There are energy issues in developing countries; Global Environment Facility has stated, “around 2 billion people in the developing world do not have access to the necessary power sources to maintain a basic standard of living” (GoldPower, n.d.). However, developing countries do not have the sources available to provide this energy to people (GoldPower, n.d.). One of the ways to solve this issue is that, companies are starting projects that can provide energy to developing countries (GoldPower, n.d.).
The projects corporations choose to support have many benefits. This is because through buying renewable energy resources in developing countries, from energy projects, such as carbon, communities become more socially and economically sustainable (GoldPower, n.d.).
Third world countries visibly do not have the same privileges that more developed countries have, such as Canada and the United States. Every single year about 2 million people die from diseases from fossil fuels alone (Global Environment Facility 2016). These third world countries having poverty it may be more cost effected than bringing in new energy resources that would air pollution that would improve health; therefore, reducing the deaths that occur each year. Third world countries are not the only countries that health is effect; every year, coal powered plants shorten about 24 000 lives the United States (Stefan, 2015). Fossil fuels are not only causing deaths in developing countries, non-renewable energy is not letting the economies grow. Energy within all countries is vital to being able to maintain any economic for the people within that country. Basic necessities, such as safe water, may not be met within developing countries without safe and affordable energy.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is putting forth efforts to minimize obstacles that third world countries face daily with regards to the energy that must be used in order to survive. According to the GEF, around 1.4 billion people still do not have access to basic electricity that here in Canada have almost everywhere (Global Environment Facility 2016). The GEF, a United States organization, has been investing billions of dollars in order to start projects that involved renewable energy to third world countries.
Non-renewable energy cannot sustain its self naturally. These energies cannot reproduce unless energies such as wind, water or sun. When and if third world countries and the rest of the world is able to only use renewable energy, 2 million people may not die from the cause of fossil fuels and another resource that are dangerous. Transiting into renewable energy is beneficial to everyone’s health on planet earth.
Are you aware that one-quarter of the world’s population is without power? (Gronewold, 2009). Most of these people being within the Continent of Africa and Southern Asia. They rely mostly on wood and charcoal as their sources of energy because of the lack of access to gas, kerosene and propane. These dilemmas are unknown to myself and many others. We live in a privileged society and are closed minded at what is happening in third world countries. While investigating some solutions to this problem I was excited to see a famous celebrity concerned about the issue. Singer/songwriter and philanthropist Akon started an initiative that gave electricity to six million Africans in 2014. Akon’s project looked for the better of future for African citizens by providing them with a school called the Solar Academy which teaches them skills to build and maintain the solar systems that were installed. This solution allows African countries to be more independent and self-sustainable. There are now fourteen Countries within the Continent of Africa that have sustainable energy through the use of Solar light posts as well as solar panels on houses so everyone has the electricity they need. In a place where the sun shines for a total of over three hundred days out of the year this is efficient for the individuals. This world is in desperate need of people who are willing to show humanity and not ignore the conditions that are going on to our fellow human kind.