Stuart Conway, Trees, Water and People’s co-founder and International Director, will be attending the public launch of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves today in New York City. The event will celebrate the recent announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. has committed $51 million in seed money over five years for the new project.
According to the United Nations and the World Health Organization, smoke from indoor air pollution kills 1.9 million women and children each year and contributes to global climate change from soot emission and deforestation. The goal of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is to bring 100 million fuel-efficient, clean-burning cookstoves to Africa, Asia, and South America by 2020. Alliance partners include: Morgan Stanley, Shell Foundation, UN-Energy, UN Environment Programme, United Nations Foundation, World Health Organization, U.S. Dept. of State, and U.S. EPA.
Stuart Conway, winner of the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and the UNEP Sasakawa Prize, has been at the forefront of the clean cookstove industry since 1998, when he co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP). In partnership with the Aprovecho Research Center, TWP has developed several types of fuel-efficient stoves that use 70% less wood than traditional open fire stoves and reduce indoor carbon monoxide and particulate matter by up to 80%.
TWP uses a community-based approach to sustainable development because we believe natural resources are best protected when local people take an active role in their care and management; community members must be collaborators and not just recipients. Our stove programs have remained successful because we train local people how to build, use, and maintain stoves themselves using local materials and culturally appropriate design. To date, TWP and our local partners have built more than 42,000 fuel-efficient stoves in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti.
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