Pupils at St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Hereford are making their voices heard to the UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson. They are raising their concerns about the lack of access to renewable energy for some of the world’s poorest people.
CAFOD South Wales was invited into the school to talk to members of de Paul at their house assembly, specifically about this issue. CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign is calling for more investment in local, renewable energy in developing countries.
Why? Because 1 in 6 people in the world live without access to electricity. Children have to rely on unpredictable, dangerous and unhealthy energy sources such as candles, paraffin lamps and firewood.
Nearly 90 % of people without access to electricity live in villages. It can be difficult and very expensive to extend the electricity grid to homes, clinics and schools in rural areas.
Local, renewable energy can transform the lives of children. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, without harming the environment. And the fastest, cheapest and most efficient solution is usually to provide “mini-grids” that are powered by renewable energy.