Kerosene lamps affect study performance

By Mwembesongo Secondary school Morogoro, Tanzania

– About 700 million of people in Africa have no access to electricity, most of people who are living in rural areas use candles and kerosene lamps for lighting. It is estimated that about 200 million of people in Africa use kerosene lamps for lighting.

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Rescuing our Soil

By Sylvia Nashipae Mosiany, Nakuru, Kenya

Soil erosion is the removal of the uppermost layer of earth which is the most fertile. Although it is a natural and unavoidable process, climate change is causing it to be detrimental.  For instance, the increase in global temperatures has resulted in heavy rainfall that sweeps off the topsoil. Usually soil regenerates another layer from the subsoil but again due to global warming, the rate of erosion supersedes that of the replacement of lost soil. This problem is serious in most parts of the world since more than 99% of our food is from soil. Therefore, the ideal way to reduce the menace is to plant vegetation, most suitably trees. Weiterlesen

A Letter to Elders from Youngers

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Dear Elders,

We know that you care about us and the future generations but you are currently too tied up to find answers and work towards the immediate needs like- Oh! What can I do to make my job better? How can I get a better raise? How can I make more money? What will be my answers in the next stakeholders meeting? You seem to have lost the connection with the environment that you need to give and hand over to the next generation. Weiterlesen

Save Water, Save Life

Everyone seems to have gotten their umbrellas out- a clear indication that the rainy season has come in Kenya, albeit surprisingly. Despite greening yellowed vegetation; more harm than good has ensued from the downpour these past few weeks. Cases of landslides, floods and even outbreak of water-borne diseases are reported almost daily in the local press. Ironically, there are also water shortages, caused by destruction of water conduits. Consequently, cultivation activities are being approached with extreme caution since this rain is as a result of a change in the climate pattern hence cannot be depended upon. However, opportunity exists for my country to embrace water harvesting and catchment. This shall assist in creating reserves for irrigation during dry spells and making good use of the raging torrent. Furthermore, citizens may learn to embrace fish farming since ponds can thrive well with the abundant water. Indeed, these are the times when a drop of water saved is a thousand lives preserved.

By Sylvia Nashipae Mosiany, Kenya.

What students say’s about the word “Climate Change” and Glob warming?

I tried to ask my students at first in class about climate change and global warming.

The terms “climate change “and “global warming “in English and as they are translated in Swahili .Translation in Swahili is Mabadiliko ya Tabia ya Nchi or other say Mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa  used in Swahili as translation  for “Climate change “ and kuongezeka kwa joto Duniani as “Global warming “

In this context I explore how students make sense of climate change terminology and react to information about young people’s understanding of climate change, and affecting the way in which they explain its effects.  

Despite recognizing changes in the weather Tanzania have a low awareness of the term and concept of the climate change. A young student from Mwembesongo secondary school in Morogoro gave typical explanation of the term:” I was used to rains in November, but there none… now days it is sunny and hot. So that is the change.” Most of student literally translates the term when they hear it in Swahili and understand it to refer to seasonal changes or immediate changes in the weather

Recognition of the term “global warming “is quite low. The few who recognize the term and understand it to mean localized sometimes seasonal increase in temperature .Most literally translate derived its meaning and believes that its refers to the warming of the “environment “and minority as broad understanding of it. Many had header about it in the media yet for most Tanzania neither “climate change “nor “Global warming” is a household term.

Despite a lack of familiarity with the term climate change and global warming. Students agreed with both the statement above.” I think it is true because burning of forest increases heat “explaining by young student from Morogoro and the gases from the factory get into the environmental and form another clouds so I think I can say that they are right”.

LAKE TANGANYIKA TEMPERATURE INCREASE WORRIES TO COMMUNITY

Lake Tanganyika is first Deepest Lake in Africa and the Second deepest lake world wide. According to American scientific says temperatures have been warming since the 1900s at rate not seen for a least of 1,500 years. Climate change has been causing rise in temperature that impact production levels of the Lake Tanganyika, affecting the livelihoods of millions of Tanzanians who depend on the lake’s ecosystem. Fish catches are declining, which has lead to declines income and protein that feed local families.

What will be the next for our future generation?

We have to take action and save the ecosystem of the Lake Tanganyika.

