In a world of global climate change, rural areas in the developing world are the first to be threatened—such as island nations confronting rising waters. These communities are often active participants in deforestation as well, and for good reason: in order to develop, roads and electricity are needed.
Solar energy thus cuts down on deforestation, as wood and kerosene are no longer needed, and simultaneously helps the impoverished by allowing them access to a form of energy that allows them to cook and have light. A “green” school would lead to more children with a higher education in tandem with ensuring the students go on to understand the importance and power of solar energy. The barter system of distribution further ensures that the development of these village communities does not halt.
The 2015 World Climate Summit has made it clear that global climate change is now a primary concern of all nations. Development comes from having roads and electricity, so finding a balance between continuing progress and decreasing those activities, such as deforestation, that empower global climate change is a clear imperative of not only Solar Circle, but of the world.