In the remote mountains of Western China, local villagers have cooked for generations using inefficient wood stoves, requiring them to cut down tremendous amounts of the Giant Panda’s habitat. The smoke produced by these stoves also impacts their health.
A conventional cook stove uses approximately 30 tons of firewood every year per household which is about 0.37 hectares of forest – and it takes about 3 months of human labour just to collect firewood.
Earth Hour's crowdfunding project by WWF-China aims to change this - by replacing the old stove with a new, more efficient one. Wood consumption can be cut in half. Air quality in the village homes can be improved. The Giant Panda habitat can be restored.