ClimateStore Loves the Solar Electric Light Fund
April 6, 2015.
There are thousands of organizations around the world working on solutions to climate change and its impacts. But while in the U.S. we are working on ways to use less electricity and fossil fuels, it is easy to forget that there are millions of people in other parts of the world that have no access to power whatsoever. How can we help them have access to electricity without contributing to climate change? The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is working on just that.
SELF, based in Washington D.C., is a nonprofit whose mission is to implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development. They do this by conducting small solar installations in places with a specific need. For example, after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, SELF solar installations helped power eight health centers. In Benin, SELF built a solar irrigation system so that families could grow food in a sustainable, empowering way. SELF is currently working on a project to help provide lighting to schools in rural Columbia. They have completed successful solar projects in 21 countries and have made countless lives easier, more productive, and more sustainable. Their mission is essential to sustainable economic development in the face of climate change. And their work has really just begun. While they have helped provide access to power to hundreds of people, there are literally a billion more people in need. But, there is hope for people and the climate.
ClimateStore applauds and supports SELF because by providing renewable energy to developing countries, SELF both improves quality of life in those communities, but also helps them become more resistant to climate change.
Check back next week for some very exciting news: we’re partnering with SELF for Earth Day to help you make a difference around the world! Use #10forSolar on twitter, instagram and facebook to join the conversation.