Michael Kadish, Executive Director since 2013, was part of a group of Californians who went on a trip to Baja California this past October and worked on installations as part of the GRID Alternatives International Program.
Borders have been in the news more than ever lately. Sometimes we can forget that most borders are creations of history and politics that were imposed on the land and on the people living there. Some people use borders to deepen the divide between people rather than promote connection. Here in California, no border looms larger than our shared border with Mexico. Millions of people travel across every year to connect with family, find work, trade goods and services, start a new life or simply enjoy themselves.
We were only able to see this thanks to the work of the International Program's Gustavo Valdez and the efforts of Kumeyaay community leader Genoveva Cuero Adams. Together they have been working to bring solar power and battery storage to the Kumeyaay community of Juntas de Neji. Located just outside Tecate, it is the northernmost indigenous community in Baja California. It also has largely existed without electricity or running water.
Crossing back over the bridge that spans today's border between Tijuana and San Ysidro, I felt fortunate to have had this experience and even more so to have the privilege to cross at all. Weeks later, I am still energized by the idea that through GRID's work, we can continue to make renewable energy accessible to everyone, regardless of borders.
To learn more about how the trips managed by our International Program work, and to explore ways that you can be involved, see this page.