The post-apocalyptic hit NBC series Revolution takes place 15 years after the lights have gone out around the world. The global blackout has plunged the US into warring factions and a primitive existence.
This guest post written by Whitney Showler, who heads Music for Relief, the non-profit established by Sustainable Energy for All supporter Linkin Park, touches on some of the issues covered in this week’s episode.
Although we may consider childbirth routine, without electricity it can be very dangerous. Women give birth at night in near darkness, cesarean sections are cancelled or conducted by flashlight, and critically ill mothers or babies wait hours or days for life-saving procedures. The outcomes can be tragic.
In Africa, pregnancy and childbirth complications result in hundreds of maternal deaths every day, including within the country of Uganda. Ugandan clinics often don’t have reliable electricity for lighting and medical equipment. Power the World, a philanthropic initiative of rock band Linkin Park and Music for Relief, is funding WE CARE Solar Suitcases for Ugandan clinics. The Solar Suitcase is a portable solar energy system that improves maternal and child health outcomes by providing reliable light and power.
The Power the World Solar Suitcase initiative is helping thousands of women around the world who face the same dangers as the woman in Munroe’s flashback on the Revolution episode “Dead Man Walking” who went through labor in a tent with none of the modern amenities afforded by electricity.
With the Solar Suitcase, health providers can see at night for routine deliveries and surgical procedures, and can promptly diagnose and treat birth complications. If you would like to help send a WE CARE Solar Suitcase to light up childbirth in Africa, click here to support Power the World.
The General Debate continues as Heads of State and Government come before their peers to express their views on the Post-2015 Development agenda and more. The debate will be webcast live starting at 9 am (NYC time). See who is expected to speak in the UN Daily Journal.
At 9 am, there will be a Special Event hosted by the President of the General Assembly towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals where world leaders, civil society and philanthropists will discuss in round table sessions, the weaknesses and gaps, the acceleration of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the post-2015 Development Agenda. Watch live online. Follow @WeCanEndPoverty and hashtags #mdgmomentum, #MDGs & #futurewewant for updates.
One year after the launch of the Global Education First Initiative by the UN Secretary-General in September 2012 , an anniversary event called “Delivering on the Global Education Promise” will celebrate the achievements made as well as look at coordinating the leadership and finance necessary to make a break-through in education. You can watch live online at 11 am. Follow @GlobalEduFirst and #educationfirst for updates.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the support of the Austrian Government, will hold an event at 11 am on the occasion of the 20th anniversary since the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights. World leaders are expected to participate and discuss achievements, shortcomings and next steps for human rights. Follow @UNrightswire & hashtag #Rights2015 for updates.
The Annual Treaty Event, which continues today, provides an opportunity for Member States to fulfill their pledges, made in national and international fora, to sign on to, and particularly to ratify and adhere to multilateral treaties.
This list highlights only a few of the events that are happening – follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest.
You can also watch press conferences, stakeouts and more live online.
In addition, there are many other side events scheduled. Check out the Daily Journal (PDF) for updates and location information.