Article by SHE Board Member, Paul Arveson on the many benefits of solar cooking, American Scientific Affiliation, 2012.
Forty years ago, Francis Schaeffer challenged Christians to set an example of care for the environment. Now, as the earth has a population of more than seven billion, how well have we responded to this challenge? What have we done about global stewardship? This article describes a low-cost technology available to the poor of the world—not a “high tech” electrical device or a new energy source, but simply a technique to cook with the sun—using a fuel-free, labor-saving device, the solar cooker. The author’s own experience and that of NGOs is reported. Solar cooking requires not only a radical shift in thinking about how we cook our food, but it also has many potential environmental, economic, and social benefits for billions of people.