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 Sub-Saharan Africa, 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 miles per day to collect fuel for fires.
Collection of firewood is one of the biggest driving forces behind deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa, and sunlight-absorbing black carbon emitted from these fires is responsible for an estimated 18% of the earth’s rising temperature.