Rwanda Dreaming

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Haiti top the list. My mind now wanders off to one of those, to Rwanda – one of the smallest African countries, about the size of Massachusetts or Slovenia (for those familiar with Neotropical birding, it is half the size of Costa Rica), but with 701 bird species.

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“Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife”

10,000 Birds

Forget the old news, Rwanda of today is one of Africa’s safest, cleanest and most stable countries. The “Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife” gives you the info how and where to look for both birds and mammals (not just primates, the title is somewhat misleading). The “Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife” combines Ken, Christian and Keith’s birding skills, African expertise and story-telling talent.

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Transforming Women’s Rights in Rwanda.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Ayla Schlosser confidence leadership resonate Rwanda unreasonable institute UNREASONABLE.is Could the same grassroots organizing and powerful storytelling from Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign for president of the United States be scaled up to transform the women’s rights movement?

Rwanda Looks to National Parks as Part of a Peaceful, Hopeful Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

In 1994, Rwanda made global news headlines as a horrific genocide against the Tutsi population unfolded. Rwanda’s national parks are a huge draw for international and domestic visitors and an economic driver. Tourism is 25% of Rwanda’s national export, 4 times the world average, and 8% of the GDP. Rwanda is one of the few places in the world to see wild gorillas, and many tourists come to look for the great apes.

Energiya Global to solar power up 8% of Rwanda using clean energy

Green Prophet

Abramowitz and his companies Gigawatt Global and Energiya Global announced that they have secured $23 million in financing and about $710,000 in grants for an 8.5-megawatt solar energy plant in Rwanda. The project, to be built on land owned by the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, will provide training for orphans raised there, and is expected to supply about eight percent of Rwanda’s energy needs. Rwanda has agreed to buy the power created in this first deal over the next 25 years.

The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

10,000 Birds

In such a case, you might opt to book an eastbound flight, or a series of flights, from Lisbon to Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, then Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, PNG, Tahiti, Ecuador, Guyana and finally to Costa Rica…. Rusizi Tented Camp, Akagera National Park, Rwanda. On the eastern side of the continent lies Rwanda with its 700 species, about 250 of them birdable within a week.

12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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With an excellent safety record and quickly improving standards of nature protection and tourism infrastructure, Rwanda is a rising ecotourism star of this group. Destinations birding tips Gambia Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe Trinidad and Tobago world birdwatchThe Species per Square Mile Approach. While Colombia may have almost 2000 bird species, it is a huge country with, still, complicated long-distance travel logistics.

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Pushed to the Brink of Death, these Women Live On to Inspire us All. {Video}

Elephant Journal

Rwanda’s system should be heralded as an example for world healing. Arts Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) WAYLON: Today Only arts equal rights films by women genocide healing how do we heal oppression Rwanda socially conscious films Trees of PeaceWe must literally look our trauma.

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This is what Happens when we Can’t Look Genocide in the Eye.

Elephant Journal

Editor's Picks Enlightened Society Equal Rights Bosnia congo genocide global politics holocause denial Holocaust media politics Rohingya Rwanda Syria YemenJust as we failed to face up to what was happening in the Holocaust, we have continued to bury our heads in the sand.

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African Lives Matter Too.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights WAYLON: Editor's Picks—Hidden Gems Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today Africa moral equality Peter Singer Rwanda Samantha PowerA great deal has been made of late that "black lives matter." But little attention is given to African lives, and they may need it most.

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A Peace Manifesto to Unite the World. {In Honor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide}

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) WAYLON: Today Only Z ADMIN Family Featured Today Z ADMIN Spirituality Featured Today harmony love manifesto peace pray for peace Rwanda Rwandan genocide unite the worldOn this, the 22nd anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, I dedicate myself to living a life of peace.

