Tag Archives: africa

What Exactly is This Kwanzaa Thing That You Keep Talking About?

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Tomorrow is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of shared values, in which we all strive to become better people and work to build a stronger local community. The holiday has African harvest festival roots; the name is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, meaning “first fruits”, and lasts from December 26th through January 1st. Each new day highlights a different principle upon which we concentrate, such as sustaining our collective Umoja (Unity) and Imani (Faith).

Endangered Baby Hippo Rescued by South African Animal Sanctuary

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Last week Britain’s Daily Mail reported about a South African wildlife sanctuary that is now caring for an orphan baby hippopotamus, who was rejected by its mother shortly after it was born. The hippo has been named Prince Harry, is just a few days old, and will require round the clock care. The eleven pound infant presently needs 125 ml of milk every few hours.

Green Renaissance: Helping Nature to Fight Back

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This inspiring image of a bicycle-powered lawn mower drifted through my social media stream today. The pedal-powered idea is so simple and beautiful, it is utterly genius. The photo came from a South African film production company called Green Renaissance; the organization specializes in working with non-profits and other environmentally conscious businesses interested in promoting nature conservation and sustainability.

Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics on the Fourth Day of Kwanzaa

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Today is the fourth day of the Kwanzaa season, when we all join to celebrate the principle of Ujamaa, focusing on the important economic benefits garnered from working together. The principle highlighted on today’s holiday encourages people to seize the means of production and create our own new innovative community based business models.

More Illegally Dumped Radioactive Waste Found on Somalia’s Coast

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Yesterday the BBC reported that radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima reactor site are ten million times normal levels. As the oceans near the damaged nuclear plant are becoming contaminated with increasing amounts of nuclear radiation, concerns are growing about how much radioactive poison the planet’s seas can withstand.

However, although it is not receiving anywhere near as much attention as the unfolding disaster in Japan, the massive amounts of illegally dumped radioactive nuclear waste that are still being thrown into Somalia’s oceans potentially could prove to be an even more deadly catastrophe.

Greening the Sahara Desert

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If you haven’t heard there are plans to “green” the Sahara Desert or build a Great Green Wall of Trees, maybe now’s the time to catch up on the discussion. News is that the project is moving forward. Here’s more from gizmag: An ambitious project that aims to turn arid desert land into a green […]

Kalahari Bushmen Fighting for Their Rights

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Kalahari Bushmen live in a world we do not understand. They can live in an environment their whole life that we could not survive in for just a few days. Yet local and international government officials have discounted their quality of life and put them in more and more unwanted situations, threatening not only their […]

Africa Getting its First Giant Wind Farm

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Four Cape Verde islands have just been granted funding to build Africa’s first giant wind farm. The project is being considered a model for other African countries. The European Investment Bank (EIB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) agreed last week to give 45 million euros ($62.84 million) “to design, build, and operate” this onshore wind […]

Biodiversity Takes Center Stage at WED in Rwanda

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Mount Sabyrino in Rwanda It is a great honour that Rwanda has been chosen by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to host this year’s World Environment Day (WED) on 5th June 2010. This year WED is designed to celebrate the Year of Biodiversity; communities around the world are encouraged to take action to protect […]

Mango Glut Overloads Brisbane Garbage System – Gluts in Africa are Critical and Need Solutions

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While Brisbane’s waste removal system battles to discard perfectly good mangos, this contrasts starkly with the difficulties and opportunities associated with agricultural produce gluts in poor communities in rural Africa. Brisbane Mangoes So good is the mango harvest this year, that residents of Brisbane’s suburbs are battling to get rid of their excess mangos. Apparently […]

Zimbabwe Rhinos Poisoned by Poachers, Horns Sold to South African Dealers

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Wildlife conservationists in Zimbabwe are struggling to protect endangered rhinos – and now the uphill battle includes war veterans who have gotten into the rhino poaching business. In yet another setback to Zimbabwe’s wildlife conservation efforts, war veterans settled near the Humani Estates in the Chiredzi District are allegedly poisoning rhinos living on a nearby […]