To offset the residual CO2 emissions produced by the XVI General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that begins on 4 October, and with the publication of a new version of Laudato Si’, the General Secretariat of the Synod intends to make its contribution to the conservation of creation through a community project that reduces the use of non-renewable biomass and fossil fuels for cooking and boiling water.
With the financial support of the SOS Planet Foundation and the technical contribution of LifeGate, already tested at the 2019 Synod Assembly, the project to be implemented in Nigeria and Kenya aims to disseminate efficient cooking stoves and water purification technologies to households, communities, and institutions.
A criterion in the selection of the project is adherence to the call for integral ecology in Laudato Si’, and ensures that the action brings together the ecological and the social as the project focuses on local communities and responds to their needs.
It is hoped that this project contributes to the improved health of communities as air quality improves, given that high levels of air pollution are shown to directly correlate with respiratory disease and mortality rates, especially among women and children.
The project will use proceeds from the sale of carbon credits to support local partners engaged in the production, distribution, and maintenance of the related technologies.