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Lift 20 lbs, Get Light!

Lift 20 lbs, Get Light!

Here is a simple idea: Hoist up a 20 pound bag of soil or rocks and let gravity’s pull turn that bag into a source of energy-- energy enough to produce illumination. Gravity Light is taking this idea and using it to solve a problem: the lack of electricity and its light in developing countries. In industrialized countries, we take illumination for granted. The opportunities that come with lighting up the night--reading, conversations, doing homework— could easily be encouraged with some smart design and can have profound implications for quality of life, especially in education.

GravityLight: lighting for the developing countries.

Indeigogo is a campaign-funding site. Its mission is to help take a great idea like a gravity light, and help it generate cash for implementation. In fact, because they raise funding based on a mission, Indeigogo offers 25% discounts to nonprofits, further drawing sustainable and do-good campaigns to their website. So here is your opportunity to contribute to the Gravity Light’s Indeigogo campaign and maybe get a Gravity Light for yourself--and help a family in need.

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