"Even those in favor of renewable energy have been known to debate how much of our power it can provide. But at the Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy conference , the question was not whether we can get to 100%. Instead, speakers asked, How do we get there? And how soon?"
"What’s the biggest barrier to 100% renewables? According to keynote speaker Frances Moore Lappé, it’s all in our heads. That’s because it’s hard for us to see beyond our mental map and cultural filters. Instead of talking about scarcity and limits to growth, which are part of this mental map, she believes that to find solutions we need to reframe the issue."
Predictions underestimate the growth of renewables
"That’s just one of many predictions gone awry when it comes to renewables. Keynote speaker Eric Martinot, after providing many examples of fast growth in renewables, noted that we’re already exceeding conservative scenarios. Projections from the World Bank and others have generally been a decade off or a factor of 10 lower than actual outcomes. That’s right: we’re heading down the path to 100% renewables more quickly than predicted."
Renewables are for everyone
"As Stefan Schurig of the World Future Council reminded conference-goers, the path to 100% won’t be easy. Resistance tends to get stronger the more successful our efforts. But he left us with a well-known quote that’s worth repeating here:"
First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.