Constructive dialogues about solutions and human rights aspects or renewable energy can only occur when the truth is made known and right now this has not been the case.
Nadiah shares local stories from indigenous communities in Sabah who are part of dialogues on creative renewable energy pathways, empowering themselves to make informed decisions. This will not only end energy poverty, but also build on the successes of existing small scale distributed energy systems that have emerged at grassroots level.
Being a journalist, covering climate issues is a big challenge without really understanding the underlying issues and what kind of future we need. With the media being biased, it’s not helping the just transition at all. There needs to be more training in terms of getting the newsroom to understand energy issues better, not only in fossil fuel, oil, and gas but also renewable energy.
In Malaysia, solar energy coverage has been very positive and there is not enough analytical pieces, most are verbatim straight from the government.
We have the capacity and technology to start decarbonization, what is critically needed right now is a strong social narrative that highlights a clean & just transition. It needs to be built on the stories and narrative of health, climate, social benefits. It cannot just be dollars and cents anymore.
Download the report here: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/from-us/briefings/renewable-energy-human-rights-benchmark/
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