WWF-Australia’s successful Solar Light Challenge initiative in partnership with SolarBuddy will now expand to all WWF offices around the world.
In Australia, the Solar Light Challenge successfully run during Earth Hour, which sees millions of people worldwide switch off their lights for 60 minutes to show that they care about the planet’s future.
As a corporate engagement tool WWF Australia successfully utilised the program to mobilised employees to take action on climate change and harness the power of renewable energy to change the lives of children living in energy poverty.
Watch this video clip to learn more about WWF Australia’s Solar Light Challenge.
All lights assembled through the program were sent to children in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to replace carbon-intensive and toxic kerosene lamps used for lighting and cooking. According to the WHO indoor air pollution from the burning of kerosene, firewood and other fossil fuels, kills and estimated 4 million people per year, more than HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined.
Read about our recent WWF Australia light distribution in the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier.
According to the Energy Poverty Research Group at the University of Queensland, each light is capable of offsetting approximately 155kg of Co2 in its lifespan.
Since 2017, a total of 9,052 lights have been donated part of this partnership, which will impact 45,260 children and their families in PNG and provide 19,823,880 study hours improving children’s education outcomes up to 78%.
“We’re proud to work with SolarBuddy to support communities disproportionately affected by climate change and are excited to continue this partnership internationally.” Ariahne Thompson, Workplace Giving & Corporate Engagement Manager, WWF-Australia.
The program will now expand to WWF offices around the world helping children living in energy poverty to improve their education outcomes, overall health and wellbeing, and decrease their environmental impact through a reduction in kerosene lantern usage.