Without electricity, security and dignity will remain out of reach for 1.2 billion people.
Their children can’t study in the dark. Their hospitals can’t store lifesaving vaccines and antibiotics without working fridges. Communities living in the dark have no hope of escaping poverty.
And this affects us all, because it’s now clear that people are no longer prepared to live in such hopeless conditions. Huge waves of migration to Europe are being driven by poverty as much as war.
Long-term this is not sustainable. Yet the only way to stop people making the journey across borders to a better life is to offer them a decent standard of living in their own country.
That’s why electricity is essential. Reliable and affordable electricity that will grow their economies and empower people to lift themselves out of poverty. For a better quality of life for all, we need a more secure world with real opportunity for the forgotten fifth.