Power to the planet
They didn’t ask for much, just some wood foraged from the surrounding forest so they could cook and keep warm in their basic huts. But in destroying trees to make fires, the villagers in Bharatpur, Nepal, were contributing to global warming, destroying the natural habitat of endangered species and putting their health and lives in danger.
Luckily, thanks to an Earth Hour/World Wildlife Foundation initiative people such as Mohan Tharu and his wife Tara can now cook and keep warm using a biogas stove, which uses animal waste and water as fuel. This means the forests – and the leopards, rhino and tigers that live in them – remain unharmed and the planet, as well as the villagers, reap the rewards.
As you celebrate the planet tomorrow by switching off lights for Earth Hour (between 8.30-9.30pm in the UAE) remember that there are still people like Mohan and Tara who don’t have any lights or electricity. Read about their lives on page 16 and then turn to page 22 where Abdul Kareem explains how he was teased and laughed at because he wanted to grow a forest on his dry, barren land in India. It took years and a lot of determination but eventually he succeeded and the green guru is now the subject of documentaries. Enjoy the issue! Until next week,