Students plant trees for the climate in Kenya

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Egerton university students as well as Kabarak university students are visiting trees they planted. Replanting trees is crucial in the Aberdares area: It’s located in Nyandarua County, Kenya. In the 160km long mountain range humans have contributed to the destruction of the forest.

Beside beeing important CO2 sinks, the replanted trees help against erosion and prevent the lost of soil, store water in the soil, produce oxigen O2, improve the micro-climate by cooling the air, offering shadow and protecting against the wind, and are home to birds, insects and other animals.

For more information, please contact Merculine Maoncha Rabera: You find her contact here.

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Helvetas ClipAward 2013: won by „Hot Stuff“

Already for the fifth time Helvetas calls creative minds to do a video, in the context of the Helvetas clip award 2013, to contribute to a more equitable world. This year in dealing with the issue of climate change.

The requirements were simple: „The clip is maximum 60 seconds, Convince the audience and the jury with wit and originality, be inventive and tie up the audience with a good story. Think further! Surprise!“

The result has been more then 30 uploaded videos and some great shots. But the winner Nicolas Rohrer convinced the 5-headed jury with his creative and unusual scenery and  won the 1. Place with his video HOT STUFF.

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The human rights perspective to climate change; lessons from the supertyphoon Haiyan

By Mugisha Moses

As world’s nations were preparing for yet another COP meeting in the Polish capital Warsaw, typhoon Haiyan was in its advanced stages to hit the Philippines. And when it did, Tacloban, Leyte, Cebu and other towns are likely to take years to rebuild.

Like the article I read on the Time magazine website science section that scientists can’t yet find a clear signal between global warming and the killer tropical storms like Haiyan, the coloration between climate change and human rights has not been fully explored especially in the Developing world.

Although the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human rights (UDHR) and the subsequent International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights (ICCPR) as well as the International Covenant on Social Economic and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) have been signed or adopted by most world sovereign states, there adoption seems to have been made with less anticipation of climate change. After all, at the time, what seemed to the biggest threat to world peace and harmony was the fear of the possibility of the outbreak of the third world war.

Let’s take a look at the fundamental rights in light to what happened in Philippines. The right to life, right to an environment of a particular quality, right adequate food, water, health, and security was all in a single blow deprived of the victims of the typhoon.

Despite the fact that states are responsible for ensuring the uplifting of the fundamental rights of its citizenry, climate change has proved that sometimes a single state may be completely unable to help its people in the aftermath of a disaster of certain magnitude.

While watching a BBC program on the rescue efforts in what used to be the city of tacloban, I could not comprehend the dire situation the people were in. With no homes to return to, no drinking water, no shelter, decomposing bodies and the last thing one would think of; escape of inmates from a prison, my mind sprang into action on what I have for some time been casually researching about; the climate induced human rights challenges.

Since Kyoto, a deal to have in place a legal framework on GHG emissions does not seem to be coming soon. Nevertheless the big emitters USA and China have lent a hand in helping the victims of the typhoon in Philippines.

Besides the need of recognizing climate change as a threat to human rights in the same respect war and totalitarianism are, climate negotiations must look towards coming up with legally binding laws on carbon emissions and ways of helping people in the face of climate induced disasters.

When the COP meeting took place in Nairobi Kenya in 2006, some delegates were described by a journalist as “climate tourists” because they came to Kenya to see Africa, take snaps of wildlife, the poor, dying African Children and women”. This could have been as a result these annual negotiations yielding no tangible results. This time we have seen the Philippine’s negotiator in Warsaw calling for “real action”, perhaps we have to keep our hopes alive and wait to see real action happening.

The climate change asylum joke

Last Friday I was listening to a local radio station when the presenter made a joke about a certain man in New Zealand who was in court appealing against refusal to grant him and his family asylum. What seemed funny to the presenter was that this man was basing his asylum application on the threat of sea rise in his home country an island nation of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean and so he did not want to return after his visa expired.

