It’s easy to take electricity for granted in developed countries. This is often because electricity is hidden behind walls. We don’t see it, so it’s out of sight, out of mind. So, we use our many devices, wash our clothes, and cook our food without realizing that without electricity, we’d be lost. It’s interesting, and important that we look at places in the world where people don’t have electricity. For today’s blog post, we’re going to look at the countries in the world that lack electricity.
1 in 7 People Live Without Electricity
According to estimations, around 1.1 – 1.3 billion people live without electricity, predominately in developing countries (the top two countries without electricity are Sub-Saharan Africa, and rural India). There has been much debate about how best to help these people when it comes to providing energy sources. And, when people don’t have electricity, it can have a devastating effect: Other sources are used to heat homes and cook meals, and this can create indoor air pollution, which can lead to an early death.
Electricity Can Be Costly
In many countries, such as South Sudan, access to electrical power is so scarce, it can come at a high price – in some cases, electricity can cost as much as 3x more than other developing countries. And, in many countries where electricity is scarce, power outages shut down factories and business, which slows economic progress.
UN’s Sustainable Energy Goals
The UN is working on this big problem. Their goal is to provide universal access to power and clean fuel, by doubling the amount of energy. World leaders are working on how to bring people and investments together to solve the power crisis in developing countries. Hopefully we can all band together to help improve electrical power sources in the world, in order to keep people healthy and prosperous.