Let’s collectively plan a vision for the border that bridges us rather than one that further divides us. To that end, I’m bringing in Homero Aridjis, James Ramey and Vasilis Fthenakis to the University of Arizona campus May 20th at noon for a forum on green, culture-and-wildlife friendly alternatives to Trump’s proposed wall.
For my part, I see the possibility of resolving the disparities in energy and food security along the border by investing in an agrivoltaic border collaborative.
Heat-sensitive food crops could be grown under the solar photo-voltaic arrays as they are now being done at three Tucson schools and at a demo project at Biosphere Two. Rainwater could be collected off the solar collectors to irrigate food or medicinal crops for use at nearby schools, clinics and homeless shelters in rural border communities.
We could have dialogue and reach our hands out to one another—raising food and renewable energy– rather than raising only our middle fingers!