When the sun goes down at 6pm in sub-Saharan Africa, 548 million people are living in darkness. They have no access to electricity. There is no switch on the wall to turn on the light. This is what energy poverty is.
Families have no choice but to rely on poor alternatives such as homemade torches, candles and kerosene lamps.
These filthy devices are imperilling health, impairing education, wasting household income and emitting astonishingly high amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
Worst of all, families have to risk their lives every single night with open flames. This is a preventable loss of human life.