“We’re convinced that average, ordinary people can tackle the toughest issues facing humanity.” -Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff
A small ambitious Ethiopian nonprofit which manufactures and distributes portable solar powered lanterns is one of twelve nominees for the 2018 Billion Acts campaign: Little Sun is nominated along with IKEA for the Best Social Enterprise Act.
The company, which started with the intention of providing night time light for young Ethiopian students, has brought light from the sun to millions, expanding its reach to refugee camp residents and disaster zones, including supplying lanterns last winter to Hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.
The statistics detailing lack of access to light represent a significant challenge:
- 1.1 billion people lack access to sustainable, clean energy
- Millions of school children cannot study after dark because they don’t have access to light
- One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee, lacking access to electricity
Educating young people about the importance of solar energy plays a critical role in creating a more sustainable future for our planet.
Without energy, children cannot study after dark, compromising their education. Without education, they have fewer future prospects. Solar energy can help children get a better education. And education about solar makes children aware of smart energy solutions and gives them the tools to make a better future for themselves – and for our planet. Teaching kids about solar and sustainability will translate into an acceleration of green policies, sustainability research, and innovative tech solutions in the future. Little Sun Education
“One Billion Acts of Peace” Campaign
The PeaceJam Foundation and Google are major players in the #BillionActs campaign, “an international global citizens’ movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet.”
Fourteen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates are involved in the mission to “inspire 1 billion acts of peace by 2020.” Almost 50,000,000 acts of peace have been created in the first four years of the campaign.
Each year, two Billion Acts Hero Award semifinalists are chosen in six categories.
The 2018 semifinalists are:
- Best Youth Act: Techno and Rethaka
- Best University Act: Asian University for Women and Student Action for Refugees
- Best Social Enterprise Act: IKEA and Little Sun
- Best Community Act Peace is a Lifestyle and Climate Smart Villages
- Best Nonprofit Act: Rotary International and Mercy Corps
- Best Up and Coming Peacemaker Act: Ba Futuru / For the Future and We Dine Together