Clean Energy & Water
Access to water and energy are two vital rights that many of us take for granted. 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity and more than 650 million people worldwide don't have access to safe water.
With no clean source of light, many people are left to rely on expensive and dangerous alternatives such as homemade kerosene lamps which emit toxic smoke and black carbon, a significant contributor to global warming. Kerosene lamps can cost a family up to 15% of their income by restricting childrens' study hours, ending the working day prematurely and presenting serious health risks. Expanding access to clean energy is important for ensuring people can live healthy and fulfilled lives.
Clean water is essential for people's health and livelihoods. More than 2 billion people, including 74% of the world's poor, live on drylands which comprise 40% of the world's land surface and support 50% of the world's livestock. Drylands are sensitive ecosystems that play an important role in the Earth's carbon cycle. Yet they are already experiencing the starkest effects of climate change. Desertification, or land degradation, wrought on by climate change, in turn emits vast amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus into the atmosphere. The human cost is profound too. Drylands are difficult environments to live in and the unpredictable and often unsafe task of searching for water often falls upon women and children. If greenhouse gasses emissions continue to rise, Drylands are projected to increase by 10% alongside increasing droughts and likely poverty.
Tythe supports these clean energy & water charities, selected by experts because of their high impact.
Excellent Development promotes the use of sand dams, a durable and low-cost method of collecting rainwater, in order to help rural drylands work their way out of poverty with dignity. With local partners, Excellent Development enables rural communities to gain access to clean water close to their homes, invest in climate-smart agriculture, and learn about environmentally sustainable farming practices such as crop rotation, agroforestry and soil conservation measures like terracing.
- 1,000 sand dams built
- 1,000,000 people with clean water
- 200 water tanks provided for schools
SolarAid combats poverty and climate change by extending access to solar lights to some of the most remote regions of Malawi and Zambia, allowing doctors and nurses to support patients in the dark and reducing usage of dirty kerosene lamps. Their social enterprise, SunnyMoney, sells lights via sustainable school networks and local enterprises, allowing money to be reinvested into the local economy, and encouraging job creation.
- 2,400,000 tonnes of CO2 averted
- 12,300,000 people with access to safe, clean solar light
- £365 million saved by poor families on energy bills
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