Liter of Light – Bringing solar energy solutions for everyone

Let’s change the way our world is powered by new solar energy solutions

Liter of Light is a special program managed by 4 travelers who are visiting different states of the US to increase awareness about sustainable development and introduce different soar light plants. They have successfully covered more of the area and hoping to take their project at a nationwide level. Here we have a little insight that will help you understand the Liter of Light properly.

Key facts

Here are a few facts related to consumption of light around the world.

  • 75% of the electricity generated around the world comes from the coal.
  • The rate of wholesale electricity is rapidly increasing.
  • In the last 5 years, the usage of solar hot water has trebled.
  • 5% of the energy consumption comes from the renewable resources. The utilization of renewable energy is growing but there is still a need for more awareness.

The problem

The increased rate of production and usage of electricity is the reason that fossil fuels are rapidly depleting. Most of the turbines and hydropower plants are running on the engines that use coal as the source of energy. This is the reason there are chances that in the coming year all the reserves of coal will be depleted from the world that will make it hard to produce electricity. This is the reason authorities are increasing the rates of electricity to assure that it can help reduce consumption and save some of the fossil fuels for the future generation.

 

Liter of Light has installed more than 350,000 bottle lights in more than 15 countries

 

The Solution

Increasing the rate of electricity is not the solution because the energy is still produced at the same rate that will create problems in the future. The only solution to this problem is the sustainable solar lighting. If we will start using the solar energy plants we will not have to worry about any issues related to depletion of sunlight because it is a renewable resource. As well as the energy produced can be stored and it will help to save the fossil fuels. Liter of light has made the mission to aware the public about the sustainable solar light, so they can move towards this reliable source of energy.

Helping people

There are many different ways in which the solar energy solutions will help the society. First of all, it will help reduce the cost of electricity. The energy produced by solar plants will be much cheaper as compared to the energy that we are using in the present age. As well as it will help with the continuous supply of energy. You will not have to deal with any kind of shortage. The availability of sunlight will not stop, which means that you will not have to worry about saving the resources.

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www.literoflightusa.org | Photo: Kit Reyes

The planet

The sustainable energy is it so important, not only helpful for the society but also for the plant. The residual waste produced by the fossil fuels and coal is dangerous for our environment. When fossil fuels will not be used for the production of energy, no waste products will be produced that will help save the plant.

It is significant for us to participate in solar power solutions projects. It can help us protect our future and save our plant from the harmful effects of the fossil fuels.

Sea Level Rise – Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

This is a two-part project: Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting and Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches for Sea Level Rise.

Advancing High-Resolution Coastal Forecasting. 

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is a multi‐disciplinary, center of excellence that brings together experts in the natural sciences, engineering, economics, political science, finance, and law to provide practical solutions to global environmental issues arising as a result of a changing climate. The UConn CIRCA faculty are partnering with researchers from across New England to advance the development and implementation of a comprehensive, regional, coastal and riverine inundation observation and modeling system. This project will result in the creation of a real-time inundation forecast system and 100-year return interval (1% annual chance) online maps that will be housed with the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS).

Advancing Living Shorelines Approaches.

UConn CIRCA, working in conjunction with five New England states and several regional organizations, will collaboratively analyze living shorelines applications in Connecticut and the Northeast region. New England has a varied coastline and dually varied utilization rates for living shorelines projects. Under this cooperative effort, UConn CIRCA will assist the region as it develops a ‘state-of-the-science’ analysis of living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure, identify barriers and potential solutions to increase the deployment of living shorelines, and develop and disseminate educational materials and workshops for the public regarding living shorelines and coastal green infrastructure in order to fight sea level rise.

 

“Natural ecosystems provide multiple benefits to people, including food and water production, improved air and water quality, and recreation and spiritual inspiration”

 

CIRCA and NOAA partnered on May 23, 2017 to present a Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training. Training staff from NOAA and CIRCA introduced participants to fundamental green infrastructure concepts and practices that can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. The agenda also featured green infrastructure projects from CIRCA grantees in Stratford and MetroCOG as well as presentations from New Haven, Eastern CT Conservation District, and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.

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The Practice of Green Infrastructure. Image by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

You can find the full PDF presentation about the project sea level rise here.

 

Click on the map to see how much flooding could happen in your coastal area:

Sustainable Living and Co-Housing Alicante

Project of cooperative housing creation, combining the co-housing model with the principles of self-sustainability, energy efficiency and positive social impact. It is a community designed and created by its own residents, in which cooperation between them is encouraged, with an understanding of well-being.

