President and Founder of the Arts in Marrakech (AiM) Biennale
Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Sussex, UK
Professor of the Development Economics, Oxford University, UK. Chief Economist, Department for International Development, UK
Co-founder of ONE, strategist for Drop the Debt, Make Poverty History, Innovactivist, London, UK
Anthropologist and Roshi, Abbot at Upaya Institute, Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
European Commissioner for Climate Action, Brussels, Belgium
Caroline A. Jones
Professor of Art History, Director, History Theory and Criticism Section, Department of Architecture, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Senior Maverick, WIRED Magazine, Pacifica, CA, USA
Professor of Architectural Theory and Criticism, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Writer and Africa Correspondent, The Economist, Nairobi, Kenya, Fellow, Future Africa, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Human Geographer, Professor Emeritus, Open University, London, UK
Visual artist and filmmaker, Mumbai, India
Dean of the Faculty of Design and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Strasbourg, France, and European Graduate School EGS, Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Writer, speaker, thinker, Klampenborg, Denmark
Design critic, International Herald Tribune, London, UK
Professor of Geology, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Nordic Center for Earth Evolution, Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor of Economics and Government, Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics, London, UK
Writer on environment, politics, place, and art, San Francisco, USA
Professor of Geography, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Food activist, Chez Panisse and The Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, CA, USA
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Light is fundamental to all life. We need energy and access to light to improve health and education, and to support everything from commerce to criticality. Over 1.6 billion people live without access to the electrical grid today – that is every fifth person in the world. We absolutely must address this unequal access to energy and light.
Little Sun is an affordable solar-powered lamp that I have designed with engineer Frederik Ottesen to compete with the kerosene lanterns predominant in off-grid regions. Little Sun is a work of art that works in life. Its journey into the world began this summer at Tate Modern, London, where the 2012 Olympics provided a platform for spreading the message internationally. Tate events included Tate Blackouts, Sunlight Graffiti, and Little Sun Films. While the Charter of Light and Energy marks the conclusion of the Tate presentation, it will continue evolving in the coming year with more voices joining in.
The Little Sun project can only be successful if the lamp is delivered to the people who need light the most. It requires strong voices and muscle to make this possible. Like a muscle, the Charter of Light and Energy is a tool to move things. Words can make a difference. A feeling becomes thought; a thought becomes word; and word becomes action – bringing energy access to all!
I am delighted and deeply thankful that so many resourceful individuals have lent their voices to this endeavour.