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