The message from recent climate reports is clear: humanity only has ten years left to prevent a global climate catastrophe. The solution for this crisis is also clear: we need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions by weaning ourselves off fossil fuels. Almost all nations have already set carbon reduction goals in Paris in 2015. Why are we not closing fossil fuel plants as fast as possible?
Energy has driven the massive economic growth that we have experienced since the Industrial Revolution. And with growing economies comes growing energy demand, especially in developing countries like the Philippines. Due to the pressure to rapidly meet this energy demand, fossil fuels remain tempting – and, some believe, unavoidable.
It is difficult to choose between climate and development. But we know that we have to change things if we are to survive.
The global energy transition towards 100% renewable energy offers a way out of this dilemma. But enabling this transition comes with its own set of very challenging processes. We need a collective understanding of the complexities surrounding the new energy system. We need living models that will demonstrate how low-carbon development can actually happen. And ultimately, we need to trigger systemic changes in our society's relationship with energy.
We need more than technical proficiency to make all these changes happen.
We need new leaders who are bold enough to navigate the transition.
The Renewable Energy Boot Camp (REBOOT) is a training program for young, proactive, and technically-oriented Renewable Energy Ambassadors who will facilitate mindset, process, and technology shifts towards a just, democratic, and fully-renewable energy transition in the Philippines.
REBOOT aims to train young RE Ambassadors to:
REBOOT is composed of three key parts: a series of six workshop clusters where trainees will gain concepts and tools to understand the energy sector; immersions in partner communities to help trainees comprehend social realities; and energy transition projects with development organizations.
The workshop clusters will consist of six four-day programs, spaced in a span of ten months. The clusters will feature discussions on social, political, economic, and environmental issues that affect the energy sector. Different renewable energy technologies will also be discussed. Participants will be taught tools for socioeconomic analysis to help them understand realities on the ground. Communication, leadership, community organizing, and project management skills will also be imparted.
Two of the six workshop clusters will be allotted for immersions in partner communities. In these immersions, the participants will be given time to live in their respective communities, experience local realities through the eyes of the residents themselves, and dream up renewable energy projects that can help address the issues that they observed.
The participants will then work on energy transition projects with partner development organizations who have done prior work in the immersion communities, with the aim of developing an actual project that will be implemented in the community. Participants will be expected to conceptualize and then develop a workable renewable energy project for their respective communities with the guidance and ample input from their partner organizations.
Participants shall present proposals for community-based renewable energy projects to their respective partner organizations. Their partner organization must adopt the project proposal for a participant to finish the program.
Attendance will be required for all clusters.
For all applicants, the REBOOT secretariat will email you for your interview schedules. Afterwards, please check your email on or before September 27 for the results.
For any queries or clarifications, please contact us at reboot(at)fes-philippines.org.
Diokno, Maria Teresa I.