Learn more about energy poverty

  • 1 billion people in the world (13% of the total population) have no access to electricity. 
  • 40% of people worldwide can’t access clean, healthy cooking facilities.
  • Using coal or kerosene for cooking creates indoor pollution that can make people sick.
  • Over half the population of sub-Saharan Africa lives without electricity.
  • Energy poverty is when you can’t easily access things like electric lighting, heating or power for appliances.
  • Kerosene lamps often lead to house fires.
  • People who are energy poor use other things for heating and cooking, like charcoal, wood, coal or even animal dung!

How you can help

  • Organise a fundraiser
    • Raise funds for projects supplying alternative power like solar lamps or solar panels to poor communities.
  • Learn more about solar
    • Find out more about solar power options in Hong Kong with CarbonCare Innolab.
  • Be energy-conscious!
    • Research how to reduce energy waste in your own home and school, or campaign for renewable energy options at your school.
  • Sponsor a shipment
    • Sponsor a Crossroads shipment for community development, helping those in need to access power.
  • I have ideas of my own!
    • Got your own ideas? Gather some people around to help you, make a plan, and make it happen!

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