Electronics dominate our world today. From cell phones and computers to subways and air traffic control systems, our dependence on energy is increasing.
Without these technologies our world would come to a standstill.
Despite the fact that more than 1.6 billion people live without electricity, the importance of energy in the developing world is no different. Energy is fundamental to many of our needs such as illuminating a room, operating a medical facility and staying safe at night.
Yet development discussions often neglect the importance of energy. Of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals set in 2000, including improved education, gender equality, better health care, environmental stability and poverty eradication, energy is not mentioned. Without energy, advancement in these areas is difficult, if not impossible.
An abundant, renewable solution is emerging: solar energy. This simple answer illuminates the lives of people across the developing world. The following four organizations create solutions to the energy crisis, refusing to allow nearly a quarter of the world’s population to live in a perpetual blackout.