Guerrilla Marketing to Save Mountain Gorillas
Renewable Energy to the Rescue
By John R. Platt | September 25, 2012
In one hand, the costumed gorilla holds an energy-efficient stove.
In the other, he carries a bag of biomass briquettes.
Put together these two items could provide safe, inexpensive, environmentally friendly fuel for heating and cooking to the 250,000 refugees currently crowding around Virunga National Park as they flee violence from the ongoing civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Unfortunately, the region is saturated by real guerillas and at least nine militia groups that kill people and animals every day.
The situation in the Congo is undoubtedly going to get worse before it gets better, but if refugees can save a few dollars when buying cooking fuel and protect wildlife in the process, the park may have a brighter future ahead.