The Solar Schools Network is doing solar and energy efficiency projects in the Galapagos Islands!
On 26 June 1996, US President Clinton made a speech to the United Nation's Special Session on Environment and Development in which he announced a new initiative to increase the use of solar energy. He said,
Million Solar Roofs
"...We will work with businesses and communities to use the sun's energy to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by installing solar panels on 1,000,000 more roofs around our nation by 2010...."
This statement launched the USA's Million Solar Roofs Initiative. As of 2006, the US "Federal government's investment of $16 million had leveraged roughly $7.1 million in cash. It also leveraged in-kind resources and incentive programs throughout the country. This synergy has contributed to the ... Installation of the equivalent of more than 377,000 solar water heating, photovoltaics (PV), and solar pool heating systems. [They didn't quite make it, did they? I wonder what they mean by "equivalent?!" Why did they give up in 2006?]
Now here we are at 2010 and we do not yet have a million solar roofs. Let's face it, Youth of America, your elders have let you down!
Since the Federal government couldn't do it, California picked up the slack and created the California Solar Initiative, committed to $2.8 Billion. Now that's more like it. However, they pushed the goal out to 2016.
Well, I guess it's up to you. (In fact, if you learn nothing else in school, just be aware of this: It's up to you!
So if you want to participate in a solar sister school program with students in the Galapagos Islands, give us a call at +1.831.425.8523.
Please join us in this exciting educational journey to transform our global energy future and to protect the environment!