““Love is in the air, but the air is highly polluted!” ~ Amit Abraham
Burning Season Has Begun
All across Asia, farmers are setting fire to their fields to remove unwanted crop residue. Poor mountain people are setting fires in forests to make it easier to collect wild mushrooms highly prized in the global market. The smoke from these combined sources is choking and literally deadly.
Northern Thailand is especially affected by the smoke. Last year Greenpeace’s annual ranking of most polluted cities awarded Chiang Mai the dubious distinction of First Place in Thailand as the most polluted.
People who live in smoke polluted areas suffer the most.
But it has a global impact, which affects everyone, including you.
Poor farmers release 25 percent of the world’s total of “black carbon”—clouds of smoke that count as the second-largest warming source after CO2—by burning more than 330,000 gigatons of field wastes every year./
Something needs to change!
We invite groups of 10+ to schedule a free training. You will learn how to build a biochar oven, how to use it to make biochar, how to convert the biochar to super fertilizer, and how to take the information back to your community and teach others. Trainings can be set up at our facilities in Phrao, or within an hours drive of Chiang Mai.
We will also come to locations around Chiang Mai to help groups set up a small scale biochar system, as we did for 137 Pillars House
We have one group coming from Malaysia in the middle of February. They will be taking the training back to their community.
Just what can our training accomplish? Watch our video interviewing rice farmers we trained to use biochar, and see the impact it has had on their lives.
For more information about setting up a training session, you can email Aom at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at (66) 53257205 for more information.
Live a bit far away to consider a training in Thailand? Not to worry, we have lots of training materials online. For example, to learn about the basics of biochar and making biochar fertilizer, you can view several of our PowerPoints online. (Materials are available in English and Thai. Chinese translations are available. Your help with translations into other languages would be appreciated.)
You can also watch our 4 DIY training videos to learn how to make your own biochar oven.
We recently did a short training at Hod High School. Once we fire up the biochar ovens, you can see that there is no smoke.
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