Solar Cooking Pilot Project in Haiti

Solar Cooking Pilot Project in Haiti

Clean stove project, Community project
  In 2015, together with Solar Electric Light Fund and Solar Household Energy (SHE), we at One Earth Designs started a project in Tilori, Haiti - a small rural community on the Dominican Republic border. The project’s goal was to bring 25 SolSource solar stoves to Tilori and teach residents how to use them to replace traditional cooking methods. Tilori, with a population of fewer than 5,000 people, sits on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It was selected for this pilot project because its inhabitants are the principal users of the forest of Sabana Clara--a remnant mix of pine and broadleaf forest. Biodiversity like Sabana Clara’s plays an important role in the restoration of Haiti’s degraded ecosystems.     Haiti suffers from severe deforestation and consequent land erosion.…
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Fighting Air Pollution in Rural China

Fighting Air Pollution in Rural China

Clean stove project, Community project
  In 2007, while studying chemistry at Wellesley College, I traveled to the Himalayan Plateau to study climate change. As usual, however, I decided to add my own little science experiment into the mix. I took air quality monitors with me and literally wore them on my body as I traveled across China. I thought that the air pollution levels I measured in Beijing and other large cities were already very high. Then, I arrived in the Himalayas and had an experience that shook the foundations of my assumptions about air pollution and health. A local family invited me into their home. When I told them I was studying “smoke in the sky”, everyone burst out laughing. “The sky is so blue”, they replied, “why study that when there is…
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Tibetan Nomads, Farmers and Semi-Nomads on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Tibetan Nomads, Farmers and Semi-Nomads on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Clean stove project, Community project, Learnings, Viewpoint
The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is one of the highest and biggest plateaus in the world, with an area of 2.5 million km. The average elevation of the plateau is over 4500 meters. Due to its altitude, it is also known as the “roof of the world.” The roof of the world is surrounded by many tall mountains and is also the source of three famous rivers in China: Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong Rivers. [caption id="attachment_411" align="alignright" width="300"] Figure 1: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau[/caption] Tibetans are indigenous to the plateau and their livelihoods are strongly tied to this vast land. Today there are 36 million people on the plateau, but Tibetans only percent 5.4 million or 15% of the total population. For thousands of years, Tibetans made a descent life by adapting various ecological…
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