SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. COVID-19 has affected everyone, but for those without access to reliable energy, COVID-19 becomes even more challenging. Unreliable electricity hinders healthcare workers from performing standard and emergency procedures. In areas with unreliable energy, calls for "sheltering in place" for extended periods may be difficult or impossible as energy is needed to cook and store food, and cool homes. People who do not have the means to “shelter in place” also face unique challenges. With no access to public electricity, those who are homeless may have no way of charging their communication devices.
‘The consequence is that homeless people can’t remain in touch with their loved ones, or even make an emergency call if they have a problem.’- David Germain, Communications Director for The Salvation Army in France and Belgium.
Reliable access to affordable energy is essential for the quick recovery of the world from the pandemic.
Follow the link below more information on SDG7 and the impact of COVID-19.
Follow the link here to learn more about the #FreePlugs campaign.
- Find more information about #FreePlugs: A Salvation Army Campaing in France and Belgium
- Why energy access matters during coronavirus by the Thomson Reuters Foundation
- Find more information about SDG7 on the UN website