During January and February, I embarked on the Peace Boat for the second time, donning the hat of Global Ambassador for Blue Planet Alliance. With keen attention, I observed and took notes on the discussions surrounding the topic of energy. Addressing energy is complex, as it encompasses electricity and everything that propels nations’ economies.

Nestled among the fjords of Patagonia and islets on the tempestuous coast of the Strait of Magellan, the small city of Punta Arenas stands at the southern tip of South America, just above the Antarctic Circle. Here, the relentless wind whips at the flags outside buildings while locals seek solace in the bars and restaurants of the city center. Magallanes, the southernmost region of Chile, with Punta Arenas as its capital, boasts a low population density and preserves its pristine nature. Yet, this untouched expanse of Patagonia could soon emerge as the beating heart of a global shift toward renewable energy.

Chile, with a population of 19.5 million, leads the charge in this transition, leveraging the powerful winds of Patagonia as just one of many enticing opportunities. My involvement in the Youth for the SDGs program provided insight into conservation efforts and the imperative to preserve pristine areas. The transition to renewable energy must harmonize with environmental protection, leveraging each region’s unique strengths.the unique ecosystems of each region.

Thanks to this immersive educational experience, I now view the world’s southernmost region as a space for exploring alternatives to fossil fuels. It’s a reminder of our collective responsibility to work towards a sustainable and habitable future for all.