360° Coverage : Silicon Valley Parents Develop GigatonGifts Website to Fight...

1 Updates
Silicon Valley Parents Develop GigatonGifts Website to Fight Open-Fire Cooking and Deforestation - Smoke from Fires Kills Over 2 Million Annually
Photo Credit: PR.com

Silicon Valley Parents Develop GigatonGifts Website to Fight Open-Fire Cooking and Deforestation - Smoke from Fires Kills Over 2 Million Annually

Dec 9 2013, 7:12am CST | by PR.com

GigatonGifts was launched in December by a group of Silicon Valley parents concerned about deforestation and open-fire cooking in poor countries. Volunteer parents developed the GigatonGifts website (www.GigatonGifts.org), where people can purchase trees and solar stoves in Africa and Haiti as gifts. Worldwide, almost 3 billion people cook over wood fires. The soot from these fires causes respiratory ailments that kill 2 to 4 million people a year, most of them women and children.

Menlo Park, CA, December 09, 2013 --(PR.com)-- GigatonGifts was launched in December by a group of Silicon Valley parents concerned about the planet they will leave to their children. They...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

37 weeks ago

Silicon Valley Parents Develop GigatonGifts Website to Fight Open-Fire Cooking and Deforestation - Smoke from Fires Kills Over 2 Million Annually

Dec 9 2013, 7:12am CST | by PR.com

GigatonGifts was launched in December by a group of Silicon Valley parents concerned about deforestation and open-fire cooking in poor countries. Volunteer parents developed the GigatonGifts website (www.GigatonGifts.org), where people can purchase trees and solar stoves in Africa and Haiti as gifts. Worldwide, almost 3 billion people cook over wood fires. The soot from these fires causes respiratory ailments that kill 2 to 4 million people a year, most of them women and children.

Menlo Park, CA, December 09, 2013 --(PR.com)-- GigatonGifts was launched in December by a group of Silicon Valley parents concerned about the planet they will leave to their children. They identified open-fire cooking as an often overlooked source of many critical, interrelated planetary problems.

Worldwide, almost 3 billion people cook or eat meals cooked over wood or charcoal fires. The soot from these fires causes respiratory ailments that kill 2 to 4 million people a year, most of them women and children. The reliance on wood and charcoal for cooking has created areas of severe deforestation in over 50 countries. Deforestation directly causes or amplifies a host of acute problems, including both drought and flooding, top-soil erosion, extreme poverty (a critical driver of human trafficking), famine and climate change.

Through the GigatonGifts website (www.GigatonGifts.org), customers can purchase trees for reforestation projects in severely deforested areas of Africa and Haiti, as well as fuel-efficient, clean-burning stoves to replace the health-damaging wood and charcoal stoves commonly used by families in these areas. GigatonGifts has partnered with the Eden Reforestation Projects which has planted over 65 million trees since 2005. GigatonGifts is committed to reversing deforestation and its accompanying problems, both by replanting devastated forests and by reducing the demand for wood-based fuel. The goal is to fund the planting of one billion trees and eliminate the use of open fires for meal preparation.

GigatonGifts is staffed entirely by volunteers. Co-Founder and Executive Director Elton Sherwin worked for 15 years as a venture capitalist and is an authority on the economics of climate change. In 2010 he authored Addicted to Energy. Co-Founder Craig Wesley has an extensive executive-level background in entrepreneurial, early stage, and Fortune 100 companies.

“You can plant 50 Mangroves in Madagascar for $9,” said Elton Sherwin, Executive Director of The Carbon Zero Institute. “The stories behind these projects are fascinating. Each gift comes with an interesting description that can be given to the gift recipient.”

GigatonGifts is the first project of the Carbon Zero Institute (CZI). The CZI Board of Directors consists of prominent entrepreneurs and academics, including Stanford University President Emeritus, Donald Kennedy; Jon Foster, CFO of LS9; Lisa Van Dusen, Director of Partner Engagement and External Relations, SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund); and Marion O’Leary, internationally-recognized authority on the use of isotopes for studies in chemistry and biology. The Carbon Zero Institute is sponsored by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, (www.CEERT.org).

