OneDollarGlasses at the UNESCO in Paris
On January 20, 2015, Martin Aufmuth, founder and chairman of the OneDollarGlasses association, made a presentation in front of the UNESCO in Paris. About 1.000 scientists and government representatives from all over the world gathered there for the big opening ceremony of the International Year of Light. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the opening speech.
Martin Aufmuth began his speech with the following question to his audience: „Suppose there was only one pair of glasses in the world, what would you be willing to pay for it: 1.000 Euro? 10.000 Euro? Half of your life's earnings?“. The response was very fascinating: The majority of those present raised their hand at 1.000 Euro, many also at 10.000 Euro, and some would have invested half of their life's income. It was obvious: For many of us glasses are essential – but most of the time we are not aware of it, because contrary to millions of poor people we can buy glasses anytime.