10th November 2020
Please view this film prior to the evening lecture – access is free of charge:
Energy poverty and the Energy Transition – https://switchon.org/films/screening/6zZ68lbvoz/
Professor Scott Tinker
Energy poverty and the global energy transition: dilemma or opportunity?
(Joint talk with the Energy Group from the Geology Society of London)
Affordable, reliable energy underpins modern economies and has led to unprecedented economic growth and human advancement. Yet 1/3 of the global population either lacks access to, or cannot afford, modern energy, which impacts basic needs such as housing, clothing, food and water. But energy poverty has deeper impacts as well: education, immigration and migration, rights and freedom of women, health care and more. Further, healthy economies, underpinned by secure energy systems, have the capacity to invest in the environment, whereas poor economies do not. Undrinkable water, depleted soils, local air pollution and more are hallmarks of impoverished economies. Unfortunately, no form of energy is without significant environmental impact: some atmospheric emissions, others extensive mining and landfill disposal. Thus, a sustainable energy transition involves access to modern energy for all humans in order to maintain and build healthy economies, while also minimizing the environmental impacts of all forms of energy. For those interested please see the two feature length documentaries Switch and Switch On, available to stream at https://switchon.org
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