With many a winding turn… You may know this song by the Hollies, or maybe you don’t. It’s a sappy song about helping people. When I joined the fire department 18 years ago, it was used on our union promo video. It’s a poignant song, and can be applied skillfully to many situations. It fit well in the fire department setting, where we look on each other as brothers. Since I’m a sap, I get choked up every time I hear it.
The Huffington Post discusses the issues around solar cooking with our partner Catlin Powers from One Earth Designs.
Way back in the good old days when I liked to have fun, we took the family to Six Flags in Arlington. The kids were young and of various sizes, and as adults Mara and I had different tastes in rides. We rode some coasters, the kids got on when they were tall enough, and when we just couldn’t take the heat anymore we rode that weird water cave ride with the ugly trolls and the air conditioning.
Today I’m going to share a video from a group in Bolivia called Sobre la Roca. It discusses the disproportionate suffering of women and children, and shows how women must play an important role in the fight against indoor cooking smoke.
Here is a recent video from our partner, Solavore.
We live in the sunny Southwest, New Mexico to be exact. And sunny is an understatement. Like much of the west, we have our local mountains, the Organs. They are beautiful, and like all landscapes have a beauty that changes forms throughout the day. On a clear summer evening they are rosy pink fading to purple through the sunset, and on a chilly winter morning the clouds move on to reveal snow dusted caps. Our mountains are but a mirror held up to life, children grow and cities become ancient ruins, each with their own beauty in season.
I bet you slept a little in high school, didn’t you? You aren’t fooling anyone here, mister. You only have yourself to blame for today’s post then, because we need to make up for some lost time.
We’ll talk more about what was wrong with the old ways later. Today I’m going to touch on our project region, Latin America. As far as the global population goes, there are far more people who cook with solid fuel in places like Africa and Asia. Relief agencies and government bodies have spent the bulk of their resources addressing this very real need, and rightly so. Projects have been done in Latin America, but for a variety of reasons this region tends to get sidelined. Well, not anymore.
We’ve covered a lot of ground in the last eight days. We’ve introduced you to our Cook, we’ve shown how she and her family suffer at the hands of cooking smoke, we’ve talked a bit about the poverty cycle, and we’ve introduced you to some solutions that exist to help Cook out of her predicament. But what does Pasqual have to do with that, and what makes Pasqual so different from the status quo?
Am I dating myself with the title of this post? Does anyone else remember the Reese’s commercial with the two people walking down the street, one eating chocolate and the other eating peanut butter? They collide, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are born. The world just became a better place.
Or is it go for lunch? I can never remember. Space research has brought us many of the wonderful things we enjoy every day, such as cordless vacuum cleaners, memory foam, and the ubiquitous anti-gravity treadmill. Well, maybe some of us should enjoy the anti-gravity treadmill a little more often… either way, research is cool. Did you know that NASA did not invent the rocket stove?
Here’s another video from our partner, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Today we are discussing stacking and human-centered design. Too often a project is approached with preconceived notions about what end users want or what is good for them, these issues can be the death of a good idea. What is it they say about the road to Hell? Paved with good intentions, it is. Not only do these little devils cause problems for the initial project, they dirty the bathwater for any subsequent ones.
All is not lost, dear friends. We have heard about the dangers of cooking smoke, and about the hungry habits of the traditional “three rock stove”. They are but a mere dark lining to our silver cloud. We at Pasqual are working with the best in the industry to develop a menu of technologies that are perfectly suited for our Cook, and it is our ultimate goal to develop a sustainable, appropriate, affordable system making them all available to her.
We’ve met the antagonist in our play, Smoke. He’s quite a naughty fellow, and he isn’t alone. Let’s meet his buddy, Three Rocks. These two make quite an ensemble, you won’t find one without the other. Three Rocks is the progenitor to Smoke, and he’s been around a long time. But what are the origins of Three Rocks? How did he get caught up in all this?
Mara and I wake up every morning and put the kettle on for the coffee. Maybe we’ll have some eggs for breakfast, maybe not. Later in the day some quesadillas perhaps, or brown some meat for spaghetti. Boil the noodles. Who want’s a delicious cup of Mexican hot chocolate? The mechanics of cooking never enter our thoughts, we just turn the knob and out comes the gas, quick as you please. Rarely do we even think about turning on the kitchen vent, this ignominy is usually reserved for burned tortillas or popcorn. Call it taking things for granted if you want, we live in a world where cooking is relatively consequence-free. Sure, maybe we shouldn’t have another quesadilla, at least the quesadilla isn’t going to give us emphysema.
They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep, and the time to take that step is upon us. I’m very proud to be able to introduce Pasqual, our new organization. But before I elaborate on what Pasqual is, I have to raise a question… what is an organization? Why do we have them, what purpose do they serve? I’m not going to play the role of interweb dictionary, but instead I’ll offer my own interpretation of what organizations are and why we have them.
Top Chef Jeremy Ford discusses his first shot at cooking with a SolSource (One Earth Designs).
Our partner EcoZoom takes a look at 2015, and drops hints of what’s to come in 2016.
Here’s a video from our partner One Earth Designs. Watch it and see their powerful parabolic solar grill in action!
Check out our partner Solavore’s Indiegogo campaign…