Clean Cookstoves

The following interview with Hillary Clinton and Julia Roberts appeared in Time magazine (16 May 2011):

Time:  A Secretary of State and a superstar are kind of an unlikely couple.  What brought you together?

HC:  . . . I was deep in work to establish the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.  She (JR) because so interested that we spent a lot of time talking about it.  I’m very happy that Julia is going to become our global ambassador for GACC.

Time:  Cookstoves seem like a very small nail for you two very big hammers.  Why this issue, Julia?

JR:  It is not small at all, actually.  It speaks to so many issues about mothers and women around the world who are trying to care for their families and the toxins that they’re exposed to while cooking for their families.  Something that’s such a joy in my life everyday–cooking–is this incredible, horrific danger to women around the world.

Time:  The problem is in how they cook?

HC:  Everybody has had a meal that is cooked–some of them meager, some of them very elaborate.  But nearly 2 million people around the world, mostly women and children, die each year from this activity we all take for granted, because they are breathing the fumes and the smoke from using solid fuels, such as wood or dung or corp residues.  That’s almost as many people as die each year from malaria and tuberculosis combined.  And we then see the impact on all the rest of us, because about one-fifth of the world’s black carbon emissions come from cookstoves.  We aim to have cookstoves that are affordable and more efficient in a hundred million home within the next several years.

One of Hillary's Clean Cookstoves

According to an article (21 Sep 2010) on world.edu:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Tuesday a U.S. contribution of $50M toward providing clean cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and fight climate change.

The U.S. funding, which will be spread over 5 years, is part of a Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves launched to combat a problem officials equate with malaria and unclean water in terms of its health impact worldwide.

Some 1. million premature deaths, mostly among women and young children, occur every year due to smoke inhalation from rudimentary stoves, which in many cases consist of a few stones and an open fire inside or outside a shelter.

Smoke from such cooking methods can lead to childhood pneumonia, lung cancer, bronchitis and cardiovascular disease while contributing to climate change through the emisions of carbon dioxide and methane–two major greenhouse gases–and black carbon.

Also see the following website:  http://cleancookstoves.org/what-is-a-clean-cookstove?

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