Minister must speak out on renewable energy

21 June 2016

Aid minister Nick Hurd MP (left) joins CAFOD supporters calling for renewable energy to tackle poverty

Aid minister Nick Hurd MP (left) joins CAFOD supporters calling for renewable energy to tackle poverty

On Friday 24 June, away from the media spotlight, UK aid minister Nick Hurd will speak at the Africa Energy Forum in London in front of hundreds of energy investors, technology providers and public sector representatives from 82 countries.

He’s said he supports our call for renewable energy for the poorest people. His closing speech tomorrow is his chance to show it.

Remind him of his commitment. Please join us to flood him with messages before this crucial speech.

On twitter?

It’s easy. Just use the button below to send a pre-written message to Nick Hurd MP or to personalise your message.

The message says: .@nickhurdmp 1in5 people don't have access to electricity. Pls keep speaking up for renewable power for the poorest at closing @CAFOD #AEF16

Not only will Nick Hurd know we are watching, but also you will help get the message out that renewable energy is essential for ending poverty.

Not on twitter?

You can still make your voice heard. Send a direct email to Nick Hurd, using our online form. If you’ve already emailed the minister, please ask your friends to do it too. Every message counts.

What is the Africa Energy Forum?

The Africa Energy Forum brings together hundreds of energy investors, technology providers and public sector representatives from 82 countries in London this week. These movers and shakers are all here to talk about energy in Africa and to make deals on new energy developments – but will these meet the needs of the poorest people and protect the environment?

We’re calling on UK aid minister Nick Hurd to use his speech to this influential gathering to show support for sustainable, renewable energy, which poor communities can rely on to power their homes, schools, clinics and businesses.

Access to decentralised, renewable energy is often the best solution for those living in energy poverty in rural areas. It will help everyone to light and heat their homes, schools and hospitals, and provide power to produce food and run businesses. It can also prevent the harmful health impacts of cooking with polluting fuels, empowering women and girls.

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