Climate change is real   

We need more and more action

The Plight of the Maasai Women

By Monica Mbugua, Kenya

– The Maasai are an indigenous community found in Kenya and Northern Tanzania. They are pastoralist community and occupy the Narok and Kajiado Districts in Kenya. The basic and economic social unit is a semi permanent settlement of several families pasturing their stock together. Weiterlesen

Climate Change May Make Insect-Borne Diseases Harder to Control

By Merculine Maoncha, Kenya

– Warmer temperatures will combine with numerous other factors to make diseases like malaria and the West Nile virus harder to control. Climate change can influence how infectious diseases affect the world, particularly illnesses spread by vectors like mosquitoes. Now scientists have developed some understanding about how rainfall and temperature can influence malaria, dengue and West Nile virus infections as well as ways to combat them. Weiterlesen

Learning From Each Other- Garbage Disposal

By Silvia Nashipae, Kenya

– Nakuru, like most African towns, is tainted by unmanaged trash. Although garbage collection services are provided, they are not available to all inhabitants of the town. Consequently, dumpsites  have cropped up in the outskirts of the metropolitan. This has presented problems such as spread of diseases to the surrounding community. Weiterlesen

Climate Change Letter

By Merculine Maoncha Rabera, Kenya

Dear Reader,

I am writing to express my concern about the imminent threat climate change poses to our country, to our people and the future of our children. An overwhelming number of scientists agree, and signs abound that climate change is occurring much faster than was initially predicted. We have only a few critical years before the changes become irreversible. Weiterlesen

Colorful climate postcards against a grey future

By Matthias Egger, Switzerland

– It all started with the idea of climate present postcards that can be used to make a personal climate present to another person. A climate present is a promise to reduce the personal carbon footprint with a particular activity such as taking the bicycle instead of the car, or eating more seasonal and regional (vegetarian) food. Weiterlesen

10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming

By Merculine Maoncha, Kenya

– Burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, oil and gasoline raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming.

You can help to reduce the demand for fossil fuels, which in turn reduces global warming, by using energy more wisely. Here are 10 simple actions you can take to help reduce global warming. Weiterlesen

Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley

By Merculine Maoncha, Kenya

– The UNESCO world heritage site of Lake Nakuru is situated approximately 164 kilometers from Nairobi, a two hour’s drive from Nairobi city. It is dominated by a gentle undulating terrain with open bush and woodlands, typical of the dry rift valley vegetation. Weiterlesen

The Answer: Ethical Behavior

By Tenzin Jamyang, India

– The twenty first century is a period in which humanity has to rethink on the past misdeeds of the twentieth century, be it the World Wars or be it the start of the industrial revolution, which has driven us into an anthropocene age. This is an era where we humans are affecting our mother earth’s system in a harmful manner. Weiterlesen

„It’s not really happening, is it?“

By Merculine Maoncha , Kenya

– How I would explain climate change to a child? Well, almost all machines use oil, gas or coal (fossil fuels). All of these produce pollution — you know, the smelly stuff that comes out of car exhaust pipes and factory chimneys, that sort of thing. Much of this is a gas you can’t see called carbon dioxide. It’s this gas which seems to be the main cause of the trouble. Weiterlesen

Weather is not Climate

By Monica Mbugua, Kenya

– How I would explain climate change to a child? Well, I figured children understand things better if you give them information in form of a story or if you try and give them a good mental picture of something as much as possible. I have a cousin we live with who is 8 years old. I tried explaining in the best possible way what climate is. Weiterlesen

The Earth as a giant fruit tree

By Silvia Nashipae, Kenya

– How I would explain climate change to a child? Well, the earth could be one giant fruit tree. The insects and birds surrounding it is the atmosphere that helps sustain life on earth. Among them are caterpillars, which stand for carbon in the atmosphere, that are harmless in small numbers but disastrous in plenty. Therefore, there occurs an alteration in the tree due to more caterpillars infesting it. Weiterlesen

How can a student impact his own carbon emissions?

By Sarah Seiler, Switzerland

– That’s the question I asked myself for my matura paper. I always wondered how I could cause the most effective reduction. During the last year I calculated my own carbon emissions – not the whole footprint, just those emissions that I can change, on which I have an influence. For locating the reduction potential I made up two fictitious students: “Homo consumens” – a thrift- and careless student – and “Homo mitigans” – a frugal and considered student. The results are the following: Weiterlesen

Not-so-mighty leaders in Durban: World’s civil society has to take the lead now

By Dominik Mösching, Argentina

– More than expected, but not enough: That’s how environmental groups all around the world react on the results of the Durban Climate Conference. There is a road map for a binding agreement including every country of the world, and there will be a second Kyoto term for the industrialized countries – but as concrete steps are postponed once again the world continues on a pathway of over 3°C warming. The world’s civil society is needed now to push the leaders of their countries towards fast and efficient action. Weiterlesen

Politics at Durban; who will save the earth?

