Four giant solar artworks hand-built by the Liter of Light and its volunteers for the United Nations World Environment Day are lighting up SM Mall of Asia (MOA) on Saturday night, June 5, 2021.
These are the latest solar tributes led by the Filipino-born global grassroots solar lighting movement that coincides with the UN Decade of Action, “a global push to halt and reverse the degradation of our precious ecosystems so that they can continue to support humanity’s survival.”
The SM Supermall in Pasay City, Manila in the Philippines hosts the large-scale artworks of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that were created using solar lights hand-built by thousands of participants from the safety of home. The lamps were created as part of the “Light It Forward” campaign which Liter of Light launched in July 2020.
Four large-scale solar artworks have been built at the SM MOA bayside property to honor the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations with the additional support of the Rotary Club of Makati Business District, Volunteers from the Pasay City Force Substation 10, Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team BPAT Force Multipliers (Pasay City), First Gen Corp. Philippines, and AirAsia.
These solar artworks to be lit are:
1. World Environment Day
2. GOAL 14: Life Below Water
3. GOAL 17: Partnerships to Achieve the Goal
4. GOAL 16: Making Peace with Nature
The culminating artworks will be displayed at the Mall of Asia Globe. It includes this year’s hashtags for a generation that can make peace with nature and join #GenerationRestoration.
Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz has been designing giant solar artworks since November 2020 while encouraging people to join his call for climate heroism.
“I wanted anyone, anywhere in Metro Manila to be part of this environmental message using this hybrid model of asking people to participate during the most challenging times, to be able to create solar lights from their homes and wherever they are,” shares Diaz with GoodNewsPilipinas.com.
“I think the most important work right now is to create awareness and to make peace with our environment. It is time that we stop waging war with nature,” the Philippines’ solar artist adds.
The New York Edison Award-winning social entrepreneur Illac Diaz is preparing to set up the world’s biggest solar art exhibit of the UN SDGs using the entire Metro Manila as his canvas.
The United Nations has designated June 5 to be celebrated as World Environment Day to highlight the significance of its protection. The General Assembly in 1972, following the first major conference based on environmental issues, called the Conference on the Human Environment or the Stockholm Conference and adopted a resolution to mark June 5 as World Environment Day.
The resolution urges the “Governments and the organizations in the United Nations system to undertake on that day every year worldwide activities reaffirming their concern for the preservation and enhancement of the environment, with a view to deepening environmental awareness”.
The theme of World Environment Day 2021 is ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’ as this year marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
The Liter of Light and its partners previously lit up solar SDG artworks to mark Earth Hour and called on Filipinos to be climate heroes.
About the award-winning Light It Forward Challenge:
Everyone who participates in the LIGHT IT FORWARD campaign receives a kit that they will use to build a solar light, which takes less than 30 minutes to assemble. Liter of Light has created online videos to guide participants on how to assemble the devices. Challenge participants are asked to dedicate their light to an essential worker or frontline that has impacted them during the COVID-19 pandemic. After recording their solar light building, each participant must challenge their friends to build a light.
The campaign is part of a broader strategy for Liter of Light, the official Philippine private sector representative to the upcoming World EXPO, which will take place in Dubai from October 2021 to March 2022. [https://tinyurl.com/yxfv2e7b] The organization will use its platform to shine a light on how Filipino malasakit is paving a way for a brighter future in a tangible, measurable way.
To learn more about Liter of Light and its Light It Forward campaign: visit www.lightitforward.ph
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