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Increase in Solar Lanterns, Decrease in Carbon Emissions

District: Dindori, Madhya Pradesh Village: Majhe Tola

In the forest village of Majhe Tola that is situated in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, solar lanterns have led to a significant reduction in fuel wood consumption. "Earlier the villagers burnt 25 kilos of fuel wood per night for lighting, now the consumption has reduced to 10 kilos because most villagers use solar lanterns to meet their lighting needs," says Manohar Singh, a member of the Forest Protection Committee operating in the reserve. This has caused a substantial decrease in the carbon emissions of the village, improving its air quality. Solar lanterns are also used by villagers to protect their fields and homes from wild animals. The light emanating from the lanterns keeps wild-animals at bay and has significantly reduced the incidence of man-animal conflicts in these forest communities.

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