Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Social Change: Over a Billion People Live Without Electricity - Renewable Energy can Provide

Why we need renewable energy to end poverty (World Economic Forum)

More than 700 million people live in extreme poverty around the world. If that number seems daunting, then consider this: 1.1 billion people – more than three times the population of the United States – live without electricity.

So it goes without saying that ending energy poverty is a key step in ending poverty itself. And world leaders agree – a sustainable development goal just for energy was adopted last month. It emphasizes the role of renewable energy in getting us to the finish line of reaching sustainable energy for all by 2030. What will give us a big boost in that race? Private financing.

The panel agreed on one thing: Without renewable energy, we cannot end poverty by 2030.

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