1 hr 4 min

2.6 A Climate of Hope - Power to the People Utopia Dispatch

    • Society & Culture

Join George, Ollie and Sarah as they continue to search for the people, stories and ideas that can help us to solve the climate crisis, and build a better future at the same time. In this episode, the team talks to Mariama Kamara, Founder and Director of Smiling Through Light, and Leila Fortunato, volunteer Director of Banister House Solar - two brilliant women putting solar energy in the hands of the people.

Mariama grew up in Sierra Leone, and set up a company as a way to empower local women through selling solar lamps, bringing clean, renewable energy access at the same time as creating employment and income opportunities in rural areas.

Leila lives in Hackney, London. She talks about her journey to becoming Director of a community solar project on her local housing estate, and all the benefits that projects like this can bring to communities.

Links:
Smiling Through Light: https://twitter.com/smilingmk
Mariama’s article in The Beam: https://medium.com/thebeammagazine/women-in-sierra-leone-the-invisible-force-of-the-energy-transition-2c309e3bdf39
Banister House Solar: http://www.hackneyenergy.org.uk/banister-house/
Repowering London: https://www.repowering.org.uk/

Sound Effects

- hamster in a jar by Liancu https://freesound.org/people/Liancu/sounds/344728/
- Rat in the attic, possum in the roof by Darius Kedros https://freesound.org/people/Darius%20Kedros/sounds/276857/
- alarms by guitarguy1985 https://freesound.org/people/guitarguy1985/sounds/54048/
- hamster2 by ondrosik https://freesound.org/people/ondrosik/sounds/165906/

Photo by Rohan Makhecha on Unsplash

Join George, Ollie and Sarah as they continue to search for the people, stories and ideas that can help us to solve the climate crisis, and build a better future at the same time. In this episode, the team talks to Mariama Kamara, Founder and Director of Smiling Through Light, and Leila Fortunato, volunteer Director of Banister House Solar - two brilliant women putting solar energy in the hands of the people.

Mariama grew up in Sierra Leone, and set up a company as a way to empower local women through selling solar lamps, bringing clean, renewable energy access at the same time as creating employment and income opportunities in rural areas.

Leila lives in Hackney, London. She talks about her journey to becoming Director of a community solar project on her local housing estate, and all the benefits that projects like this can bring to communities.

Links:
Smiling Through Light: https://twitter.com/smilingmk
Mariama’s article in The Beam: https://medium.com/thebeammagazine/women-in-sierra-leone-the-invisible-force-of-the-energy-transition-2c309e3bdf39
Banister House Solar: http://www.hackneyenergy.org.uk/banister-house/
Repowering London: https://www.repowering.org.uk/

Sound Effects

- hamster in a jar by Liancu https://freesound.org/people/Liancu/sounds/344728/
- Rat in the attic, possum in the roof by Darius Kedros https://freesound.org/people/Darius%20Kedros/sounds/276857/
- alarms by guitarguy1985 https://freesound.org/people/guitarguy1985/sounds/54048/
- hamster2 by ondrosik https://freesound.org/people/ondrosik/sounds/165906/

Photo by Rohan Makhecha on Unsplash

1 hr 4 min

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