Have a more enlightened Christmas
Who has their decorations up already? Despite Eliza telling everyone at nursery to the contrary (!) we are holding out till the weekend. She does have advent calendars though: my mum bought us the one with a tiny illuminated snowy village in the picture. She’s also fascinated by the Christmas lights we see outside and in the windows of other houses on our walk back from nursery.
Electricity and power is something we take for granted, isn’t it? For Christmas lights, for winter warmth, running your house and everything else. It would pretty difficult to manage Christmas, let alone the day-to-day of parenting without it. Things spiral into chaos here if we don’t put the washing machine on at least once each day.
But for many people this isn’t an option. To highlight the 1.3 billion people living without any form of modern energy services, Practical Action – a charity that uses technology to help solve global issues of poverty – has devised an energy calculator with a difference. Instead of telling you to how to cut your bills, it’ll work out how many baby incubators your Christmas light consumption would power.
Why? Because for the 1.3 million without energy, this also means they won’t have access to essential medical care powered by electricity. So no medical equipment throughout pregnancy and for their children – no ultrasounds, monitors, incubators or even fridges to store vaccinations. Things we take for granted as parents in the UK. Things that could help or save lives.
Practical Action is calling on people to sign a petition that will be sent to the UN, demanding millions more babies get access to essential medical care powered by energy and a fair chance at life. So try the calculator, read more about it, and sign the petition this Christmas – it’ll only take a few minutes.