Remote or rural communities are defined by geographical remoteness. His involves scare and low consumption, reasonable amount of supply, the ability to pay and the other related persistent challenges. Governments and different utilities centers are trying their best to struggle and increase their supply of energy in such remote areas. At the same time they are also trying to meet the other social objectives and trying to bring about effective availability of other useful resources. These communities are seen to be electrified by distributed networks which are formed from diesel generation (Smith and Karyn, 2012). Due to vast distances and sparse population, the process is deemed to be expensive, environmentally damaging and lessens the availability of renewable resources. Energy is an essential resource which is highly in demand as it can help and allow the Indigenous people to generate adequate electric power. Along with electricity it can contribute to encourage innovations, create affordable and reliable energy and aim to build capacity and local empowerment. At the same time it can also lead to several occupational opportunities (Johnson et al, 2021).
The main consideration which will have to be thought about is the matter of cost and making sure the production is done in a way which will make the aspect of availability more efficient. There can be other considerations which can come in the way of planning for reliable energy production (Green, Donna, and Gleb, 2010). Firstly, the complex policy sector can hinder the progress of development and stand as a challenge. Secondly, the next challenge that will have to be considered is to deal with the public opposition as they can view it to be a threat. Lastly, such a heavy production can be seen as a huge impact on the regional economies. Thus, the renewable energy policies are demanded to be strengthened and taken seriously, so that the Indigenous population can participate actively. They expect the authorities to directly include them as the decision or policy depends on their lands.
Consider and explain the potential impact that energy has on the education, health, housing, employment and business of rural and remote Indigenous communities. How can renewable energy be supported by rural and remote Indigenous communities?
The impact of energy on Indigenous rural and remote communities is seen to be highly beneficial. It can potentially bring about a huge range of occupational opportunities which can lead to considerable rural growth. Proper electrification can allow the installation of advanced equipments in local hospitals and this can improve their healthcare sector. It can positively impact education as information and other educational resources can be easily accessible. Greater housing facilities can be installed with the help of potential production of energy which can gradually improve their standard of living. Lastly, the scope of innovation can be utilized with respect to benefit in business (Lowan-Trudeau, 2017).
The two central objectives which can be supported by the rural and remote indigenous communities are environmental concern and the growth of the local economy. It can be considered as a process of development for the rural and remote communities (Barrymore and Jane , 2019). They will have the benefit to improve their society and make use of efficient resources which will not harm the planet and also develop their condition of living. On the same line of thought, occupational opportunities relevant to renewable energy require more of skills based and labor focused effort. They are divided on their own level of expertise and the rural areas receive work based on the primary employment fields (Lowan-Trudeau, 2017). This includes the section of manufacturing and natural resources.
There can be a lot of reason which can stand as a challenge to introduce sustainable renewable energy. Considering historical references of colonization, the indigenous population does not completely agree to let renewable energy companies conduct their construction on their land (Demirba?, 2006). As these companies are seen to be forceful, several people from their communities have received threats and even detention upon protesting against their establishment. Such clashes and treatment shows the importance and value of the Indigenous people to the government and the companies. In the name of economic development, the Indigenous population has faced environmental impacts, criminalization of their community and social conflicts (Barrymore and Jane , 2019).
Several areas of the world are switching to renewable energy mostly with the idea in mind that it will lead to releasing a lot of less waste. The indigenous culture is a lot closer to the nature, their land and their identity (Demirba?, 2006). Thus, harming any one of the cultural factors can be proposed as a threat. Studied have shown that in current years, the changing effects of the climate have majorly affected the Indigenous population. Other than that the government has not taken the required steps to control the entry of companies and conquer their lands to conduct the renewable energy establishments (Walker et al, 2021). In the current years, several cases of inflicting harm to livelihoods, violence against communities and forced relocation of communities have been noticed. This is one of the reasons why they were strongly against the production or installation of renewable energy resources. Thus, the major link between Indigenous culture and renewable energy is their agenda and main motive to save the nature and responsibly using its resources so that the future generation can utilize them.
As an Australian, it is imperative to know about the diverse culture and their historical impact which has prominently affected the current situation in Australia. It does feel like a privilege to admit that such energy is seen to be in abundance. Generating power and electricity does not seem to be a great concern in the urban areas. This has allowed me to understand their position and the struggle which the indigenous people face on a regular basis (Walker et al, 2021).
At the same time installing renewable power energy can lead to mitigate and control various climate change factors. “A Path Forward” shows the implementation of effective strategies which will establish the respect of Indigenous people all over the world. As it will contribute to economic development and reduction in the release of waste in the environment, it will, culturally damage the Indigenous population and their concept of staying grounded to nature (Burke, Matthew and Jennie, 2018). Considering their lifestyle and their dependence on the nature, I have noticed that as it is treated as their essential source, the inclusion of such integral yet external factors have instilled a fear in them. They fear their homes will be taken away again and they will be left with nothing. Responding to this case study has developed a greater understand of the perspective of the Indigenous population (Walker et al, 2021). As government authorities and companies are aiming to take their land, the Indigenous people are seen to be more protective and alert to protect their land which has been passed down from their ancestors. Thus, it can be said that the government will have to look for effective public policies and strategies which will be beneficial for the indigenous population to protect their land and bring about effective economic development (Smith and Karyn, 2012). Most of the indigenous movements are based on protecting their lands and the nature around them, thus several effective and well thought policies will have to be prepared in order to bring about real development and encourage the indigenous population to live an improved life (Lowan-Trudeau, 2017).
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