In Sub-Saharan Africa, 7 out of 10 people lack access to even the most basic electricity. At ONE, we recognize that access to modern energy is crucial to health, education and economic prosperity. Fortunately, there is momentum building in Washington to tackle this issue of “energy poverty” in Africa.
Today, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) reintroduced the Electrify Africa Act, a bill that would provide electricity to 50 million Africans for the very first time – and at no cost to US taxpayers.
We NEED to make sure this bill stays at the forefront of discussions and right now the bill needs all the support the ONE community can give!
The petition says:
Please pass the Electrify Africa Act, a bill that will help provide 50 million people with access to electricity for the first time – at no new cost to taxpayers.
We here at ONE have seen the power of a movement. With your help, we can change millions of lives, but we have to move fast. The longer this bill is out there, the easier it will be for members of Congress to move onto something else and forget about how important this is.
Think about what happens when this bill is signed by the President: millions of African citizens get electricity. Life-saving medicine refrigerated. Hospitals have light. Kids don’t have to walk to the airport at night to study under the lights. We can’t take our eye off the ball.