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Ed’s Note | Global citizens show leadership

Have you noticed a shift towards global citizenry in the past two decades? The world is being transformed by individuals who now identify with events that aren’t taking place in their ‘backyard’.

Originally published in the ESI Africa weekly newsletter on 2019/01/16 – subscribe today

This change is being driven through social media where knowledge and networks can be pooled, and our opinions strong-armed to the forefront.

Whole movements are taking shape in virtual space (using hashtags as a call to action) and have split out into the streets across the world. The time has come to examine what role you play in this all-connected society.

Even in remote villages global citizens can be found using mobile phones to connect to the world – spurred on by micro- and mini-grid solar and hybrid technologies, electrification projects truly delivers more than power. 

However, at this year’s World Economic Forum, currently underway in Davos, MIGA’s CEO, Keiko Honda, noted that the infrastructure investment gap between now and 2040 is estimated to be $97 trillion. 

This is gap will continue to grow unhindered if not addressed.

Your global citizenship 

Let’s be optimistic and use the power of our individual leadership to focus on what can be achieved and not just how much money is needed to accomplish it. 

This message from Sir David Attenborough gives a precise starting point: “The one thing we all have to do – in a way which covers every aspect of our life – is simply not to waste…”  

No matter your status in society, by making it your lifestyle to not waste electricity, water, food, or anything you use will ensure your global citizenship makes an impact.  

As a global citizen operating from Cape Town where water and electricity resources are under strain, I’m personally committed to reduce, reuse, and recycle as I go about daily life. 

In May, another key event is taking place – the annual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition – a meeting place where I look forward to engaging with global citizens on how they are achieving energy, power and water successes. 

Read the previous note from the editor here.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.