On a cloudy Monday afternoon, a few young adults got together to talk about the sun. They pedal their cause as: The Green Energy Movement. Not many college students would think--given the prospect of a free summer with all that time, all that freedom to finally sit back and catch up on Game of Thrones or The Office--to use their time to kindle an energy movement. These students did.
They met in a simple room in the Norwalk library, with nothing but a table and a painting of a Cape Cod lighthouse. The first thing discussed was social media. “At least 80% of people stand behind green energy. We just have to find a way to get them involved,” said David Kessler, a student studying Economics at Vanderbilt University.
Despite a large amount of supporters, things aren't always so easy. Similarly, there are also many people behind the idea of free education. The problem is that the reality we want or think is good for us often comes with massive setbacks. Renewables, however, are an all around win: it promotes environmental health, serves as an engine for economic growth, helps people save money, and is a way to create innovative technologies that can improve our lives.
You just need the leg work and grassroots activism to help it springboard. For these reasons, the Green Energy Movement started.
Everyone in the room either grew up in Connecticut or on the opposite side of the globe. I sat next to a friend from Ukraine. Ramil, who is from Russia and goes to UConn, is working on a modest looking pole that can charge your cell phone. “The design could use work,” he said, smiling. “But the idea is there”. And more importantly, he is in the process of designing a bench that he hopes will end up in parks around Connecticut and hopefully in other places too. It can charge your phone, have WiFi and do other things simply by soaking up the energy of the sun.
How cool is that?
Most of the solar energy people use today is solely for personal use. And even today, it is not often that large scale energy producers run off of solar. Here or there you see a panel on a home or two. In fact, Elon Musk just invented a sleek and sly new invention, which are solar roof top tiles that look exactly like roof top tiles that can make the house completely self-sufficient. But solar energy is not often in the public sphere. The Green Energy Movement is an attempt at increasing solar energy usage on a large scale basis, especially in public.
By the end of the summer, the group has a few goals. According to David Kessler, they want “To expand our social media, to finish the bench, and to have five presentations.” All of the presentations, which will showcase how to move to green energy, will happen at libraries around Fairfield county. During the school year, they also hope to give presentations around colleges and high schools.
The main ingredient this movement requires in order to make it blossom--in order for the entire solar energy movement to blossom as a whole--is objective support which includes: an increased following on social media, more attendance at these events, and a supporting militia behind the cause. After all, we all stand behind a healthier planet.
But if we want something we have to fight for it. All things worth having require effort. And according to these young adults, a healthier planet, new technology, and a better economy are all things worth having. They just need support. They need people to join the fight.
They are hosting an event at the Easton library on July 11th at 7pm. Their Facebook page is: Green Energy Movement.
They just need energy. Not the solar kind, but the human kind.
Green Energy Movement