Solar energy projects should be focus of overseas visits

Our team testing out some of the solar powered toys during the trip today. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA (With compliments of DW Academy/UNFCC)

BONN, Germany – November 11: 8.47pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Today was a long day for us.

Our media team from the Pacific, here as part of the Deutsche Welle/UN Climate Change program at the COP23, visited a number of places today.

Touring the solar-energy powered bakery which uses organic materials for its products. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Touring the solar-energy powered bakery which uses organic materials for its products. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

Three of those places were operational solar-power/energy projects that would definitely be eye-openers for Pacific leaders who are here at the biggest climate change gathering.

That included a solar powered learning institution, a solar energy/organic bakery and a solar-energy powered complex.

They are all living testimonies that it can be done – even without big funding.

And they all had one thing in common – they wanted to contribute to making our environment better thus reducing the likely negative effects of climate change.

As we traveled back home this evening there was one common issue we discussed — why don’t our leaders who come to meetings like the COP go and visit such projects so that they can learn first-hand what is being done and what we can replicate or do back in our own countries.

Pepper the robot was on show at the Villa Day complex which is solar-energy powered. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Pepper the robot was on show at the Villa Day complex which is solar-energy powered. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

That would make their trips to such meetings, with high spending, more reasonable.

It would at least justify the need for them to use taxpayers’ money.

We all thought that might be something we can think on.

That’s the take from Bonn this evening!






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