Lighting again: flashlights, climate change, and economic development
I’ve written before about technology leapfrogging and the benefits of LEDs in the developing world, but the New York Times provides another excuse with its recent profile of SunNight Solar, a Houston-based company that has devised a solar-powered LED flashlight specifically for the two billion people who don’t have access to affordable sources of light when the sun goes down.
Lighting projects are sometimes used as a source of carbon credits, because electrified light sources are far better for the environment than kerosene lamps or unsustainable wood harvesting.
SunNight Solar isn’t using the carbon markets for financing, although they do appear, like TerraPass, to be a mission-driven for-profit company. You can support their mission by buying one of their BoGo Lights. BoGo stands for Buy One, Give One, and the idea is simple: when you buy a flashlight for yourself, you also buy a flashlight to be distributed in the developing world via one of SunNight Solar’s partner organizations.