Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education
2 greatest reasons for eliminating charcoal:
1. Haiti's reforestation efforts will never happen until they stop using wood charcoal for cookstoves!
2. Charcoal smoke is a leading factor in Haitian's short expected life span!
Check out the health risk from using charcoal from Partnership for Clean Indoor Air
We cannot eliminate livelyhood of those working in the Charcoal industry in Haiti without giving them an alternative to make a living!
We will replace selling charcoal with clean burning pellets for healthier lives while saving the trees! Click here to see how we can give them new job opportunities!
Making Charcoal is the worst culprit of deforestation and health hazards in Haiti.
High efficiency, clean burning biochar cookstoves can replace conventional biomass and charcoal burning. This is important because conventional biomass and charcoal burning creates unsafe indoor air quality that lead to respiratory and eye problems, and leads to increased pressure on ecosystems.
Check out this video on helping Haiti.
HRI does not approve of any charcoal cookers!
They may save charcoal, but they don't tell you how much environment and energy is lost when making charcoal.
Charcoal is made by cutting down trees and when converted 85% of the energy of the wood literally goes up in smoke as it pollutes the air.
HRI Stoves use this percentage of energy as they cook meals and when they are finished it actually leaves the charcoal that can go back into the ground to restore the soil as it holds moisture and microorganisms.
TLUD stoves makes biochar which are carbon negative, that means they actually take carbon out of the atmosphere and the residue from these clean burning stoves is carbon we call biochar. This biochar when added to compost holds moisture and nutrients and makes the best fertilizer know as terra preta.
Trees are now too valuable in Haiti even for making much needed terra preta, so we want to use vetiver grass the same plant that will save Haiti’s eroding soil can be used to renew the soil and save the trees.
Even better than above you can make biochar while using the fire for cookstoves!
Paal Wendelbo's stoves are the kind we want which burns grass!
The video below shows the waistfulness of making charcoal and doesn't want it made the traditional way. So they make biochar which is so important, but we will never want to make it with good wood when we can do this with grass and other waist such as pitimi and corn stalks!