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Solar Buddy Lights for Sustainability

Sebastian Van De Hoek and Hayden Walker with completed Solar Buddy Lights

From Sustainability Coordinator, Ms Emily Pace

For the fourth year running, O’Connor House and Sustainability Group took part in making Solar Buddy lights to support children living in countries suffering from energy poverty. By making these solar-powered lights and supporting the Solar Buddy charity, our students have helped 50 children to have access to sustainable, safe lighting which can be used to improve their ability to study after dark.

O'Connor students build Solar Buddy Lights

O’Connor students build Solar Buddy Lights

Globally, more than 800 million people do not have access to clean energy and lighting, meaning that they depend on primitive forms of energy such as charcoal and firewood to illuminate their homes in the dark. These forms of energy not only have an impact on their health and wellbeing, but also devastating long term impact on the environment through the production of greenhouse gases. Fuel based lighting leads to emissions of roughly 190 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

O'Connor students build Solar Buddy Lights

O’Connor students build Solar Buddy Lights

We hope that our gift of the Solar Buddy lights will help to improve the wellbeing and educational outcomes of 50 children living in energy poverty. The solar-powered lights will also help to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and hence improve their environmental impact.

A big congratulations to O’Connor House, the O’Connor senior leaders, Klayton Thorn, Charles Harris, Liam Gregorio, Tom Cahill and the Sustainability Group leaders, Sebastian Van De Hoek, Hayden Walker and Jayden Lim for helping to successfully implement this initiative!