Over the next few weeks, ONE’s Samantha Meyer will be going on tour with Maroon 5 on behalf of ONE. In this piece, she reports on her advocacy efforts at the first show.
To kick off the tour, ONE volunteers joined Maroon 5 in St. Louis to ask fans to sign postcards to Senator Roy Blunt, R-Miss., urging him to sponsor the Electrify Africa Act, which would bring reliable energy access to at least 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. The action was a big hit, and brought in more than 240 letters from concert goers in support.
My goal for the evening was to help people understand why electricity is an important part of fighting poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. But it was easier to make my case than I thought. As night fell around the outdoor concert venue, I noticed that people were using their cell phone flashlights to read the materials and write letters at the ONE table.
I seized this opportunity to explain that without lights or reliable electricity, many of life’s necessities would not be possible: street lamps, refrigerators and proper storage for medical supplies, for example. It was a great way to give people a small glimpse of the difficulty that life without power brings.
Head to ONE’s online Electrify Africa petition and look out for us at Maroon 5 shows in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and California.
And if you’re going to a show, stop by to write a postcard to your senator to make a difference in bringing reliable energy access to 50 million people sub-Saharan Africa. We will be coming equipped with flashlights!