"Liter of Light" project from PH one of the top 10 finalists for international award
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MyShelter Foundation’s "Liter of Light" project has been recognized as one of the Top 10 finalists for the Sustainia Award, which is an international citation given by a panel that’s headed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the United Nations’ Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The publicity release noted: "Out of 1200 entries, and a narrowed field of 500 from around the world, only 10 projects remain, including Liter of Light, the only finalist representing the Philippines and Asia." Liter of Light is a project that’s aimed for communities that have no electricity. It involves using plastic bottles that capture sunlight for use inside off-grid housing.
This is how each Liter of Light bottle is made: "Each plastic bottle is filled with water and a bit of bleach and inserted through a roof. The bottle refracts sunlight with the intensity of a 55-watt light bulb that is powerful enough to light up a room. A nighttime upgrade with a solar panel retails at around P400 pesos." MyShelter Foundation says that "20 months after project started, Liter of Light has grown from one bottle lamp in the Philippines to 350,000 lights in 15 countries around the world. "
The Sustania Award is also conducting a poll for its People’s Choice Award, which is determined by online voting, the Liter of Light is currently in first place. Click this link to go the voting site and give Liter of Light an added boost. Voting continues through October 30, 2013.