LUCI Light Field Project

Shedding Light On Education, Conservation, and Health Science

LUCI Light Field Project

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How can we change lives on the ground, in multiple areas where we work, with a single donor driven solution? Simple — shed some light — LUCI Light.

GLOBIO has partnered with Mpowerd, creators of the amazing LUCI Lights—an inflatable go-anywhere solar light—to shed light on the over two billion people around the planet who live in and around apes, and still live without reliable access to electricity.

“You have no idea what a powerful thing this [LUCI] is for us, this can really change things.”
—Fanny Minesi, Director,
Lolo ya Bonobo Sanctuary

In the Equatorial tropics as soon as the sun goes down life darkens — children can no longer study, sanctuary staff stop working, veterinarian and health clinics close, village children and women are less safe, the list goes on. Kerosene lamps and charcoal burners are the most common solution — but they can be dangerous, toxic and expensive. Batteries end up buried in the ground, leaching corrosives and poisons.

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You Can Help Spread The Light

GLOBIO’s goal is to put 500 LUCI lights in pilot sites in Equatorial Africa and Borneo in 2020. We need your help to spread the light. You, your family, your organization can ensure light shines in classrooms, vet clinics, villages and in the field. It’s simple. Donate one, two, or as many lights as you can.

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Value of LUCI in Sanctuaries

Sanctuaries have multiple uses for light in places they  have no lights, such as food storage rooms, supply storage rooms, night enclosures, and moving about the sanctuary for security checks and maintenance. Sanctuaries are limited in many cases to 2-4 hours of noisy generator power per day. Generators are problematic and break down regularly; they are typically powered by costly/polluting diesel. LUCI lights provide a valuable portable light source reducing generator running cost and need. Ironically we could see LUCI lights illuminating workers trying to fix generators.

Value of LUCI in Education

One of the more obvious application is in education for the schools and villages surrounding the ape sanctuaries and conservation areas. Just as the sanctuaries are restricted by generators and solar for their restricted power use – so too the schools/villages surrounding them, even more so. Lights also play a huge role in classrooms during the day. Most of these classrooms are not lit by anything but limited natural light. LUCIs play a key role in lighting the schools. In the homes of student light is principally kerosene lamps, wood and charcoal fires – all of these have negative health and environmental impacts. Charcoal in particular not only emits unhealthy soot, but causes tremendous forest damage. Deforestation and forest fragmentation, due to charcoal making, is at record levels of damage throughout the world, and especially acute in the Equatorial tropics where great apes live, and over 2 billion people struggle to survive. Kerosene, wood, and charcoal indoors also present a fire hazard.

Value of LUCI to Vet Clinics

Most of the veterinarian clinics are located on the sanctuary grounds and as such are limited in their power use to generators and occasionally solar panels. This makes work during early morning and late evening hours complicated. LUCI lights play a significant role in vets being able to keep up-to-date on paperwork and files, pre-mixing medications, and dealing with emergency situations. The portability of LUCI lights also enables them to do work in areas and enclosures previously not possible or extremely awkward do to poor ambient lighting – such as a medical procedure in an ape enclosure where a patient can not be moved to the clinic. Additionally, many of these vet clinics are the only functional health facility to attend lacerations, malaria, infections, etc. as a consequence, while not a human doctor many ape vets need to function as the defacto health person.

Value of LUCI to Field Conservation

Value of LUCI to Field Conservation

Tropical field conservation is primarily done during the daylight, 6am to 6pm, but research, data analysis, community relations, writing up results, etc, is done in non-daylight hours in locations with extremely limited artificial light sources – generally kerosene lamps, battery powered headlamps and lights. The negative impacts of these light sources is in what is often left behind — batteries. Because field research sites often involve long treks, into remote locations, weight can be a critical consideration. LUCIs 4.4 ounces make them ideal for equipping field staff. Additionally, their portability and weather proofing makes them an all-weather solution. They can be attached to backpacks and be charging during treks into research areas, and can be left in camp to charge without fear of sudden tropical storms damaging them. LUCIs are also perfect for water travel and emergency evacuation.

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