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Music Climate Revolution Project: Honduras Coffee Growers Clean Water

 

 

 

Honduras Coffee Growers Clean Water Project

PROJECT TYPE
Greenhouse Gas-Reducing Water Purification

LOCATION & YEAR
Honduras 2018

CLIMATE IMPACT
90,000 Tonnes CO2e

CLEAN WATER
205 Million Liters

BENEFICIARIES
1,688 Families

THE ISSUE

As a largely rural developing country, Honduras faces problems of low incomes, poor indoor air quality, and inadequate access to clean drinking water. A lack of safe drinking water and sanitation results in frequent and sometimes deadly water-borne illnesses. Honduran coffee growing families rely on boiling water using wood fires to make it safe for drinking.

Deforestation, Poor Air Quality, and High Carbon Emissions

More Than Just Clean Water

Access to clean drinking water means families contract fewer illnesses. Avoided burning of wood indoors for boiling water means less household and ambient air pollution, which improves health and well-being for families. Both cleaner water and cleaner indoor air are particularly important for the health of children under the age of five. Avoided deforestation helps preserve habitats and biodiversity and means families – most often women and girls – spend less time gathering firewood.

Improving access to clean drinking water not only helps the people living and working in Honduras, it makes the coffee supply chain more resilient by allowing producers of quality coffee to avoid fuel, medicine, and clean water costs and invest those savings in their farm, their children’s education, and their livelihood overall.

THE PROJECT

Across four regions of Honduras, this project is providing clean drinking water to rural communities. The mission of this project is to promote the sustainable development of communities participating in the coffee production process and improve the human development indexes within the Honduras coffee sector.

Ancient Technology for a Better Future

A Nationwide Water Project

With large-scale water and sanitation infrastructure too far on the horizon, the solution is to utilize local knowledge to provide a simple, safe and effective household water filter that will operate for 10 years or longer. It uses centuries-old slow sand technology to remove up to 99% of waterborne pathogens. With safe drinking water, communities reduce time absent from school or work due to illness and save money on medical expenses. This project presents a new solution to the challenges of extreme poverty, poor health, and the increasing carbon dioxide emissions associated with burning wood to boil water for drinking.

The project combines carbon finance and long-term community benefits with the rigor and accountability of a verified carbon project.

Results

Music Climate Revolution IMPACT

The Music Climate Revolution campaign contribution was directly responsible for offsetting 1,702 TONNES of C02e.

Partners that contributed:

  • SHAWN MENDES
  • HEART
  • GUSTER
  • LORD HURON
  • DR. DOG
  • SLEATER-KINNEY
  • SHAKEY GRAVES
  • OLIVIA O’BRIEN
  • REAL ESTATE