Nepal Village Finds a Safe Energy Source
When we think of deforestation, we often think of bald mountaintops and animals' lost habitats. But deforestation threatens more than the environment: It imperils peoples' health, food security, and livelihoods. Experts recently said the destruction of forests in Kenya and the Horn of Africa contributed to the famine in the region, because without trees, soil erodes, crops wash away, and people aren't able to feed themselves. Also, when people chop down trees and burn them as fuel, they can inadvertently create health problems for people breathing in the smoke.
In Nepal, one community is abandoning wood as an energy source in favor of briquettes made from wild grass. The briquettes -- which look like small, black beehives -- are inexpensive and smoke-free. Watch the video above to see how this alternative energy source is changing a small Nepali village.
This story is part of our Wednesday ViewChange video series.
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