“Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” United Nations
Energy quite literally sustains all areas of our lives, from family living, to education, healthcare, agriculture, business and even how our societies interact and function. Yet 1.2 billion people still live without electricity, that is 1 in every 5 people. Not only does electricity allow us to progress and advance as a planet but it also has a powerful impact on society infrastructures and how humans interact with one another on a personal level. Science Nordic has written a really interesting article, “Life Changes With Electricity”, that identifies some areas of life that have been affected by electricity, concerning issues of religious beliefs, gender issues and social inclusion.
Electricity literally connects various localities in new ways and modifies perceptions of belonging. An older man in Ikisaya village in Kenya expressed his expectations that electricity and television would bring with them a feeling of inclusion and national identity: “When I have seen what the President looks like, I will also feel as being part of Kenya”
Life Changes With Electricity, http://www.sciencenordic.com
However, most of the energy we use is having a catastrophic impact on our world and is one of the number one causes of climate change. For this reason, whilst energy is essential to our world function, it is essential that it be sustainable, clean and affordable energy that we are using.
Goal 7 Targets:
1. By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
2. By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
3. By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
4. By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
5. By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
(Info from UN Org)
For further information on the targets and the progress they are making please visit http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/energy/page/2/
I would also encourage you to visit http://www.sciencenordic.com as their article about the impact of the arriv of electricity on communities is fascinating.