India cleans the air, one family at a time

Meet Champa. She is a farmer's wife and a mother of three, from Ananthpur District in the State of Karnataka, India. Until recently, she woke every day before sunrise in the family's tiny hut to cook breakfast over a wood fire. The smoke exacerbated one child's asthma, often keeping him from school.

Champa would spend a large part of her day in search of firewood, walking up to six miles, collecting wood as she went and carrying it in a bundle on her head, before returning home in the evening. But in June of last year, Champa's life changed: she got a bio-gas digester and a typical gas stove, now powered by her cows' manure.

Not only does the digester generate enough energy to fulfill Champa's daily cooking requirements, it reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions by approximately three tons a year. Champa no longer fills the hut with smoke at breakfast. Thanks to this simple convenience, the family's health has improved, and Champa no longer spends her days in search of wood. Instead, she can take better care of the two family cows, which are producing more milk, increasing the family income. And she has begun to take in sewing and weaving jobs, bringing in still more income for the family.

Champa's bio-gas unit is just one of the thousands being implemented by the Fair Climate Network - a coalition of NGO's of which EDF is a founding member. This Low Carbon Rural Development is just one of many ways we are working to deliver the elusive triple win of accelerating development and poverty alleviation; improving environment and health; and reducing global warming pollution.

Cook stoves powered by methane generate far less soot than those fueled by wood.

Cook stoves powered by methane generate far less soot than those fueled by wood.