The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) that leverages tourism and technology to help remote communities access solar energy has won a prestigious UN award for its efforts to combat climate change amid the pandemic.
GHE is among the winners of the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Award. It is one of the world’s first organizations using tourism and technology to bring solar energy to remote communities.
There are more than 16 million people in the Hindu Kush Region, without access to basic energy mainly due to their geographic remoteness.
The infrastructure developed by GHE is owned and operated by the community.
GHE has electrified more than 131 villages in three regions of India, directly impacting the lives of more than 60,000 villagers.
Congratulating the winners, UN Secretary-General Guterres said the winners provide tangible proof that climate action is underway around the world.
“It is exciting to see these climate solutions, which reinforce my call for decisive leadership on climate change by governments, businesses, and cities, and for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us keep pressing ahead to build a more sustainable and equitable future for all,” he said.
UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said, “COVID-19 has altered lives, economies and the nature of business on every continent — from the largest cities to the smallest villages. It is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.”