In many developing countries energy (e.g., for cooking) is rare, whilst we consume it in excess. For a joint development on our planet it makes sense to share our technological, financial and material resources in an ecologically and socially agreeable way to improve the availability of energy and thereby living conditions for all people.
To ensure permanent, appropriate and non-harmful ways of energy supply it is also very important to re-think the way energy is used in the "developed" countries.
Only this way a higher quality of living can be guarantied for everybody on a peaceful and long-term bases.
Especially in dry regions it becomes more and more difficult to find wood, in rural areas women and children often have to walk for hours every day to collect enough, in the cities wood prices are rising even above the price of the food that needs to get cooked.
Using the sun can save a lot of time or money, and thinking about progressing desertification it is of direct ecological advantage.
Solare Brücke is holding practical seminars about low-tech solar technologies all over the world (mostly for constructing solar community kitchens). We are supporting our partners in developing countries with know-how, with the long-term aim of creating completely independent workshops run by local people. No financial or technological dependence must be caused.
Certainly not all projects are equally successful. This is why we find it important that our partners show enough self initiative and motivation, which becomes explicit in the amount of work and money they are willing to contribute.
[Text borrowed from http://www.solare-bruecke.org/English/info_e-Dateien/info_e.htm.]
News and recent developments
- May 2010: A new Scheffler Community Kitchen is currently being installed at the Jamhuriat High School for Girls in Afghanistan, through the efforts of Solare Brücke. Located in the heart of Kabul, it is planned to be operational in June. Of the current enrollment of 1000 girls, the new kitchen will serve approximately 700 students who have lunch at the school. Everyone there looks forward to stop using the wood-fired kitchen stove, and is quite proud that the entire new solar kitchen has been produced in Afghanistan.
- November 2009: Beyond Zero Emissions interviews Wolfgang Scheffler: Audio and Transcript (Thousands of Scheffler Community Kitchens are now installed at hundreds of locations around the world. Wolfgang Scheffler has made his dish designs and associated intellectual property available for free to create a solar world.)
- March 2008: Solar Kitchen - The Crit
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