Partners in Sustainable Development: Liter of Light joins Peace Boat’s 100th voyage

Nov 16, 2018 | Liter of Light, Press Release

Marking the milestone of their 100th voyage, Peace Boat, a non-government organization in Japan teams up with Liter of Light (1LL). In this voyage, both Peace Boat and 1LL are set on crossing borders to spread awareness about their causes, which includes promoting peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment, with 1LL focusing on addressing energy poverty. The journey will start in Yokohama Japan on December 26 and will circumnavigate the world for a hundred days.
One of the journey’s highlights is a workshop from 1LL Executive Director Illac Diaz. Passengers on board will learn about making sustainable solar lights, and the finished products will be donated to communities accessible from the ports where Peace Boat will dock.

The organizations discovered each other’s activities during the World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi last January 2016. The idea of working together on a joint project came up immediately, with Peace Boat being an active campaigner for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This collaboration between the two agencies will help create awareness about SDGs, with 1LL focusing on renewable energy.


Sustainable goals in action

“Liter of Light believes in the power of youth and communities to solve the greatest challenges to our planet and community,” said Diaz. “We are excited to continue our journey of light with Peace Boat, where we will have the incredible opportunity to teach, learn, and share sustainable solutions to energy poverty and other development challenges globally.”

Yoshioka Tatsuya, founder and director of Peace Boat believes in the impact that this partnership can create. “The combination of Liter of Light and Peace Boat voyages will bring real visibility and concrete results to promote renewable energy around the world. The efforts towards achieving this is connected with our long-term environmental commitment to build Ecoship as a flagship for renewable energy” Tatsuya said.


Partners in “abolition”

The trip not only serves as an avenue for both organizations to widen their reach, but it also gives both a chance to share their humble beginnings. Peace Boat started out with four students who were curious about Japan’s role during World War II. In 1983, they chartered a ship and went around Asia and the Pacific to reach out to different countries and hear people’s stories about their experiences during the war. Since then, Peaceboat has organized voyages to spread awareness about sustainability, building meaningful partnerships while educating passengers and different communities. In 2017, they acted on going against using nuclear power through The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and “Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project”

When Liter of Light started in 2011, its mission and focus was simple, to provide solar lighting that is accessible and sustainable for grassroots communities. Redesigning solar lighting for the developing world, 1LL’s simple, two-step technology creates local jobs, teaches green skills, and empowers energy-poor communities. Rather than depending on imported, patented, and expensive technologies, this grassroots green lighting movement makes it possible for anyone to become a solar engineer. Making this an open-source technology and sharing all the information on the internet, social media and teaching caravans has helped Liter of Light to expand to over 30 countries, light up almost one million households around the world, help reduce carbon emissions by a bottom up approach and spread the idea of green and sustainable technology.
From Yokohama, Japan, the voyage will cover a southern hemisphere route, docking in 19 ports around Asia, Africa, and South America, including Madagascar, South Africa, Brazil and Patagonia. They will also visit Mauritius, Rapa Nui, Tahiti and Samoa, where participants will learn about the issues faced by the indigenous people of these islands. The joint activities with Liter of Light will constitute one of the main themes of this voyage, alongside the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Peace Boat.