Could This Stove Save Thousands of Lives?

Did you know that nearly half the world’s population cooks on an open fire? Would you be surprised to learn that more people die each year from respiratory illnesses related to indoor air pollution from cooking emissions than from malaria and HIV/AIDS combined? 

Meet Art Donnelly—artist, environmental activist, and founder of SeaChar. Donnelly married his sculptural background with his quest for clean cooking alternatives and designed the Estufa Finca cookstove. Unlike most stoves, which burn wood or coal, his creation can run on corncobs, animal dung, or any other kind of biomass waste. The unique flame of the Estufa Finca burns the smoke before leaving the chimney, creating very few emissions and leaving behind biochar that can be sold or reinvested into the environment as fertilizer.