By Mugisha Moses, Uganda

As time winds down at the COP 17 meeting at Durban, the most important question is whether there will be a binding agreement to cut carbon emissions.  The African proverb that “parallel lines never meet” seems to be in play. The war between the US and China is likely to crumble the whole meeting there by leaving Durban bare handed.  Weiterlesen

„Latin America is vulnerable, but has got great opportunities to contribute to a change“

By Dominik Mösching, Argentina

– In an interview with the Argentinian newspaper „La Nación“, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres is talking on risks and opportunities of her own continent, Latin America. Weiterlesen

Heavy rains show the necessity to change our behaviour

By Monica Mbugua, Kenya

– Tonight on the news we received some rather sad news. 5 people so far have died and thousands rendered homeless by floods in many parts of Kenya mainly the western side of Kenya which is a region that is called Budalangi, other parts that are close to lake Victoria and near the coast of Kenya which borders the Indian ocean. Weiterlesen

The inspiring force of Peace Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai

By Merculine Maoncha Rabera, Kenya

– It was on the 25th September 2011, while preparing to leave for work that I saw on breaking news that Wangari Maathai had passed on. The vision still remains as clear as yesterday in my memory. The news spread so fast all over the world and people started flowing in to the country to give their condolescences. During her burial both the local and international community’s attend to give their last respect to her inspirational works. Weiterlesen

Switzerland: Climate presents to the neighbourhood

By Hot Stuff Climate Net

– This week, college kids from the northern Zurich area of Oerlikon handed in a climate petition to the dean, together with well-known reggae singer Elijah. The petition seeks to reduce the share of meat in college menu plans. Especially beef has got a serious effect on climate due to the methane emissions of cows and the CO2 emissions during the industrial production and distribution of meat. Weiterlesen

Environomics: Saving polar bears is not what matters to most

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– Climate change will likely kill the polar bears. But really, who cares? I do because I have a personal love for the environment and I derive value from knowing that the Polar Bears will continue to thrive.  But that is not a value I have a right to impose on anybody else. The biggest problem about climate change however is not about polar bears.  It is about the most basic economic relationship of input, process, and output and this is a problem which we all, whether we phrase it as ‘economics’ or simply as ‘putting food on the table’, have a value for. Weiterlesen

Environomics: Does reduction to emissions mean a slowing economy?

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– The main focus of the COP17 conference currently being held in Durban will be on how the world economy can go about reducing its levels of green house gas (GHG) emissions.  As emissions are a direct result of industrial production the topic of fighting climate change cannot be discussed without addressing the impacts this will have on an economy’s production levels. But if emissions are directly linked to production, does this mean that calling for a reduction in emission is the same as asking for a sacrifice of economic growth? Weiterlesen

Are we just passing time at Durban?

By Mugisha Moses, Uganda

– Torrential rains on Sunday welcomed the participants of the COP 17 at Durban, it is reported that the rain swept away tin shacks in the townships claiming 8 lives. Before I even woke up yesterday morning here in Kampala, it had already started raining. Despite being near the lake (Victoria) Kampala has not in a long time been experiencing this sort of rain that doesn’t seem to cease in fact  even as I write this article, it is raining. Weiterlesen

Tibet: The „Third Pole“

By Tenzin Jamyang Nyandak, India

– The climate change conference to be held in Durban from November 28 to December 9 is attended by more than 150 leaders. This is my sincere request that we need concrete action to tackle climate change. The environmental situation of my country, Tibet, is especially fragile: Scientists sometimes call the Tibetan Plateau ‘the third pole’. Weiterlesen

Environomics: What products don’t we need?

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– The main goal of the COP17 and further COP conferences to come will be to agree on ways that the world economy can produce less emissions.  But ultimately emissions are not driven by production, they are driven by consumption.  In this regard we need to ask ourselves what products are we happily consuming that actually add very little value to society? Weiterlesen

December 9th: Air Conditioning Free Kenya

‎By Sylvia N. Mosiany, Kenya

– Down south in the coastal city of Durban, fewer than usual air conditioners are running in buildings hosting thousands of global representatives at the start of COP17. Odd? Not really, just another strong indicator that fighting global warming is not complicated. Weiterlesen