New York climate summit; setting the right step in the right direction.

As the saying goes “where there is a will there is a way”, this week’s UN climate summit in New York reinstated hopes that we could have a concerted global agenda to fight against climate change.

Besides the pledge by president Obama and China (the two biggest emitters of GHGs) to take fast action against climate change, the Rockefeller Brothers fund built on the profits of the Standard Oil Company announced they are selling out from the fossil fuel industry.

The announcement by the fund caught my attention the most. John D Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company and therefore the fund’s move to invest in clean energy is a great boost in the fight a against climate change.

With these new developments, we could be seeing the birth of the much needed political and business will whose absence has for long been responsible for the inaction in the fight against global warming.

For the rest of us in the developing world however, a lot remains to be done for the consequences of the changing climate are undoing years’ worth of development efforts besides threatening entire livelihood of communities.

Making use of the Internet in climate education

DSC02486June has been a busy month for the Hot stuff climate net with young people on two different continents sharing the knowledge and experiences on climate change and sustainability.

Firstly, the Hotstuff day on 11th June saw classes in Switzerland, Uganda, Kenya and Hungary all at once meet online to witness the ceremony to mark the end of an international climate friendly consumption contest where more than forty entries were registered. Secondly, the ecological project week in Basel was graced by the online appearances (via skype and facebook) of two different Ugandan classes.

Not so long ago, for groups of students to meet at once they had to travel from one place to another since the telephones could not be able to achieve the kind of direct touch the internet via chats and video calls provides today.

The internet does not only save time and logistical needs but also avoids the general carbon foot print of the participants. Well, with this achievement Hot stuff climate net will be able in future to have more countries on different continents meet and share experiences and knowledge on climate change and sustainability since it affects us all.

The East African Green Entrepreneurship fellowship orientation kicks off

Mugisha Moses, Kampala Uganda

The East African Green Entrepreneurship fellowship (EAGEF) orientation started last week with visits to East High School and St Peters SS Nsambya. The fellows who are part of the bigger Entrepreneurship classes in their respective schools were elected by their fellow students to represent them and spearhead school based student led climate education initiatives.

“Am very happy to be one of the fellows and I will use this opportunity to ensure that our school and i benefit from this initiative” said Muganzi Micheal one of the fellows from St Peters SS Nsambya.

The EAGEF is a project by myclimate climate education that will this year run in a total of five schools where five students will be chosen to learn about green entrepreneurship and green jobs from local green businesses as a wider campaign of climate education.

With unemployment rate of more than 80% in young people below 30 years, Uganda also face the harsh reality of having one of the world’s youngest population of 73% between the ages of 15-24 years. Therefore the EAGEF is designed not only to create awareness on climate change but also to show the advantages that accrue from fighting GHG emissions.

Besides leading their respective schools in the climate friendly contest, the fellows are charged with holding a school based event where they shall demonstrate student-led climate leadership.

The orientation in the coming weeks shall continue in the rest of the schools. These include Mbogo Mixed SS, Mbogo Girls SS and Kibuli SS. Photos and videos from the visits can be found on our facebook page on www.hotstuffclimatenet.com/facebook. Watch this space.

mugisha.moses@myclimate.org

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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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.

Swiss Short Movie on Cleantech Job Decisions

Joviana from Basel/Switzerland asked herself in which job area she would like to work…and found „Cleantech“. Learn what it is about, listen to what people from the street, the economy or a well-known Swiss musician have to say on Cleantech, check the statements from Uganda and follow Joviana’s steps through her hometown in this short movie (in german).

Hot Stuff Chill Out 2009 – its happening

Thun, Kampala, Bern, Toliara, Zürich, Dar Es Salaam, Lima, Nakuru, Glarus, Hyderabad… a renewed drive is demanded to wake the world from its torpor. Positive initiatives are happening

Bildschirmfoto 2011-06-15 um 23.27.44 Adrian and Alice, both 16 years old, give an audacious speech on the Parliament square in Bern (Switzerland). The square is one of Switzerland’s most symbolically meaningful places. Adrian and Alice ask the audience: „How can it be that mitigation and adaption of climate change are questioned? How can it be a controversial political issue to save our planet? How can it be that humans are against protecting our one and only planet. What politicians don’t protect today cannot be protected tomorrow.“ 

