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Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70’s — and quickly realised how ineffective it was.
Why you should listen to him:
Ernesto Sirolli is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development and is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, an international non-profit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community. The Institute is now training communities in the USA, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland.
In 1985, he pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people. The striking results of “The Esperance Experience” have prompted more than 250 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance.
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Die Welt ist gross genug für alle, aber zu klein für die Gier Einzelner!
Isn’t it quite difficult to remember all the countries of Africa? Well, the guys from Educational Rap have a nice and cool solution:
Countries of Africa
Countries of Africa (A Cappella)
And where is Burkina Faso?
|newTree operates in Burkina Faso since 2001.Results up to now can be found under news.The trees establish and strengthen a sound basis for the life of about ten thousand people. Moreover, these growing trees absorbe about 140 tons of CO2 a year. Which amounts to the CO2 expelled by 56’000 liters of burned petrol or diesel.
The newTree team
Our coordinator, Franziska Kaguembega-Muller, is an experienced biologist having spent six years on research and reafforestation in West Africa.Our local team includes a technician in natural resources, two fence technicians and four assistants. A workshop and a small office in Ouagadougou make up our infrastructure, completed by a four wheel drive pick-up to be able to reach isolated villages.
The newTree team jumps in only when asked for by village communities, and only if the community is fully committed to work for the reforestation. newTree provides the iron posts and the wire. Then the villagers manufacture and build the fence under supervision of our technicians.
Village cooperatives are newTree’s counterparts. They sign a contract binding them to protect the young forest. And they are encouraged to sustainable exploitation of non-wood products, like grass, honey, fruit or nuts.
Take AIM at Climate Change
An upbeat invitation to “Take AIM at Climate Change” – with “AIM” standing for Adapt, Innovate, Mitigate. The lyrics are based on the latest science of Earth’s changing climate, with the music a mix of rap and pop. Four verses connect changes in the Arctic and Antarctic to conditions around the planet, with choruses encouraging long-term thinking, and individual and community action. Optimistic, forward-thinking, but now’s the time to act. “Yes we can!” take AIM at climate change. Download the video or audio versions at TakeAIMatClimateChange.org to iPods or iPhones, and share with friends.
Enjoy this treetastic 80’s PLAYLIST:
Again it wasn’t easy at all but did it! After her very sucessfull Indie-TOP-6-List here is her brand new list of some fantastic musicians from the 80’s!
Thank you Joelle for sharing your memories of the good old times with us!
Please enjoy Joelle’s TOP 6 of the 80’s as if it was yesterday and let us know what you think about her choice!
Die Ölpest im Golf von Mexiko macht weltweit Schlagzeilen – eine ähnlich verheerende Umweltkatastrophe im afrikanischen Niger-Delta im Süden von Nigeria findet kaum Beachtung. Seit Jahrzehnten verseuchen hier Millionen Liter Rohöl das Wasser und das umliegende Land. Trotz des Rohstoff-Reichtums ist die Region kaum entwickelt; Armut und Gewalt sind an der Tagesordnung.
Nigeria’s lucrative oil reserves may have enriched its politicians but they’ve brought little but misery to ordinary people. Now, a rebel group is fighting for a share of the profits. “I need help. I need help,” begs a woman, clutching her young children in despair. Her home has just been demolished to create luxury housing for foreign oil workers. “The oil boom has turned into the oil doom!” laments Pastor Lekia. Across the Niger Delta, there’s growing resentment at the oil industry. “Corruption pervades the whole place, starting with the way contracts are awarded,” complains lawyer Ledum Mittee. “There seems to be some sort of collusion between the oil companies and those in power.” But militia leader Asari Dokubo has vowed to sever that link. He’s fighting to seize control of the oil and give it back to the people. “We own the oil!” he proclaims. “The thieves are the people in Abuja.” And across Nigeria, young men are flocking to his call. Last September, he spooked the international markets and forced the price of oil to $50 a barrel by threatening to attack foreign oil companies. The government was forced to agree a truce but he’s threatened to rearm unless oil companies leave. Nigerians no longer expect help from their own government. It’s militia leaders like Asari who are winning their trust.