This intelligent lighting system - Sustainable City Lights, designed by Philips Design - harnesses solar and wind energy, and beams up the LEDs automatically when they sense human presence. If no humans are around them, they simply emit a soft glow.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Below is a short film about the work of WaterAid.
WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. They workwith partners and influence decision- makers to maximise their impact.
For more information, visit their site here.
Friday, 19 February 2010
Press Release from The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF)
As the weeks go by since the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, clean water and medical treatment continue to be crucial elements for survival. A grant of US$50,000 from The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) will help provide a two-week supply of bottled water for 42,000 people; distribute purification sachets to produce 13 million gallons of potable water to communities where none is available; and distribute oral rehydration solution and salts (ORS) to treat 125,000 children and adults at risk of severe dehydration and water-borne illnesses.
The AmeriCares Foundation, recipient of the grant, has developed a three-pronged initiative to address the water crisis during the acute phase of disaster response, six to eight weeks after the quake. As clean running water is scarce due to the breakdown of water mains, bottled water is being delivered to shelters, camps and medical facilities.
Even before the earthquake, almost 50% of the population had no access to potable water. Now, with the increase in broken utilities and pipelines, many more people are subject to disease from contaminated water. AmeriCares is undertaking a vast effort to deliver water purification sachets, clean buckets and cloths to communities without clean water along with demonstrations of how to use them.
In a country where almost 10% of children never reach the age of six and one third of the population is under 18, the earthquake is fast becoming a children’s crisis. Severe dehydration and water-borne illness is threatening to take many more lives, especially those of the youngest. TPRF’s grant will help AmeriCares provide 125,000 at-risk children and adults with an oral solution designed to rehydrate the body and save lives.
This is the second grant that TPRF has made to help survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. Within days of the earthquake, the Foundation made a $50,000 grant to the World Food Program to provide ready-to-eat food for people who could not go back to their homes. Further grants are planned in the future, targeting the most essential needs for recovery over the long term. For TPRF’s president, Linda Pascotto, “Providing essential aid is critical, but almost as important, is to help the people of this devastated country to begin to have hope again.”
For more information about TPRF visit their site here.
For more information about the AmeriCares Foundation visit their site here.
Monday, 15 February 2010
One of the 18 finalists in this year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition is this cork-based mouse designed by Adele Peters. The unique mouse is a kinetic energy harvesting mouse that utilizes the energy generated by flick of a wrist to power itself. It uses piezoelectric elements to generate energy every time you click or move it around on your desk. Even rolling the scroll wheel will generate energy.
Adele has also made the Corky mouse using 100 percent recycled plastic components and recycled and biodegradable cork. With the creation of this innovative mouse, you no longer have to depend on the disposable battery-powered portable wireless mouse, whose batteries eventually end up in landfills. Impressed? Then vote for it in this year’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition here.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) gave US $25,000 to sponsor multi-day eye clinics in seven cities December 2009 through January 2010 that provided eye care free of charge to over 13,500 people in India.
Almost 10,000 people received prescription glasses, over 10,500 were given eye drops for infections, and more than 1,700 were diagnosed with cataracts and referred to hospitals for further treatment.
In 2007, the Health Ministry of India estimated that 1.1% of the population suffered from blindness, 80% of which was preventable. Yet millions are unable to receive the care that could preserve their eyesight.
TPRF has regularly sponsored eye clinics throughout India since 2003, providing professional care to those who could not otherwise afford it. To date, over 42,000 people have been treated in a total of 22 clinics sponsored by TPRF. Ophthalmologists, refractionists and other medical professionals donate their time to examine people, and volunteers organize and run the clinics.
Photo: Premsagar Foundation India
Thursday, 4 February 2010
The new bright orange schoolhouse in Granados, Guatemala that you see above was built using plastic bottles. After feeling strongly about the plastic trash that she noticed everywhere in Guatemala and the fact that schools had classrooms with no walls, Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner decided to take up a project to change things forever.
The project would use plastic trash as construction material. The team collected plastic waste from their neighbouring villages, in addition to their own. All the bottles were filled with plastic grocery bags, chip bags, and other waste and were then placed inside a metal fencing. Trash was used to fill up the spaces between the fencing and the bottles .The fences were then covered with three layers of cement. The bottles served as insulation, while the cement layers created the look and stability of any conventional wall. As many as 6,000 plastic bottles and the dedication of the team has resulted in this wonderful, innovative school.