When was the last time your power went out?

For those of us residing in developed countries such as the United States, we often do not realize how fortunate we are to have electricity.

In fact, I remember how flustered I was a few weeks ago when my power went out for a day and I couldn’t go online, charge my cellular phone, turn on the heater, blow dry my hair, cook, watch t.v., or even shower comfortably.

One day – That’s all it was, yet I felt powerless – pun intended.

I now feel embarrassed thinking about all the people around the world who struggle to have power on a daily basis at every given moment year-round.

Imagine – living in darkness.

Around the world, more than 2.5 billion people do not have access to power. For most of these individuals, light and power come from toxic fossil fuels such as kerosene that create greenhouse gases – CO2 being one of them.

Poverty alongside living far from the electrical grid all account for the challenges third world country residences face when it comes to having light for visibility, purifying food and water, cooking, making phone calls, and keeping a functional refrigerator.

So how can solar panels play a big role in Third World Countries?

Simple. The sun is a natural resource that is renewable and does not deplete. Its access does not depend on the location of the electrical grid.

This is a valuable initiative that is being talked about worldwide. Just think, if we can implement solar panels in countries that use toxic fossil fuels for energy, then the world as a whole can benefit from the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Do I sense cleaner air for everybody? You bet.

With solar power currently available to some of those Third World Countries, many lives have been enriched by cleaner air, a greater learning environment for the children, and a way to make money for their family.

Another bonus to people worldwide is that with solar power made available, more jobs will open up. One household’s positive experience will lead to more installations which in turn creates more job opportunities.

Think about it. It’s a hopeful possibility that in the future our husbands, mothers, sons, uncles, and others working in the fossil fuel industry may no longer have to risk their health by digging and working in toxic environments in order to generate income.

As funding increases for solar power, the system and technology will continue to advance becoming more efficient and effective.

Why go solar?

It’s always important, as a society, to look at the whole picture.

We, as a collective, make an enormous impact on our Earth.

Rich countries make a huge impact on climate change because of our dense population and individual energy usage. The more appliances we own and operate, the more energy we expend. It’s a given. For poor countries, their impact on the environment comes from burning fossil fuels because they have few options.

Just because one has less, doesn’t mean one is healthier.

That’s why going solar isn’t just for the rich or the poor, it’s for everybody.