Wind energy faces legal hurdles in Newfoundland and Labrador. That hasn’t stopped Nick Mercer; in diesel-dependent communities he’s working on improving energy sustainability.
Diesel dependence is coming at a huge cost for these communities, when better solutions exist. In Black Tickle a quarter of residents report living in a cold home. Through renewable energy, like wind and solar, and energy efficiency measures this dependence can be lowered.
Ten youth from Southern Inuit communities in Labrador will also be hired as part of this work, through the NATURE Youth Council. Those interested in applying can find more information here.
What’s needed now is political will and the end of restrictions that prevent communities from working with renewable energy developers, Nick says.
Nick’s take on what you can do: Talk to your local politicians, your MHAs, and get active on social media. Make these communities a priority and make it clear how sustainable energy can be part of the solution to these problems.
You can follow Nick Mercer on Twitter at @NickMercer2