Our climate projects are innovative, sustainable and empowering for the communities involved. They improve standards of living in the developing world while protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. In short, we develop community-based projects that not only fight climate change, but also transform livelihoods.
The projects below are also verified Emission Reductions projects, allowing individuals to support our projects while offsetting their own emissions.
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Family Energy Project
Our flagship climate change project is an award winning renewable-energy solution that meets the basic energy needs of low-income African households.The project replaces traditional fossil fuels used for cooking, lighting, and treating water, with ground-breaking clean technology. The use of fossil fuels in local communities not only has an adverse effect on the environment, but also direct implications on the communities themselves.
The project will:
•By 2013 the project will reach out toone million East African households, providingaccess to renewable energy services, eradicating the need for firewood
Masai women with one of the energy efficient cooking stoves
• The project has a positive effect on economic growth, creating microfinance schemes for thousands of local green energy entrepreneurs
•Increases access to education: allowing children to spend time in school, rather than collecting firewood
• Eradicates hunger: Often people go hungry when they can’t find or afford adequate fuel to cook their meals
• Improves health of women and children by providing smokeless cooking and keeping them out of hazardous environments
• Alleviates poverty; by suppressing demand for fuel, Sub-Saharan families often spend up to 75% of daily income on fuel.
• Increases environmental sustainability; by reducing co2 emissions and slowing deforestation
“This project has the potential to transform millions of lives and is a model of scalable, sustainable innovation, we were impressed by the entrepreneurial verve and winning combination of simple, practical products, affordable financial mechanisms, and the use of grassroots organisations to roll them out”
Peter Madden, Chief Executive, Forum For the Future.
Planting saplings in our South American reforestation site
A small-scale, community based reforestation initiative that provides a practical and sustainable solution to increasing deforestation, the effects of climate change, and poverty in the region. Reforesting 6,000 hectares in the subtropical lowlands of the Amazon Basin in Bolivia through small-scale forestry plantations with local farm families, using almost entirely native tree species the project provides a fair trade business model for local farmers.
Our project partners inspect saplings being used for reforestationHimalayan Reforestation
Himalayan communities, particularly in Nepal face catastrophic floods and landslides as weather patterns alter due through global warming. This community based forestry initiative is working to reforest the foothills of the Himalaya, protecting the remote isolated villages from landslides and flooding caused by recent deforestation, specific indigenous trees are planted to create sustainable, forest based livelihoods for the local communities.
Check out our staff testing out the
energy efficient stoves which have been rolled
out to rural commmunities in Tanzania
Watch Lewis, our Climate Change Programmes Manager, demonstrate how solar stoves are transforming the lives of low in-come households in Tanzania.