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While governments around the world sign on to ‘free’ trade treaties that give corporations the right to sue them if they allow social or environmental needs to get in the way of their profits, more and more communities are taking power into their own hands.

At the grassroots, there is an explosion of inspiring projects worldwide. Everywhere you look people are coming together to reduce CO2 emissions, protect the environment, and rebuild their local and regional economies. Here in Byron we pride ourselves on our strong community ties and leadership and we now have an exciting opportunity to move forward and become a model for the rest of the country by supporting a new and important initiative.

Enova is a renewable energy retailer. It’s a social enterprise and is part of a worldwide movement to re-empower local communities. It is the first of its kind in Australia and it will be pioneered in the northern rivers. They are committed to creating local jobs and delivering economic, social and environmental benefits. Enova will support the local economy by returning profits and expenses back into the region. They promise to reduce carbon emissions and intend to deliver 100 per cent green power.

This is not just about energy, it is also about political power. Enova is giving this region the opportunity to say no to the big three power companies and to diversify. These big power companies are structured so that their decision-making policies are completely detached from the people and communities they claim to serve. In contrast to this corporate model, Enova’s aim is to work within and for the community. They will have a not-for-profit arm that will assist and advise on improving energy efficiency and will work with other local agencies to ensure social equality as the community shifts to renewable energy.

We need to get behind this effort. With strong community support we may be able to reverse the pressures from the corporate monopolies and their friends in government. We can get together and create the future we all want!

Enova’s share offer closes on November 27. The prospectus and more information is available at www.enovaenergy.com.au

Helena Norberg-Hodge, Mullumbimby


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