For Global Post's Earth Project

Looking at Madagascar from any angle you’ll notice one thing missing in many pictures: trees. The once densely forested island is now thought to have lost 90 percent of its original forest. The forest has acted as the primary source of fuel for the kitchen for Malagasy people. As the population has swelled, forests have vanished.

But a decade ago, Swiss based NGO ADES came to Madagascar with a plan to combat deforestation by making solar powered cookers. The clean energy cookers use the sun to cook, taking pressure off of Madagascar's rich and biodiverse environment.

Today, ADES's latest invention cooks for while at the same time charges batteries. In country where 90 percent of the population doesn't have electricity — this new invention gives life to the forest and light to the people.

More on this project soon at


Global Post's Earth Project documents sustainable energy resources around the world. In 2012, the project documented dozens of projects in South and North America, Africa, Europe, The Middle East, Asia and Australia. To see these videos and find out what ingenuity is going on around the world visit:

To learn more about ADES, the Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire Suisse - Madagascar and how you can help save Madagascar's environment and people visit:

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