Switching on to solar – goodbye kerosene

Posted on by bmiller

This morning I received WIPO Magazine via email and one of the featured stories immediately struck me as interesting – “Switching on to solar – goodbye kerosene“.

WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) recently held a Conference on Innovation and Climate Change.

A few interesting facts from the article:

An estimated 1.6 billion people in the developing world depend on kerosene lamps for lighting.

Resource poor households spend a significant proportion of their income on fuel for this low-level lighting source which exposes them to serious health and safety hazards.

The long-term financial, health and safety and environmental costs of kerosene lamps are considerable. A smarter, cleaner, more affordable and efficient alternative in the form of solar-powered lanterns offers hope for a brighter future.

  • PG

    LightUp (East African)Foundation (LU(EA)F)    is a non profit organisation which has launched a solar lantern initiative which offers hope for a brighter future in rural and urban communities in East Africa.77% of the population at present depend on kerosene for their lighting needs.LU(EA)F has organised a charity walk’GOODBYKEROSENE’ on 20th May at Karura Forest to create awareness-advantages of solar to kerosene lamps  and also raise funds to increase access to solar lanterns to East Africa and say goodbye to kerosene and support the resolution which was unanimously endorsed by the UN at 2010 General Assembly designating 2012 as the’ International Year of Sustainable Energy for All’.
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