Light for Development
The importance of light in our daily lives cannot be underrated.
Light plays a crucial role not only to humans but every other living thing and non-living things. According to statistics, around 1.5 billion persons at night do not have access to a quality lighting system. Most of these people either rely on the use of natural light such as the moon or stars while some use candles, sticks or kerosene powered lamps. All this low-quality source of light will have an adverse effect on the eyes and reduce its productivity over the years.
It is a result of this that there has been various light for development initiatives in regions struggling to get quality light at night. The goal of these initiatives is to encourage the use of solar-powered lights for people in this kind of locality. In many developing countries, the absence of light has also hampered their development and even placed them in an unhealthy position. Take, for instance, a student who needs to study cannot effectively do so at night. Such students would have to rely on the use of kerosene powered lamps. This source of light has been said to be hazardous to one’s health because when you inhale its fumes, it can be likened to puffing not less than two dozen cigarettes. The use of kerosene powered lamps is responsible for a lot of health-related issues such as lung cancer, pneumonia, asthma, etc., which could be found in millions of people around the globe. Aside from the health disadvantage of the kerosene powered lamps, the cost implication is also unreasonable. The reason behind this assertion is that people who are improvised will need to always fuel their lamps, and as such, they will always have to buy kerosene to keep the lamp running.
The level of productivity would be on the downside in this kind of region that lacks a quality lighting system. This is due to the fact they will always be in a race to finish all their tasks during the day time because once sunsets everywhere would become jet dark. In this kind of condition, any task not completed before the sunsets will have to wait till the following day and until the sunrise again. In this kind of region, the productivity level would be drastically low. The provision of quality light to this region will not only help combat health complications that might arise as a result of kerosene lamps, but it will also help preserve the ecosystem from air pollution. Another crucial role which quality light would play is in increasing productivity not only for students who are to complete school assignments. The productivity level would also increase for the various sectors in the region such as the health centre which ought to be operating 24/7. The use of light is not limited to only seeing in the dark; lights are also used to solve various challenges faced by a community. Regardless of the cost implications of getting either a solar-powered light supply or LEDs, various rural communities must be encouraged to get any of the two.
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