Global Goal #7

Clean and Affordable Energy

Gates Middle School - Grade 8 Science, Block A

What is the purpose of Goal 7?

  • The purpose of goal 7 is to provide affordable, reliable, sustainable & clean energy for all people, rural or urban.

Why is this needed?

  • Electricity/Energy is a necessity for powering economies, & lifting people out of poverty.
  • As development increases in many Asian & African nations, more energy is needed for the peoples of these places.
  • This energy also needs to be environment friendly, as so nations can develop & keep their environments safe at the same time.

Why does it matter to me?

  • As countries use fossil fuels to develop themselves, this increases CO2 in the atmosphere, which in turn heats up the entire planet gradually.
  • This means that it is in your best interest to help other nations find stable & clean energy sources for their economies.

What’s the current situation?

  • The situation at hand is good, but not great.
  • 9/10 people on Earth may have electricity, however that still means slightly less than 1 billion people still don’t have electricity.
  • Although the situation is improving, it isn’t quite there yet. We still need to find & use more energy sources that are not only clean, but affordable and appealing.

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Did you know that 13% of the global population still lacks access to modern electricity? 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. One reason we need to convert to renewable sources of energy is that non-renewable sources are the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Indoor air pollution, which is sourced from using combustible fuels for household energy, caused 4.3 million deaths in 2012, with women and girls accounting for 6 out of every 10 of these! The share of renewable energy in final energy consumption has reached 17.5% in 2015, Our goal is get that to 100%.

Goal #7 Targets: By 2030...

  • Give everyone access to affordable and reliable energy services.
  • Increase the amount of affordable energy in the energy grid.
  • Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
  • Increase the cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy sources.
  • Upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services in developing countries.

3 billion people lack access to clean-cooking solutions and are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution

As of 2015, more than 20 percent of power was generated through renewable sources.

slightly less than 1 billion people are functioning without electricity

Goal: By 2030 ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services.

More than 40 percent of the world’s population—3 billion—rely on polluting and unhealthy fuels for cooking.

  • Cleaner energy worldwide would be better for everyone’s health, since there would be less pollution.
  • The access to electricity in poorer countries has begun to accelerate.
  • In Africa, an estimated 573 million people still lack access to electricity.
  • The world needs to triple investment for sustainability from $400 billion to $1.25 trillion by 2030 to meet clean energy goals, so all countries need to work together.

Connections to Gates Middle School / Scituate

  • Scituate has a solar panel field and a wind turbine
    • Powers municipal (public) buildings, including schools
    • In 2013, Scituate became the first town in Massachusetts where the town’s municipal buildings are 100% powered from alternative energy sources
  • Auto-adjusting lights in Gates school
  • Lots of windows at Gates, so more natural light

Everyday actions we can take at Gates

  • Turn off all the lights when not being used or take advantage of natural sunlight
  • Turn off projector unless it is in use
  • Recycle
  • Educate others about environment action
  • Use reusable water bottles instead of plastic
  • Bring reusable lunch boxes and tupperware to hold food
  • Invest in more efficient cooling options


  • Start a recycling program at Gates
  • Join #plantED, a worldwide movement to plant 1 million trees
  • Work to improve our energy efficiency at Gates
  • Join Solar Buddy, to build solar lamps for students worldwide who lack access to reliable electricity
    • Is this only in Australia? We emailed ~ waiting to hear back.
  • Investigate new green energy options for Gates / Scituate


What Is It All About?

The goal of plantED is to have one million pledges to plant a tree by the end of October 2019 and one million trees planted by the end of October 2020.

Go to to learn more.

How Can We Contribute?

  • Plant Trees or Take a Pledge
  • Register Your Tree Planting
  • Spread the News with Other Schools, People, Communities, etc.

We are hoping to work with Solar Buddy.

  • Solar Buddy provides solar lights to children who don't have access to electricity.
  • They are safe, reliable, effective and innovative.
  • It is designed for children to use.
  • The light is easy to operate, carry and charge.


These students are making the SolarBuddy with components provided to them

Solar Buddy In Madagascar

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