PICK ONE AND TAKE PART!

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of climate change. Especially when you can’t necessarily see the direct impact of daily actions like recycling that milk carton, or strolling to the grocery shop instead of taking the car. Here are two projects with concrete and easily measurable outputs that I am supporting up the continents. Keywords: fuel efficient cook stoves and recycling! Both chosen because they mitigate climate change (yeay!) and have economic and health benefits for families and communities. Become part of this low carbon emission mission! Check out the two projects, pick one, donate and have a direct positive impact on the climate and environment! Choose the one that speaks to you and let’s make a difference!

STOVES THAT ROCK, KENYA

Kakamega is Kenya’s last remnant of lowland indigenous forest and is home to an immense variety of unique and threatened animals and plants. I know. I’ve been there. The humongous forest was declared a protected area in 1933, but has since lost almost 50% of its area. It is surrounded by one of the most densely populated rural regions in the world (>500 inhabitant/km2). 90% of the people living here depend on forest resources for fuel wood and for their livelihood – hence the loss of forest habitat.

Eco2librium and MyClimate are working to curb the deforestation rate by replacing fuel-inefficient traditional cooking stoves with locally developed and manufactured fuel-efficient stoves. How sexy is that? Their Upesi stove is marketed at a subsidized price and outperforms the the traditional ‘3-stone stove’ in a flash by cutting 3,2 tonnes of CO2 and 2 tonnes of wood per year – per stove! If that is not enough, it also reduces time and labour spent on firewood gathering, household expenses and indoor cooking smoke. The latter is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide each year due to respiratory diseases, mostly in women and children.

By supporting this project, you are having a direct, measurable and positive impact – cut emissions, save a monkey, create jobs like a boss, put cash in mama Africa’s pocket, and keep some peeps out of the hospital. Easy as that.

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SMART WASTE, KENYA

Waste is a global challenge, the recent discovery of a beached and dying Cuvier’s Beaked Whale in Norway with its stomach filled to the brim with plastic is a visceral reminder of the scale and seriousness of this issue. It even had someone’s chocolate wrapping in its stomach! That brings it home for me. Let’s change this!

In Nairobi, Kenya, like so many other places, if you want to recycle and add value to your waste it is burdensome to almost impossible to find an affordable recycler. Most of the city’s residents end up burning or illegally dumping their waste. TakaTaka Solutions works to change the waste landscape in the city by providing affordable waste management services – recycling and composting 90% of the 10 tonnes of waste they collect every day. In the process, they daily turn over 4 tonnes of organic waste into compost, create over 80 jobs to underprivileged youths, reduce infectious and respiratory diseases caused by illegally dumped trash or the burning of it, supply high-quality natural fertilizer to farmers and reduce carbon emissions. 

These dedicated and enthusiastic ‘trash beaters’ aim to upscale their services to 80 000 residents, recycle 20 tonnes of waste per day, create 200 jobs and reduce 25 000 tonnes of CO2. I can’t wait to meet them en route! You got trash? Want to support them? Put your money here to make the world a better place!

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