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Newsletter, May 2010: Musings on the Cochabamba climate summit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 May 2010 09:47

Greetings from the director David Whitfield

As Executive Director of CEDESOL Foundation, I was particularly pleased that we could represent so many others who have done extensive work around the world to combat poverty and fight environmental degradation. We saw this opportunity as a responsibility to help educate delegates as to practical and proven mitigation tools for both these vital themes.

Cumbre presentationWhile preparing for the summit, we became more aware of the urgency to spread the word, actually “sound the alarm” may be a more appropriate term. We learned that it is imperative to do all we can to prevent more than 350 pmm of CO2 entering the atmosphere, but we also established the importance of ecological cookers to combat the emission of “black soot” or black carbon, which can have an immediate effect.
This is now a burning issue with our staff and volunteers and we have come to believe that every person has a responsibility to contribute in some way.  In the coming months we will be consolidating plans and sharing them with you, so that you may participate in carbon reduction and helping reduce poverty at the same time.

Additionally, we have become disappointed with existing mechanisms such as the Voluntary and CDM carbon markets. We have discovered that 60% of the cost is in reporting and other business.  This is not acceptable, changes must be made or those mechanisms bypassed if we are going to have the needed impact on both poverty and climate change.  CEDESOL invites you to partner with us by sharing this and subsequent newsletters with your friends and colleagues, write us to inform us of interventions you may have discovered and certainly, invest financially in getting these changes into solid practice.

CEDESOL promoted ecological stoves in the Cochabamba climate conference

The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was a great opportunity for CEDESOL to promote alternative technologies and to raise awareness about black carbon. Our message was: Practical solutions to combat climate change already exist, so let´s use them!

Cumbre hotpotCEDESOL actively took part in the conference that was held April 19-22 and represented several partner organizations such as Solar Cookers International, Solar Cookers Worldwide Network, Kyoto Twist Society, Bioenergy Stove Group and Solar Household Energy. We gave out thousands of information packages and had personal contact to delegates from all over the world.

At CEDESOL´s stand the conference participants had the possibility to learn how solar cookers work and to try out different dishes cooked in them. When talking to people we were pleased to notice that many of them had already heard about solar cookers and the work that Solar Cookers International is doing in Africa.

As a part of the official conference program CEDESOL held a presentation titled: Training Communities with Tools Tested in the Fight against Climate Change and Poverty Reduction together with partners Sobre la Roca and CINER, Centro de informacion en energies renovables. High number of participants showed that both Bolivian and foreign people are eager to get information about practical solutions against climate change.

Cumbre solarcookerWe also took part in several working groups that discussed climate change from different perspectives. Thanks to an active participation several final documents recognized the need of appropriate technology such as solar cookers and efficient wood stoves to combat climate change.

Conferences come and go but CEDESOL´s work continues. We keep advocating for ecological cookers and implementing them in Bolivia. Our focus is on reducing indoor air pollution, black carbon emissions and eradicating poverty with the help of ecological stoves.

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