ONE Campus at Virginia Commonwealth University tabled to make noise for Challenge 1. How are you going to make Challenge 2 even better?
By ONE Campus Intern Mikayla Bobrow
ONE Campus is putting an end to Challenge 1 today and starting up Challenge 2: emPOWER. From now until November 10, we’re asking all 100 of our campus chapters to show some love for ONE’s mission to bring reliable electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time. Energy is a crucial part of daily life, and will help pull countries in Africa out of poverty and into the future.
As a ONE Campus Leader at Clark University, I know how hard it can be to get those creative juices flowing. So here are 10 of my favorite ways for campus chapters to run with this challenge. It’s a combination of some of my own ideas and some of Team Campus’ ideas here at the ONE HQ in DC. Good luck!
1. Organize a fun event with live performances while getting people to sign the Electrify Africa petition.
2. Ask a professor to give a talk on energy poverty and have them relate it to their own work in the field.
3. Challenge faculty to teach with the lights off. Then discuss with your class the challenges of attending school without electricity.
4. Table on a crowded walkway with a creative installation in order to raise awareness.
5. Write an op-ed to your school newspaper about energy poverty.
6. Organize a lights-out event in the library. This will definitely make people think about what it’s like to be a student without electricity access.
7. Use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to post clever images and quotes to encourage people to take action against this injustice.
8. Gather a group of students to study by a lamppost at night. Make sure you have posters and signs to explain what you’re doing to people passing by.
9. Send us a personal story on why you believe that energy poverty must be tackled! We’ll publish it right here on our Campus blog.
10. Bake some cookies and cupcakes and host a calling party to reach out to your representatives in support of the Electrify Africa Act.
The top 10 schools at the end of Challenge 2 will receive an exclusive pre-release screening of the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” as their grand prize!