National Geographic : 2015 Oct
Check out greatenergychallenge.com to learn more and discover new ways to change the way you think about energy in your life. Carbon Roots International represents one of the 29 real-world projects focused on innovative energy solutions that have received grants from The Great Energy Challenge, a National Geographic initiative in partnership with Shell. When we push the way we think about energy, we help ensure a sustainable energy future. BRIGHT IDEAS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD CARBON ROOTS INTERNATIONAL FIGHTS DEFORESTATION AND REVITALIZES FARMLANDS. With the majority of Haitians using charcoal and wood for energy, extreme deforestation has driven the cost of cooking fuel exorbitantly high. A social enterprise venture, Carbon Roots International, trains farmers and small entrepreneurs on how to produce affordable green charcoal created from the carbon- rich char dust of agricultural waste. The char is also used by farmers to increase soil fertility.