 

Letters from Kenya fill theBildschirmfoto 2011-06-15 um 23.27.38 postboxes of students in Switzerland: „Right now as I write you this we are having power cuts each week three times. We depend so much on dams to produce electricity. Now without water no electricity can be generated. We also have water rationing in our houses. For instance I receive water only on Mondays and Wednesdays. And still: I am lucky! Can you picture that? Millions of Kenyans who are starving, they walk for days on the search of water.“ What has happened? The Mau Forest is the largest water catchment area in Kenya. Ewaso Ng’iro River, Sondu River, Mara River, Njoro River all originate from the forest and feed Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru, Lake Natron…. Huge parts of the forest have been cleared for settlement. Huge parts of the forest have been destructed through charcoal burning.  200,000 charcoal producers operate in Kenya and half a million producers, transporters and vendors are involved in the charcoal trade who support 2.5 million dependents. The annual income from charcoal is almost equivalent to the income generated by Kenya’s tea industry. The research indicates that the amount of charcoal produced per year in Kenya is 1.6 million tones. Tearing out the trees at the heart of Kenya has triggered a cascade of drought and despair in the surrounding hills and valleys.

froebelThe students in Madagascar know this problem first-hand: „We would like to go to the people and we want to inform them about climate change. We want to tell people what they can use instead of charcoal and as lots of people make a living from charcoal production we have to show them alternative ways to earn money. Tavy or slash-and-burn agriculture is another problem. Typically an acre or two of forest is cut, burned, and then planted with rice. After a year or two of production the field is left fallow for 4-6 years before the process is repeated. After 2-3 such cycles the soil is exhausted of nutrients and the land is likely colonized by scrub vegetation or alien grasses.“

A young woman from Togo agrees: „Our parents are sometimes slow off the mark, they just don’t understand. We have to explain them again and again. Bushfires make no sense at all.“ Mugisha (Kampala, Uganda) is very concerned about the consequences of climate change: “For a very long time farmers have been able to forecast weather changes without use of any modern equipment. This has been done through listening to some birds which sing only in anticipation of rain as well as studying some plant species. However all this is fading away slowly as the predictions have proved unworthy.”

Students in Switzerland know that the industrialized countries just depend to much on fossil fuel. Energy efficiency and renewable energy is not boosted seriously enough.  And hey, don’t’ you think Tenzin from Dharamsala is right when he says: „How much we need more , that is really the question . Contentment doesn’t mean foolishness , I am going to practice contentment throughout my life“. Their film project and the Cleaning and awareness-campaign attracted a lot of attention: it was also joined by the media people from ITV and Eastt. Four girls from Switzerland had an idea which reached everyone in the HotStuffCHillOut Network.

Hyderabad wrote:  Dear Myclimatians, It was nice to recieve the handprints of four of our myclimate friends last week. What a great idea of making the politicians ‚move‘ from their ‚chair‘ and make them ‚think‘ as well. We all are there with you in this move.

COME LETS MAKE IT A GREAT SUCCESS!! “

Dharamsala amazed the network with several amazing actions: First a very cool performance! Plus: They exchanged all the light bulbs and installed energy saving ones. To explain their project they informed the whole school by performing a theater. And then Copenhagen let us down. No binding agreements were reached at the meetings in Copenhagen in December 2009. Vidya from Hyderabad is angry: The most awaited summit on climate change ended just few weeks ago with the results which are equally awaited!Some questions that you can try to answer…. How many vehicles were engaged for the transport of people and materials all through the summit? How many disposables were used to pack/unpack the food items/water/personal care materials for all those ‚fortunate‘ souls who attended? How much amount of electricity was used through out the summit for lights/fans/ACs/Heaters/microphones etc..etc? How much waste was generated..How far was it seggregated…How did it get recycled??? What was the CARBON FOOTPRINT of Copenhagen???? And what about the end result…..VIEWS AND COUNTER VIEWS. Anything else???“ But we don’t give up. 

mugisha02The last word of 2009 goes to Mugisha in Kampala: „I ‚d like to tell everyone to personally join the fight and try to make a change since everyone is contributing and everyone can mitigate the causes.“