Almost ten years ago, I was the co-founder of Earth Hour. 2007 was the very first Earth Hour and one of the most extraordinary experiences I have ever had, standing by Sydney Harbour watching this beautiful city go dark and realising that there were millions of people out there who shared our desire for change.
Summertime often equals campfires and BBQ parties. However, what serves as a luxurious and enjoyable pastime for the lucky few, is actually serious health-hazard for most. Globally, over 4 million people die every year from household air pollution mostly due to cooking over burning wood, animal dung or charcoal. To paint a grim picture, the average wood-burning stove can produce 400 cigarettes’ worth of smoke every hour.