Currently, the current community property system does not allow for cooperation between residents, especially if they have some kind of reduced mobility, which means that these people are very lonely. As we age, we become sedentary and lonely, causing depression, premature aging, and other illnesses caused by this cause.

In the 80’s a group of young people in Denmark get together to decide the community in which they want to live, from there co-housing is created, where a group of people plan their future from buying the land together, plotting it and creating basic and affordable housing, where they encourage co-living and solidarity.

Eco-housing Alicante is a housing cooperative project, combining the co-housing model with the principles of self-sustainability, energy efficiency and positive social impact.

It is a type of collaborative housing that tries to overcome the alignment produced by the compartmentalization of current housing, in which no one knows their neighbors and in which there is no sense of community.

Its values are aligned with those of Christian Felber’s well-known Economics of the Common Good, and these are a foundation of basic principles that represent human values: trust, honesty, responsibility, cooperation, solidarity, generosity and compassion, among others.

These are modular single-family houses, of the passive solar type, using resources of the bio-climatic architecture combined with a much higher energy efficiency than traditional construction. These houses have very low energy consumption and offer a comfortable atmosphere all year round without the use of conventional heating. They would be designed as smart-houses, taking advantage of digital technologies at the service of the above-mentioned values.

There would be a specific common area for waste management, composting and a workshop for the re-use/recycling of various equipment. There is also a common laundry area, social club or living area. Playground, accessible children’s playground and adapted sports area.

This project is designed to be carried out, between the sea and the mountains, somewhere in the so-called region of Alacantí (Busot, El Campello, Aigues, Alicante, Agost, Jijona, Mutxamel, San Juan de Alicante, San vicente or Torremanzanas), accessible and with all the public services needed, from the circular economy, self-sufficiency, and the least environmental impact and the lowest environmental impact.

All this is seen from a social perspective of intergenerational coexistence, mutual support, accessibility for people with disabilities and/or dependency and solidarity, respecting the private spaces of each unit of coexistence.

Sustainable develpment goals reached

Susceptibility map of mass movements in the southern slope of Avila

The mass movements that originate on the southwestern flank of the Avila, as observed in the analysis of the risk carried out in this work, cause numerous economic losses since many neighborhoods in the area are very susceptible to this threat, in view of the urban expansion of the city that has caused many settlements

Constraints, triggers and erosive factors affecting mass movements in the mountainous south area of Ávila in Venezuela, are spatially analyzed through ArcGIS software 10.0 a synthetic methodology that performs the analysis of these factors in each movement type (rock falls, landslides, road slope and flows) and then synthesize on a single map areas with increased susceptibility.

The main cause of mass movements in this area relates to geological conditions which are reactivated by active seismicity, heavy rainfall, and artificial changes to the ground. Only in Caracas city has registered more than 500 landslides with important effects in the last 60 years.

While the study of the risk of mass movements is elaborate, (a dispersed event in space-time and with low intensity) is one of the most costly threats at a socio-economic level.

Most of the movements studied are mainly controlled by the slope and lithology, observing that most of the most frequent instabilities occur in the metamorphic rock of the San Julián and Esquistos las Brisas Complex type and in alluvial quaternary.

Slope, altitude and orientation vary depending on the type of movement. Observed for rock falls and slopes that go from 20º to 35º and altitudes from 740 m.a.s.l. to 1110 m.a.s.l. Northeast facing mostly for landslides and southeast to the southwest of rock falls.

On the other hand, for edge faults and debris flows it is very variable, with a much lower slope and altitude for flows (0 to 10º) and a higher one for landslides, with slopes of up to 40º of dip being observed. They coincide in the maximum orientation that goes from southeast to southwest and in the fact that they are movements controlled by the adjacent hydrographic networks.

It is recommended that Venezuelan authorities take a forecast of the most frequent climatic threats and keep a forecast and control of dry vs. wet periods as these are the most frequent triggers that cause mass movements. This can be done by expanding the meteorological stations since there is currently the Maiquetía airport station, whose climatic variation contrasts with that of the southern flank of Avila, and the Caracas Valley.

As far as vegetation control is concerned, a good spatial analysis is recommended to determine the current vegetation type and thus to take vegetation as a conditioning factor. It is known that from the end of 2015 to March 2016 the ENSO has hit the Ávila mountain range causing major droughts and fires, which are triggering factors for mass movements but due to a lack of spatial information could not be included in the present work.

