ELECTRIFICATION: WHY DO WE NEED ELECTRICITY?
LIFE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY: It does not take any convincing to understand that modern life simply is not possible without reliable energy that is preferably from a renewable source. Since even the pooreset people have demonstrated that they are willing to risk their lives and the lives of their children, board dangerous vessels, walk and ride on the tops of trains to improve their lives, it is becoming more evident to even the most skeptical among us, that we must all participate in the process of solving problems on a global level.
One sided prosterity is only a short term solution and eventually, in the long run, the problem returns. Europe is experiencing one of the most significant influxes of migrants and refugees in its history. Pushed by civil war and terror and pulled by the promise of a better life, hundreds of thousands of people have fled the Middle East and Africa, risking their lives along the way. The scale of the crisis has put huge pressures on some destination countries, particularly Greece, Austria, and Hungary. At least 350,000 migrants crossed the EU's borders in January-August 2015, compared with just 280,000 during the whole of 2014. And that 350,000 figure - an estimate from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) - does not include the many who crossed a border undetected. Among the forces driving people to take such risks are the conflicts raging in Syria and Afghanistan, and human rights abuses in Eritrea. The majority - 62% - of those who have reached Europe by boat so far this year are from those three countries. There are also people setting out from Libya, Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kosovo, Iraq, Iran Darfur, Somalia and other countries in the hope of a new life somewhere like Germany, France or the UK.
Our first step is in building reliable infrastructure including electricity. Without reliable electricity, industry which provides jobs cannot be optimized. Without jobs people cannot take care of their families and the entire social fabric is compromised. Electrification at a national level, is therefore one of our objectives.