The Himalayan Stove Project

Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The Himalayan Stove Project: Conserving the Cryosphere with Eco-Conscious Cookstoves

Primitive open-fire cooking methods used by people in remote regions of the High Himalayas are responsible for significant deforestation, toxic air pollution, global warming, and millions of premature deaths. One solution to this problem is providing clean-burning stoves to impoverished Himalayan households. Not only do clean-burning efficient cook stoves reduce carbon emissions and help stave off pollution and deforestation, but they also improve the health and living conditions of women and children.

On this episode of Locus Focus, we talk with George Basch, founder of the Himalayan Stove Project, which has installed more than 3,000 clean-burning stoves in impoverished homes across remote mountainous regions of Nepal. Vastly improving fuel efficiency, the stoves reduce the amount of bio-mass fuel (such as wood or dung) needed for cooking by 75 percent and reduce indoor air pollution by 90 percent.

THE HIMALAYAN STOVE PROJECT was founded by adventurer, photographer and entrepreneur George Basch to help bring an end to Household Air Pollution, a little-known global pandemic caused by pollution from rudimentary cooking methods in developing countries and responsible for four million global deaths each year. An implementing partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Himalayan Stove Project donates and distributes free, clean-burning, fuel-efficient Envirofit cook stoves to people of the High Himalayas to reduce their cooking fuel consumption by 80 percent, thus improving air quality and protecting important environmental resources.


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