Stop the Smoke - Reduce Global Warming

by Warm Heart Worldwide, Inc
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming
Stop the Smoke -  Reduce Global Warming

Summary

For 4 years, this project has taught small-holder farmers to make biochar, cutting greenhouse gas and PM2.5 emissions. It has trained 3,000 in Thailand and 5,000 in Africa who have made thousands of tonnes of biochar that they sell or use to restore soil, mitigate climate change and increase yields. Stop the Smoke! works in N. Thailand (that has among the worst air quality in the world) and Africa, but the project model can raise public health and food security, and slow climate change globally.

$75,000
total goal
$19,328
remaining
408
donors
4
monthly donors
5
fundraisers
2
years

Challenge

Global warming is complex; e.g., few know that poor, developing world farmers burn 10 billion tonnes of crop waste annually, releasing 18.1 billion tonnes of CO2/CO2e (methane only) and 66 million of PM2.5. Are they lazy? Stupid? No. They have no better alternative to fire to clear fields of waste for planting. They know the smoke sickens them. (This much PM2.5 is equivalent to 4.7 trillion cigarettes!) Many know about climate change. Without an alternative, they still burn. What to do?

Solution

To stop the burning farmers need incentive, payment for the hot, hard work of clearing their fields. We have set up a model social enterprise that pays some farmers to make biochar and others to convert it into a sellable product. Those who work at the enterprise divide the profits. Being profitable, the system is sustainable and enviable (thus likely to grow as it is imitated by other farmers and villages, steadily decreasing the amount of burning).

Long-Term Impact

This project creates a model for one group of villagers to reduce their impact on global warming while improving incomes, soil, and community health. Making biochar reduces the GHGs and PM2.5 added to our one planet's atmosphere every year. The project is replicable globally, addresses rural poverty at the root, and helps reverse global warming. Put in the soil, biochar brings soil back to life, retains water, improves plant quality, cleans ground water and sequesters CO2.

Resources

Organization Information

Warm Heart Worldwide, Inc

Location: Phrao, Chiang Mai - Thailand
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @WarmHeartOrg
Project Leader:
Evelind Schecter
Phrao, Chiang Mai Thailand
$55,672 raised of $75,000 goal
 
616 donations
$19,328 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Warm Heart Worldwide, Inc has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.