New Delhi: In an effort to more effectively send out its message on using environment-friendly resources for lighting, The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) Monday launched its mascot, Laltini.

"Laltini - the mascot is a little girl child creatively designed to look like a solar lantern who is holding an illuminating lamp, exemplifying the concept of an enlightened and empowered girl child all set to empower her community," a TERI statement said.

TERI launched the campaign, Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) in 2008, to connect to the people in rural India and emphasise the importance of green energy.

As part of the campaign it has until now provided 35,000 solar lanterns to thousands of people across 640 villages in the country.

"LaBL was launched by TERI to help those rural household with an alternative, clean and safe source of lighting. Low cost solar power is the best alternative for the population deprived of electricity," the statement added.

Noting the prospects of India's future solar power production, the campaign also works to enhance livelihood, education, health and to reduce indoor air pollution which will ultimately benefit numerous lives across the country, the statement said.

(Agencies)