Cork County Library and Concern Worldwide link up for International Year of Light

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Cork County Library and Concern Worldwide link up for International Year of Light

15 May 2015

Cork County Library is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Concern Worldwide to shine a light on developing countries and the use of solar power technology by Concern.

Night-time can mean darkness or the unhealthy glow of kerosene lamps for over 1.5 billion people around the world with no electricity. Such a lack of light impacts negatively on children’s education and learning, and on the safety and security of women, in particular. It can also shorten the hours people can earn a living on a daily basis.

It is in these contexts that Concern uses portable solar powered LED lights, with consequent benefits to individuals, families and communities in remote areas of developing countries and also in response to natural disasters where electrical power has been damaged.

This is a solar lamp which was given as part of emergency relief supplies to families in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Photo taken by Steve De Neef for Concern Worldwide. This is a solar lamp which was given as part of emergency relief supplies to families in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Photo taken by Steve De Neef for Concern Worldwide.

Cork County Librarian, Eileen O ‘Brien said:

We are delighted to partner with Concern Worldwide on this International Year of Light initiative. All 28 branch libraries and four mobile libraries will display posters, information and a sample solar light so that our library customers may see for themselves how these lights work.

In addition, between now and the end of 2015, Concern’s speakers will give a series of talks in a number of branch libraries throughout the county, as well as travelling with Mobile Library staff to deliver talks to schoolchildren and other mobile library users on routes served by the mobile libraries. Everybody is welcome to find out more information and view a solar-light unit at their local branch.

To highlight the European Year for Development, Mallow Library Europe Direct Information Centre has sponsored this series of talks by Concern staff throughout the county highlighting the importance of solar lights and lighting.

More information on Concern’s use of solar technology.

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This is a solar lamp which was given as part of emergency relief supplies to families in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Photo taken by Steve De Neef for Concern Worldwide.

Cork County Library and Concern Worldwide link up for International Year of Light

Cork County Library is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Concern Worldwide to shine a light on developing countries and the use of solar power technology by Concern.