Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
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The United Nations calls its 17 Sustainable Development Goals "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." With a target of achieving them by 2030, the goals are all interconnected and address the global challenges we face.
Goal 7 is "Affordable and Clean Energy." As the UN puts it: "Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity."
This series includes stories of sisters working to improve energy accessibility and sustainability.
As executive director of New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light, Franciscan Sr. Joan Brown's work focuses on the need to both end environmental damage and find solutions for sustainable energy and employment.
In Malawi, dependence on firewood and charcoal as sources of income and for energy needs has led people in the world's fifth poorest country to chop down vast portions of the forest. To reduce deforestation, Carmelite Missionary Sisters are teaching women skills that will not further damage the forests.
If investments are part of a congregation's charism, then those investments should not harm the Earth, and should actively improve it, attendees heard at the Resource Center for Religious Institutes conference.
Global Sisters Report is supplementing NCR and EarthBeat coverage of COP26, the U.N. climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, with updates and dispatches sent to us by sisters and/or congregational representatives attending COP26 in person or virtually.