16 November 2011: Practical Action’s online energy campaign

Development charity, Practical Action, has created a new online campaign that asks people to make their point in support of energy for all. Their website (See Practical Action: Energy for all) says that:

Globally, 1.4 billion people have no electricity and 2.5 billion rely on traditional fuels like firewood to cook and heat their homes.”

Smoke from cooking in the home kills more people than malaria; mostly women and children. This is one of the points that Practical Action is asking people to make.

The Make Your Point campaign asks people to show why they think energy access is important by choosing one of five coloured points. Together, people’s points create an array of colour which visually represents support for energy for all. The aim of the campaign is to build interest ahead of the UN’s 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Central to the year is the Rio+20 Earth Summit where real progress on a global commitment to universal energy access by 2030 is expected. Achieving this goal would free billions of people from unnecessary daily struggles that limit their ability to escape poverty.


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