After my week in Kenya, I’ve learned that the solutions to energy poverty are becoming available. Even though the problems appear to be overwhelming, the organization Practical Action (the one that planned the trip for me) has showed me that innovations are slowly helping to alleviate the problems of energy poverty. The steps to create change are sometimes small but with perseverance change can happen. The founder of Practical Action, Fritz Schumacher, has a saying – “small is beautiful.” In Kenya, I witnessed that a little help from a neighbor or a small loan from a friend could make a huge difference in someone’s life. All of us are capable of helping out in small ways! I am excited for you to get involved and share with others what you have learned from my trip to Kenya.
Here are some small steps that you can take to be part helping perpetuate change around the world:
• Educate Yourself. Sign up for the Practical Action newsletter and stay up to date on all the latest being done to stop energy poverty. Go to www.practicalaction.org/newsletter
• “Like” Practical Action on Facebook and help spread the word about this important organization to your friends.
• Donate. There are many great organizations working on energy poverty, and a donation as small as $10 can literally be life changing to the individual or family you are helping. Consider donating here: www.practicalaction.org, www.cleancookstoves.org, www.powertheworld.org.
• Spread the Word. Share what you’ve learned from my blogs with others. Have them spread the word too. The more who know the better! Start by forward this blog to 5 friends.
• Get involved. There are many ways to volunteer and get involved, especially in the lead up to the big Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development happening this June in Rio de Janeiro. To learn more, visit www.sustainableenergyforall.org
Each of us has a part to play in making our world a better place. When a community pulls together to help each other out; everyone benefits. I hope you’ll make a commitment to do your part. Our world needs each of us to participate and give our support! Let’s be the change we wish to see in the world!
Take a look at the other posts about the trip to Kenya and learn more about how the lack of modern energy affects people dealing with poverty: Simple Sustainable Solutions, The Power of Community, Miss Kibera, A Long Walk with a Harsh Reality, Finding a More Efficient Way to Cook, Clean Energy from Nature, Lighting the Way for the Children.
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