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It Takes A Crowd: Funding Solar Energy In Developing Countries

October 20th, 2019 | by The Beam

When it comes to the global energy and development outlook, we should be considering crowdinvesting as an enabler that could begin to level global playing fields and ensure that sustainable business is at the heart of sustainable development. The challenges we are facing cannot be solved by crowdinvesting alone, but initiatives that make it easier for individuals to act together are already leading the way


Does A Sustainable First World Exist?

October 18th, 2019 | by The Beam

In a world where consumption and population are increasing, we face a full-on crisis. More people around the globe are headed towards a First World lifestyle, but the West has modeled a version of it that has outgrown the ecosystem that sustains it. What can we, everyday citizens, do to help turn the tide


From Rajasthan To Mexico: Why Gender Matters At The Heart Of The Energy Transition

October 13th, 2019 | by The Beam

Since women are the primary users of energy, they are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change impacts. Energy policies failing to reach women are thus exacerbating potential climate risks for them. In addition, gender inequalities limit women’s access to finance streams, information or training for using sustainable energy sources. Taking a gender lens approach is thus crucial for minimizing such bias and ensuring equal access to energy for both women and men


Saving Mexico’s Native Corn With Sustainable Furniture

October 8th, 2019 | by The Beam

Fernando Laposse is a Mexican designer who is drawing most of his inspiration from Mexico, its people, its craft, and their relationship to the natural world. We talked with Fernando about the role of design in raising awareness towards sustainable issues and he introduced us to one of its latest project: Totomoxtle, which showcases the range of species of native corn that exist in Mexico


The Beam Podcast, Episode 1: Powering The Globe With 100% Renewable Energy

October 2nd, 2019 | by The Beam

We don’t have any other choice than to swiftly transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy access for all. What we need is a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart. To talk about these issues, we have invited three experts who are working toward that goal in various ways but with the same incredible drive and enthusiasm


Meet Zolar, A Company Revolutionizing The Residential Solar Market

September 25th, 2019 | by The Beam

Alexander Melzer is the founder and CEO of Zolar. His career has always been dedicated to the solar industry, working as a Product Manager at Solarwatt AG, before moving to Canada and becoming Managing Director at Soventix Canada Inc., a global solar project developer. After travelling and biking around the world, he moved back to Germany where he founded Zolar together with his Co-Founder and friend from university Gregor Loukidis. His vision? Changing the world’s energy generation to 100% renewables.


Corporations & Renewables: Taking The Bull By The Horns

September 24th, 2019 | by The Beam

Commitment to sustainability has required untiring efforts from corporates. The race does not stop at 100% renewables. For taking up the sustainability reins, an attack is the best form of defense. At the beginning of this process, pragmatism was important. Corporate renewable energy pioneers were mainly focusing on standard corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and guarantees of origin (GOs). Now, sustainability leaders mainly focus on three areas: Location, supply chain, and synchronization of consumption and renewable energy supply


It’s Amazing What Women With Energy Can Do

September 23rd, 2019 | by The Beam

“Clean energy entrepreneurship offers a firm path to economic advancement and meaningful inclusion for women living in rural communities in West Africa. Trusting local women and giving them a voice to make a difference for their communities will be the bringer of sustainable positive change.”


Living The Online Life: Climate’s Unseen Battleground

September 20th, 2019 | by The Beam

Not only is the digital world unregulated, but it is also morally agnostic, giving rise to a wide range of political and social ills: fake news, internet addiction, social polarization, invasions of privacy, and more. As more people come online, a greater percentage of the world’s citizens and governments become vulnerable to this lawlessness of online life, or what I term ‘the onlife’


Grab A Cup Of Coffee, Sit Down, & Relax. You Are Listening To The Beam Podcast

September 19th, 2019 | by The Beam

Co-written with The Beam Chief-Editor Anne-Sophie Garrigou and produced by Anna Siwecka as an extension of The Beam Magazine, The Beam Podcast is a series of 12 podcast episodes released once a month. For 40 minutes, Anne-Sophie and Anna will be talking to global experts and try to understand all the issues related to the climate emergency


There Has Never Been A Better Time To Become A Climate Activist Than Now. Here’s Why

September 18th, 2019 | by The Beam

For our planet to remain habitable, we have to change everything. To move away from fossil fuels, we have to transform the way we eat, commute, live, consume, and travel. And we have to raise our voices — not just the youth, but people of all ages. In order to save our future, we have to become climate activists. The timeframe has been set a long time ago and we are approaching its end with increasing pace


The Hidden Cost Of Shell Oil Spills In Niger Delta

September 16th, 2019 | by The Beam

Decades of oil spillage in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta and the incessant bickering over who should own up to the wanton environmental degradation has taken a toll on Nigeria’s economy, seeing it slid into recession with the delta being classified as one of the most polluted places on earth



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