They share their a vision about a solarized future
On May 15, 2019, an eighth-grader from International School Manila (ISM) wrote a letter to the Solaric Founder and President, Mike De Guzman. In his letter, Marcel Miro said, “I am writing to you to applaud your efforts in helping those in need of electricity and making a cheap useful alternative. I have been very amazed by your effect on the Philippines alone. I have seen the videos of the people you have helped and I believe that your work could improve the lives of millions in need.”
Marcel sees the advantages of Solar Energy in the Philippines and indicated his participation in a project called Advocating for Change, in which he was involved in researching about a world issue he was passionate about. His chosen topic was solar energy.
“I was inspired that you have stepped up to help your fellow citizens in a country where the government isn’t yet prepared to do so. I would like to praise you, and show my appreciation for your efforts and success in helping people,” said Marcel in his letter.
Marcel went on to share some of the critical data he had gathered in the course of his research, including the fact that there are 130 Million people in Southeast Asia alone without access to electricity. He also cited the challenges in creating widely available sustainable electrification.
In closing, Marcel invited De Guzman to the annual Advocating For Change (AFC) Day at ISM on May 31, 2019, to listen to Marcel present his final learnings, hopes, and dreams for a solar future.
Upon receiving the letter, De Guzman answered all the questions asked by Marcel in his letter.
“As you may know it’s the creation of greenhouse gases that are accelerating these changes. Most of mankind’s socio and political wars involve energy rights and resources,” emphasized De Guzman.
De Guzman took it a step further and canceled his morning meetings at the office just to actually head out to ISM on AFC Day. Marcel and De Guzman had a substantial chat about solar and life.
“You see something that other people don’t,” said De Guzman.
The witty and passionate 13-year-old replied, “My mom and dad have instilled that in me. When I went to India, my dad took me to see even the dire parts of the country. Some of them didn’t have proper electricity, some dirty water, some insects. I saw parts and parcel of the hard life.”
“My vision of a renewable world? I think solar can be used for a lot of things, not just houses. Solar power plants, cars, air filters, everything – solar is easier for moving objects. It can all be used in conjunction for anything,” added Marcel.
Marcel dreams of studying technology in the future so that he can transform his visions into realities.
Click here to read the inspiring letter of Marcel Mirco.