Student Contest Winner: Energy Empowers Her – The New York Times

by | May 31, 2022 | Energy

Before coming to Iqaluit in 2019, she worked on community-led renewable energy projects in Ontario and New York State.The following interview has been edited and condensed.Were you interested in renewable energy growing up? Was it as talked about at the time?When I first got interested in climate justice, renewable energy wasn’t my biggest priority. At the time, there was more dialogue about “Here’s what’s wrong, we’re all going to die in 30 years,” which is really anxiety-inducing — and we need to be aware of climate anxiety. In my late teens, I realized that we need to come up with solutions and not just point out issues, and it was in university that I started to think about renewable energy. From when I joined, the conversation has shifted, and we’re now talking about how we can use the solutions we have. We just need the political will to actually do that.What is a myth you want to bust about renewable energy in the Arctic?The question I get asked the most is “Does solar work in the Arctic?” Some communities see 24 hours of darkness at times, so how does that work? When you’re looking at renewables in the Arctic, it’s important to look at the annual energy production from solar. In the summer, some communities see 24 hours of sunlight, so there are times when you’re constantly generating electricity. It definitely works.The term “just transition” is often used in terms of renewable energy. What would a just transition in Nunavut look like to you?A just transition must be community and Inuit-led and incorporate Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit traditional knowledge and societal values). Inuit need to be meaningfully consulted in any process, and I’m not se …

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