Clean Air As a Human Right

Clean air is a topic all people should be able to agree on. Humans should have air, food, money, energy and shelter as a human right. Below are some quotes.

Nearly 3 billion people rely on open fires and traditional stoves to cook their food. These stoves emit massive amounts of air pollution inside homes.

Globally, household air pollution is the source of 12% of ambient air pollution

9 out of 10 people breathe air that does not comply with World Health Organization air quality guidelines.

Close to 7 million air pollution related deaths occur each year. More than half of these are attributable to household air pollution.

Perhaps if more of the 1.5 trillion that goes into the climate change industry was directed towards more reachable goals the air would be cleaner.

An inconvenient truth: ‘Climate change industry’ now a $1.5 trillion global business

The plaintive calls about global warming and loss of polar bear habitats, the stern warnings about rising seas and flooded coastlines – this is what the public hears about. Then there’s this pesky, inconvenient truth they don’t hear about: $1.5 trillion.

“Interest in climate change is becoming an increasingly powerful economic driver, so much so that some see it as an industry in itself whose growth is driven in large part by policymaking, notes Don Jergler, an analyst for Insurance Journal, an industry publication

“The $1.5 trillion global ‘climate change industry’ grew at between 17 and 24 percent annually from 2005-2008, slowing to between 4 and 6 percent following the recession with the exception of 2011’s inexplicable 15 percent growth, according to Climate Change Business Journal,” he writes.

“The San Diego, Calif.-based publication includes within that industry nine segments and 38 sub-segments. This encompasses sectors like renewables, green building and hybrid vehicles.

Or the instead of the F35 we could have had cleaner air.

7 Amazing Things America Could Have Bought Instead of a $1.45 Trillion Jet

Here are some other solutions

The mission of Biogas Experts Tropical is to develop business models focused on public sanitation blocks or units for densely populated urban and rural areas, agro industries, institutions, and waste management and treatment facilities for governments and international development partners. We support projects that produce biogas and bio fertilizers from organic waste material for the energy and agricultural markets. We also help produce clean biogas fuel for household and commercial electrical generation, lighting and cooking systems, as well as for institutions that operate in various industries, including boilers and laundry service enterprises. Our goal is to help increase agricultural production by at least 15% in every country in Africa, and to eliminate billions of tons of global climate change emissions, while displacing more harmful cooking fuels with cleaner ones.

Biogas Experts Tropical aims to work with the Alliance and its partners in the African continent to conduct research into biomass substrate or feedstock sources from various collection points, including households, businesses, institutions, slaughter houses, agro-industries, farms, markets, bus stations, lorry parks, and sanitation facilities. These sources can be converted into fuel through an anaerobic bio-digester treatment facility to produce biogas as a clean cooking fuel to benefit the health and environment of Ghanaian households. This process can also help establish a bio-fertilizer production line to create fertilizers that can be sold to agriculture, seedlings, and horticulture farmers in Ghana. We work with Alliance partners such as GIZ and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to support, build, and pilot biogas systems and projects in Ghana, including a collaborative program with the Ejura Sekyere Odumasi Municipal Assembly.

Biogas serves as a foundation for a renewable energy revolution. Biogas, a completely clean and renewable fuel, creates many social and environmental benefits. Installing biogas systems for clean cooking and for onsite waste treatment and management facilities helps reduce medical and health related costs, mitigate forest degradation and climate emissions, and generate livelihoods and employment opportunities. Biogas Experts Tropical partners such as the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the Wisconsin International University College have already helped to advance important progress within the biogas sector by building biogas plants that have saved costs and improved the sanitation, health, and environment for household users in Ghana.

Biogas Experts Tropical will continue working with clean cooking partners to advance the biogas revolution in Africa. To learn more, please contact Paul Edward Kartey, a former trainer and supervisor of course participants at the Renewable Energy Education Program (REEP) Energy Center, College of Engineering-Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)-Kumasi, and now CEO of Biogas Experts Tropical at

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