Saturday, October 10, 2021 / 6.00AM / Oluwakemi Enitan Falayo for WebTV
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The Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation recently hosted the fourth edition of its Green Webinar Series, which had as keynote speaker Sarah Mulwa an energy and environment Consultant, and the founder of the 'Now For Them Trust'.
She believed that renewable energy makes it easier to learn in rural areas, appliances would work better, education would make people get better jobs, reducing poverty.
For her, it was time for Africa to effectively harness its abundant energy resources from hydro, wind to even solar and create value for its regional economy.
On achieving the SDGs, she said that technology could fast-track the implementation of the 17 goals on the continent.
She said the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) had shaped many policies and processes to include energy in Africa's growth, so much that it would be a matter of time before SDSN focuses on solar power; reducing greenhouse gasses and hydrocarbon emissions.
Mulwa acknowledged that there was a massive recognition of the role of the private sector by the government, e.g. The Botswana innovation hub had encouraged innovation in the private sector.
On improving awareness, Mulwa stressed the need for platforms like Zoom, with engagement in constructive conversations with youths, and support projects on sustainable development.
On how SDGs have moved in driving the chain of sustainability, the Consultant believed they could perform better, but there is still time and since the government is making plans, the prospects look good.
She also recommended that SDG goal 18 that drives towards the participation of youths, ensuring that actions pivot towards a younger generation
During the question and answer session, she stated that it is possible to tap state subsidies or electricity tariffs used in the conventional sector as obtainable in South Africa. Also, she believed Africa could start manufacturing using its resources while maintaining sustainability; the continent would have the advantage of learning from the already developed countries willing to share their mistakes and help.
According to her, SDSN ensures that youth are at the centre of SDG by bringing in young people to different areas and giving them tools enabling them to perform better as leaders.