YES Course Participants: Climate Presents are FUN!

In June, a Swiss class sent a video message to their environment minister Doris Leuthard who got the message at the UN suststainability conference in Rio. Now, the YES course participants in Serbia answered – and created a fun video answer (with an even funnier Making Of at the end)! 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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

„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

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

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: 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