Power to the planet

Friday - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

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,

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