Solar Cooking – A cross-cutting solution in the recovery from COVID-19 and to help achieve the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Friday, 9 July 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Virtual (NY Time)

Side Event

Solar Cookers International (SCI) and Public Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF)

Solar Cookers International (SCI) and the Public-Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF) will showcase solar cooking as a cross-cutting solution in the recovery from COVID-19 and to help achieve the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Solar cooking advocates from diverse regions and including civil society, research groups, women groups, and academia will spotlight evidence-based results, interlinkages to the SDGs, and how a Voluntary National Review can create an enabling environment for scaling solar cooking. Solar energy for clean cooking makes possible switching from cooking over open fires to solar cooking in many countries. It builds community resilience through many benefits. Families use free solar energy for cooking and water pasteurization. People breathe cleaner air and drink safer water. Local people earn income by constructing solar cookers. Families save money otherwise spent on fuel and gain energy independence. Time available for school and work increases by reducing time spent collecting firewood. Solar drying techniques preserve food and add value to agricultural products, which, in turn, increases food security. Solar cooking can be incorporated into all cultures and practices. Biodiversity increases by avoiding the felling of trees for cooking fuel. Respiratory infections and smoke-related illnesses decrease. Countries can save many dollars annually, through avoided health and environmental costs. Solar power is the wave of the future and it has always been available. It is time to take advantage of this more fully as we seek to achieve all the SDGs.

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