Remote Alaskan Village Energizes With Renewables

The village of Igiugig is weaning off diesel generators and turning on solar and wind power. Watch a video of their story.

The village of Igiugig (population: less than 70).
The village of Igiugig (population: less than 70). (David Timko / Earthjustice)

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I was lucky enough to travel to Alaska last summer for a meeting of all the terrific groups who work together protecting America’s Arctic waters from destruction related to offshore drilling. I was even luckier to meet the fine folks of Igiugig, a remote community of less than 70 people who are transitioning away from diesel fuel to renewable energy sources.

Yes—in a remote village in Alaska. Take an introspective moment this Earth Day to ponder that. They are doing it in Alaska, the land of day-long nights and frozen tundra. But their determination is strong and the young leaders of the community have committed to a sustainable future.

My former CNN colleague Dave Timko and I packed a couple of cameras and microphones, hopped on a single prop plane and travelled over some 200 miles of Lake Iliamna shoreline to share their story with you:

We hope this inspires people in the big cities, small towns and remote villages to examine greener fuel sources.

Kari Birdseye worked at Earthjustice from 2011–2016, as a national press secretary and on advocacy campaigns protecting our health and the environment from the impacts of pesticides and toxic chemicals.

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