There is this African tale about a young baboon that laughs itself silly on the sight of a burning forest forgetting it won’t have home for the next foreseeable future. Funny as it sounded to him, the presenter forgot the fact that in his own country Uganda in a place called Bududa thousands of people were driven out of their homes by landslides and others were buried in their houses by the mud. Also, floods in the western district of Kasese recently washed out homes and the infrastructure leaving hundreds stranded.

Apparently, according to Reuters the 37 years old Ioane Teitiota was denied asylum on the grounds that his claim fell short of the legal criteria, such as fear of persecution or threats to his life.

The international legal regime on refugees did not anticipate climate refugees but those displacements by war and bad political regimes. It’s ironic that at the time Nations were pre occupied with rebuilding from the disastrous world wars; their activities were busy causing Global warming.

It is hardly five years when my fellow country men and women in the Northern part of the country have returned back to what used to be their homes from IDPs as a result of the war of the bloodthirsty warlord Joseph Kony. Now a new regime of IDPs as a result of climate change has set in. Women with their toddlers spread the Capital city Kampala running away from hunger and prolonged droughts in their home lands of Karamoja.

A week hardly goes by without news of floods and torrential rains washing away people’s homes and whatever they own or prolonged droughts killing livestock and plantations. What is always important at that stage is whether the countries are able to manage and cope with the situation. Sometimes even the mightier are unable to deal with the problem as we saw in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

While delivering lectures in Swiss schools, students kept asking me and my colleague why countries cannot just make laws and policies to cub global warming. The answer is simple; lack of political will. This reminds me of the fact that most of the legal and political rescue tend to come after an overwhelming disastrous situation.

Whereas IDPs as a result of climate change are increasingly becoming common, the population in the Oceania may actually have nowhere to run to in their own countries but to seek refuge in the neighboring countries incapable of being swallowed up by tsunamis or floods.

It may generally be seen as ingenious for one to seek asylum basing on climate change threats just like the presenter at the local radio station interpreted it. But the most important focus must be put on how to integrate the existing refugee laws to also cater for people displaced not only wars but also climate change. Besides, it is already clear that the “merchant of death” is no longer the likes of Victor Bout with their weapons business but the human activities that increase global warming.

By Mugisha Moses, Uganda

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The “neighbour principle”; My Switzerland rush-hour experience and holding GHG Emitters accountable in negligence.

Last month, I joined the running bandwagon. I think I deserve a Swiss Bronze medal of sorts because I made my running debut on the Swiss soil besides it being a cross-country marathon. For three weeks my days started with a simple sometimes serious sprint to either the bus or train station and so was the rest of the day. The gold medal should be saved for the people of Berne, they are un disputed champions when it comes to running in train terminals.

It’s not because I don’t run, I can actually run Usain Bolt style if am being chased or when it’s threatening to rain. Am also in the know of the benefits of running; besides the obvious health related ones, I could also pass off as urbane and fashionable to a reasonable extent.

In Uganda, you really have to be very careful if you decide to run on the streets of Kampala. If you are lucky enough not to be apprehended after being mistaken to be a criminal, the whole street will run with you just in case what is chasing you may have common implications. Perhaps that’s why I developed cold feet for running.

While on the train from Berne to Zurich of course after 10 minutes or so of cooling off from the “marathon”, my eyes are glued on the window to catch another glimpse of the nuclear station near our train. After the train dashing past the nuclear station, the thoughts of the next lecture I  am about to give on sustainable development and climate change in Uganda get mixed up with the tort (negligence) lectures I received in the law school.

There is this case of Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] UKHL 100 I learned in the law school also known as the “snail in the bottle “case. It forms the foundation of the Common law principle of negligence. In the case, a lady drank a ginger beer in a café whose bottle contained a dead snail thereafter fell sick and sued.  This fundamental case at that time went up to the court of last resort in the UK the House of Lords and the most important question was about the duty of care which Lord Atkins explained basing on the ” neighbour principle”.

He stated, “you must not injure your neighbour; and the lawyer’s question, Who is my neighbour? receives a restricted reply. You must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which you can reasonably foresee would be likely to injure your neighbour. Who, then, in law, is my neighbour? The answer seems to be – persons who are so closely and directly affected by my act that I ought reasonably to have them in contemplation as being so affected when I am directing my mind to the acts or omissions which are called in question”.

