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Call to action! Power crisis in Venezuela, crisis declared March 10th, 2010. Immediate solutions needed!

Here we are doing a thousand small things to help change the future, and that's all well and good, but meanwhile there's a real life crisis going on right now. 70% of Venezuela's power comes from hydroelectric dams. A drought this year has depleted energy production by 40%. The government has mandated electricity rationing and started a campaign of replacing light-bulbs using the military (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8543469.stm), but the water is very quickly dropping to the point where the turbines are no longer going to work. It's already significantly affecting the country's economy. Venezuela produces quite a bit of petroleum, and measures are underway to start using more of it to produce electricity. Which means less is exported. Which means that at least in America, gas will be more expensive in a couple years. http://world-countries.net/archives/16839 I'd rather not promote an America-centric worldview, even though I'm sure it pervades my thinking, but I'm trying to convey that this crisis in Venezuela affects the world around it. And if you're wealthy enough to have access to this site, it probably will affect you personally eventually.

So spread the word! Devise short term fixes and follow up with long term solutions! Who has ideas? Develop them, drum up funding. Who is willing to go to Venezuela and help? Who is willing to put their money where their mouth is?

Or are you all just as cowardly as I am?

EDIT: Please discuss at http://www.urgentevoke.com/forum/topics/energy-crisis-in-venezuela

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Comment by John D. Boyden on March 20, 2010 at 2:59pm
*applause* +1 vision and spark. By world standards, I am rich. By US standards I'm scraping by. The government of Venezeula is not friendly to any US suggestions or interventions, so it would have to come from the UN or an organization like the World Bank, or countries OR organizations with GOOD relations with Venezuela. Being American in Venezuela would be personally hazrdous, I dio believe. What do the rest of you think?
Comment by Lim Zhen Jiang on March 20, 2010 at 3:43pm
To be honest, I don't think that you are cowardly. By that definition, then all of us are cowards and only super rich guys like Bill Gates and his foundations are the only heroes. What is truly important would be a positive mental attitude, instead of the dollars you give. I believe this is what EVOKE is for, where people can share ideas and crystallize them into something really good. Take a look at my new blog post for more!
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 20, 2010 at 3:57pm
Agent Joanna, I had a sense of deja vu reading your post. Kenya is just coming out of a 3 year drought. We relay heavily on hydroelectric power and have been experiencing both water and power rationing for 2 years until late last year when this stopped. Like in Venezuela, our governments imediate solution was to utilize fossil fuels for power generation, which lead to leving of a new fuel tax more than doubling the cost of power. Reading my monthly power bill, the fuel tax is actually higher than the electricity fee. This has adversly affected our manufacturing and service sector severely. As a country we are now (1) focusing on re-forestation (2) looking for alternative sources of power some of which I am about to blog about. +1 courage for your courage to act.
Comment by Edrian on March 21, 2010 at 5:33am
YOu are not coward agent Joanna. Infact, you are courageous enough for this post. Philippine is currently experiencing an El Nino now. And it resulted to the lost millions of dollars of to-be-harvested crops and the drying up our major dams and water falls for hydroelectric power generation. With our young age, the best thing that we could do now is to influence our fellow youths about the crises that we are currently experiencing from our local community. Innitiate some peer group discussion about the issue and make a collaborative proposal (with campaigned signatures from younger people) to be give to your Local community head/leader. Im sure, they will be touched for what you have done and they will realize that even young people like you wants to make difference.
Comment by Christian Brumm on March 29, 2010 at 10:16am
Thanks for sharing, I did not know about this power crises and also was unaware that Venezuela gets so much energy from water. I would have guessed carbon energy because its exporting a lot of it.


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