About Be-A-light

solar lantern project

 

SOL

Be a light unto yourself.

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.

Happiness never decreases by being shared.

- the last teachings of the Buddha as he was dying

 

To Be a light unto yourself is to realize the light within us – literally our solar-charged cells as well as the power of realization – to awaken from within and connect beyond our limited perception.

 

GIVE A LAMP TODAY
100% of your donation goes to buying a lamp for homeless or at-risk youth through our "Be-A-Light" program.
For the Malibu Wishtoyo Chumash Village, kids come to the village to be in nature by the ocean (often for the first time) and are given a lamp to use to light the night for school work at night, safety and for inspiration.

Every $13 donation gets a lamp to someone.
Click here to donate

 

2015 is the International Year of the Light.

 

We often take the power of light for granted. In Africa, only 13% of the population has electricity and globally over 1.3 billion people light the night with kerosene tin lamps – a toxic fuel source that is equivalent to 4 packs of cigarettes a day. This toxic fuel also costs 20-50% of a family’s income as light is so important for education, keeping basics like clinics open, and particularly for safety and reducing violence towards women.

 

Solar Lanterns are now an accessible, renewable, positive solution that is creating a people-to-people solution as micro-business and solar-lending libraries through the solar light company D.Light (founded by a peace-corps volunteer) have provided over 47 million lamps worldwide sine 2003.

 

After several years of research, I have started the “Be-A-Light” Solar Lamp Project to activate the yoga community and beyond to support the power of Solar Lanterns right in your own home and globally at the same time. The concept is to empower solar ambassadors to work people-to-people in their community by giving them direct access to ordering lamps and empowering their community.

 

Personally, I live in a solar home, drive a solar-powered electric car or cycle, and started the Solar Lantern Project “Be-A-Light” to supports people-to-people grassroots solar projects locally and in East Africa (in partnership with d.light and www.solar-aid.org) who have spread solar lamps to over 47 million people worldwide.

 

Here in LA we are focusing on providing solar lamps to make a small dent and empower the some 15,000 homeless youth who go to school in the LA Unified School district and often have to live without light at night to study or just feel safe. This is the same issue around the world where over 25% of the world’s population lives without electricity with the majority (1.3 billion) using toxic kerosene lamps instead of the non-polluting, renewable solar lanterns. I lived with a kerosene lamp for six months in Kenya when there was no alternative available and the black smoke from those toxic lamps was awful.

I feel empowered to give back and try to elevate our consciousness and positive actions towards greater energy, care of natural resources and renewable energy.

 

About the International Year of the Light

For over 1.5 billion people around the world, night-time means either darkness or the dim glow of an unhealthy kerosene lamp or candle. Such poor-quality lighting has a dramatic impact on health and educational opportunities, and an important aim of the International Year of Light will be to promote the use of portable solar-powered high-brightness LED lanterns in regions where there is little or no reliable source of light. This website has resources explaining this problem, explaining how we are planning to address it, and showing how you can get involved.

 

In developing and third-world countries without access to electricity, 1.3 billion people depend on kerosene for light. The burning of kerosene lamps leads to the death of 1.5 million people every year. Inhaling kerosene smoke is the equivalent of smoking 4 packs of cigarettes a day, and commonly induces respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and cancer in tens of millions of people. The open flame of kerosene lamps also pose as an obvious danger to households. Moreover, impoverished families spend up to half of their income on kerosene, which not only provides inadequate illumination but also emits extremely harmful black carbon into the Earth’s atmosphere. Kerosene lamps contribute to a vicious cycle of poverty that needs to be broken.

 

Providing clean, efficient forms of energy to developing communities is not only important for health reasons; it is also vital for productivity. Families in rural communities rely on work to provide for the most basic needs of their family, and are currently limited in hours due to scarce lighting after sunset. The majority of children in developing countries are also expected to work during the day to help provide for their family. With no or inadequate light at night, these youth are unable to read or write, and thus deprived of an education. Possibly the most pressing issue of all is access to healthcare. Hospitals are able to care for patients during the day but shut down operations at night because they do not have adequate lighting. With limited health care professionals and increasing levels of illnesses and disease in developing countries, it is crucial that these hospitals receive new means of lighting.

 

Difficulty convincing these off-grid communities that sustainable, high-tech lighting alternatives is the reason many are still using kerosene lamps. There are countless organizations that devote their efforts towards providing clean lighting in the form of solar and LEDs.

 

We just can’t seem to break our addiction to the kinds of fuel that will bring back a climate last seen by the dinosaurs, a climate that will drown our coastal cities and wreak havoc on the environment and our ability to feed ourselves. All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can’t we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse? – Neil de Grasse Tyson

 

Courtesy: Light Up The World (lutw.org)


About Yoga Energy Activism
YEA! is about committing to use less energy for as long as you can
(from one hour to the entire day) and waste less energy and support energy regeneration. It is about conscious energy use and moving toward actively minimizing our carbon imprint on the planet.

WHY? 
We waste more energy than we use. We throw away more food than we eat. We are the #1 Trash Producing Nation. We have an abundance of natural energy to tap into. It takes only .02% of the Sun’s energy to power the earth’s current needs

GIVE A LAMP TODAY

100% of your donation goes to buying a lamp for homeless or at-risk youth through our "Be-A-Light" program.
For the Malibu Wishtoyo Chumash Village, kids come to the village to be in nature by the ocean (often for the first time) and are given a lamp to use to light the night for school work at night, safety and for inspiration.

Every $13 donation gets a lamp to someone.
Click here to donate