Our discussion groups favoured ‘authentic’ images over staged photos, which they saw as gimmicky or even manipulative.
Goma Stove employees shape the tin exterior of the fuel-efficient stoves the factory produces. Almost all the factory’s machinery is hand operated, so production can continue during frequent power outages. The company, begun with a loan from WWF, is now financially independent and produces about 2,000 cookstoves per month for sale in and around Goma, DRC. These stoves cut fuel consumption in half, reducing the need to fell trees, and offer cost savings, better air quality and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Virunga landscape, June 2018.
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) supports initiatives to improve the management of the Congo Basin’s biodiversity and natural resources. It is implemented in collaboration with African Parks, the African Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Maryland, the Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund and other partners.
This image selection was inspired by Project Drawdown®, which conducts ongoing research and analysis of climate solutions to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.
Learn more at Drawdown.org.