2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities
The 2016 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities are shining examples of climate change action underway around the world. Each of the 13 activities touches on one of three areas: action that fosters women’s leadership, action that unlocks climate finance and action that uses ICT solutions. Together, the 2016 Lighthouse Activities are helping communities, cities, businesses, governments and institutions move towards a low-carbon, highly resilient future.
Winning activities include:
- A Google-led project that could catalyse the rooftop solar market for millions of people across the United States
- An ingenious net that harvests fog from the air to provide drinking water for people on the edge of Morocco’s Sahara Desert
- North America’s first revenue-neutral tax that puts a price on carbon pollution
- A project that has established the first women-specific standard to measure and monetize women’s empowerment benefits of climate action
Other winners include the EU’s largest crowdfunding platform for community solar projects and a project in Malaysia initiated by Ericsson that uses sensors to provide near real-time information to restore dwindling mangrove plantations.
Further winners are a company that provides solar systems to homes and businesses in rural Tanzania through an innovative financial package and a Swedish city that became the first in the world to issue green bonds, enabling it to borrow money for investments that benefit the environment.