OK... not $1. But it is a meal for two at the local mexican restaurant with margaritas.
I take so many things for granted. In my college days, I've lived without a washing machine and dryer. However, I have never lived without access to a stove. I want to thank the fellas of a The Paradigm Project for giving me a wake up call. Check out the stats...
3 billion of us in this world cook every meal over a dirty, inefficient open fire.
1 in 2 of us don’t have that luxury --- meaning that 1 in 2 of us have to walk over 10 miles and spend over 30 hours a week to collect wood.
1 in 2 of us spend up to 35% of our income on purchasing fuel, expose ourselves to harm and smoke the equivalent of 40 cigarettes a day according to the World Health Organization (WHO) just to cook. (WHO estimates that harmful cookstove smoke is the fourth worst overall health risk factor in developing countries behind malnutrition, unsafe sex and lack of access to clean water and sanitation.)
Killing 1.6 million each year, women and children are disproportionately the majority of deaths related to indoor cooking smoke. Surprisingly indoor cooking smoke is the number 1 killer of children under the age of 5 (that’s ahead of AIDS, malaria, malnutrition and water-borne diseases).
So can an efficient stove save lives? Well... its a darn good start!
Could an efficient stove change lives? Absolutely!