The Paradigm Project, led by father-and-son team Greg Spencer Sr. and Greg Spencer Jr., has been on a 136-mile walk from San Diego to LA carrying 50-pound bundles of wood on their backs today to raise awareness for the 3 billion people who currently cook over an open fire. Once the arrive at the finish line in LA, they will be constructing a replica of a traditional Kenyan hut, complete with a traditional cook stove inside. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the severity of the issue (the smoke is equal to smoking 40 cigarettes per day) by entering the hut. They will also have video from their time in Kenya on display.
Traditional open-fire cook stoves create severe environmental, economic and humanitarian issues. Forests are disappearing, women and children are dying from smoke inhalation and families are spending vast amounts of time and money just to cook. While our society tends to rate stoves lower on the list of issues that are important to support, smoke inhalation kills more than 1.6 million people every year, with women and children in the disproportionate majority, and is the number one killer of children under the age of 5 (more than AIDS, malaria, malnutrition and water-borne disease). For more information on the issues: http://www.theparadigmproject.org/why-stoves.
Here is their schedule for today and tomorrow:
Wednesday, 12th (TODAY)
Depart 9:00am Bluewater Grill Redondo Beach
Arrive 5:00pm Media Park Culver City
Thursday, 13th (TOMORROW)
Depart 8:30am Media Park Culver City (we can move this to an earlier time for broadcast interviews)
Arrive noon Space 15Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd)
Noon – 7 p.m.: Kenyan Hut tours available all day
7 p.m.: FREE concert at Space 15 Twenty by band Little Hurricane – must RSVP
Source: The Paradigm Project, a low-profit, limited liability company (L3C) whose mission is to create sustainable economic, social and environmental value within developing world communities