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Development Charity Remembers Those Reliant on Fire This Bonfire Night

International development charity, Practical Action, is remembering people in developing countries this bonfire night that have to cook on open fires every day just to survive.

The toxic smoke that is emitted by cooking on open fires kills more people than Malaria in developing countries and means that women and children spend hours every day walking to find firewood, risking rape and attack and limiting the amount of time children can spend in school.

Practical Action launches its Poor Persons Energy Outlook report this month which looks at the importance of modern energy for poor people in terms of improving health, boosting education and helping people to lift themselves out of poverty.

Margaret Gardner, Communications Director, Practical Action said: “People always remember the 5th of November, but this year Practical Action is remembering the millions of people for whom open fires are a potential killer. We are campaigning for energy for all by 2030 providing access to modern energy such as electricity for developing countries through a variety of schemes including renewables such as wind and micro hydro power.

“Our Poor Persons Energy Outlook report highlights the importance of providing access to clean, modern energy for people in the developing world and its implicity in poverty alleviation.”

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For further information, please contact Abbie Upton, Practical Action Media Officer, on 01926 634510 or 07714 205342.

Notes For Editors:
Practical Action believes that the right idea, however small, can change lives.

Practical Action is an international development charity with a difference, working together with some of the world’s poorest women, men and children, helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world through the innovative use of technology.

Practical Action’s particular strength is its ‘simple’ approach: finding out what people are doing and helping them to do it better. This enables poor communities to build on their own knowledge and skills to produce sustainable and practical solutions: driving their own development.

Whether enabling women and men in Darfur to feed their families, providing people in Bangladesh with the chance to control the impact of flooding on their lives or working with remote communities in Peru to introduce electricity, Practical Action’s activities are always people focused, locally relevant and environmentally sensitive, offering tangible ways out of poverty.