Whereas it is prudent to commend the Swiss effort towards creating “clean energy”, the Fukushima disaster should be able to awaken us. While attending the YES (Youth Encounter for Sustainability) in Naivasha Kenya, Dr. Roger Baud illustrated the possibility of efforts employed in promoting sustainability becoming counterproductive and perhaps more deadly than the problem which is initially meant to be solved. I believe Fukushima suits well in that picture.

The IPCC REPORT released recently states that humans are the dominant cause of global warming. The lawyer in me is convinced that “snail in the bottle “case could help bring the biggest emitters of GHGs to courts of law for negligence and failing the neighbor principle test in the aftermath of floods or droughts.

By Mugisha Moses Mugisha_kamera

Homeowners are going green

More and more homeowners are going green, which is a revolution that is helping them save on recurring energy, repair costs, taxes, utility bills, and insurance premiums.

Whether it’s building an environmentally friendly house from the ground up or remodeling a current home, there are a variety eco-friendly home improvement projects to choose from. Solar panels can be used as an alternative power source, while rain capture and xeriscaping can help you save on water. In addition, geothermal heating and cooling systems and programmable thermostats can help control temperature as well as electricity usage. These types of eco-friendly home improvement projects may not be the best option for everyone, but those interested can read this insurance guide from TheSimpleDollar.com to learn more.

Kanti Wohlen makes a better world

Our grammar school (Kantonsschule Wohlen) made a CO2 footprint of its activities per year which serves as base for upcoming measures to reduce our emissions and to fight climate change.

Our climate school project started with an information lesson with a climate expert.
He split the class into groups to specialize the themes.

One half analyzed the CO2 footprint of our school and the other half thought about improvements for the future in hope to make a change ; like Mahatma Gandhi said : “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

In some projections they calculated the carbon footprint of the Kanti Wohlen:

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TOPtoTOP Climate Expedition: Videos from Honolulu, Hawaii

The TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition is the 1st expedition over the 7-Seas to the 7-Summits that will be achieved by human and nature’s power only. The mission is to inspire children for a better future. Along the expedition examples of nature’s beauty and innovations for a green planet are shared in class rooms all over the world. Check out the new videos of the stop in Honolulu, Hawaii here. Weiterlesen

May 22: Hot Stuff Day Presents Sustainable Design by Students

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On May 22nd, the international Hot Stuff Day will take place in Zurich NOERD (at the FREITAG offices / AROMA offices). The subject is „sustainable design“ with products and designs from Swiss and Keynan classes displayed and discussed on site and via Skype (Vernissage style). Weiterlesen

Hot Stuff Day exhibition: Students showcase eco-design oeuvres

Bringing together design and sustainability: On May 22nd, sustainable and eco-design products by Swiss and Kenyan classes were showcased on the Hot Stuff Day at the creative hub Zürich-NOERD. Invited and powered by myclimate’s Hot Stuff Climate Net, around 100 students and teachers discussed their amazing oeuvres on site and online with international friends. The photo-puzzle works of Berufsschule für Gestaltung students (Zürich) were awarded as “best project”. Congrats! Weiterlesen

Hot Stuff contributions to Thomson-Reuters Sustainability Website

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, has launched a new section on its Sustainability website that is devoted to voices and perspectives from youth around the globe on creating a more sustainable path for the future. Hot Stuff Climate Net contributes with regular contributions from our wide and locally attached network. Weiterlesen

Kenyan Waste-to-Design Projects on Thomson-Reuters Sustainability

In Kenya, a group of secondary and high schools works continously on sustainable design products out of waste (which is not waste at all, actually). They reduce emissions from landfills and waste fires and contribute to a greener environment in Nakuru. Their projects are published on our new project overview page – and recieve acknowledgement on Thomson Reuters Sustainability and at the Hot Stuff Day on sustainable design in Switzerland.

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Updating website: Fresh functions soon!

