The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Brookings Institution titled How do we end energy poverty? Debating solutions for increasing global electricity access. Experts covered the debate over distributed generation in energy vs centralized distribution and what is the best way forward. Experts touched on the small scale interventions around one's home that can be taken and the effects that it has on energy distribution. The historical approach to electricity was explained and how people would in the past have to migrate to urban cities to obtain electricity. Experts explained briefly the link between energy and climate change and how the two are interconnected due to biomass and its effects on the climate that results in global warming. Today globally billions rely on the traditional use of biomass for an everyday task such as cooking while biomass causes respiratory daisies that contribute to the death of millions every year. Experts expressed that the same necessity that we have for water is now the same level of necessity we currently have for energy. Experts also mentioned that there are many universities that have ramped up their programs on sustainable energy and its effects on our future.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by Stimson Center titled Climate Change, Drought, and the US Relationship with Vietnam. Experts sought out to look for practical ways to approach difficult issues pertaining to the many aspects of water supply and droughts in Southeast Asia. A few of the well-known exports coming out of South-East Asia sea and land are shrimp and rice and droughts affect them both extremely. Experts pointed out the role that sediment plumes play and how they affect the overall ecosystem. An expert spoke of his experience with the people of South-East Asia as they searched to find the solution for the droughts and the way forward. Experts mentioned that many concerned parties involved in the process of finding solutions all had different interpretations on the way forward which seemed very puzzling. Experts explained briefly the many initiatives involved in the overall process of finding an answer to solving these droughts.
In a letter to excellencies attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey; shirazi foundation asks country delegates and decision makers to come up with solutions in regards to the heart breaking situation in the Middle East and consequently Europe and other countries.Read more: Shirazi Foundation's letter to the World Humanitarian Summit Attendees