UMD strives to combat climate change with solar energy

By KBJR News 1

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Solar energy is one key to combatting climate change.

That's was the message at a Global Carbon Infrastructure event at UMD Wednesday night.

UMD hosts a series of lectures focusing on international issues, and Wednesday's focus was global sustainability.

Speakers say they'd like to get people to accept the notion of solar energy as a common good.

They say harnessing solar energy will slowly take people away from the carbon fueled grid.

Experts also say there is a growing awareness that we are facing climate change and people are catching on that something must be done.

"We certainly believe that that's happening here, along with all the other issues it feeds into... food security, energy use, and if we don't address these issues globally but also how it impacts us locally and what we do locally impacts the rest of the international community, then we're really ignoring a major international issue," said Cindy Christian, director of UMD's Alworth Institute.

Professors presented successful solar initiatives from Germany and Brazil, and hope to design and build community-based solar energy projects in Arizona and Minnesota.

Elsa Robins