November 30, 2017

Thank Goodness for Stoves


Thank Goodness for Stoves

Conflict devastates communities but can sometimes protect rainforest. Twenty years of civil war in the Congo Basin has helped keep the canopy intact but now, with a welcome return to peace, displaced families are returning to their communities.

Inefficient open fires are traditionally used for cooking but create a high demand for fuelwood from the rainforest. Four villages in the DRC’s Maniema Province and Cool Earth trialled six fuel-efficient stoves with one design winning universal approval. With 225 families building these stoves, fuel wood collection has already halved and respiratory illnesses are likely to fall. It’s a simple measure that can be adopted in every Cool Earth partnership from Peru to Papua New Guinea, protecting forest and building better lives.  

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  • The coffee I am drinking today at my workplace has changed from Cafe Direct , to Cool Earth which does have the official Fairtrade Mark on it but without the mandatory, Fairtrade Foundation Organisation’s official text alongside it. Why?
    I have searched for ‘Fairtrade’ on your website and it comes up with 0 zero. Why?
    There is no explanation anywhere on your website of how you support producers with a guaranteed minimum price for their product or of the Fairtrade
    premium given to the producer [or co-operative of producers] to be spent as they see fit in the community. At best this is misleading or at worst dishonest.
    It seems that you are using the Fairtrade Mark to attract buyers in the UK but you do not in fact have any official licence or agreement with the Fairtrade Foundation or producers or FLO.
    I head the local Borough Fairtrade Group in Eastleigh and the County wide Fairtrade Group for Hampshire County UK.
    I will await an explanation before I raise this with the London based Fairtrade Foundation to which we are affiliated or publish anything on our two websites.

    • Elizabeth Smith says:

      Hi Daphne,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I believe that your workplace must have switched to the Office Coffee Company Cool Earth Coffee. This coffee is not from our partnerships but is sourced independently by the Office Coffee Company. The OCC give Cool Earth an annual donation to support our partnerships, including our partnership with the Ashaninka who we support to grow sustainable coffee. This is the coffee that we sell on our website and is not certified Fairtrade, hence why there is no information on our website.

      In return for their support, the Office Coffee Company are allowed to use our logo on their products. The copy on their website or packaging is perhaps not clear enough to reflect this and I have just been in touch with them to ask them to review it.

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention, I hope that you understand. If you have any further questions please feel free to email us [email protected] or give us a call 01326 567200.

  • Eva Horáčková says:

    I love your approach and boldness. Are you planning to extend your work to other Latin American countries? I live in Colombia, now entangled in the peace talks with the guerrilla, which could mean a lot of good or bad changes for everyone. But it’s clear that rainforest communities must be empowered here as well to save what’s left of the Amazon and Chocó. I’d love to see you here.

  • Eva Horáčková says:

    I love your approach and boldness. Are you planning to extend your work to other Latin American countries? I live in Colombia, now entangled in the peace talks with the guerrilla and presidential election this year, which could mean a lot of good or bad changes for everyone. But it’s clear that rainforest communities must be empowered here as well to save what’s left of the Amazon and Chocó. I’d love to see you here.

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