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DIY wheelchairs offers Rwanda's disabled an affordable alternative

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DIY wheelchairs offers Rwandas disabled an affordable alternative. This isn’t a big deal if you’re living in developed countries but most of the wheelchairs available on the markets aren’t affordable for those residing in the developing regions like Rwanda and others like it. DIY Affordable Wheelchairs Picture Gallery DIY Affordable Wheelchairs DIY Affordable Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs in Rwanda. Please login. Sign In. User Name / Email. Password.

It Began with Thistles: The Way of Tea and Justice

Eco Chic

Creative Arts becca stevens book review british east india company history justice magdalene rwanda shared trade Tea thistle farms thistle stop cafe women''s rights Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and the founder of Magdalene , Thistle Farms , and Thistle Stop Cafe. Magdalene is a residential program in Nashville, Tennessee, for women who are survivors of sexual abuse, trafficking, prostitution, or life on the streets.

Liberals are Wrong about Hate Speech—in Almost Every Way.

Elephant Journal

conservatives Democracy dictators fascism germany hate speech Liberals politics Rwanda trumpWe forsake the legal right to shut down genuinely dangerous expressions of hate, opting instead to deal with it through a. Enlightened Society Z ADMIN Culture Popular Lately Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only.

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Q&A with Jacqueline Novogratz: Dialogues on the Environment

Conservancy Talk

I then moved to Rwanda to start the country’s first microfinance bank, to serve those without access to typical financial services. She also co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. You can follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek and find more of his writing on The Huffington Post.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

10,000 Birds

And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Panama top the list. 10 Rwanda (670 sp. / Malaysia, Rwanda and Ecuador top my wish list. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where?

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Founders of Israel’s Arava to Solarize Developing Countries

Green Prophet

With President and co-founder Yosef Abramowitz at the helm, Energiya plans to spend $20 billion by 2020 on building 10,000MW of solar capacity in countries as far afield as Rwanda and Romania. “We “Energiya Global is developing the first utility-scale solar PV project in Rwanda,” the company announced on their website. Founders of the Arava Power Company in Israel have started a new firm that will focus on bringing renewable energy to countries in the developing world.

Dreaming of Africa

10,000 Birds

Bird book of choice is the “Birds of East Africa” by Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe, a Helm Field Guide covering Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi – also the first complete guide to cover the 1388 species found in this region. Also, find some practical and down to earth travel advices for the Mountain “Gorilla Highlands” region (southern Uganda and northern Rwanda) in this pdf brochure (40 Mb).

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I knew nothing about "the obscure effort to amend the Montreal Protocol"

Environmental Economics

The talks in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, did not draw the same spotlight as the climate change accord forged in Paris last year. Until today: Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.

Highschool kids develop algae superfood to feed Africa’s hungry

Green Prophet

Since its original inception, the Tel Aviv high school project has expanded to actual involvement with African countries like Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Beginning originally on South Africa, the project is also being tried in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 1.5 Algae as superfood?

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Engaging Compassion in Boston. ~ Enver Rahmanov

Elephant Journal

Gaza… Syria…Burma… Rwanda… Tibet… the sorrow of violent tragedies that I have learned in my generation seems to have crossed all the borders. Boston. Baghdad. New York. Kabul. Tel Aviv. The reality is that are no borders, even if we try to build the walls and fences that separate us.Hurt, like love, travels thousand of miles.

Paper or Plastic?

Environmental News Network

The video highlights global plastic bag ban successes like Rwanda, but it also “attempts” to be “balanced” as well and questions the sourcing of recycled bags and the landfill impact of paper bags. I recently came across the following video from DNews ( Discovery News ) briefly addressing the age old grocery store bag question of ” paper or paper? It’s quite educational and entertaining, and I suggest anyone with a spare 3 minutes to take a peak.

Israel Strengthens Environmental Ties to Africa: Part 1

Green Prophet

In June, Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Orite Noked, visited Rwanda and declared that Israel would soon establish a Centre of Excellence, a hub of agricultural development and innovation, in Kicukiro District, Rwanda. Israel now has relations with 44 African nations, more than at any time in its history.