Dear reader / user of Hot Stuff Climate Net

Currently, we’re updating various parts of our website. Our apologies for any inconvenience, malfunctions, not-displayed-as-usual-images and the like…we’re working on it! In the meantime, enjoy again our great intro movie about how Hot Stuff Climate Net works:

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Sincerely, your Hot Stuff Climate Net team

Climate Friendly Freeriding: RIDE GREENER Shows How

Successful RIDE GREENER Day in Laax (Switzerland): Ski and snowboard pros shared their knowledge about climate friendly winter sport, avalanches and much more. Check out the video.

The RIDE GREENER Days are offering young riders the opportunity to get practical tips about climate friendly riding from ski and snowboard pros at designated ski resorts.

RIDE GREENER – a myclimate partner – is an association of avid snowboarders and skiiers who promote climate friendly snowboarding and skiing as well as environmentally conscious conduct in the mountains. They say:

„The advancing global warming and the related negative consequences for the mountains and our sport is causing us great concern. We wish to show how, using simple means, one can minimize his CO2 footprint and stop the trend towards snow-poor winters. After all we still want to be able to enjoy the snow covered peaks for a long time to come.“

Web: ridegreener.com, Contact: info@ridegreener.com

Grammar School Analyzes Carbon Footprint and Simulates Press Conference

In a press-conference simulation workshop for Gymnasium Thun-Schadau students today, myclimate presented the results of the grammar school’s carbon footprint. The analysis by another class shows that commuting students, energy consumption and school materials (especially paper) account for the biggest share in school emissions.

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TOPtoTOP Climate Solutions: Apply Now for the Award Expedition 2013 in Switzerland!

Climate solutions? Environmental actions? Inspiring sustainable projects and examples in your region? If you have your story to share, join the TOPtoTOP Climate Solution Contest now! Students with the best ideas will be invited to the Award Expedition in Switzerland taking place in autumn 2013.

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I want to see the Tiger Poachers turn to Tiger Protectors

International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for Tiger conservation, held annually on 29 July. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersberg Tiger Summit. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

Global Tiger Day is July 29, and is celebrated around the world with special ceremonies, youth rallies, and educational activities to help bring the message of tiger conservation to remote villages in the Hukaung Valley in Myanmar all the way to Dhaka, Bangladesh, and even in Washington, DC., Thailand embarks on smarter patrols to better protect the tiger

Four years after the launch of the Global Tiger Initiative, the partnership has taken firm root in the thirteen tiger range country governments and begun to attract interest from outside the traditional conservation community. The World Bank signed two new agreements at GTI’s 4th Anniversary event, Global Tiger Initiative – Outcomes and Challenges.

GTRP Implementation Report – 2012

Several champions of the Global Tiger Initiative, ministers from tiger range countries, and international partners spoke on Tuesday, June 26 at the World Bank and assessed progress on implementing the Global Tiger Recovery Program. The Recovery Program was endorsed 18 months ago in St. Petersburg, and the Global Tiger Initiative will release the first Implementation Report at this meeting: Global Tiger Initiative – Outcomes and Challenges.

http://www.globaltigerinitiative.org/

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Beast versus Man: A Grave Effect of Climate Change

Children on their way to school examine the carcass of one of the lions killed by Maasai warriors as revenge for the death of their livestock.

Sometime last month; an unbelievable scene took place in the southern side of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Lions from a nearby animal reserve attacked meek sheep and goats belonging to the sleepy Maasai village that bordered it. The incident was one of its kind; as almost a full herd was destroyed. Later the Morans (Maasai Warriors) ganged up and launched a revenge on the wild cats,killing six of them, but a few days later the beasts retaliated with the hunting down of the remaining livestock. Observing this, I can only quip that this ugly human-wildlife conflict is the product of lack of food for the animals. Famine in the wild due to minute rain is an effect of global warming and as such; has led to severe starvation in the savannah. The food chain has been disrupted; because the vegetation is scarce  leading to the death of the herbivores that are preyed on by the Kings of the Jungle. Meanwhile, the Kenya Wildlife Services is faced with the dilemma on whether or not to prosecute the villagers. Despite the Maasai having acted in self-defense they broke the law since lions are currently among East Africa’s endangered species. If we only work to improve our environment; we the Maasai can be able to live in peace with other creatures like we used to before.

