Imagine that developing countries had the opportunity to secure a regular source of renewable energy. The Sahara desert is the largest hot desert in the world and has enormous potential for solar energy. Monsoons in Southeast Asia could be a great resource for hydroelectricity, and winds in the Himalayas could be similarly productive. Given the opportunity developing countries could become a significant source of renewable energy worldwide.
1.6 billion people could live a life without pondering every day how to produce the heat to cook their next meal. Instead of leaving on a journey to collect bamboo sticks, women could wake up in the morning and be concerned with getting their kids to school and developing skills that improve their quality of life.
Imagine that the developing world is empowered with the tools that energy brings to compete, connect, and collaborate with the rest of the world. Audaciously, imagine that successful development through renewable energy in developing countries sets an example worldwide, leads to economic development, poverty reduction, and efficiently helps to address global warming.
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This post was written for the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and originally appeared on their blog.