Eco Center ICNEER's vision is to bring solar technology to rural communities that are currently highly dependant on fossil fuels, to make them smoke-free. The technology to achieve this vision is available but ICNEERmust realizes itsgoal step by step. The first step is to raise community awareness of climate change issues and, secondly, ICNEER has to implement the solar technology in rural villages in a sustainable manner.
Eco Center ICNEER is therefore committing to work with the Wildlife Conservation Trust and Sanctuary in India to commence a Climate Change Road Show in 600 schools across India on the basis that children can be the ambassadors of change. The road show will engage ten to fourteen year old students in renewable energy discussions and practical projects. The focus of the road show will be to (i) raise awareness of the impact of climate change and (ii) show and document to these children that behavioral changes (such as car pooling, switching off lights and paper recycling) at the individual and school level, combined with the use of renewable energy devices, can reduce the carbon footprint of their schools and homes. With student involvement ICNEER will initially audit the resource (principally power, transport, paper, water, and waste disposal) usage of each school. The students will then form committees to be responsible for the on-going monitoring of each type of resource. Students will be motivated to set a target of reducing the carbon footprint of their schools, and homes, by 15%. ICNEER will demonstrate how renewable energy technologies which can help achieve that target, such as solar lighting, solar hot water systems, and solar cookers work. Schools will be encouraged to obtain and use these devices and ICNEER will make available to them any supplier and government subsidies. ICNEER anticipates seeing positive results in 2009 as many students adopt the suggested practical methods of resource conservation. In the longer term, ICNEER hopes to encourage school children to continue to raise awareness in their own homes and communities about the impact of climate change and more specifically, to encourage these urban students to initiate fund raising activities to supply rural Indian villages with the solar technology necessary to make the villages smoke-free.
At a grassroots level, Eco Center ICNEER is also committing, in partnership with AMF and California State University (Dr. Ms Manisha Javeri), to implement a pilot environmental protection project in Mozambique. The pilot project will introduce solar technology for cooking in a village of 7,000 AIDS/HIV affected people to help reduce the burden on the women and children of the community who currently have to walk for miles to collect fuel wood for cooking and are severely affected by the smoke and soot produced from the burning of fuel wood which pollutes the environment. The pilot project also aims to slow the current rates of deforestation in the area. Solar cookers have the capability of cooking most dishes much faster than traditional cooking methods and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions. They allow steaming, baking and frying and can cook a day's meal for 8-10 people within 2-3 hours, depending on the food being cooked. During the rest of the day, the solar cookers can be used for income generation by the villagers. For example, additional food can be cooked and sold to nearby villages or, on a larger scale, women can work from home to supply dried or cooked foods to commercial producers. The longer term aim of the pilot project is to produce a scalable model that can be replicated in other villages in Mozambique and throughout Africa. From previous experience, INCEER believes the key to longer term, sustainable use of solar cookers in rural communities is for the villagers to purchase and own the cookers (perhaps through a micro-finance program) and have the ability to repay the purchase cost through income generated from using the cookers.
In India, the direct impact of its commitment to action will be to educate 60,000 ten to fourteen year old school students on climate change issues including supporting practical action by these students to mitigate climate change. In Mozambique, this commitment to action will directly impact the lives of 7,000 AIDS/HIV affected villagers, who are mainly women and children.
Eco Center ICNEER together with the Wildlife Conservation Trust and Sanctuary will implement the Climate Change Road Show project in the schools. The direct beneficiaries will be school children and the local communities where the carbon footprints will be reduced. The school children will also disseminate the messages they have learned through this project thereby indirectly benefiting the parents and members of the local communities.
In Mozambique, Eco Center ICNEER, AMF and Dr. Ms. Javeri will be responsible for implementing the pilot project.
The two parts of INCEER's commitment will be implemented in tandem. Fundraising has already commenced and will be on-going through the first year.
Climate change road show:
- Some target schools have already been identified and the relevant boards of education have been consulted. The program will be rolled-out throughout 2009 to the 600 schools.
- The carbon foot print of each school will be measured by a carbon audit.
- The schools will be responsible for on-going monitoring and maintaining a log book to record the monthly resource usage and compare it to the targets set.
- If schools are failing to meet their target carbon footprint reduction, INCEER's will plan further visits to discuss obstacles and potential remedies.
- Monitoring and aggregating of data and metrics will take place through 2010.
Mozambique Pilot Project:
- The first visit was planned for January 2009 to begin implementing the program. Ten solar box cookers and ten parabolic solar cookers (SK 14) would be installed in the village. INCEER will demonstrate how to use these cookers.
- In the initial phase (3 months) of the project, INCEER will work with the villagers to determine through practical use, which of the two types of technologies best suits their needs.
- Once the appropriate technology is identified, INCEER will spend further time training the villagers on ways to use the technology to generate a sustainable income for themselves.
- The project will involve a strategic evaluation the end of a one year period, including monitoring the results of switching to solar technology to provide data to be used for future larger scale implementation of the project in Mozambique and other countries in Africa.
- Amount of greenhouse gases expected to be reduced or avoided (in carbon dioxide equivalents): Through an average 15% reduction in the carbon foot print of each school, an estimation of 5,250 tons of Co2 reduction.
- Number of people expected to be reached by public outreach efforts about clean energy: 6,000 students.
- Amount of greenhouse gases expected to be reduced or avoided (in carbon dioxide equivalents): 150 tons of co2.
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INCEER would very much like to speak with NGOs in India and African who would be interested in implementing solar technology in villages on a sustainable basis. They would also welcome funding from CGI members interested in assisting with this particular commitment, or on a longer term basis, sponsoring a particular village to become smoke-free.
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