On the last warm day of the summer, 200 guests were treated to a special evening at The LookOut in the heart of Hyde Park with sensational world music and cooking demonstrations from world class chefs, at Ashden’s first Party in the Park. The night culminated in an auction, kicked off by host John Humphrys, which led to a total raised on the night of nearly £100,000. The money raised will allow Ashden to continue its important work supporting clean energy champions around the world.
The theme of the evening was clean cookstoves. Indoor air pollution is a little-recognised problem yet every year 4.3 million die from conditions resulting from cooking over smoky fires and inefficient cookstoves. Insulated, efficient cookstoves like the ones made by Greenway Appliancesand Burn Manufacturing are less polluting and require significantly less firewood than open fires. Broadcaster and ‘Gastronaut’ Stefan Gates got leading London chefs Sam Clark and Ben Tish to try their hand at cooking on the Ashden Award-winning stoves, and Kenyan chef Susan Kamau made a special trip from Nairobi to show us how it’s done over there.