When You Unplug You are Taking Action for Wildlife
Most electricity used in homes come from the mining and burning of fossil fuels such as oil or coal. The act of mining often threatens the habitats of many species we love. The more we save, the better for wildlife. Around the world, people are getting creative about saving energy. Kibale Fuel Wood Project (supported by Oakland Zoo) works with people living near Kibale National Park in Uganda to find ways to save energy. Their solution? Creating fuel-efficient 'rocket stoves' out of clay and other local, easy to source materials. These stoves are low cost, simple to build, and cook food quickly with about 1/3 of the wood used in traditional cooking fires. This adds up - 8,921 lbs. of wood are saved each day, (3.3 million pounds per year!). Using less firewood saves the animals and habitat of Kibale National Park. Eco-briquettes are another brilliant idea. Made out of farm waste (such as banana peels and peanut shells) and industrial waste from tea factories, such as paper and sawdust, these eco-briquettes burn longer, hotter, and with less smoke than wood. If they can be industrious and creative, so can we!
Tips You Can Use at Home
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