SXSW — March 13, 2023 — We Don’t Have Time Climate Hub, Austin, TX
Dr. Dinara Ermakova, Nuclear Communications Consultant for the Anthropocene Institute, participated on the panel “The Future of Energy” at the We Don’t Have Time Climate Hub at SXSW. Moderated by Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, the panel explored perspectives on everything from climate justice to the importance of new policies, financing, and skills shortages. Fellow panelists included social media influencers Isaias Hernandez, Environmental Educator and Founder of QueerBrownVegan and Kristy Drutman, Brown Girl Green and Founder of Green Jobs Board.
When asked what the “just” energy transition means, Dinara emphasized how important it is not to leave the developing world behind. “Transition happens here, in the developed world, abundant with skilled talent, funding and energy, while the developing world requires creation of energy systems from scratch. Many people don’t have access to water, electricity, and medical support. When we try to pitch transition, it means we can’t leave countries and communities behind. We have to collaborate and provide solutions that work for those communities to develop their energy systems to cover basic needs with stable energy sources.”
Photo Credit: Lily Noyes