By Sylvia Nashipae Mosiany,

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Grand Ma, what has changed?

By Monica Mbugua, Kenya

I asked my grand ma to tell me about her life as she grew up and how different it was from the way she see’s life now. Her face lite up because for her it was a nostalgic feeling that brought up a happy memory.

Some of the things she remembers is that the weather back then was a lot cooler and more pleasant than it is now. She enjoyed every changing season because with it would come lots of excitement for the period it lasted. It was Weiterlesen

Environomics: Decisions made today will mould the future

By Pierre Heistein, South Africa

– It is a wonder that when it comes to sustainability we “factor it in” rather than making it the centre of the argument. Unsustainable behaviour is the act of borrowing from the future, where the deficit of the future can compensate for the surplus of today, or of destroying the future state completely where compensation is not possible. Weiterlesen

MyRio+20 Idea: If we children can, adults can too!

By: Tenzin Tsenlek
Country: Tibet

If I’d been in Rio, I would have told the world leaders to take care of this world by presenting the world people with a video clipping done by small children showing the true face of the world in its disguised. It would tell the world people that even small children take care of this earth so why not adults? Weiterlesen

Realistic Goals: Rio+20

When world governments, leaders, and representatives of crucial stakeholders met in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, they were thinking of the future. They were hoping that the next generation would enjoy the benefits of a sustainable world. I was born in Sub-Saharan Africa two days after that conference but today, twenty years later, there is little indication that Weiterlesen

MyRio+20 Idea: Go veggie..

By: Tenzin Dhasal
Country: Tibet

To fight carbon dioxide we should start to

a) Be a vegetarian. We are omnivorous so we can live without eating meat. Now a days the with human being overly dependent on the non-vegetarian food , the factories are breeding more and more cows , beefs and buffaloes which releases these green house gases like methane. So be a vegetarian or eat less meat to Weiterlesen

MyRio+20 Idea: Spread the knowledge!

By: Anuraj
Country: India

If I was in Rio , I would tell the world leaders that the situation is getting out of hand and the count down to our death had already started . People may not realize what is going on or what is happening but we do know. And being a student , the main role of ours is to spread the knowledge that we know to others. Let us do something very unique through which the world knows. And unity could then reverse the time square

To fight carbon dioxide , if we could develop a method to separate the Carbon dioxide molecule into carbon and oxygen . Then through carbon we can make carbon compounds and rest oxygen can be used by living beings.

MyRio+20 Idea: More ethics!

By: Tenzin Dawoe
Country: Tibet

If I was in Rio , I would present the following idea. The many advancements we have made in the technology , societies , ideologies and other human components have shaped the world that we are living in now. Back then it was a patriarchal society ; now it is a society that stands for equality. Back then it was coal and petroleum ; now it is solar panels and wind turbines . Such are the changes that have led to the world that we are living in now. Such are the changes that have led us to hold conferences like this to develop ideas to change the world for better.  My idea is to use this year’s conference to Weiterlesen

MyRio+20 Idea: If not now, then when?

By: Tenzin Kunsang Nyemo
Country: Tibet

Isn’t this earth our mother? Just think for a while if………., if this earth disappears then what will happen to all mankind? I know that its time for us , for the future leaders to do something before it is too late to even shed our tears. The mother earth will leave us forever with nothing, not a single thing to be proud of . Weiterlesen

Is it Tech-CO2-nology or Technology?

By Mutalemwa Rutizibwa, Tanzania

– Life becomes very easy with technology advancement; people can now do things which were impossible in the past. Computers, Cars, trains, mobile phone are airplanes and other more technologies are very important to our life.

Technology really helps to meet our needs. But let me ask question in what ways we can make the use of technology in sustainable way without brought negative impact to our climate?  Weiterlesen

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