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Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

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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The Empire in Africa
Located in Western Africa, Sierra Leone is a nation caught in a struggle between extreme poverty and extreme wealth; while diamond mining provides the bulk of the country’s income, most of its people struggle to survive by raising their own crops. In 1991, a civil war broke out in Sierra Leone, with a rebel group called the Revolutionary United Front taking on government forces in a bid for a more just economy and an end to hunger. However, the forces behind Sierra Leone’s mining interests were more interested in protecting their investments than changing the economy, and both the nation’s military and the RUF fell into indiscriminate violence against all parties involved. In all, 70,000 people lost their lives in the nearly 15 years of fighting, while millions lost their homes and many thousands were maimed. Filmmaker Philippe Diaz took a camera crew into Sierra Leone in the midst of the fighting to document the bloodshed and tell the story behind the brutality; The Empire in Africa is the result, which incorporates interviews with politicians and military figures with footage of the mayhem. The Empire in Africa received its North American premiere at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival.

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Kaufen für die Müllhalde in Afrika

Die Welt ist gross genug für alle, aber zu klein für die Gier Einzelner!

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Educational Rap! Countries of Africa!

Rhythm, Rhyme, ResultsRhythm Rhymes Results

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?

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

The Burkina Faso 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.
Community involvement

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.

Villagers building a fence


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.
The protected areas are exposed to various threats: theft of the fence or parts thereof, bush fires, sneaking in of goats or other cattle. In order to prevent any of this to happen, the village has to hire a guard responsible also for the maintenance of the fence.


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 to iPods or iPhones, and share with friends.




Joelle’s Top 6 of the 80’s!

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Enjoy this treetastic 80’s PLAYLIST:

Again it wasn’t easy at all but Joelle 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!

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Ölpest – im Niger-Delta an der Tagesordnung

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.



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by Stefan(at)MyTree.CH 22.11.2010


Gewidmet all jenen
mit Luxusproblemen.

Luxusprobleme sind per Definition
Probleme, die nur durch Reichtum entstehen,
durch die Geburt in die richige Familie oder Nation
Probleme von denen die Armen nichts verstehen!

iTunes – iPhone – iPad
Me, MYSELF and I- First!
Others dream of an iBread
while our earth is going to burst

Social-Network? Wie “sozial” ist dass denn?
Kommunikationsspielzeug für die Reichen
and was haben sie denn schon zu sagen?
Jedenfalls nichts über die Armen!

Zeitvertreib mit Smart-Phone und Co.
Aber sag mal ganz ehrlich: Wieso?
Wieso denkst Du Dein Smartphone wird Dir etwas nützen,
wenn wir gemeinsam die Erde ins Unglück stürzen?

Würden sich die Blogger im selben Masse,
für unsere Umwelt interessieren
wären weniger Arme auf der Strasse
und die Erde könnte länger weiterexistieren!


Hans Rosling’s new insights on poverty

Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.

About Hans Rosling

As a doctor and researcher, Hans Rosling identified a new paralytic disease induced by hunger in rural Africa. Now he looks at the bigger picture of social and economic development with his… Full bio and more links

The seemingly impossible is possible!


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