Archbishop Calls for Reduced Dependency on Wood Fuel, Launches Energy-Efficient Cookstove
The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Green Anglicans Patron, the Most Rev. Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit has called for ‘reduced dependency on wood fuel’ in a move to promote eco stewardship. The Primate said that the use of wood energy for cooking had led to increased cutting down of trees, hence threatening conservation efforts. He made the remarks during the official launch of the Green Anglicans’ Movement (GAM) Energy-saving Cookstove at a service held at the All-Saints Cathedral Church, Nairobi on the 23rd, May 2021. The Cookstove is championed by the Green Anglicans Movement (GAM) of Kenya in partnership with Efficient Energy Solutions Providers Mwangaza Light and Burn Manufacturing
Hailed as a game-changer in Curbing Deforestation, the cookstove uses less charcoal and emits less smoke. This, according to Mwangaza Light CEO, Dr. Catrine Shroff, “safeguards the health of users while cutting down on cooking costs at household levels” She said a majority of women in rural areas are greatly affected by smoke produced when cooking- equivalent to smoking 2 packets of cigarettes every time one cooks. This greatly puts them at risk of getting respiratory diseases. She explained that such inventions would help reduce their vulnerability to health conditions and safeguard their dignity.
Other Eco-Friendly cooking solutions fronted under the partnership are the Kuni-okoa Jiko and the rocket cookstove. Over the past few Years, The Anglican Development Services, The Social Transformation arm of Anglican Church of Kenya, has partnered with stakeholders to Champion Ecostewardship through the Green Anglicans Movement of Kenya. The Movement promotes conservation through Encouraging Proper waste Management, Promotion of Green Energy Solutions, Promoting Tree Growing, and Preaching the Theology of Conservation through ACK Churches.