Malawi woman fighting single-use plastics wins Goldman Environmental Prize

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Gloria Majiga-Kamoto was named one of six 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize winners last week

Malawi Plants 60 Million Trees This Year Alone

Greentumble

Malawi has planted over 60 million tree. Malawi’s forestry season is a period designated by the government to encourage and promote re-afforestation in all parts of the country, and runs from December to April which is also a rainy season. Malawi is a country where 95 percent of its 17 million inhabitants depend on trees for fuel wood. One of the entities, taking the re-afforestation initiative is the Electricity Generating Company of Malawi (Egenco).

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The Rise of Permaculture in Malawi

Greentumble

Mpofu, a teacher by professional, says he got introduced to permaculture in 2011 when he got involved in assisting an expatriate permaculture trainer, Chris Walker, with permaculture training outreach to schools in northern Malawi. Through Perma-A-Outreach, a nationally registered environmental service provider, Mpofu is able to provide training on permaculture to rural women and youths, who are in majority in Malawi but are mostly grappling with poverty and high unemployment levels.

Sustainable Management of Indigenous Woodlots in Malawi

Greentumble

Most of the indigenous forest reserves in Malawi. Like other areas in Malawi, Chepe’s area has lost its forest cover over the past 30 years. Forest areas are cleared extensively to make way for farming land, to ever increasing population and also because of charcoal burning business – charcoal is used as a fuel for the most low and middle income households in towns and cities of Malawi. are either owned by commercial agriculture estates or government.

Exotic Tree Species under Pests Attack in Malawi

Greentumble

The future of man-made forests in Malawi. Millions of exotic tree species like eucalyptus, which is popularly known as blue gum in Malawi, have been under attack from a pest known as lerp psyllid , which is making trees lose their leaves and eventually dry up after some weeks. Malawi has already been losing forest cover at an alarming rate in Southern Africa and the continued devastation of the pest on eucalyptus trees is just exacerbating the situation.

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Malawi woman fighting single-use plastics wins Goldman Environmental Prize

AGreenLiving

According to a 2019 UN Development Program-funded report, Malawi produces about 75,000 metric tons of plastic annually, 80% of which is single-use. As such, Majiga-Kamoto led a group of environmental activists who battled the powerful plastics-manufacturing industry for several years before finally getting the Malawi High Court to ban single-use thin plastics in 2019. Read more from the original source: Malawi woman fighting single-use plastics wins Goldman Environmental Prize.

Rural Boreholes in Malawi Affected By Climate Change

Greentumble

However, some of the boreholes which most rural people in Malawi rely on for access to safe and clean water are becoming dysfunctional. Boreholes are the only means of safe water for most households in Malawi. Clean and safe water is essential. item if we are to have a healthier population. While most urban areas have piped water, rural area dwellers have boreholes which provide them with safe drinking water.

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Mango Trees under Threat of Depletion in Malawi’s Shire Highlands

Greentumble

find in all parts of Malawi regardless of climatic conditions, then it is mango. This juicy tropical fruit, which is believed to have been introduced to the country by the Arabs traders in the 18th century, is the most common seasonal fruit in Malawi. If there is a fruit that you will. Apart from being used by big food manufactures to produce fruit juices and chili sauces, local people enjoy the ripe fruit which gives off a distinctive resinous, sweet smell.

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World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

Green Traveler Guides

Africa Cape Verde Chile Cuba Dominica Ghana Grenada Lithuania Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Palau Samoa South America The Americas Tonga Vanuatu best developing nations to visit ethical travel ethical travel 2015 Ethical Traveler

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Harnessing the Wind with Junk: Malawian Wind Inventor William Kamkwamba

Green Living Ideas

Tags: Wind Energy Africa electricity generator Malawi William Kamkwamba wind power windmill

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Economists are Punny?

