hard to imagine how many ways life would be different
without electricity. Of the 6.5 billion people
in the world, 2 billion do not have access to electricity.
Think about a day in your life- everything directly
or indirectly involves electricity! If you live
in America, you consume around the shocking amount
8,000 metric tons of oil a year. On the other hand,
if you live in Sub-Saharan Africa, you annually
consume energy that is the equivalent to 500 metric
tons of oil 1.
This means Americans consume about 16 times as
much energy as someone in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Not only do Americans consume more, but it's done
with the quick flip of a switch or turn of a key,
while a person in Sub-Saharan Africa without access
to modern energy still uses traditional energy resources,
such as wood, coal, or dung. These require time
to gather, more time to burn for cooking, fuels
the environmental problem of deforestation, and
to top it off, is a major cause of deaths due to
bronchitis. Check out a
day in the life of Térese Jondo,
a woman from Ethiouar, Senegal (a village in Southeast
Senegal, a country in West Africa) that exhibits
the drastic coinsequences of reliance on traditional
fuels and how it perpetuates a cycle of poverty.
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