More information about GigatonGifts can be found at our website, www.GigatonGifts.org.

Media Contact:
Elton Sherwin
Executive Director, Carbon Zero Institute
esherwin@cz-i.org
650.823.9221

Contact Information:
The Carbon Zero Institute
Elton Sherwin
650-823-9221
Contact via Email
gigatongifts.org

Read the full story here: http://www.pr.com/press-release/532020

Press Release Distributed by PR.com

Source: PR.com

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Modi, Abe strike chord; Kyoto to help make Varanasi smart city (Intro Roundup)
Kyoto, Aug 30 (IANS) Warmth, mutual admiration and convergent views marked the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe Saturday as India hoped the two sides would strive to achieve in five years the unrealised potential of the past five decades.
 
 
Modi, Abe strike chord, India hopes ties reach full potential (Roundup)
Kyoto, Aug 30 (IANS) Warmth, mutual admiration and convergence of views marked the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe Saturday as India hoped the two sides would strive to achieve in five years the unrealised potential of five decades.
 
 
Modi in Japan: Kyoto-Varanasi partnership pact inked
Kyoto, Aug 30 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a five-day visit to Japan Saturday, a day that saw the inking of a partnership agreement between Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and Kyoto, which was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years.
 
 
Essar sells Kenya telecom business for $120 million
Nairobi, Aug 30 (IANS) Essar Capital Saturday announced the signing of binding agreements with Safaricom and Airtel for the sale of its telecom business in Kenya for $120 million.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Chris O'Dowd doesn't return suits he borrows
Chris O'Dowd doesn't return designer suits he has borrowed for events. The 34-year-old actor tends to keep the posh outfits he is loaned for glamorous awards ceremonies, even after he's promised to give them back....
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Police fire tear gas on protesters in Islamabad
Islamabad, Aug 31 (IANS) Police in the Pakistani capital city fired tear gas shells to disperse thousands of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) supporters as they were marching towards the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Iran criticises US over new sanctions
Tehran, Aug 30 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticised the US over new sanctions, terming them "not compatible" with the spirit of current negotiations, BBC reported Saturday. New sanctions on 25 firms...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Syria rebels besiege UN position near Golan Heights
Damascus, Aug 30 (IANS) Armed militant groups Saturday besieged a position of the UN peacekeepers in Syria's Qunaitera province, bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a media report said. Armed fighters of the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Modi, Abe strike chord; Kyoto to help make Varanasi smart city (Intro Roundup)
Kyoto, Aug 30 (IANS) Warmth, mutual admiration and convergent views marked the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe Saturday as India hoped the two sides would strive to...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Sindhu loses in semis, settles for bronze
Copenhagen, Aug 30 (IANS) India's P.V. Sindhu had to be content with the bronze as Spaniard Carolina Marin proved the better shuttler on the day, winning the women's singles semi-final quite easily in straight games at...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Third ODI scoreboard: India vs England
Nottingham, Aug 30 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard of the third One-Day International (ODI) between India and England at Trent Bridge here Saturday. England: Alastair Cook st Dhoni b Rayudu 44 Alex Hales c...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Liam Payne and Niall Horan: 'Cow poo' reminds us of home
One Direction's Liam Payne and Niall Horan have admitted ''cow poo'' reminds them of home. The 'Little Things' hitmakers start to feel nostalgic when they get a whiff of manure whilst they're away touring with their...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Sindhu goes down in semis, settles for bronze
Copenhagen, Aug 30 (IANS) India's P.V. Sindhu went down in the women's singles semi-final and had to settle for the bronze, losing to Spanish ninth seed Carolina Marin in straight games of the World Badminton...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
India outclass England to take 2-0 unassailable lead
Nottingham, Aug 30 (IANS) India beat England by six wickets in the third One-Day International (ODI) at Trent Bridge here Saturday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series. After the first ODI was...
Read more on Sport Balla