Science for Nature & People (SNAP) Accepting Proposals for New Working Groups

Nature Conservancy - Science

This Working Group will focus on helping Rwanda, one of the World Bank’s core implementing countries for natural capital accounting, determine the value of non-market services in two priority landscapes. The results of this work will directly support Rwanda’s development planning process, as well as underpin the central role of natural capital in economic output. Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda © Rwanda Government/flickr via creative commons.

Let’s bounce! on tires upcycled into rubber-soled shoes

Green Prophet

Jena Kitley, Alani Fadzil and Lauren Joseph looked to Rwanda for inspiration, an African country where 90 per cent of the population works in (mostly subsistence) agriculture. “Rwanda has an abundance of tires , a durable, flexible, waterproof material, which was suitable to be used for the sole of the shoe.

IKEA and UN Unveil Prefab Solar-Powered Refugee Shelters

Green Prophet

The ongoing Syrian conflict has put refugees at their highest number since 1994 – a terrible year for the people of Rwanda and Yugoslavia; this year – in time for World Refugee Day – IKEA and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have unveiled a solar-powered home designed to protect women and children living in makeshift camps.

Python Caves and the Very Dangerous Bats

10,000 Birds

The latter species is now nearly an Albertine endemic, as the region of western Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern DR Congo is an area high in interesting endemics. I had planned to do another story today, but my laptop, sick of endless David Attenborough DVDs, Skyrim and searches of birding in South Africa made a break for it and took a swan dive off my bed. The resulting damage to the screen means that I am exiled back to my very ancient desktop.

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Tilmann Waldthaler Has Lived On His Bike For More Than 30 years

Icebike

Renate was on her way to work as a nurse in Rwanda. Tilmann Waldthaler has been cycling since October 1977! So far he has visited 143 countries and cycled 462,000 km (287,000 miles). His tours have been full of adventure, including crossing the Himalaya mountains, being shot at in Iran and meeting his wife in the middle of Sahara. In this interview he explains how he travels, why he does it and how you can do it too. Why did you start to bike around the world?

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Mushroom Man, Crime-Fighting Reindeer & Saving Silverbacks

Nature Conservancy - Science

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Sabyinyo group of mountain gorillas. Photo © Carine06/Flickr. By Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team. We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler : Biodiversity & Wildlife. Can ecotourism save mountain gorillas? (The The Breakthrough Institute).

Ethiopia Can’t Afford The New Nile Dam

Green Prophet

Even if the other upstream countries – Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda – are interested in securing more water rights, none of them are in the financial position to lend a monetary hand. :: The Economist. Ethiopia insists it will build the Grand Millennium Dam, but there is no money behind the words. Defiant Ethiopia is proceeding with its plan to build the Grand Millennium Dam on the Nile river , but what kind of dam can they build without cash flow?

Bike-Friendly Cities, Overheated Trout and Protein 2.0

Nature Conservancy - Science

Gender mainstreaming in Rwanda puts more land –and decisions — into women’s hands. Last summer’s heat wave in the upper Midwest took a toll on populations of native trout, which don’t survive water temperatures above 77 degrees F. Photo credit: Flickr user Al_HikesAZ , via a Creative Commons 2.0 license. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

10,000 Birds

The first Lions to be re-introduced to Rwanda a few days ago were sourced from Tembe. The history of Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa is a slightly unusual one. It was founded as a safe place for refugees from the Mozambique Civil War , which ran from 1977 to 1992. But it wasn’t founded to serve as a refuge for human refugees, but animal ones, specifically elephants.

Sigourney Weaver Gets Audubon Award, Tells Ladies to “Kick Ass”

Eccorazzi

She explained that her time with mountain gorillas in Rwanda for “ Gorillas in the Mist &# taught her the importance of saving habitat and that her role in “ Avatar &# as a botanist who champions the natural world pushed her further into protecting the earth. Last week, the National Audubon Society honored actress Sigourney Weaver with the Rachel Carson Award at the organization’s annual Women in Conservation Luncheon.

