As the Pacific Rim is facing massive loss of life and destruction, and as the New Year of 2005 begins, it is a perfect time to reflect. As we add hundreds of millions of people to our planet, mostly earning $2 or less a day and investments into Africa, Asia, and Latin America become less and are less targeted -- there are some grim realities to face.

"My question - is it cheaper to have uneducated youth with poor eye-sight down the road? Is it cheaper to transmit electricity through a grid which does not exist? Is it cheaper for girls to go into the forest to collect wood rather than going to school? Are these the less expensive options?" Dr. Harish Hande, SELCO Solar Light