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).

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.


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

The Future We Want: A Video Message to Rio+20


As the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development starts this week, Swiss youth are getting active as well: A Basel class created a movie directed to the Swiss delegation and the Swiss minister for the environment Doris Leuthard who recieved the message personally in Rio. The young adults urge them to convince their international partners to decide reliable climate commitments – or their climate card house with many individual actions and wishes will crash… 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

A Letter to Elders from Youngers


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

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”.

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

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

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