Drinking a glass of water is something most of us take for granted, but more than 750 million people around the world still do not have access to safe water. Through ClimateCare, we are helping to address this, by supporting the award-winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project in Kenya. This project brings safe drinking water to more than 4.5m people in Western Kenya while cutting 2.4m tons of CO2 emissions annually.
It is one of the largest climate and safe water projects globally. Some 877,505 families use LifeStraw Family water filters to purify water in their home, rather than boiling water for drinking over open fires. The gravity-driven filters require no electricity or consumables. In particular, the project leveraged carbon finance to employ 4,000 health trainers, who helped with distribution, education, and monitoring. It was one of nine ‘lighthouse’ projects selected by the United Nations in 2012 as best practice examples of climate action.
LifeStraw Carbon Partnership
A partnership between ClimateCare and global health company Vestergaard allows for this project to cut carbon emissions and provides safe water to over 4.5 million people in Kenya. Research from the Gold Standard Foundation shows that for every ton of carbon we offset through projects like LifeStraw Carbon for Water, we will deliver $117 of positive health impacts.
Take a moment this World Water Week to watch the video, which explains how our support for the LifeStraw Carbon for Water project is making a difference for people and the environment.
Also, read steps for carbon offsetting your vacation.