Learning How to Fight Cook Smoke Pollution in Africa

Speaker: African Clean Energy

African Clean Energy provides solar biomass cook stoves to families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its program helps replace the use of open fire or fuels that are responsible for toxic smoke inhalation, deforestation, and greenhouse gas emissions. African Clean Energy also helps the local economy by providing jobs for 60 local men and women so far in its factory based in Maseru, Lesotho.

A group of women trying out the ACE 1 cook stove. Lesotho. Photo courtesy of African Clean Energy.

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About This Speaker

Key Info about the Speaker

Name: African Clean Energy
Type: Social enterprise
Founded in: 2013
Headquarters: Maseru, Lesotho
Operates in: Lesotho; South Africa

Watch This Video

African Clean Energy. "The ACE 1: A Simple Solution to Indoor Cook Smoke." YouTube video. Posted by African Clean Energy, September 2014.

Who Will Be Your Interlocutor?

Name: Judith Joan Walker
Title: COO of African Clean Energy
More: Forbes’ 2016 30 Under 30 Europe Social Entrepreneur


Learning Goals of the Videoconference

  • Explain how poverty is responsible for energy access issue in developing countries through the example of household fossil-fuel/wood combustion.
  • Explain how poverty may be responsible for health-impacting habits through the example of indoor air pollution.
  • Explain how human activities can impact environmental sustainability through the example of fossil-fuel/wood combustion, which is responsible for CO2 air pollution.
  • Examine strategies to replace the use of non-renewable resources by sustainable, green-technology solutions.
  • Identify the objectives, key programs, and accomplishments of a green-tech enterprise whose mission is to provide low-income families in Africa with clean-burning cook stoves.
  • Identify skills and strategies required to create effective change for a public health and environmental issue through green-tech innovation.

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