Environmental Economics

Experimental Evidence about Labor Supply in Rural Malawi. Just got the table of contents for the latest American Economic Journal: Applied Economics a nd two of the titles struck me: Star Wars: The Empirics Strike Back. Kwacha Gonna Do? Come on gang, we can do better than that*. Did you hear about the newborn identical twins, Amal and Juan?    If you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal

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Inequality between rich and poor nations helps fuel a climate of mistrust and sabotages efforts to secure a climate deal

Green Blog

A single power plant in Great Britain will produce more CO2 emissions, every year, than all 139 million people living in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique combined. Photo credit: america.gov. The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, which many have said was our last chance to take action against “ the greatest threat the world has ever faced ”, ended in a failure.

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17,500 tree species on at-risk extinction list

Green Prophet

These species are found all over the world, from the Mulanje cedar in Malawi, with only a few remaining individuals on Mulanje Mountain, to the Menai whitebeam found only in North Wales, which has only 30 trees remaining. World’s oldest olive trees are in Lebanon.

African urbanization is being transformed by 3D printing

AGreenLiving

14Trees has already printed a house and a school in Malawi and has plans to expand its reach into other East African countries, beginning with Kenya and Zimbabwe. Related: Habitat for Humanity develops its first 3D-printed home in US 14Trees’ 3D printed prototype house is located in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, and cost less than $10,000 to build. In Malawi alone, UNICEF estimates a shortage of 36,000 classrooms.

Nkomo Sikenala Tree Nursery Story

Greentumble

It is a sunny Monday morning in Kapeni, an area outside Blantyre city in Malawi. Sikenala, 54, says he had previously worked for the forestry department of the Malawi government as a tree nursery assistant for 10 years where his work included soil selection, tree seed grading, soil selection and packing into plastic tubes, and subsequent nurturing of the tree seedlings.

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Environmental Curse That Comes with Development: The Case of Chikwawa

Greentumble

The town of about 60,000 people marks the start of the Shire Valley, a flat area of about 300 square kilometres comprising of two administrative districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in southern Malawi. This is a region where Malawi’s biggest river, The Shire passes by on its way to empty its water in the great Zambezi at Chinde in Mozambique. More than 60 percent of Malawi’s sugar is produced using sugarcane grown along the Shire.

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In Pursuit of a Better Tomorrow

Greentumble

Blantyre rural area has evolved into a corroborative community project to replenish the depleted hills and river banks with trees, reports Deogracias Benjamin Kalima: To say that Malawi has been hit by deforestation is an understatement. Getting to Milli and Msambuzi villages in the northern outskirts of Blantyre, the commercial hub of Malawi, one would easily notice the bare hills. What started as a few peoples’ efforts in.

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World Soil Day today, it’s not looking great

Green Prophet

Economic impact of soil loss in Malawi – new study. The study which was conducted under a pilot project in Malawi funded by the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment initiative, allows for a better understanding of the economic damages incurred by soil loss. According to the study , a 25 percent increase in soil loss in Malawi would result in a reduction of GDP by 0.64

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Actualizing Climate Resilience Among Malawian Farmers

Greentumble

Malawi is vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change, owing to its significant exposure to climate variability and environmental degradation as a result of human activities over the years. One of the reasons for significant depletion of forest cover in Malawi is the fact that 95 percent of the country’s 17 million people heavily depend on fuel wood for cooking. For the past four years, Whitehead Amos has experienced it all.

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The first gourmet coffee to come from DRCongo for over 40 years hits the UK

Green (Living) Review

The coffee is a blend of beans from the Sopacdi cooperative in DRC and the Mzuzu cooperative in Malawi, creating a unique Fairtrade coffee blend that is being launched at Sainsbury's this week. The Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell said: "Trading with a large UK retailer will make a big difference to the livelihoods of farmers in Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Recommended Reading: 'Pico-solar Electric Systems' by John Keane

Sierra Club Compass

For many people living off the grid in places like India, Kenya, and Malawi, the only power options are dangerous, outdated, and expensive fuels like kerosene, but the introduction of pico-solar systems has been changing that. An exciting new book, Pico-solar Electric Systems: The Earthscan Expert Guide to the Technology and Emerging Market , was recently released  by John Keane, the managing director and founding member of SunnyMoney , the social enterprise of SolarAid.

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Clunker cars are choking Africa

Green Prophet

According to the report, many of the countries with “very weak” or “weak” used vehicles regulations, including Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Burundi, also have very high road traffic death rates. Clunkers from America, Europe and Japan clog the air in Africa.

