After my experience at Crees, I have wanted to grab any opportunity to spread the word about the impact humans are having on the rainforest. What better way to do this than to talk to children, young children that are naive and let there minds wander and create different imaginary worlds for themselves, minds that are malleable. I will not name the school I went to… but if they read my blog they will know who they are. These children will grow up wanting to be a million different things as they evolve and grow, and even if the time I spent with them inspires just a handful of them to make a change in their lives, it will have been worth it.
The aim for the morning was to show these children the link between solar lights and the rainforest by using my mothers charity… Friends of Conakry Refugee School (FCRS).
FCRS is a charity that helps refugees in Conakry, Guinea. The charity has been running for ten years, their mission is to is to provide a positive future through education to some of the world’s most vulnerable children by..
- supporting good quality teaching.
- providing a hot meal.
- paying fees for vulnerable students.
- paying exam fees.
- renting a school building.
- funding PHSE classes.
Solar lights are very important in parts of the world with light poverty…. this may sound strange to some people, that in areas of the world only the better off have electricity and are the majority of the population are in a Blackout. Conakry is one of these places. The need for light is astonishing, children at the refugee school have to go to denser populated places to use light in the evening for their studies, such as petrol stations or airports. In Africa it gets dark at 6pm and without light doing anything productive is an impossibility. Children travel to areas with electricity to study for exams, this is a dangerous task, especially for young girls, but its the only source of light available to them.
FCRS have a new project, called the Library of Light in which solar lights are sent to the school. The aim is to have 400 solar lights at the school, so every child will be able to borrow a solar light for the evening to do their homework at home and return it the following day, increasing the amount of time spent at home with families as well as increasing their academic achievements.
Now you may be thinking how does this affect the rainforest… well without a solar light families use kerosene lamps, an unsafe, unhealthy and extremely polluting fuel which increases the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. If solar lights are used instead of continuing to use kerosene, there will be less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. The changes in the global climate caused by the rise in carbon dioxide levels is now effecting the unique weather patterns of the amazon basin putting this enormous carbon sink at threat. This along with reducing deforestation will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide taken in by trees and accelerates global warming.
Solar lights cost so little and yet could make such a big difference to the lives of the children like those in Conakry, to the level of carbon dioxide emitted and ultimately to the global climate and the future of the rainforest.
Its important that the children I spoke to understood the links between how these lights are so beneficial to the children in Conakry and how important using sustainable light sources are to levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as well as the need to stop deforestation and the impact on the rainforest.
Be a part of the solar revolution and donate money to FCRS, watch the library of light grow, be a part of the change, reduce the impact of climate change, stop deforestation and understand that everything you do has an impact on the world even in a different country.