It is a sobering fact that more than 600 million Africans live without electricity and that even for businesses, reliable electricity supply can be a challenge. Distributed generation however holds much promise. It is quick to deploy, can be modular and is affordable when compared to diesel generators. This is particularly true for solar power but can also be true for wind, biomass and small hydro.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
What he didn’t say was how you get them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Johan van den Berg
It seems a paradox that the multi-lateral regime should be under extreme pressure at the very time when it is most needed.
Indeed, several key indicators of global health point towards the need for renewed and increased collaboration. The World Resources Report would be sufficient to bear this out, as would a perusal of CO2.earth or the World Bank’s GINI index for various countries. The strain on planetary capacity to provide has likely not been greater in human times. Add to this the high international levels of financial indebtedness both at sovereign and household level and it becomes clear that a lot has been borrowed from the future and that a lot is owed to upcoming generations.