Marking the milestone of the 100th Global Voyage, Peace Boat is partnering with Liter of Light (1LL) in a new project to bring affordable lights around the world. During this voyage, Peace Boat and 1LL are committed to traveling the world 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, 2018, and will circumnavigate the world for a hundred days, returning to Yokohama on March 31, 2019.
One of the journey's highlights is a series of workshops from 1LL Executive Director Illac Diaz during which Peace Boat participants on board will learn how to make sustainable solar lights. The finished products will be donated during the voyage through local partners to communities accessible from the ports where Peace Boat's vessel will dock.
"The 100th Voyage is very symbolic for us. It also coincides with our 35th anniversary. For such occasion, it is an honor to collaborate with Liter of Light. The combination of Liter of Light and Peace Boat Cruise will bring real visibility and concrete results to promote renewable energy and SDG7 around the world. We are looking forward to creating a trail of sustainable light around the globe", says Yoshioka Tatsuya, Peace Boat founder, and director.
Peace Boat's 100th Global Voyage will visit 19 ports in 13 countries. This voyage will cover a southern hemisphere route, visiting Madagascar, South Africa, Brasil and the incredible nature of Patagonia in South America. It will also visit Mauritius, Namibia, Rapa Nui, Tahiti, and Samoa to learn about the issues faced by the people of these islands. Among other activities, this voyage will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Peace Boat, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and the 110th Anniversary of the first waves of Japanese immigration to Brazil.
As a committed campaigner for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in partnership with the UN SDG Action Campaign, Peace Boat works to inspire people onboard and in countries visited during voyages to make an active engagement in achieving the goals to achieve a peaceful and sustainable world. Since August 2016, Peace Boat's ship has been sailing with the Global Goals logo on its hull. The collaboration between the two organizations will help create awareness about the SDGs, with 1LL focusing on SDG 7, "Affordable and Clean Energy".