In 2015, only about 23 percent of Kenya’s 45,500 people have access to electricity, and this problem is particularly pronounced in rural areas of the East African country, where electrification drops to a staggering 4 percent. It’s clear that the question is not whether or not something needs to be done -- it is unconscionable to leave people living in energy poverty. Rather, the issue is how do we start delivering energy services as quickly and as broadly as possible?
This past weekend I had the pleasure of whitewater rafting with a group of veterans from the InnVision Shelter Network. Right at the peak of a nasty heat wave, we got to spend the day floating along the south fork of the American River. Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors program organized these trips with UC Berkeley’s Great Outdoors Lab, who is conducting important research on the science of awe and the mental and physical effects of time spent outdoors.
This year, instead of traveling south to the Lower 48 for the Sierra Club Summer Grassroots Training (SPROG), the Club's Alaska Chapter and Sierra Student Coalition (SCC) organizer Tim Harlan-Marks collaborated with nine partner groups and the SSC to hold a SPROG in Alaska. SPROG Alaska's 2015 program provided leadership training grounded in Alaskan perspectives and values. SPROG is a grassroots leadership training program that teaches tools for environmental and social justice activism to young folks across the country.
The rooftop solar industry and supporters of net metering in Nevada breathed a sigh of relief today, if only for a little while, when the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada voted to maintain the status quo for new net-metering customers through the end of the year.