The world needs bold, transformative solutions that can bend the present trajectories of sustained, and even worsening, energy inequalities while simultaneously addressing the escalating threats of climate change. We need real political leadership that can implement grand solutions, but in ways that allow and stimulate real people on the ground to build locally appropriate solutions for power generation from below. We need a different mode of conversation than the distrustful and non-imaginary impasse we are currently locked in, and that colours climate negotiations and much of international debates. And we need different development models that emphasise well being, sufficiency and creativity.
This discussion paper on a Global Renewable Energy Support Programme presents one such approach. It is not the single answer – a silver-bullet – to all our problems, but it could, if implemented well, have a considerable impact at several different levels.