Webinar on energy poverty in children and adolescents
Last Thursday, May 14, the webinar on energy poverty in children and adolescents took place. The two guests Irene González from Enginyeria Sense Fronteres and Saska Petrova, a lecturer of University of Manchester, explained the situation of energy precariousness and how it affects adolescents and children.
Irene González explained how 30.8% of children and adolescents in Barcelona would be at risk of poverty and / or social exclusion according to data in the city of Barcelona. Of this, the situation of energy poverty has differential and severe impacts on children and adolescents, for example on mental health with stress, isolation; in physical health with specific diseases, malnutrition and difficulties in healing; in education with difficulty concentrating, bullying and absenteeism; and with safety due to the risk of fire or electrocution due to irregular disconnections.
In conclusion, he explained to us how there are few specific measures to address energy precariousness in children and what needs to be analysed and taken into account in the development of public policies.
You can find all the information and data in the study (for the moment in Catalan “Energy insecurity and childhood in the city of Barcelona“)
Saska Petrova spoke to us about energy precariousness, how energy poverty is often addressed as a domestic problem, and how this domestication of energy poverty excludes it from political debates and socio-ecological imaginaries. So we need to move our vision of energy poverty from a domestic issue to a political one.
You can also download here the presentations of the webinar.