Lighting a Billion Lives
Live Earth is proud to partner with TERI's Lighting a Billion Lives campaign for Live Earth India in Mumbai, December 7th, 2008.
Lighting a Billion Lives is a distribution campaign organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an organization that aims to develop solutions to fight global problems in the fields of "energy, environment and current patterns of development, which are largely unsustainable."
Together with your help as a Friend of Live Earth, Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) will be able to distribute solar lanterns and flashlights to rural communities that lack modern and clean sources of light.
Dr. R.K. Pachauri, who is currently the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate which shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007, is the director general of TERI and has a great passion for developing new ways of environmental improvement and sustainability. His devotion to the cause was discussed the global climate emergency and his CGI Commitment entitled "Light a Billion Lives:" to bring light to one million people in India by replacing kerosene and paraffin lanterns with solar power lighting devices.
Through his campaign, local entrepreneurs are encouraged to create the lanterns for distribution to their own rural communities, for whom kerosene is the predominant fuel for lighting. Most workers and community members work off of the suns light and hazardous kerosene, but the new solar lanterns that have CFL's as well as LEDs. This duel system brightens the lives of one billion people and provides a better lifestyle as well.