Why Chile? Learning from Chile’s Climate Hackers

The central theme of the 2023 Global Congress, planet_ hack_ _ serves as an acknowledgment of the escalating climate crisis and the imperative for innovative, eco-friendly solutions. The selection of Chile as the host country is a deliberate nod to Chile's pivotal role in the realm of climate action and sustainability. This decision is underlined by the fact that a substantial 21% of Chile's landmass is designated as protected territory, with the Patagonian forest, by some estimates, exhibiting a remarkable ability to absorb three times more CO2 per hectare than the renowned Amazon rainforest. In addition, the global transition to green energy will rely heavily on Lithium (a critical ingredient of EV’s, Solar Panels and batteries). This means Chile, the second biggest producer of Lithium in the planet, will play a critical role in this transition.

Cerro Dominador Solar Thermal Plant, in the Antofagasta Region of Chile

Chile's commitment to fostering a greener nation is further evidenced by its commendable strides in clean energy adoption, with over 52% of its electrical grid sourced from renewable and clean energy. Looking forward, the country has set the ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The environmental dedication extends beyond policy to impactful private initiatives, exemplified by Kristine Thompkins, former CEO of Patagonia and The North Face, who made the largest private land donation in history - nearly 1 million acres - to the Chilean government. This donation was given under the condition of the government operating this vast expanse as a private park, and got global media attention, putting Patagonia on the map for both entrepreneurs and investors alike.


Kristine Thompkins, former CEO of Patagonia, who made the largest private land donation in history to the Chilean government

This media buzz, paired with the fact that Chile has one of the most stable economies in the western hemisphere as well as business friendly tax laws, helped nurture an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is currently thriving, turning small rural towns in Patagonia into important centers of innovation and knowledge exchange.


One of these towns, Frutillar, is where WSA will be hosting this year’s grand Global Congress on April 14 - 18. Join WSA in getting to know Chile’s green tech ecosystem, exploring this beautiful area, and witnessing firsthand the positive impact of a nation dedicated to environmental stewardship. As WSA delves into the theme of planet_ hack_ _ the host country's commitment to addressing the climate crisis and fostering eco-friendly solutions provides a unique backdrop for meaningful discussions, collaborations, and knowledge exchange. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and contribute to the global dialogue on creating a sustainable and resilient future. WSA looks forward to welcoming you to Chile for an inspiring and impactful experience. See you in Frutillar!

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