Monday, July 29, 2013

What Happens In Countries With Energy Poverty?

Being in a country that currently has struggles with unemployment, it can be seen how this affects the overall economy. Especially in a country where a majority of the professions require some form of energy. Fortunately, The United States is one of the leaders in energy production, not to mention in clean and eco-friendly research and technology. So what happens in another country that has a massive quantity of factory jobs that run on energy sources such as oil or gas, for example Pakistan.

Pakistan is considered a third world country, and even in this category it is considered one of the poorest countries, with it's major export being textiles. Therefore, a large portion of the jobs found in Pakistan are in factories based on natural gas, but when the domestic need for natural gas rises during the winter, the amount of gas used in factories has to lower, in order to meet the domestic demands of energy, and when adding the constant power outages, it leaves very little energy source to work with. Placing workers and families in a rut, as seen in the video below.

The issue is clear, with no efficient or reliable source of energy, jobs are static and almost nonexistent, leading to a decrease in family funds, leading to a decrease in overall quality of living. The real matter that should be question is, what can we do to bring energy to these countries that are energy poor?
As mentioned in previous posts, the UN has a global goal to achieve universal access to modern energy services by 2030. And while a little under two decades worth of time seems an eternity, in reality the amount of countries that suffer from energy poverty needs every asset, cooperation and donation possible.
While everyone can hope and aspire to create a Nobel Prize winning solution, but there are smaller things that can be done in the meantime to help these countries. Many foundations have been establish and their sole purpose is to provide clean eco-friendly energy to rural regions and countries with poverty in energy. For example, Eco Energy Finance they asks for donations of 10 dollars to provide a solar lantern for a family living in rural Pakistan.
The road to achieving the goal of the UN will be a long and challenging one. But it should not only be the goal of UN, all need to take part in this process and consider what they can do to promote clean energy. Whether is be motioning for the installation of solar panels or a roof garden at their jobs or schools. In this way awareness is created of the matter.

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