The Most Powerful Weapon of Change

The Most Powerful Weapon of Change

Interview with Pia Løvengreen Alessi, contributor to the Energy Portraits project, shortlisted as one of the best climate communication projects running for the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra” 2021. 


Is generating more energy with less emissions a farfetched utopia? Far from it, international expert Pia Løvengreen Alessi shows us the faces behind the emerging technical, organisational, and behavioural revolution that has the force to change the world. A revolution involving younger generations, over a billion people without access to energy, as well as present and future global leaders. A revolution that is being carried forward with what Nelson Mandela called the most powerful weapon of change.

As the world delves deeper into climate change, the interdisciplinary nature of the growing challenge is becoming evident, together with its urgency. One of the key aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to “Leave no one behind”. When addressing Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), this means, among other actions, ensuring access to energy for the 1.1 billion people who still live without it. However, this path has to leave fossil fuels behind if it is to ensure that poverty eradication goes hand in hand with climate change mitigation.

Youth and adults, future (and present) global leaders are being trained to identify innovative and multi-dimensional solutions to these challenges, learning to have an open-minded holistic approach to problem-solving. Because, in the words of Pia Løvengreen Alessi, Energy Advisor at FSR Global, with extensive work experience in managing projects in the field of energy, education and sustainable development, “When teaching about sustainable development or the energy transition, there is no silver bullet.” […]

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