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/ Globally, 188 mln children – about one in three – go to schools with no electricity.4

The lived experience of little or no energy

The statistics that 2.4 bln people lack clean energy for cooking or 768 mln have no access to reliable electricity are, in some ways, both mindboggling and baffling. A terrific visualisation from Good Data scales world population to 100 people to show demographic distribution of age, education, wealth, access to water and other common factors that make life easy or hard.

Now think of 100 people who live in your neighbourhood. Forty would still cook with wood, charcoal or dung (and have to spend much of their time collecting it) and 10 would not be able to use a single appliance, electronic device or even light in their own home.

If abject energy poverty were evenly distributed geographically, governments might be more inclined take aggressive action – and fellow citizens more inclined to demand that they do. The fact that it is concentrated in remote areas and the poorest parts of megacities makes implementing solutions both complicated and costly. Often, collecting the data needed to justify costs and demonstrate cost-effectiveness requires a substantial share of available budgets.3

EnAct loves data and recognises that it underpins decisions and action. We also recognise the importance of context. For that reason, we couple our films about people with backstories that tell the broader story.