A global campaign to advance public health, economic development & environmental sustainability through energy-efficient, mercury-free lighting.
About the Campaign
Around the world, people unknowingly interact with dangerous lights everyday. Certain types of light bulbs, present in our homes, offices, schools and community buildings, contain mercury. Mercury is a chemical and neurotoxin, and can be released when a fluorescent bulb breaks, and through the manufacturing and disposal processes. Mercury and its compounds are highly toxic to humans and threaten environmental and ecosystem health. The Clean Lighting Coalition leverages expert knowledge and clean lighting stakeholders to transition global markets to safe, cost-effective, and energy-saving LED lighting by removing the exemption for fluorescents in the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
#CleanLightingProtects is a global campaign to develop deeper linkages between safe lighting technologies, public health, economic development and climate change mitigation. Between 4 October and 12 November, the #CleanLightingProtects campaign will center lighting in global discussions of human and environmental health.
#CleanLightingProtects will take an interdisciplinary approach, connecting SDGs 3 and SDG 7 to SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption & Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 14 (Life Below Water). Over the course of 6-weeks, the campaign will focus on three key themes to highlight the above SDGs: health, economic development and policy and climate change.
The #CleanLightingProtects campaign will ask our community to affirm its commitment to the transition to mercury-free, energy-efficient LED lighting by signing the CLiC Advocate pledge. CLiC Advocates pledge to support the accelerated phase-out of toxic mercury-based fluorescent lighting, in line with the proposed Amendment to the Minamata Convention. The Pledge is an opportunity for NGOs, associations and other partner organizations to contribute concretely to the Clean Lighting Coalition campaign through advocacy, government engagement, and communications. We also invite partners to share weekly social media toolkits to raise awareness on the intersectional benefits of clean lighting.
Over the last 5 years, LEDs have become widely available and affordable in markets around the globe. These clean, cost-effective products are gradually replacing toxic mercury-lighting to safeguard public health, protect and promote economic interests, save energy and protect the environment. All campaign-related materials and collateral will use the hashtag, #CleanLightingProtects.
#CleanLightingProtects will build new partnerships and opportunities across the lighting, energy, policy and health landscapes. Throughout the campaign, the Clean Lighting Coalition will partner with organizations to disseminate information; host events, such as webinars, and develop new content, including research reports and policy briefs.