In the spirit of the season, an independent green energy company has partnered with Solar Cookers International to benefit survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 200,000 people and left 1.3 million homeless.
From now through January 12, 2011, which is the one-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Clean Currents will donate a portion of proceeds from every residential wind power enrollment to the purchase and distribution of solar cookers in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
Clean Currents provides wind power through the electric grid to residents and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
“By harnessing the abundant power of the sun, solar cookers provide a measure of independence to those who use them — and they decrease a user’s reliance upon traditional sources of cooking fuel like charcoal, which is costly and very polluting,” said Gary Skulnik, President of Clean Currents.
Solar cookers work by reflecting and concentrating the sun’s rays onto a black cooking pot, insulated by a clear plastic bag that traps the heat. These concentrated rays can boil water or cook most types of food.
Clean drinking water is a major need among Haitian survivors right now, as only 12 percent had piped, treated water before the earthquake, and now the situation is worse.
If you’ve wanted to do something to help the people of Haiti and reduce your impact on the environment, and you live in the Mid-Atlantic area, choosing to purchase wind power could be the best way to celebrate the season.
Those that aren’t looking to change their energy provider, or live elsewhere in the country can still help provide clean water and solar cookers to Haitian survivors by visiting the Solar Cookers International website.
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