Malawian Farmers Fight Climate Change Head On

Greentumble

From late last year to earlier this year, Malawi was experiencing prolonged dry spell in most parts, including Blantyre where Chipinda lives. According to Draida Gondwe, a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with FISD, they were contracted by Malawi Government to provide climate change resilience farming methods to local farmers, with one of them being the swales, which are essential in the modern day farming with challenges of erratic rainfall patterns.

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Israeli Sunshine Girl Gets United Nations Prize for Jewish Heart

Green Prophet

To date, Innovation: Africa has completed 66 projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi impacting the lives of 478,661 people. At the UN event she presented a cost-efficient and self-sustaining model for small-scale rural electrification demonstrated in the United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda. Seeing the enormous potential for Israeli clean technologies in solar energy and water for the developing world, Sivan Yaari-Borowich started an NGO to help Africa.

Waves, Glaciers, Streams and Waterfalls : 11 Mindblowing (and Meditative) Images of Water

Eco Chic

The sun sets over twin islands in the middle of Lake Malawi, a huge freshwater lake inside the tiny African nation of Malawi. A turquoise crater lake inside Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia. The steaming vent in the centre indicates a still active volcano lies below its surface. Water sustains all life. Without it we wouldn’t exist. It also produces some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world—from immense oceans, to cascading waterfalls and reflective lakes.

Bringing clean energy to poor communities in Africa

Sierra Club Compass

SunnyMoney sells their solar lights and phone chargers exclusively in Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania through the schools’ network. Africa is beginning to see a new light. A solar-powered light that is. Currently 598 million Africans live off the grid in rural Africa. Many of them still use kerosene lamps to light their homes, a practice that can consume up to 20 percent of each family’s income and is harmful to both the environment and the health of the families.

Bling for Books: Angelina Jolie Opens School in Afghanistan

Green Prophet

Jolie follows in the stiletto-steps of other celebrity philanthropists: Madonna and Oprah Winfrey have patronized schools in Malawi and South Africa, with mixed success. Angelina Jolie funds girls’ schools in Afghanistan with the proceeds of her luxury jewelry line. Hollywood actress and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), Angelina Jolie is building girls-only primary schools throughout the country.

Interview with Brian Czech: the impossibility of a perpetually-growing economy

Low Impact

Yes, it’s no good talking to Tanzania or Malawi about steady-state economics when their economies are so much smaller than ours. Today I’m talking with Brian Czech, the president of CASSE (Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy). He served in the U.S.

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Harry's Nuts! declared elephant friendly

Green (Living) Review

" Harry launched the products after travelling to Malawi and meeting some of the peanut farmers, many of whom are women looking after Aids orphans. Liberation Foods is co-owned by farming groups from Malawi , Mozambique , Bolivia , Brazil , Nicaragua , Peru , El Salvador and India. Harry’s Nuts!, the Fairtrade salted nuts from Harry Hill, have been declared ‘Elephant Friendly’ thanks to the work of Fairtrade cashew farmers in India in protecting an endangered species.

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Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

Green Prophet

Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains. Some 41 countries continue to be in need of external assistance for food, with conflicts acting as the primary cause of high levels of food insecurity and adverse weather conditions – particularly rainfall shortages in Africa – acutely affecting food availability and access for millions of people, a quarterly report by the United Nations says.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Agroforestry Systems and Practices

Greentumble

For example, Malawi suffers from great rates of deforestation because large amounts of firewood are needed to make bricks that are traditionally used for building houses. The need for wood as fuel is large in countries like Malawi. Trees have always been important part of the countryside. When traveling through rural areas anywhere in the world you will see trees incorporated into the landscape.

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15 Strategies to Reduce Deforestation

Greentumble

Similarly, Nkomo Sikenala is striving to encourage families in Malawi to plant trees around their houses by providing them tree seedlings at reduced cost. Forests are one of the most important. ecosystems on Earth. 80 percent of all terrestrial plants, insects, and animals call forests home. Nearly one third of people in the world depend directly on forests for their livelihoods [1].

