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One Earth Designs SolSource: from MAKE Blog


Check out this fantastic article By Chris Conners about One Earth Designs. http://blog.makezine.com

“One Earth Designs, [founded by Scot Frank], is doing fascinating work to help improve the living conditions of people who do not have access to the resources that Westerners do. By leveraging the experience and needs of rural villagers and academics, new technologies are being developed that can save lives and create opportunities.”

Mar 15, 2009 01:00 AM


SolSource [is] a 3-in-1 solar device that harnesses the sun’s energy for portable cooking, household heating, and low-cost thermoelectricity generation. The SolSource directly improves indoor air quality, reduces regional climate change impact, and increases women’s access to education. Indirectly, its manufacture from traditional knowledge and materials has the potential to facilitate sustainable income generation and promote community self-efficacy in rural communities of the Himalayan region.”


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My name is Heather Ferris. I am the founder and creator of Nurture Nature Project! I believe together we can re-imagine the future and re-create systems to support the sustainable regeneration of healthy life on our planet. Listening to your own heart and living from your inner truth is the first step to building a better world. Every person has something important to offer.


2 thoughts on “One Earth Designs SolSource: from MAKE Blog

  1. Love the article. Thanks for the link to Make magazine, too. Solar powered lights and stoves are becoming hugely important to people all over the Third World. In Namibia, solar ovens are changing the way families eat and helping to lessen the problems of deforestation. I applaud the work of One Earth Designs for making this low-tech solution available to more people in the Himalayas.

    Readers interested in learning about other, similar efforts to spread solar electricity to rural villagers, may want to visit Blue Planet Green Living (www.organicgreenandnatural.com). We recently ran an article about TERI, a foundation in India that is working to “Light a Million Lives” by giving solar lights to rural families. And a returned Peace Corps volunteer wrote about the use of solar ovens in Nambia.

    Thanks for an interesting article. I plan to return often.

    Posted by Julia Wasson | March 16, 2009, 9:20 am
  2. There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources. Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up.OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel.If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV’s instead had plug-in electric drive trains the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota.We have so much available to us such as wind and solar. Let’s spend some of those bail out billions and get busy harnessing this energy. Create cheap clean energy, badly needed new jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. What a win-win situation that would be for our nation at large! There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now. http://www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com

    Posted by Sherry | March 16, 2009, 5:54 am

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