'This is our vision: to change the landscape of countries around the world'
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Half of humanity cooks their food over open fires using wood or coal.
That takes its toll on human health and the environment.
At a small factory in this community south of Eugene, workers are turning out technological innovations that will turn up the heat on climate change and deforestation.
"So we've innovated a stove that saves fuel, is safe to use, that creates no smoke," said Fred Colgan, InStove director.
These are sustainable cooking stoves for the developing world, using just a small bundle of wood for a cooking fire.
Colgan flies to Nigeria this week, where gathering wood for cooking fires is liquidating the forests.
"We can change that equation," Colgan said. "We have to change that equation now. In 25 years, their trees are gone."
InStove is ramping up its program with larger, 100-liter stoves in their factory set up last fall.
So far in the first 7 months, they have produced about 1,000 stoves. Next year they want to at least double that number.
Colgan's plan in Nigeria is to set up a stove factory so the people there can build the kits. The stoves are already in 21 countries.
"This is our vision: to change the landscape of countries around the world where we are in crisis situations," he said.