After over two decades of rolling blackouts, some schools have finally seen the light (thanks to donations, of course):
Lebanon’s remote northeastern district of Akkar, teachers and pupils at the Rajam Issa public school are hoping this winter will be the first when the lights stay on.
It is hoped that by the end of November their classroom lights, projectors and photocopying machines will stay on during power cuts thanks to a set of rooftop photovoltaic panels producing renewable electricity from one of Lebanon’s most abundant natural resources, the sun.
Hurray! We’ve finally jumped onto the Green Bandwagon. As you would expect, the government doesn’t give a hoot:
“The government is looking to reform the electricity sector, but mostly on the supply side. [The UNDP is] working with government entities to reduce load on the demand side. Reducing demand means the government can spend less on electricity generation,” [Jihad] Seoud said.
Imagine, the government is working on the supply side of the problem and what have they got to show for it? Nothing! Look at us waiting for a government to be formed, if we want electricity, we need to take matters into our own hands. That means we need to focus on on low-energy light bulbs and solar power for heating. We seriously cannot wait any longer for the government to take action. We need to start at home and push for action. If we cut our power bills, that will hurt the the electricity company and in return, we will have fewer blackouts. A win-win for us, a loss for the government. Who’s with me?