Solar. Energy. Is. Awesome.
In February of 2009 Mike and I made the decision to put these beauties on our roof.
I’m not going to pretend that these panels are able to generate all the electricity that we need – Mike and I both have home offices and his includes many things with lights and knobs and wires that need electricity. Lots and lots of it. But the solar panels make a huge dent in providing us with sustainable, clean energy, and keeps us from needing less power generated primarily by coal, natural gas and nuclear.
While the solar panels on our roof are providing my family with the electricity to run things that are important for our comfort and creativity, donations made to Power the World provide sustainable energy that is life-saving and life-changing. The Solar Suitcase brings light to health clinics where the difference between light and dark can literally mean the difference of life and death for mothers giving birth at night. Over 1,500 families in Haiti have been given solar powered lights that safely light the way for families at night, and give children the ability to study after dark without the risk of respiratory issues from breathing sooty smoke from kerosene and candles.
Music for Relief is premiering a new video cut to Linkin Park’s POWERLESS at powertheworld.org as part of the first #GivingTuesday. The video gives a glimpse of what life is like for those living without electricity and how their lives can be (and have been) improved with simple, clean energy like solar lights.
Speaking of Giving Tuesday, I’m excited about the potential it has to put the emphasis from what we can buy to ways we can give. As easy as it is to get swept up in the idea of finding the perfect gift, I try to keep in mind that the best gifts I have received are donations that friends give in my name to their favorite charity. No need for returns or exchanges: unique and beautiful, it is a gift that always fits me just right… and one that has exposed me to many wonderful charities that I otherwise would not have known existed. If you are looking for a place to make a donation as a holiday gift, please consider Power The World or choose one of your favorites (use the comments section to tell me about them – whether they are grassroots or worldwide- I’d love to hear about them!) And on this first Giving Tuesday, if you can’t afford to give a monetary donation, consider giving your time or talents. In the US, iVolunteer.org is a great place to find projects and causes looking for volunteers.