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Spandana Singh is the San Francisco Editor and Tech Editor for Miss A. Better known as Spandi, she is a junior at UC Berkeley with an avid passion for foreign affairs and journalism. Originally from India, she has so far lived in countries like Kenya, Italy, Ethiopia, the United States and Indonesia and looks forward to living in many more.

Spandi is pursuing a double major in International Development and Media and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She loves to play the piano, box, travel, explore new cultures (especially their cuisines), and spend time with her friends. By the time she is 30 she wants to have lived in every habitable continent in the world.

JoGiv Promotes Solar Energy and Safe E-Waste Disposal in India

The Sun is one of the most powerful generators of energy in the universe. In just one hour, the Sun provides ore energy to the Earth than the entire world uses in a full calendar year. And yet today hundreds of millions of people across the globe lack access to electricity, and perhaps even worse, many of those with access to electricity and electronic devices are routinely involved in polluting the environment with electronic waste.

Photo Credit: http://www.jogiv.com/

Photo Credit: http://www.jogiv.com/

JoGiv, an organization centered on the joy of giving, is an online collective economy platform founded on the saying “when God blesses us financially, along with raising our standard of living, we need to raise our standard of giving”. JoGiv strives to address the pressing social issues of electronic waste and the need for solar energy around the world, especially in India

JoGiv’s solar power initiative operates with the goal of providing solar LED lights to villages in rural India. According to Sunila S. Kale, assistant professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, although India is home to less than one fifth of the world’s population, it has close to 40 percent of the global population of individual’s who lack access to electricity, many of them living with unstable connections to the national electricity grid, or with no connection at all. As a result, these individuals are forced to rely on kerosene lamps which produce harmful gases, pose fire hazards and produce little light. JoGiv’s endeavor to introduce solar LED lighting to these areas of the country promises a cleaner, cheaper, better quality and more efficient form of lighting that will help to improve the quality and safety of the lives of those involved.

ewasteJoGiv is also a great advocate of the safe and proper recycling and disposing of electronic waste or E-waste, especially in urban areas. If not disposed properly, these devices, which contain a plethora of toxic substances, enter landfills where it becomes substantially more difficult to dispose of them safely and recycle them for future use. In addition, their presence in landfills pose significant environmental threats as well as threats to human health. JoGiv works to raise awareness about ways in which individuals can efficiently and safely dispose of their electronic devices, and is constantly pushing for the opening of infrastructural facilities and the creation of acceptable disposal and recycling procedures across the nation.

Please click here to learn more about JoGiv.


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