E6: Here comes the sun

by Maria Garalde, Jihyeon Kim, Sahil Nair, Clara Osafo Sasu Senior


This Podcast is inspired by Sustainable Development Goal #7: Affordable and Clean energy. One of the main goals of this podcast is to explore whether solar power is indeed a better and more economically-sound option for society in the long-term, if it is being championed for its positive environmental impact or both. In this podcast, we talk about the Sustainable Development Goals – how they came about, who created them, and what their purpose is for the world. Additionally, it also consists of discussions on how people are slowly making the transition to renewable and alternative sources of energy, more specifically maximizing the power of the sun to provide electricity for homes, such as installing solar panels, and making solar power accessible to other social groups such as rural, off-grid communities. Listeners of the podcast will be able to gain in-depth knowledge on how solar energy is being adapted in Belgium, India, and in the Philippines, and this is presented through interviews with individuals who are able to give varying perspectives on the transition to solar power. Our invited guests consist of: a) two homeowners in Belgium (one who is considering installing solar panels for their home and another one who already has a solar-powered home), b) owner of a solar panel installation company in Spain, and c) a former Country Head of One Million Lights (NGO based in the Philippines that distributes micro solar panels to rural areas).




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Podcast Guests:
Paulina Ocampo, NGO – One Million Lights
Mario Martinez Gali – IDALIA ENERGY
Doyeon Kim, Citizen of Brussels

Free music from FinalCut pro: “Dolce Vita” and “Acoustic Sunrise”