Speak With Sarah Silverman When You Support Galapagos Solar Campaign

Green Prophet

By 2020, Energiya plans to spend $20 billion on 10,000 MW of solar capacity in countries as far afield as Rwanda and Romania. Sometimes it takes a touch of star power to boost solar energy projects, which may be why comedian Sarah Silverman has publicly supported Arava Power and Energiya Global founder Yosef Abramowitz’s latest solar campaign in the Galapagos Islands.

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France’s new ban on plastic throwaways should be extended globally

Green Prophet

China, Bangladesh, South Africa, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda Botswana, Kenya and Ethiopia have enacted total bans. France has passed a new law that bans cups, cutlery, plates, and takeaway containers made from plastic. It’s The part of the nation’s Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, which will also carry out a ban on plastic bags in grocery shops and markets beginning in July.

Protection Working for Mountain Gorillas

Eco Friendly Daily

The 329-square-kilometre national park is home to about 340 gorillas, a third of the total world population: The rest live in a second population straddling the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last week brought a bit of good environmental news from Africa: for at least some of our charismatic primate cousins, forest protection seems to be having an effect.

Israel’s Captain Sunshine a CNN Green Pioneer

Green Prophet

Abramowitz and his family recently volunteered in the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, where he instructed youth about the potential of solar energy. See two green pioneers from the Middle East featured on CNN this weekend. Yosef Abramowitz , from the Israel-based Arava Power Company , was chosen as a leading environmental figure by the CNN television network from among a global pool of candidates.

Elephant Ivory Project: Team Finds Lots of Elephant Dung, Heads for Home

Wend Magazine

but carrying them past the corrupt Congolese border guards into Rwanda for our flight is a risk we’re hoping that we don’t have to take. Lomami River at the village of Obenge. We were recovering at our Obenge base camp when we heard the strange screams. Pardon Papa! Pardon Papa!” over and over again, with a sound like bamboo being chopped down prompting each yell.

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Egypt Holds On Tight To Nile Water Rights

Green Prophet

Since 1929, Egypt has held a near-monopoly on the water, but last year Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda signed the Entebbe Treaty that neither Egypt nor Sudan recognize in order to arrest that monopoly. As its grip on the Nile river slips away, Egypt reframes the tone of its negotiations. Egypt has announced a final effort to re-negotiate the terms of the Cooperative Framework Agreement which apportions water from the Nile River to various basin countries.

Egypt Losing its Mighty Nile Drop by Drop

Green Prophet

Egypt does not recognize a recent agreement signed by Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, that seeks to allow irrigation and hydroelectric projects to go ahead without Cairo’s consent. Ethiopia and other African countries upstream have plans to divert Nile River water. What does this mean for Egypt?

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Modavanti: Hot Summer Sustainable Style

Eco Chic

Handmade by women artisans in Rwanda receiving fair wages. We want modern styles that look good and do right. But the question of where to shop is not always apparent. Stuck? We’ve got a hint that will make it easy. Modavanti , an online boutique, is quickly becoming the web destination to shop sustainable fashion. Stocking some of the industries’ hottest brands, they’ve got an eye for style and a heart for moving fashion forward.

A Special Gift For A Great Cycling Charity

Icebike

One trip to Rwanda completely changes their perspectives. Disease, war, poverty and genocide have riddled Africa for decades. Unfortunately movies and television shows have brought more awareness to this problem than the best documented news story ever could. For the devastated continent, any help and awareness is needed. A few years ago a German based bicycle club of 600 members, Bike Aid , decided to help in a very unique way.

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

10,000 Birds

Mountain Gorillas are best observed in Uganda or Rwanda And to avoid – currently, one needs to be very cautious if planning a trip to Ivory Coast, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (the People’s Republic or Congo-Brazzaville is however safe), Burundi, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and a few other unstable nations. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears.

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