Last edited: 26 June 2019
- NEW: 18-22 October 2021: Week of Clean Cooking - The Clean Cooking Alliance announces this first ever event, leading up to the UN Climate Summit (COP26) in early November. It will feature a wide range of virtual engagements, events, announcements, content releases, and networking opportunities with CCA and partners from across the clean cooking ecosystem. There is no charge to participate in this event, but registration is required for individual program items. More information...
- NEW: Webinar: Thursday, 11 November 2021, 1:00pm UTC: - Solar Cookers International will present a webinar showing how solar cooking helps to improve public health, and the health of the environment around the globe. As part of this year's COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, it will take place as a side event at the World Health Organization pavilion. There is limited space available for those interested in participating in this free event. Register early.
- 22-26 November 2021: 2nd National Congress for Solar Drying and Cooking Food - An affiliated group of universities in Mexico will host an online conference relating to solar food drying and cooking, as well as, food safety and energy savings realized with minimal environmental impact. Participants can register to view the presentations, or apply for presentation consideration. The conference will be in Spanish. Registration information... - (English version)
- 17-23 December 2021: Solar Cooking Awareness Week (Southern Hemisphere) - A loosely organized bid to acknowledge the fun and benefits of solar cooking. Show someone how to solar cook and share a meal.
- 24-26 January 2022: Fourth International Conference: Advances in Solar Thermal Food Processing - CONSOLFOOD Chairman, Celestino Ruivo, has announced an extended call for abstracts for the upcoming conference in January 2022, which is now planned to be an online event. Advances in solar cooking as well as solar food processing will be considered for inclusion. The event schedule and submission requirements are in CONSOLFOOD 2022 conference information.
- June 2019: SCI Awards the Order of Excellence to the Republic of the Marshall Islands - The Solar Cookers International Order of Excellence award annually recognizes the most outstanding people and organizations whose sustained efforts have contributed most to empowering people to cook food and pasteurize water with solar energy. The Solar Cookers International Board of Directors unanimously agreed to award the SCI Order of Excellence to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) for its commitment to solar cooking, as evidenced by including solar cooking in its official plan to address climate change. Solar cooking is critically important and relevant in the RMI. Angeline Heine-Reimers, Energy Planner for the Republic of the Marshall Islands, spoke about the importance of solar cooking at SCI’s press conference at the United Nations Climate Conference in Poland last December. She explained, “Climate change is not a future problem, it is impacting the Marshall Islands right now….The land is disappearing with sea levels rising. We are experiencing climate change impacts now. For small islands like mine, where you are associated with the land, your identity is the land. Your culture is the land. If the land disappears, who are you as a person? That’s a very scary thought to think about because it’s hard to imagine who you are without having your home. That is why we are addressing climate change through many avenues, including solar cooking.” Watch the press conference. Only 4 of the 20 main islands comprising the Marshall Islands have access to electricity, making this an ideal place to harness solar energy for cooking and purifying water. With an abundance of sunlight and limited access to electricity, solar cookers represent a clean and simple opportunity to improve the lives of many while restricting greenhouse emissions. SCI Board Member Dr. Peg Barratt presented the Order of Excellence in Washington D.C. at the RMI Embassy to Ambassador Gerald Zackios. Solar Cookers International encourages other countries to follow the Republic of the Marshall Island’s leadership by including solar cooking in their official policies to address climate change.
- Main article: History of solar cooking
Climate and culture
The climate has a dry season from December to April and a wet season from May to November. Many Pacific typhoons begin as tropical storms in the Marshall Islands region, and grow stronger as they move west toward the Mariana Islands and the Philippines.
Articles in the media
Audio and video
- December 2018: Listen to guest speaker Angeline Heine, Energy Planner for the Marshall Islands, discusses the opportunity for solar cooking. (Angeline Heine's presentation begins at 6 minutes 30 seconds into the video.)
The entities listed below are either based in Marshall Islands, or have established solar cooking projects there:
- Main article: Solar Cookers International Association