An Overview Of Our Solution
- Population Impacted
- Continent: North America
127 E. Oak Hill Ave. NE
Local resources the community depends on, and for what purpose
Local threats to resources
Level of sensitivity
Level of adaptive capacity
Using federal money plus investment of private citizens, on a county-by-county basis, put solar panel arrays on every building in each county. The poorer the property owner or tenant, the larger the array they would be eligible for, and conversely, the wealthier the property owner or tenant, the smaller array they would be allowed. The wealthy would get arrays to meet their average consumption estimates, while the poor would get arrays far exceeding their needs, such that the excess would be remitted to them. Businesses would also be given arrays meeting their average demands. Investors would get a percentage of daily use paid back to them until their investment was repaid, with a small amount of interest, done as a municipal bond.
Economic Indicators used to measure benefit
Reduction in both rate and actual acreage of forest losses due to both mining and pollution. Increase in Native biodiversity in forests and streams.
Community/Social Indicators used to measure benefit
Training to put arrays in could be done ad hoc, as paid and unpaid internships. Early on, federal grants would be used to begin, but thereafter, private investors in municipal bonds would maintain the program.
More jobs and fewer people needing public assistance would create even more need for service industry jobs, and greater tourism.
Ecological Indicators used to measure benefit
Locally, having no income tax, we rely on sales taxes to fund most things. Any increase in spending would equal an increase in sales tax revenue, giving an easy way to see the local benefits.
What were/are the challenges your community faced in implementing this solution?
People do not believe we can power everything we currently use and like with solar alone. They need to be shown it can be done.
Describe the community-based process used to develop the solution including tools and processes used
The solution I propose would give the poorest people a cash infusion that would be permanent. Along with solar arrays, everyone would get free energy assessments, and help via state and local programs for weatherising their homes. The wealthy and the poor would be brought together both by investors helping the poor, as well as by the poor becoming less so over time.
Climate hazard of concern
How does your solution reduce the exposure of and buffer/protect the ecosystem affected?
My solution would immediately reduce the need for coal for electricity, and would immediately reduce its burning locally, reliving a major issue, serving as an example for everywhere else. It would also create a culture expecting to use electricity for all needs, rather than turning to natural gas for home heating, gasoline for cars, etc.. This could be considered a consolidation of consumption, from several markets into one. Job losses in the Big Carbon markets would be replaced by Green jobs in maintenance and repair.
How has your solution increased the capacity of the ecosystem to adapt to potential climate changes?
Any relief of pollutants, particularly heavy metals, will strengthen the biomes affected. Removing the excess local Carbon from the air will strengthen the plants, and the animals who depend on those plants.
How does your solution reduce the exposure of and buffer/protect the communities affected?
In two ways, my solution helps reduce the exposure of local and regional biomes. First, it prevents their initial harm to get the "natural resources" of coal and natural gas. Second, it prevents their secondary harm from the burning of those same resources as outlined in the previous paragraphs.
How does your solution reduce the sensitivity of the communities affected?
Any reduction in pollution reduces the sensitivity of ecosystems to further harm, such as can be expected from Climate Change. My program would reduce or eliminate pollution from most Carbon sources, as well as reducing the use of nuclear power.
How has your solution increased the capacity of local communities to adapt to potential climate changes?
Any reduction in sensitivity to harms increases the capacity of local communities to adapt to potential climate changes. My program would reduce ecological sensitivities, thus increasing the capacity of local ecosystems to adapt to stresses from Climate Change.
Can this solution be replicated elsewhere?
Yes. It should naturally spread like a disease, once established.