Life without lights: Living in ‘energy poverty’

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In the world today, there are 1.4 billion people — nearly a quarter of humanity — who live without access to electricity. This is a difficult figure to grasp, and it is equally difficult to realize the social and economic impact of so-called “energy poverty.” Living without electricity impedes progress in health, education, development, agriculture, gender equality and a host of other areas. And, of course, there’s the lack of light. Reporting on the progress of his long-term project, VII photographer Peter DiCampo looks at the problems and solutions associated with energy poverty as he shares stories of life in the dark from Ghana, Iraqi Kurdistan, and New Mexico, USA.

Note: Don’t miss the print show of Peter DiCampo’s “Life Without Lights” opening on Thursday, June 2, and running until July 12 at the VII Gallery, 28 Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York.

Watch the video at VII Magazine.

 
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