Three billion people around the world cook their food by burning charcoal, wood, and biomass on open fires or rudimentary stoves. This has massive health, economic, and environmental repercussions.
Pollution from open fire cooking kills over 4.3 million people each year; more than malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis combined. Women and children are disproportionately impacted.
In many developing contries, families spend up to ⅓ of their income on fuel, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. In other areas where fuel cannot be purchased, women and children are forced to walk up to 6 hours per day to collect firewood.
Collection of firewood is one of the biggest driving forces behind deforestation worldwide, and black carbon emitted from these fires is responsible for an estimated 18% of the earth’s rising temperature.