In addition, if urban expansion were to be controlled, the most vulnerable communities could be organized and warned of the danger that exists in this study. The most susceptible neighbourhoods are Plan de Manzano, Macayapa, Blandín, Araguaney and La Cortada.

Periodic awareness campaigns and visits to such communities can maintain areas potentially susceptible to threats from movements of evicted or prevented masses depending on the level of probability.

Sahara Forest Project – From vision to reality

Sahara Forest Project is a company that sparked the idea of turning the Sahara desert into a green area with the establishment of farmland amidst a waterless desert. They have a brilliant idea in greening efforts using advanced technology and working with several organizations.

Why did this idea arise? As we know that the Sahara desert becomes the world’s widest desert which looks so arid and hot. Therefore, this organization wants to turn the Sahara desert into a farm field that can benefit the community. So Sahara Forest Project is not only a company but also the best solution for the greening program. In this case, people who are living in the Sahara desert area will not find it difficult to find vegetables and fruits because they will choose a garden in the middle of the desert.

sustainable farming system
Photo by Sahara Forest Project

 

Sahara Forest Project hopes that the project will give more advantages in the future and they are going to build more and more green area where they are growing some plants, vegetables, and trees for the better desert environment. No wonder if the Sahara Desert will look so green a few decades from now on. This is a big scale project that embraces some organizations that supports the technology and facilities needed.

This is a proper step so that people will not feel suffocated to live in the desert area because some of the areas will be green. This is also important for our future generation so they will have a better environment to live and a sustainable farming system based on local production. Perhaps, the Sahara desert will be the lungs of the world in the future and this becomes a prevention of global warming. When people are busy to make our environments polluted, the Sahara Forest Project will provide a solution to balance the environment condition so that people can survive for a long period of time.

Sahara Forest Project would be the best solution to convert the hot Sahara desert into a beautiful green forest which gives a lot of benefits to the communities. This is a good way to provide a better environment and to prevent it from Global warming.

Drinking water from wells in Togo

The main problem of the attic region is water scarcity. It has a deficit of 65% in the water supply to the populations.

It’s no secret that Africa has water issues. People in developed countries have known this for a long time, and organizations and governments everywhere have been trying to make a transformation.

The main concern is the inability to find fresh, clean water for drinking. Most people in Africa rely on surface water and don’t have the technology or the money to dig wells to harvest groundwater. Meanwhile Africa is an arid continent, surface water evaporates regularly, and when that’s joined with the strain placed on these bodies of water by large populations, the result is a retreating water table through the continent.

Togo is a tropical country in the sub-Saharan nation, whose economy depends extremely on agriculture.

The project “potable water from the source” start in 2006 with the phase 1 envisages the construction of large diameter wells with large areas of protection around to fix the soils, to promote the filtration of water and to stop the recession of the groundwater level, as well as activities of training and sensitization of the beneficiary rural populations.

To help overcome this situation, the phase II of the project is launched in 2009 with the realization of 12 new wells in eight villages of two cantons. In addition to the actions focused on the supply of drinking water, protect the environment and promote sanitation, this project considers in the training, competences and capacities of the members of the CAS, the delegates PHAST, the members of the development committees and the women’s associations through literacy.

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Accessibility for people with disabilities in Havana Cuba

Almost 10% of the world’s population live with some kind of disability. In most countries, about 15 % of people over the age of 65 require some form of assistance with their basic daily activities.

We are all physically disabled at some time in our lives. As far as the built-up environment is concerned, it is important that it should be barrier-free and adapted to fulfill the needs of all people equally.

The urban and architectural design requirements of open spaces, recreational areas and pedestrian routes is very important. And it will be the solution to the main problem in the design of an accessible outdoor environment.

With international cooperation we have worked in the project:

Integral intervention on accessibility for people with disabilities and other vulnerable sectors in the historic center of Havana Cuba.

Beneficiaries: The population of large people in old Havana and specifically residents who have a disability.

General objectives: To improve an integral way of accessibility in patrimonial urban environments of the historical center of Havana, combining the respect to the cultural and patrimonial values with the necessities of the population.

Specific objectives: facilitating access to the historic center of Havana in a non-discriminatory manner in conditions of comfort and security for a greater name of people who travel, live or work in the bitter street from the Plaza de San Francisco de Asis to the Plaza del Cristo.