By helping Haiti we can make a huge impact - Mike Shinoda
Denver CO (PRWEB) December 05, 2011
Grammy-winning band Linkin Park have stepped up their support of the United Nations' 2012 Year of Sustainable Energy by launching a new campaign designed to bring a solar light to Haiti this holiday season.
The band is asking supporters to donate $10 at http://www.powertheworld.org to give a renewable, clean solar light bulb to families who otherwise live in darkness in the earthquake-ravaged country.
"We chose Haiti for this project because the country faces severe energy poverty,” says Linkin Park lead vocalist Mike Shinoda. "There are 34 million people in the Western Hemisphere who have no access to modern energy; 8 million of them are in Haiti. By helping Haiti we can make a huge impact, so it’s a great place to start."
The solar light bulbs are made by Denver-based Nokero International, and have been specially modified and dubbed "Eneji Pwop" for use in Haiti by EarthSpark International.
Earthspark is a United Nations Program (UNEP) partner which builds supply chains and business practices to support small-scale clean energy entrepreneurs in Haiti. Low-cost, efficient and renewable energy technologies such as the solar light bulb save money for Haitians over time and reduce health and environmental risks associated with fire and kerosene.
Supporters can visit the website http://www.powertheworld.org to learn more and make a donation.
Linkin Park is asking supporters to give the gift of light this holiday to let friends and family know that there are clean energy solutions to some of the world's environmental, health, and energy problems. More than 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity. Without light at night, many families turn to burning expensive kerosene or candles, leading to millions of deaths each year through fire or pulmonary disease.
The band hopes that having its fans share the message will encourage action from the governments, large companies and non-governmental organizations that can make an enormous impact in solving this problem.
Power the World is a pledge to help 1 million families gain access to sustainable energy solutions. Last month, Linkin Park pledged their support of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative. To that end, the band and their non-profit organization Music for Relief have partnered with UN Foundation and EarthSpark International to bring clean energy solutions to families without energy access beginning in Haiti through Enèji Pwòp (Clean Energy in Haitian Creole).
About Music for Relief:
Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $5 million for victims of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 earthquake & tsunami in Japan. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of over 955,000 trees to help reduce global warming. The organization was recently recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. For more information visit http://www.musicforrelief.org.
About EarthSpark International:
Founded in 2008, EarthSpark International partners with organizations in Haiti to develop local businesses and country-scale supply chains for clean and efficient energy technologies. By developing retail markets and country-wide supply chains, EarthSpark creates the conditions in which local energy entrepreneurs can thrive and provide consumers with affordable clean energy products and services. Learn more at http://www.earthsparkinternational.org.
Nokero - the company that makes the N200 solar light bulb - was formed in June 2010 to develop safe, affordable and environmentally-friendly technology that eliminates the need for harmful and polluting fuels used around the world.