I have some important news! The Delhi High Court has given Greenpeace India a lifeline and temporary access to donations to run critical campaigns for clean air & renewable energy and safe food. But the government crack down continues – so our campaign for solar street lights, which I emailed you about last week, might be the last we ever run.
We don’t have much time, so can you spare a moment to forward this email to your friends and ask them to email the Minister for Urban Development?
Here's the link to send to your friends:
Suppport solar-powered street lights.
Unreliable electricity supplies are leaving many of our city streets in darkness. But an innovative new plan to bring solar-powered lighting to towns and cities across India is within reach. Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister for Urban Development, has already said he backs solar power , so a strong show of public support could be the trigger he needs to get behind the idea.
You can forward the message below to your friend and ask them to take part too.
With all my thanks,
Lack of decent street lights are leaving our neighbourhoods open to crime, with women and children most at risk.
But there's a simple, brilliant solution that could chase away the darkness: street lights powered by solar energy.
An innovative new plan to bring solar powered lighting to towns and cities across India is within reach -- if we can persuade the Minister for Urban Development to approve it.
Email Venkaiah Naidu and tell him to ensure all cities start using solar street lights to light up dark spots and improve the safety of everyone.
Many streets in India have no proper lighting facility at all and even those that do, the electricity supply can be unreliable and if they malfunction it can take a long time to get them fixed. By relying on the sun rather than power from the unpredictable electricity grid, solar street lighting is much more reliable, keeping streets safer for longer. Studies in other countries have shown that good street lights can reduce crime rates by 21%.
It’s a double win, too. Solar lighting will reduce our reliance on dirty coal, reducing air pollution which causes health problems as well as cutting CO2 emissions which contribute to climate change. And by using ultra-efficient LED bulbs, we would use less electricity and the bulbs themselves would last longer than conventional ones, saving money we all pay as taxes.
The government is already planning to adopt LED bulbs as standard to help make Indian cities some of the best in the world – using solar power as well would complete the package.
Safer streets, clean energy, saving money – it’s a no-brainer. Email the minister now and tell him to use the sun to light up our city streets.
Together, we can harness the sun’s limitless energy and illuminate our darkened streets.