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29 November

People Have Spoken-Keep The Oil In The Ground & Let The SunShine In

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"Our shoes will march for us." Nicole Ghio of the Sierra Club

“Our shoes will march for us.” Symbolic & poignant Silent March by 20,000 pairs of shoes in Paris on Nov. 29, 2015. (credit: Nicole Ghio of the Sierra Club)

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I’ve been away for quite a while. But this event definitely needs to be shared, despite how busy life may get. Even though the focus of Sun Is The Future is to promote, educate, and share information regarding solar energy, please do keep in mind that the transition into use of solar energy would help to reduce pollution, solve energy problem, slow down climate change, eliminate international conflicts, and generate local jobs and economy.

This may seem to be the worst of times, but it holds the promise of a future for the best of times….on this eve of the COP 21 climate talks (when leaders of nearly 200 countries will be joining for a global conference on climate change in Paris), climate activists and Parisians once again stepped up with creativity, in Place de Republique, to demonstrate not only to those in the City of the Light, but also to all of those around the world: placing about 20,000 pairs of shoes as a symbol of the poignant “silent march,” after being told by French authorities that they couldn’t march in Paris.This is a way of symbolically and powerfully joining the climate march and each pair of shoes shows the determination of Parisians to have their voices heard on climate change,” said Iain Keith of Avaaz, which helped plan the action. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon dropped off a pair of his running shoes, saying, “As the world gathers in Paris to stand up for climate action, let us also stand in the shoes of all victims of terrorism, war and persecution and respond with compassion.” Pope Francis sent along a pair of shoes to be placed on his behalf.

Human Chain in Paris demanding the oil be kept under the ground (credit: 360.org)

Human Chain (nearly 10,000 people participated in the human chain, according to Agence France Presse) in Paris demanding the oil to be kept under the ground (credit: 350.org)



When the clock struck noon in Paris today (Nov. 29, 2015), thousands of Parisians and activists joined hands to form a human chain down Boulevard Voltaire, starting from Place de Republique, passing the Bataclan Theater (where most of the lives were taken during the tragic attacks of November 13th), and down to Place de la Nation. At the Bataclan, participants left a 100-meter gap for the memorials that line the sidewalks. Nearly 10,000 people participated in this human chain, according to Agence France Presse.

Human Chain in Paris (credit: Ben & Jerry's)

Human Chain in Paris, on November 29, 2015, from near Place de Republique to Place de la Nation  (credit: Ben & Jerry’s)

We joined hands today against climate change and violence,” said Hoda Baraka, Global Communications Manager for 350.org. “People here in Paris, and hundreds of thousands who are taking part in climate marches worldwide, have a clear message for world leaders: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy.” In London an estimated 50,000 showed up. In Belfast and Berlin and Barcelona, climate activists took to the streets. Here in the United States, climate marches are underway in New York and Nashville, in Louisville and (later today) in Los Angeles. In Bargny, Senegal, demonstrators flowed through the streets. Please allow me to share some of the images by 350.org of marches (Global Climate March) that broke out in Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.

Climate March Nov 2015-Bargny Senegal (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Bargny Senegal (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Wellington New Zealand (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Wellington New Zealand (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Warsaw Poland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Warsaw Poland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Tuvalu (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Tuvalu (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Quezon City Philippines (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Quezon City Philippines (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Paris France (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Paris France (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA 2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Oakland CA 2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Moruya New South Wales (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Moruya New South Wales (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Vic Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Vic Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne Australia2 350.org final

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Melbourne, Australia (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-London England (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-London England (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Human Chain Paris (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Human Chain Paris (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable2 (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Green Groups Declare That Our Survival Is Non-Negotiable (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Forest City, Rockford, IL (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Forest City, Rockford, IL (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Fiji (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Fiji (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Dhaka Bangladesh (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Dhaka Bangladesh (credit: 350.org )

Climate March Nov 2015-Coppenhagen Denmark (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Coppenhagen Denmark (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (credit: 350.org)

Climate March Nov 2015-Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (credit: 350.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is   time to let our Sun Shine In Throughout Our Planet Earth It Is Time To Let Our SunShine In for it is the Clean and Renewable Energy such as Solar and Wind Energy that will slow down the climate change, solve pollution and energy problem, reduce international conflicts, enable prosperity for clean energy industry by creating more local jobs. Leaders of the world, will you be riding on the top of the wave of  Solar Tsunami or below it ?! The decision is yours!

