Local access to clean water reduces the need for women and children to walks miles to find water, and most crucially, eliminates the need to resort to sharing water sources with animals.
Without access to clean water, the dirty water must be boiled to sterilise it.
This typically means a lot of firewood is required as fuel for the stove, which leads to mass deforestation.
The need to cut down trees for fuel can be reduced by making clean water available, thus putting less strain on the local environment.
Saving trees has an immediate impact on the atmosphere, a fully grown tree absorbs anywhere between 10 and 50kg of CO2 on average per year.
Another of Vita’s flagship offsetting programs was the introduction of fuel-efficient stoves.
Open stoves in cooking are an inefficient and dangerous activity that emits tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every year.