Today—World Water Day—marks about one year since we formally started our water filter projects. In March 2012, I traveled to Africa to begin implementing our Kenya Clean Water Project with our in-country partners.
In Siaya and Bondo, Kenya, gathering water is an all-day affair. Families walk to collect it from the muddy Yala River. They also have to find wood, a scarce resource. Then, they must boil the water, producing greenhouse gases and, in many cases, indoor air pollution.
Salt Lake City is not the first city I’ve visited through my work at NativeEnergy where localized pollution has made for an uncomfortable visit. It serves as a potent reminder of the reason I’m there.
In 2010, Chevrolet announced that they were embarking on their Carbon Reduction Initiative, an effort to invest $40 million in carbon offset projects across the country with the goal of reducing up to 8 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. The program includes wind, landfill-gas-to-energy, solar, efficiency, and conservation projects.
Many of us take clean water for granted. But in rural Kenya, waterborne illness can be both common and life-threatening.
Our new carbon offset partnership with Triple Quest gives water filters and training in their use to families in need. By purchasing NativeEnergy carbon offsets from the Kenya Clean Water Project, you will help fund this dynamic program.