Throughout the world, some 3 billion people prepare meals each day over an open flame or rudimentary stove, releasing black carbon (soot) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and harming human health. Thousands of varieties of cleaner burning cookstoves are now available, and Project Drawdown estimates that the widespread adoption of these stoves is the 23rd most powerful strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The five stories in this collection (see below) illustrate a diversity of responses to this environmental and human health challenge, including how three women entrepreneurs in Mali are using solar energy to power clean cookstoves, and how a for-profit, social benefit company in Rwanda has rolled out a business model where customers buy the fuel (pellets) and receive the stove for free. Finally, Undercooked: An Expensive Push to Save Lives and Protect the Planet Falls Short critically examines the global clean cookstove movement and suggests strategies for how it might achieve greater success. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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