Already, unfortunately, the SEforALL Forum seems a fleeting memory. I do not envy Rachel Kyte and her team the job of keeping the momentum going in the face of other world events. While not pretending to have the answers, one route must be working with the media to bring a human face and voice to the problem, and a more nuanced face than the current hackneyed images of school children gathered round a solar lamp or a solar panel perched on a traditional native hut (see below!). As for a voice, we need to go beyond reporters filing a story on the basis of a superficial visit to a remote off-grid village.
We need to hear much more from the army of front line heroes we caught a glimpse of in Brooklyn through our Voices from the Village session shown here and other panels. Because despite the barriers and setbacks they face, they are winning the renewables war, and their story must be heard. We try here, but please don’t hesitate to send in your stories, and we’ll give them a platform.