598 million people in Africa alone have no access to electricity. Without electricity families have no clean source of light, leaving millions to rely on expensive and dangerous alternatives. Many use homemade kerosene lamps which are a poor source of light; they emit toxic black smoke, eat up to 15% of a family’s income and are extremely hazardous.
With a solar light, everything changes. These little lamps are safe, clean and affordable. They give off hours of light in the evening so families can earn, learn and feel safe after dark. Just one lamp can transform the fortunes of an entire family and is the first step on an energy ladder to full electrification. They are not the answer to all of life’s energy problems, but they are available right now, and will ensure the very poorest can begin to develop and prosper without having to wait for a grid system that may never come.
Share Your Sun
Through our Share Your Sun partnership with SolarAid, we’re committed to distributing one solar light for every pair of sunglasses sold. For each lamp this equates to:
- 4 people reached
- £145 saved in not having to buy fuel
- 1006 hours of extra study time for students and children
- 1.1 tonnes of CO2 emissions averted
- 2 people experiencing better health
(Research by SolarAid)
Jeremy Leggett – Founder of SolarAid
“At SolarAid, we see first hand the incredible power of a single solar light to transform lives among some of the poorest families in the world – money saved, food added to the table, seeds for the fields, on and on. People wearing Bird’s amazing sunglasses will now know that they are adding fuel to this transformation in a big way: keeping sunlight out of their eyes while adding it to the African night, via the solar cells and batteries in the lights”