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Topic “Practical Action”

Is ‘Energy Literacy’ vital for poor communities?

Energy literacy is a relatively new term being used to describe knowledge of the basics of energy.  It has strong associations with sustainability and the efficient use of energy by consumers.

Every practitioner wants to install a energy scheme that is sustainable and wants that energy to be used efficiently, rationally and productively.   A number of different approaches, tools and guidelines have been developed over time to facilitate this.

Access to energy, climate change, weird weather, renewables and technology justice

Access to energy, climate change, weird weather, renewables and technology justice

Listening to the news last night 4 out of 5 of my list were covered –fierce floods, devastating droughts in the USA, melting sea ice, how can people afford to pay their energy bills, the need for renewables (or not) to power the UK and drive down the rampant rise in CO2 levels.

Missing was technology justice.

Climate change speaker tour visits Germany and Czech Republic

I’ve just finished the first part of Practical Actions European speaker tour on climate change, having visited Germany and the Czech Republic. In both countries I was talking about our adaptation work in Bangladesh including our Pathways from Poverty project.

Greater climate change commitment

I’ve just finished the first part of Practical Action’s European speaker tour on climate change, having visited Germany and the Czech Republic.

Access to energy – in the UK?

I have just come across a thought-provoking set of photographs from Save the Children supporting their campaign on child poverty in the UK.  You can find them at http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/what-poverty-means . They are all pictures of children living in east London and each child was asked to write down what poverty means to them.

Bangkok talks keep climate hopes afloat – just

Have you heard the joke about the drowning man? You know the one in which a man is stuck on his rooftop during a flood and prays to God who first sends a rowing boat, then a motor boat and finally a helicopter to save him… *

CAT’s Energy Day to celebrate positive change towards a brighter energy future

On August 8th, I’m off to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) for their Energy Day (part of their Festival of the Future). I’m going to be there for Practical Action, to talk about our work on energy access and hopefully meet lots of people interested in energy issues.

From muck to energy

Use manure to generate electricity? Is this possible? Does it work?, What are you smoking?, These were some of the responses we obtained when we talked about a project that began some time ago in the jungles of San Martin.

Life without energy

Living without energy is tough…really tough. I know, because I’ve just gone without energy for a week. Why? To raise awareness of energy poverty.

Despite the availability of technical solutions, 1.3 billion people are still without any access to electricity and 2.7 billion people cook over open fires – suffering the effects of the potentially choking fatal toxic fumes given off by this fuel.

Big Ideas = Small Gains for Energy Poverty

I’ve just read this great blog post from Julie Owono over at Global Voices.

As a short aside: If you have never checked out Global Voices before, you should. It is really fantastic. Citizen reporting from all corners of the globe at its best. A small utopian vision of how the world should be: all voices are equal, and all voices are heard.

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