding our efforts in human rights.
How remote-sensing technologies and artificial intelligence will enable new insights into our toughest global problems.