~have a bright and sunny day~
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3 February

London Blackfriars Has World’s Largest Solar Bridge, Generating Enough Power To Give Away 79,000 Free Cups of Tea On Its Launch Day! !

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Today’s post is dedicated to my dear father, who had spent more than fifty years of his life as a civil structure engineer, designing and building bridges (he loved designing & building bridges so much that we even buried him in a boulder next to a bridge). He would have loved this piece!

Blackfriars (Solar) Bridge of London (credit: Network Rail and Solarcentury, http://www.solarcentury.com/uk )

Network Rail cut the ribbon on the 4,400 solar PV (photovoltaic) panels on Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames, after almost five years in the making. This is a true testament to London’s effort in becoming a sustainable city. Thanks to Mr. Matthew Sales of Solarcentury, I am able to share a link of the time lapse of the building of the new bridge (http://youtu.be/qleBLGJqvmc) and a video of the launch day (Jan. 22, 2014, Wed.)of Blackfriars (Solar) Bridge, below:


Wow, did you know that solar power generated at Blackfriars (Solar) Bridge produces enough electricity to make 79,000 cups of tea each day or  to power 333 houses all year round? It’s able to meet 50% of the station’s electricity needs, such that this portion of the  electricity demands are met by 4,400 solar panels covering the 6,000 sq meters (equivalent to 23 tennis courts) of the new station.  Blackfriars Bridge 1.1 MWp solar system will be able to generate 900,000 kWh annually and saving 513,000 kg of CO2 annually.Not only has  Blackfriars Bridge demonstrated to us that there is much of  the surface areas of planet earth not yet fully utilized to generate solar power, but also the fact that by having the coverage for bridges,  potentially this will help to reduce the amount of auto accidents and impact of wear and tare on vehicles during snow and rain seasons.

Now, let’s back track for a bit of its history: Blackfriars Railway Bridge is a railway bridge crossing the River Thames in London, between Blackfriars Bridge and the Millennium Bridge. Borrowing from Wikipedia:

There have been two structures with the name. The first bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by Joseph Cubitt for the London, Chatham and Dover Railway. Massive abutments at each end carried the railway’s insignia, preserved and restored on the south side. Following the formation of the Southern Railway in 1924, inter-city and continental services were concentrated on Waterloo, and St Paul’s Station became a local and suburban stop. For this reason, the use of the original bridge gradually declined. It eventually became too weak to support modern trains, and was therefore removed in 1985 – all that remains is a series of columns crossing the Thames and the southern abutment, which is a Grade II listed structure.The second bridge, built slightly further downstream (to the east), was originally called St Paul’s Railway Bridge and opened in 1886.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge, with the remains of the old bridge in the foreground and St. Paul's Cathedral in the background. The old bridge was dismantled in 1984, leaving these ornate columns. (credit: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en)

 

Blackfriar Bridge viewed from South Bank in July 2003 (credit: creative commons attribution-share alike 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was designed by John Wolfe-Barry and Henry Marc Bruneland is made of wrought iron. It was built by Lucas & Aird. When St Paul’s railway station changed its name to Blackfriars in 1937 the bridge changed its name as well.

At the southern end of the bridge was Blackfriars Bridge railway station which opened in 1864 before closing to passengers in 1885 following the opening of what is today the main Blackfriars stationBlackfriars Bridge railway station continued as a goods stop until 1964 when it was completely demolished, and much of it redeveloped into offices.

As part of the Thameslink Programme, the platforms at Blackfriars station have been extended across the Thames and partially supported by the 1864 bridge piers. The project is designed by Jacobs and Tony Gee & Partners and built by Balfour Beatty. The work also includes the installation of a roof covered with photovoltiac solar panels. It is the largest of only two solar bridges in the world (the other being Kurilpa Bridge in Australia). Other green improvements include sun pipes and systems to collect rain water .

Let’s hope there will be more solar bridges throughout planet Earth  in decades to come.

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