The Entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in initiatives aimed at combating environmental pollution and improving living standards

The Entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in initiatives aimed at combating environmental pollution and improving living standards

The Ministry of Environment in Rwanda and affiliated organizations are calling for workers to engage in initiatives aimed at combating environmental pollution and improving living standards, particularly for residents in rural areas.

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A study conducted last year by the National Institute of Statistics and the World Bank on Household Living Conditions Survey (EICV6), revealed that the prevailing use of traditional cooking methods poses a significant health risk, including respiratory diseases and carbon emissions, despite the gradual increase in the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and electricity, the latter being limited primarily to urban areas.

Mrs. Christine MUHONGERWA, a representative of Safer Rwanda, an organization promoting cleaner cooking solutions, emphasizes that the issue could be addressed effectively if people switch to cleaner fuels rather than relying on traditional methods daily, which contribute to environmental pollution and health hazards.

She said, "Switching to cleaner fuels daily is feasible; we can produce up to 500 clean cookstoves a day, which is a significant step towards reducing environmental pollution on a large scale. We aim to distribute at least 200,000 clean cookstoves within the next five years, which will not only contribute to environmental protection but also improve the well-being of our citizens."

Dr. Yvan GASANA, a researcher at the National Forestry Authority, suggests that promoting clean cooking solutions could be a viable strategy to combat environmental degradation caused by the widespread use of traditional cooking methods. He calls on Rwandan workers to embrace these initiatives.

He said, "This initiative is driven by the realization that promoting clean cooking solutions can significantly reduce air pollution, as many people currently rely on fuels that emit harmful pollutants, especially in rural areas. We are confident that by distributing cleaner cookstoves and increasing awareness, we can achieve a substantial reduction in environmental pollution, with the ultimate goal of ensuring a healthier and cleaner environment for all."

Some residents have already witnessed the benefits of transitioning to cleaner cooking solutions.

Mrs. Valentine UWIMPUHWE 45 years old, recounted how "the transition to clean cooking solutions has improved the air quality in our home, especially considering that I live with several family members. There were times when I would suffer from respiratory issues, but since we started using cleaner fuels, those problems have significantly decreased."

Madame Laetitia BENIMANA 42 years old, shared her experience, stating, "The transition to clean cooking solutions has been a game-changer for me. Previously, I would spend a significant amount of money on traditional cooking fuels every month, but now, with the use of cleaner fuels, my expenses have reduced drastically."

Statistics indicate that between 2018 and 2021, the percentage of households using firewood decreased from 79.9% to 77.7%, those using charcoal remained relatively stable at 17.4% to 17.5%, while those using LPG increased from 1.1% to 4.2%.

These figures underscore the pressing need to address the issue of traditional cooking methods, which not only contribute to environmental pollution but also exacerbate health issues such as respiratory diseases, deforestation, and climate change, all of which have significant implications for public health and well-being.

Written by KAVUKIRE  AleX, Author: UWAJENEZA  Donatha
 

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The Entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in initiatives aimed at combating environmental pollution and improving living standards

The Entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in initiatives aimed at combating environmental pollution and improving living standards

 Feb 15, 2024 - 15:01

The Ministry of Environment in Rwanda and affiliated organizations are calling for workers to engage in initiatives aimed at combating environmental pollution and improving living standards, particularly for residents in rural areas.

kwamamaza

A study conducted last year by the National Institute of Statistics and the World Bank on Household Living Conditions Survey (EICV6), revealed that the prevailing use of traditional cooking methods poses a significant health risk, including respiratory diseases and carbon emissions, despite the gradual increase in the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and electricity, the latter being limited primarily to urban areas.

Mrs. Christine MUHONGERWA, a representative of Safer Rwanda, an organization promoting cleaner cooking solutions, emphasizes that the issue could be addressed effectively if people switch to cleaner fuels rather than relying on traditional methods daily, which contribute to environmental pollution and health hazards.

She said, "Switching to cleaner fuels daily is feasible; we can produce up to 500 clean cookstoves a day, which is a significant step towards reducing environmental pollution on a large scale. We aim to distribute at least 200,000 clean cookstoves within the next five years, which will not only contribute to environmental protection but also improve the well-being of our citizens."

Dr. Yvan GASANA, a researcher at the National Forestry Authority, suggests that promoting clean cooking solutions could be a viable strategy to combat environmental degradation caused by the widespread use of traditional cooking methods. He calls on Rwandan workers to embrace these initiatives.

He said, "This initiative is driven by the realization that promoting clean cooking solutions can significantly reduce air pollution, as many people currently rely on fuels that emit harmful pollutants, especially in rural areas. We are confident that by distributing cleaner cookstoves and increasing awareness, we can achieve a substantial reduction in environmental pollution, with the ultimate goal of ensuring a healthier and cleaner environment for all."

Some residents have already witnessed the benefits of transitioning to cleaner cooking solutions.

Mrs. Valentine UWIMPUHWE 45 years old, recounted how "the transition to clean cooking solutions has improved the air quality in our home, especially considering that I live with several family members. There were times when I would suffer from respiratory issues, but since we started using cleaner fuels, those problems have significantly decreased."

Madame Laetitia BENIMANA 42 years old, shared her experience, stating, "The transition to clean cooking solutions has been a game-changer for me. Previously, I would spend a significant amount of money on traditional cooking fuels every month, but now, with the use of cleaner fuels, my expenses have reduced drastically."

Statistics indicate that between 2018 and 2021, the percentage of households using firewood decreased from 79.9% to 77.7%, those using charcoal remained relatively stable at 17.4% to 17.5%, while those using LPG increased from 1.1% to 4.2%.

These figures underscore the pressing need to address the issue of traditional cooking methods, which not only contribute to environmental pollution but also exacerbate health issues such as respiratory diseases, deforestation, and climate change, all of which have significant implications for public health and well-being.

Written by KAVUKIRE  AleX, Author: UWAJENEZA  Donatha

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