The bulldozers of industrial agribusiness are not the only threats to our forests and our climate. Fuel wood harvesting for cooking is a major cause of deforestation and degradation throughout the world. What’s more, household air pollution from the 3-billon plus conventional biomass cooking stoves in use around the world is the 4th largest health risk globally. Over four million people die (one person every 8 seconds) every year from exposure to conventional cook stove smoke–and even more from cancer, chronic lung disease and illegal logging related to fuel wood burning and gathering.
Here at Rimba Raya, as part of our three-fold mission to practice excellence across the full spectrum of climate, community and biodiversity, we have instituted a fuel-efficient cook stove distribution program among local villagers. This effort reduces the need fuel wood harvesting by 50%, reduces indoor pollution and encourages safer cooking practices; all aimed at promoting a healthier and more sustainable growth model amongst the surrounding communities.