What can you do to help end energy poverty?
Every week, more than a million new people are born into the world to feed, clothe and shelter. And the greatest growth in population comes from many of the least developed nations. Today, in this rapidly expanding world, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity, and nearly 900 million still use unsafe drinking water. More than 2.5 billion people still rely on biomass, like wood and dung, for cooking. Energy is crucial to lift people from a life of hardship and poverty.
Traditionally, much of the resource, service provision, investment and technology to address energy poverty is driven by government policy / funding and corporate, institutional and financial sector investment. But as individuals we can each make our own significant contribution – starting now.
To start the new year, here is a list of non-profit and charitable organizations all helping to make a difference to help end energy poverty. Consider contributing. The list is not all inclusive nor intended to be a specific endorsement but is a good and efficient starting point. I hope you find it useful and welcome your additions, critiques and ideas for the list. Please share @lawrence_energy and #worldneedsenergy or via comments to this blog and we’ll keep the list as current and impactful as possible. Thanks in advance for your help.
Select Non-profit Organizations Addressing Energy Poverty:
Ashden Trust: http://www.ashden.org
Energy for All: http://www.energyforall.info
Engineers without Borders http://www.ewb-usa.org/our-story/about-us
Foundation Rural Energy Services: FRES http://www.fres.nl/en/
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: http://www.cleancookstoves.org
Grid Alternatives: http://www.gridalternatives.org/where-we-work
Innovation: Africa http://www.innoafrica.org/projects.html
Light Foundation: http://www.lightfoundation.org/who-we-are
Practical Action: http://practicalaction.org/energy
Sirona Cares: http://www.sironacares.org
Solar Electric Light Fund: http://self.org
Solar Sister: http://www.solarsister.org
STG International: http://www.stginternational.org
Unite to Light: http://www.unite-to-light.org
US Aid http://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica
Select Non-Profit Agencies and Organizations Addressing General Global Poverty And Energy Poverty
Rockefeller Foundation: http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/current-work/smart-power-india
United Nations Foundation: http://www.unfoundation.org/blog/ending-extreme-poverty.html
Directory of International Energy Access and Energy Poverty Funding Opportunities (including for profit):
Diverse Viewpoints and General Information on Energy Poverty:
One Way to Help Fund Your Contributions to Help End Energy Poverty:
Best wishes to all for a productive, peaceful,and healthy New Year. Let’s see what we can do together to help end energy poverty.
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