NGOs ask governments heading to Paris Climate Summit: 100% renewable energy, zero poverty, are you in?

Press release – for immediate release

Paris – 27 November 2015: Ahead of the UN Climate Summit, a group of NGOs is asking governments, “are you in?” – as part of a new report and video which highlight the development benefits of the transition to 100% renewable energy. This comes as Heads of State travel to Paris and thousands of people prepare to take to the streets in more than 150 countries to call for a fossil free future.

The brand new report and video showcase how going 100% renewable tackles poverty, capturing colourful examples from Ecuador to Indonesia via Africa and the Middle East, featuring the stories of diverse champions including city mayors, villager leaders and business experts.

The report and video were commissioned by Bread for the World, World Future Council, Hivos and Climate Action Network and is endorsed by a number of development and environmental figureheads including David Suzuki and Wanjira Mathai.

“Harnessing 100% renewable energy is a great way to boost energy access for the poorest and most vulnerable people,” says Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President at Bread for the World. “Our report and video show how fighting poverty and protecting the climate go hand in hand and that scaling up renewable energy can benefit development programmes around the world.”

“This shows that getting on track to go 100% renewable helps improve living conditions and propels economic development in villages, towns and major cities from Uganda to the USA. The stories in this package demonstrate that renewable energy is simply the best choice for a poverty free, sustainable future,” says Edwin Huizing, Executive Director at Hivos.

The report offers 8 in-depth examples of people harnessing the power of renewables for the common good, like Marjina Begum in Bangladesh, who is helping to boost gender equality in her community and secure a better life for her daughters.

“To pass on a livable planet to future generations, we must transition to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible,” says Wanjira Mathai, Director of the Partnerships for Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables and Councillor of the World Future Council. “The stories in this report do not only show that this is feasible, but that it is actually beneficial for people in need”.

“The renewable energy economy is developing at a pace way beyond most predictions and the global support for a renewable powered future is increasing on daily basis. We have no doubt that we will achieve 100% renewable energy within this century. We just need to ensure that this transition happens in a just manner and by mid-century. Betting on any other form of energy for the future does not make economic or social sense,” says Wael Hmaidan, Director, Climate Action Network.

Click to read the full report and here to watch the video.

Media Contacts

World Future Council
Alexandra Schiffmann
Media and Communications Manager
+49 4030 70 914-19 (Hamburg, Germany)


Climate Action Network – International
Mark Raven

The World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy-making. Its up to 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy solutions. In close cooperation with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations the World Future Council identifies “best policies” around the globe. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

Bread for the World

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity at home and far beyond where we live.

Climate Action Network

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 950 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 110 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.


Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Our primary focus is achieving structural change.