Around 64% of India’s population depends on solid fuel for their household cooking needs. Lack of access to clean alternatives for cooking and heating has resulted in burning biomass freely available to people. Government of India’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has played a critical role in increasing penetration of LPG across the country, but factors like affordability, availability, preference, familiarity, and poverty need to be addressed. Exposure to smoke makes women and children the worst affected. Farmers burn stubble residue during the months of October and November that aggravates winter smog in many North Indian states from Punjab all the way to Rajasthan
Warrior Moms is making a difference in this area by:
- Educating people especially urban poor with our ongoing campaign #ChulhaFreeIndia on the health implications of household pollution and the affordable and easily accessible clean cooking alternatives.
- Partnering with doctors and health experts to highlight the health effects of household pollution.
- Collaborating with NGOs working with farmers to explore effective solutions to address stubble burning.