Thursday, July 03, 2008


In March 2008 Catherine Scott’s documentary film SUNCOOKERS, about Solar Cookers International’s efforts to spread solar cooking and solar water pasteurization in Kenya, won the alternative energy category at the 2008 EarthVision International Environmental Film Festival in Santa Cruz, California.

AVIF have been promoting solar cooking to all hosts since 2006 and this video is a fantastic way of spreading the word. Asante sana, Catherine & SCI.

To arrange a demonstration of the cookers, please contact us by email.


The advantages of solar cooking are numerous, since they dramatically reduce :

- POVERTY - by educating and empowering communities, creating opportunities for them to earn extra money and even start their own business supplying or baking

- POLLUTION - by introducing more sustainable technologies and clean renewable energies for daily use

- DEFORESTATION - by lessening the need firewood

- DESERTIFICATION / LANDSLIDES - caused by clearing of trees and plants for firewood

- ILLNESSES CAUSED BY INDOOR AIR POLLUTION such as eye and lung diseases - by far more efficient stoves creating NO smoke

- ILLNESSES CAUSED BY CONTAMINATED WATER such as diarrhoea, parasites, cholera - by allowing simple water purification through solar heat

- HIGH FUEL COSTS FOR COOKING - therefore making income available for other foodstuffs or education

- TIME CONSUMING DAILY TASKS such as fetching wood for cooking

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Chain Reaction

Over the past few years I've watched as, Harrogate especially & the corporate world go expo & conference mad. Going to a meeting isn't the same as it was 10 years ago. Nowadays you don a suit, book into a hotel and spend the day wading through stalls and networking with similar-industry people. You share and compare ideas, then go back to your office and try to get a result from the business cards and bags of goodies you acquired. Networking online is a whole lot easier; instant, far less expensive and more personally direct but here's a new idea that caught my attention:

"Chain Reaction is about one talent, experience or idea unlocking another, creating a powerful chain of energy that will build a better world."
Uniquely Chain Reaction will "champion the voice of those under 25 years of age - our future global leaders .. those with power will meet those whose only power is their own actions; world
leaders will work with children; business leaders with micro enterprises."

Thats a Great idea ! Its also backed fully by the UK government.
Chain Reaction is about bringing people together to:
  • Connect
  • Collaborate &
  • Commit
Speakers already committed include Community Links Founder, David Robinson OBE, co-Founder of Comic Relief, Jane Tewson CBE, Tim Smit of The Eden Project & John Bird of The Big Issue.

The inaugural Chain Reaction event is 17th—18th November 2008 on London's South Bank.
For further info and tickets click here. Entry is being ran by Community Links who do not want to exclude anyone from the event. Please contact them if you think you may have difficulty affording the rates, they WILL help. Technorati Tags: , , ,