“I am excited about 2023! You can go ahead and ask why.
There will be affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Yes, these are our core targets for this foundation.
“Welcome to Energy Window Foundation. Let us give a round of applause to all our new volunteers. We are glad to have you here at a time like this. Our mission is to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.
“Globally, the number of people without access to electricity declined from 1.2 billion in 2010 to 733 million in 2020. However, under the currently planned policies and further affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the 2022 tracking report estimates 670–764 million people might still lack access in 2030, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Everyone listened carefully to Mr Maurice, the founder of the Energy Window Foundation.
“Miss Milex, Miss Gabby and Mr Whitney, kindly divide the new volunteers into three groups, while each of you will be the supporting lead. Ensure you assign everyone in your team a responsibility. Is that clear?” asked Mr Maurice.
“Crystal clear, sir,” they all echoed.
“Okay, off to execution,” said Mr Maurice.
Immediately, they all filed to the basement of the building where they were divided into groups.
“Good day, Volunteers. Welcome once again to my team. Kindly introduce yourselves,” said Miss Milex.
They all took turns introducing themselves—Messrs Brain, Felix, Semilore and then Brave Bayo, who caught everyone’s attention with his introduction. Everyone started whispering.
“Be quiet!” shouted Miss Milex.
Then she said to Bayo, “I admire your confidence.”
Brave Bayo gave Miss Milex a nod of appreciation.
“Now, back to business. Our team’s project is Sustainable Energy (SE) for All.”
Bayo put his hand up and was given the chance to speak. He stood up, adjusted his tie and began his speech. “Globally, out of 759 million people, 1 out of 10 do not have access to electricity to light their homes, refrigerate their food, or keep cool in rising temperatures. Around 2.6 billion people have to rely on dirty biomass fuels such as charcoal, coal and animal waste for cooking.
“These figures are unacceptable. It is very sad and we all need to have sessions of brainstorming and scenarios of different outcomes. Do you know that in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, 20 countries have the largest gaps in electricity and clean cooking access?”
“These regions are also represented in the 80 per cent of countries worldwide that do not have access to electricity,” Semilore added.
“This is very true,” agreed Felix.
Bayo continued, “The interesting fact is that without access to clean, modern energy, it is impossible to reduce poverty, widen education and enhance public health. Let us not even talk about the millions of children who die each year from exposure to indoor air pollution. This happens when mothers use stoves and firewood for cooking.”
“Wow! I am already astonished by the A+ grade conversation you all are already having,” said Miss Milex. “Now let us choose our visionary president, scribe, ready researcher and proficient prompter to put a solid structure to our team.”
Everyone agreed that Brave Bayo was equal to the task. Brave Bayo strategically articulated everyone’s role and they went to work immediately.
In closing, Miss Milex said, “Cheers to closing the sustainable energy gap by 2030!”
Everyone shouted, “Cheers!!!!”