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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Greenpeace's Solar Generation Activists, Local Youth Organizers Install Solar Panels in Home of President Obama's Paternal Grandmother "Mama Sarah" in Kenya

Thanks to Greenpeace's Solar Generation Activists and local youth organizers, President Barack Obama's paternal grandmother, affectionately known as "Mama Sarah," got the present of a lifetime -- solar panels on her home. Solar panels were also installed on the Senator Barack Obama School in Kogelo, Kenya. According to Greenpeace, the solar installations are part of a 20 day renewable energy workshop hosted by Solar Generation with 25 participants from the Kibera Community Youth Program and community members of Nyang’oma Kogelo. The program helps young Kenyans learn how solar photovoltaic panels generate electricity, about their installation and maintenance and the fabrication of self-assembling solar lamps and their marketing potential.

Mama Sarah  was understandably happy and said, “I am very pleased that my home has been improved thanks to solar energy and I'll make sure my grandson hears about it. Solar power is clean, reliable and affordable, unlike paraffin that is widely used in the area. Also, we now have qualified youth in the village who can help with the upkeep of the systems.”

Climate impacts reach Kenya

Kenya, like many other countries in Africa, is on the climate impacts frontline. It has seen a drastic reduction in rainfall in recent years. Drought is amplifying problems in agriculture caused by poor land use and desertification, making Kenya’s large scale hydro power unreliable.

Faced with these challenges, investing in solar energy technologies is a win-win strategy. It strengthens the economy and protects the environment, while ensuring a reliable and clean energy supply. The solar industry is ready and able to deliver the needed capacity. There is no technical impediment to doing this, just a political barrier to overcome as we rebuild the global energy sector. Source: Greenpeace
There is so much work to do in so many other countries across our globe. If each person with the means and the skills would make a conscious effort to help our less fortunate and impoverished brothers and sisters in other countries, then the world would be in better shape environmentally.
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