Climate Challenge that EYC seeks to alleviate

"By Touching a critical aspect of human life"

Man discovered fire and with it discovered the science and art of cooking. Since then, mankind’s search for the most sustainable way to cook continues to remain a search. We still do not have all the right answers to how to create a sustainable cooking energy trajectory. We only have some sign posts.

An article in Newsweek  2008, titled "10 fixes for the planet" is worth quoting with reference to the appreciation of this problem. Newsweek had interviewed environmental thinkers to come up with ideas on how to make the planet greener and more energy efficient. "Stoves for the masses" is one of them.

Climate change is a critical challenge facing humanity.  According to the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, rising global temperatures will very likely increase the frequency and intensity of heat waves, droughts and heavy rainfall events, adversely affecting agriculture, forests, water resources, human health and settlements.   

Nearly 3 billion people rely on open res and simple stoves to cook their food that burn solid fuels like wood, animal dung, charcoal, and coal.
Over 4 million* people die prematurely every year from illnesses attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels.
Up to 25% of black carbon emissions come from burning solid fuels for household energy needs.
Up to 34% of woodfuel harvested is unsustainable contributing to forest degradation, and climate change.
$123 billion in annual costs to health, environment, and economies in the developing world are due to the use of solid fuels for cooking.

Climate change and environmental degradation disproportionately affect vulnerable populations living on the front lines of these global challenges. Clean cooking solutions address the most basic needs of the poor, while also delivering broader benefits. Scaling up clean cooking can address climate change while providing significant improvements to global health, as well as benefits to women’s empowerment and local economies.

The global community cannot reach its goals of eradicating poverty and addressing climate change without addressing the way millions of people cook. 

As the world works toward implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing climate change, it is particularly important that we invest in proven, scalable solutions that bring cross-cutting, economically inclusive impacts.

Earn while you cook” – with its triple-bottom-line oriented focus – holds the promise to be one such climate mitigation tool. It is a “carbon asset” with a unique carbon methodology for saving wood as well as for its residue.

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