Hunger and climate change steal security, but thankfully, the church gives hope. That is why we are joining with churches around the world in the Renew Our World campaign. One in six people around the world have no access to electricity which means, no light for children to study in the evenings or women to go the toilet safely at night and, no power for fridges to store medicine. But, we have an opportunity to put that right and do it sustainably. Now solar panels and large-scale batteries are cheap enough to bring affordable electricity even in remote places, a huge transformation is possible. There’s no need for a community to wait to be linked up to an expensive electricity grid powered by polluting fossil fuels. Children can do homework in the evenings, women can walk safely at night and farmers can irrigate fields with electric pumps. This could be the first generation where everybody has electricity. Our UK government puts funds into energy for poorer countries, but so far only a little of it goes to decentralised, clean power like this. We’re asking the UK government to rebalance their funding away from wasteful, polluting fossil fuels so that people in poverty get clean, efficient and affordable energy. Take Action: Email Now ACTIONS TO DATE 592 of 1,000 Name Title Mr Mrs Miss Ms Rev Dr Sir Pastor Master Professor Sister Lady Lord Rev Dr Rev Canon Captain Rt Rev Major Father Venerable Very Rev Other if other x First name Last name Email address Address ? If you're outside the UK, please use the 'Enter Manually' link found below the address field. House number or name Postcode Enter manually / Address outside UK Sign me up to receive our Tearfund Action emails to find out about more our campaigns Year of birth(Optional) * Please edit to make more personal To: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Subject I’m shocked that people in absolute poverty in Africa pay 80 times more for electricity than we do in the UK. But now solar panels and large-scale batteries are cheap enough to put up in even the remotest places with no need to connect to a national grid - ours could be the first generation where everyone has electricity. Turning dark into light means people could have new jobs, women could walk safely at night, girls and boys could do homework, shops could stay open after dark, and people could breathe cleaner air instead of smoke from kerosene lanterns. Thank you for DFID’s work on this. To transform lives, create jobs and build prosperous economies for the poorest in Africa and Asia, the UK must rebalance its energy portfolio, weighted towards clean and decentralised energy and clean cooking solutions. This needs to be scaled up to 64% of support for access to energy, as the International Energy Agency recommends, across aid and export finance. DFID’s Energy Africa work and the UN Sustainable Energy 4 All initiative are good contributions that are helping economies grow, and I’d love us to do more. It would help keep our great promise in the Paris Agreement on climate change to help fund poor countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, and without it, we won’t achieve the Global Goal 7 promise for everyone in the world to have access to affordable clean energy. We can’t beat poverty without beating climate change, and we can’t beat climate change without beating poverty. Here’s a way to do both. Yours sincerely, We’d love to occasionally contact you using your address and email. We will share updates of how Jesus’ love is reaching desperate families across the world or chat with you about your support. Of course, you can change your preferences at any time – just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3906 3906. We promise never to pass your details on to another organisation for marketing purposes.