Haiti: Out of the Wood, Into the Sun?
If Jack Bauer started an NGO devoted to climate change, it would probably be called the Carbon War Room (CWR). The organization (mentioned by CWR member Jack Hidary in his Planet Forward interview) takes an unusually hawkish approach to the challenge of “decoupling [carbon dioxide] emissions and natural resource destruction from economic growth,” and they’ve recently put forth an interesting proposal. According to a March 4 article from The Economist, CWR CEO Jigar Shah believes Haiti should take advantage of its epic misfortune and rebuild its infrastructure on the back of solar power. Traditionally, Haiti has relied on firewood as a source of energy, a practice that has left the island largely deforested.