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Think Global Act Local 2012

Clean Cooking with SeaChar.org

Upcoming TGAL Events

TGAL Charity Date Auction

Every year, the BEAN Think Global Act Local (TGAL) campaign zeroes in on a precise global cause to make an impact in locally. This year, BEAN Seattle is supporting efforts to provide clean cook stoves to indigenous farming families in Costa Rica.
We're partnering with a Fremont-based charity, SeaChar.org. SeaChar.org is introducing technology that will help indigenous farming communities to reduce impacts of climate change on their local agricultural systems and help alleviate harmful effects of using traditional wood fires indoors.

We’ll help raise funds to build and install these cook stoves in Costa Rica for these families as part of their Estufa Finca Project.  Respiratory disease is severe amongst the indigenous population in Costa Rica and is the leading cause of death for kids under ten years of age.

SeaChar.org uses local labor and resources to build and install these stoves as well as hiring and training local families to promote, teach and check in with their communities to adopt this new technology. Furthermore, these special stoves produce biochar, a type of charcoal, as a byproduct which can be uses as a rich part of fertilizer for these farming communities.

With your help, you can help provide stoves to these farming families which will improve their living conditions, decrease risks for respiratory and related disease, reduce air pollution, lessen deforestation in their beautiful environments and help contribute to their farming livelihood. Check out our blog post for info on how you can help. We helped raise over $8500 with our charity Date Auction but we will have more events to raise funds and awareness on this cause.

Save lives, save trees, save the air, save their communities. Help these families breathe a little easier.

More on Clean Cooking

Unsafe, primitive wood and biomass-burning indoor cook stoves kill around two million people every year, according to the World Health Organization as well as contribute to respiratory illnesses, primarily among women and children who spend a lot of time around the family hearth. These cook stoves also rank only second to industrial fossil fuels in contributing to global warming. Check out our campaign portal for more information.  

Think Global Act Local Campaign Portal