Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009
This description of Sergio Oceransky's work was prepared when Sergio Oceransky was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Impoverished areas in southern Mexico, where indigenous tribes have been allowed to operate with considerable autonomy by the Mexican government, have become a current battleground for massive new wind farm investments. In order to change the course of these developments, Sergio is democratizing the future of the energy economy by making it possible for local and indigenous communities to participate in, and benefit from, their own grassroots renewable energy projects. Sergio’s primary focus is currently in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico, with communities that have rejected contracts from multinational energy companies. He has also begun to work with Maori communities in New Zealand, farmers' cooperatives in India and community electricity cooperatives in Europe and North America.
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