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Causes and Effects of Desertification on People and the Environment

Greentumble

Greentumble’s writer Deogracias has described how is the problem of deforestation linked to the livelihood of some people in his country, Malawi. The word ‘desertification’ may seem like a word. depicting very distant and abstract environmental problem that most of us do not consider being important in our daily lives. But we couldn’t be more mistaken, for desertification is slowly creeping up into our lives and has the power to change everything.

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Fairtrade urges world leaders to empower farmers to fight back against climate change

Green (Living) Review

Dyborn Chibonga, head of NASFAM, (a farmers association in Malawi) who will be representing African Fairtrade producers in Cancun says: ‘Small scale farmers are already starting to feel the effects of climate change on their livelihood crops. On the eve of the annual United Nations Climate talks, in Cancun, Mexico, the global community turns its attention once more to the problem of climate change and the on-going pursuit of a global deal.

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10 Benefits of Crop Rotation in Agriculture

Greentumble

For example, a study carried out by the Washington State University investigated the change of maize yield in a crop rotation system in Malawi. Crop rotation is a farming technique. dating as far back as the Roman Empire or Ancient Greece. Although ancient farmers didn’t fully understand the science behind the crop rotation, they observed that growing the same crop at the same plot for several years depletes soils of nutrients and decreases crop yield.

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Climate change disasters doubled – eating up world’s food security

Green Prophet

“This year alone, small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and foresters – from Myanmar to Guatemala and from Vanuatu to Malawi – have seen their livelihoods eroded or erased by cyclones, droughts, floods and earthquakes,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

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Hydroelectricity: What are the Advantages and Disadvantages?

Greentumble

Further reading: Solar Power Bridging the Electricity Gap in Rural Malawi. Hydropower, the creation of mechanical energy. through the transfer of kinetic energy created by the flow of water, is currently the only large-scale renewable alternative to traditional electricity sources, such as fossil fuels [1]. As economic development spreads throughout the world, so does the demand for electricity, causing global electricity production to double in just the last two decades.

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Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa

Nature Conservancy - Science

Such opportunities often cross national boundaries — such as the overlapping freshwater and terrestrial prospects of the Great Lakes region, which has portions in Tanzania , the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Malawi, or the Nigeria to Gabon coastal region. The Bangweulu Wetlands ecosystem in northern Zambia covers a large area of great biodiversity.

Has Malnutrition Met Its Match?

Eco Friendly Daily

Plumpy’nut has also been used in Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, and other countries. In many countries, it can be challenging to get sufficient nutritious food. For infants and young children, the solutions are limited. In the past, fortified milk powder was used to supply protein – but it requires clean water for preparation. The same problem exists for powdered formula for babies. Areas facing famine often have little water and none of it is safe.

The Path Forward on Climate – It’s About Us Now

Cool Green Science

There is no insurance for farmers in Malawi, who are living through a devastating drought that created a national food security emergency across much of Africa. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. Last month, enough world leaders ratified the Paris climate agreement to officially lock it into place.

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Sanjayan: The Art of Communication is Conservation’s Best Hope

Nature Conservancy - Science

We’ve watched him yell at a camera while rangers sawed tusks off a pesky bull elephant on Mount Kenya, swim with crocs and bilharzia in Lake Malawi, and chase cows and lions across the border areas of Kenya and Tanzania. Sanjayan. Image credit: Ami Vitale/amivitale.com. Peter Kareiva is chief scientist of The Nature Conservancy. David Banks is director of the Conservancy’s Africa program.

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama’s Climate Test

Sierra Club Compass

It may not be Luxembourg, but it’s not Malawi, and the U.S. President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for new coal plants overseas.

AGRICULTURE IN URBAN PLANNING Generating Livelihoods and Food Security

The Green Changemakers

Urban Agriculture and Food Security in Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi David Dalison Mkwambisi 1 2008 6. AGRICULTURE IN URBAN PLANNING Generating Livelihoods and Food Security Edited by Mark Redwood Earthscan/ IDRC 2008 ISBN 978-1-84407-668-0 e-ISBN 978-1-55250-427-7 272 pp. This volume, by researchers working in urban agriculture, examines concrete strategies to integrate city farming into the urban landscape.

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