Climate change, time for Africa to invest in new energy initiatives

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Tatenda Matewa, is a graduate from MSU in Zimbabwe. In this post, Tatenda looks at the different opportunities for sustainable energy production in his country and across the whole continent of Africa.

Every day I wake up to the sound of crying ravens, flying all over the hood, landing here and there to scavenge for food. This year has been extremely different from other years. The longer I stand outside, their cries remind me to look into the sky and see how naked it is. It reminds me of the myth that if ravens cry over a long period of time, they signal the change of weather. But this has been happening for almost a month now yet the weather didn’t change.

New Year. No meat.

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After a successful deal was reached at the Climate Change Summit in Paris last December, environmental issues are becoming ever more important and scrutinized in daily life. Evie Muir, 21, a returned volunteer from South Africa on the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme, tells us what changes she’s making in her life to reduce her environmental impact…

What climate activists can learn from Sunday School leaders

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Robert White is a development economics and planning consultant based in London. In this post he considers the need for increased public support of emissions mitigation policies and encourages everyone to play their part.

We can’t all be ‘young heroes’, but everybody can inspire change. To make a difference you don’t need to fly to Paris, work for a green start-up, or get teargassed by the Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité.

Restless Development’s first ever Green Week.

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Last week marked Restless Development’s first ever global  ‘Green Week’. It was a huge success as staff in the UK, Tanzania, India, Zimbabwe & Nepal took part in activities and challenges designed at raising awareness of climate change and how we can all do our bit to help the environment.

Aligned with the second week of the UN Climate Talks in Paris, Restless Development’s Green Week saw staff and volunteers come together to share their voice calling for a #CoolerPlanet.

The impact of climate change on Nigeria

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Olumide Idow is a climate change activist from Nigeria who founded the environmentalist action group Climate Wednesday. In this post for our#CoolerPlanet series, he explores what impact climate change could have on Nigeria – as well as the impacts it is already having.

Climate change has become a new reality and a worldwide phenomenon, but what is climate change? What impact could it have on Nigeria? And how can we mitigate any negative impacts to ensure that climate change does not have disastrous consequences on Nigeria? Giving answers to these questions are at best guesstimates as no one can be definitive about them, but we still need to start thinking about them today to find answers to tomorrow’s challenges.

How the real revolution against climate change will begin

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Marcelo de Medeiros is the Climate Working Group Coordinator at Engajamundo, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Brazil formed by young people for young people. In this rallying post, he calls upon civil society to understand its strength and to take on climate change.

Since I started working on and studying about climate change people ask me: “What’s up? how long this world will still have until everything collapses?”. Then, I look to the side and I see dozens of mobilized young Brazilians. They have sparkles in their eyes when they speak on the subject to other young people and invite them to be active players in finding solutions to the biggest challenges we have ever faced.

The Effects of Human Created Technology

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Saffran Mihnar is a climate activist from Sri Lanka working with the Earth Lanka network. In this edition to the #CoolerPlanet series, he examines the effects of human created technology on the environment and how further advances could provide solutions.

The human species’ use of technology began with the conversion of natural resources into simple tools. The prehistoric discovery of how to control fire and the later Neolithic Revolution increased the available sources of food and the invention of the wheel helped humans to travel in and control their environment.

The impact of climate change on Uganda

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Margaret Balikagala is the Youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Programme Coordinator for Restless Development in Uganda. In this post for the #CoolerPlanet series, she looks at the various impacts climate change has on Uganda.

Increase in average temperatures, change in rainfall patterns and total annual rainfall amounts are the most critical climate change issues in Uganda. The implications for the Ugandan people are significant, with a change in temperature having an effect on water resources, food security, natural resource management, human health, housing and infrastructure. Meanwhile the rain causes flooding, which  affects transportation, housing, social services and people’s livelihoods.

5 ways you can tackle climate change at a grassroots level

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James Crawley is a Y Care International returned volunteer who is currently in Paris for Camp Climate – an event focusing on youth participation at COP21. In this blog, he lists five easy ways that you can start to tackle climate change at a grassroots level.

COP21 (conference of Parties) hopes to bring world leaders together to create a binding ‘agreement’ on addressing climate change. It can all seem a bit technical at times and perhaps it seems like there is nothing we can do. The good news is that’s not true! Here are some ways you can tackle climate change at a grassroots level:  

The UK may not be recognised as a champion for climate change, but that may be unfair

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Jessica Simonds is a postgraduate student in Violence, Terrorism and Security at Queen’s University in Belfast. She is also a member of the action/2015 Youth Panel as a representative for the British Youth Council. Follow her experiences at the youth climate camp in Paris via twitter on @JKSimonds.

The UK may not be fully recognised for its ability to combat and champion climate change, but this author will argue that this may be unfair. As an island nation, we have been given the evidence of how our sea levels will rise and our land mass may be diminished. This could affect us in more ways than having to worry about adapting to smaller territory. Some see it as a national security concern, some see it as a moral concern, whereas others fear for our economy and physical safety. This article hopes to engage you in the topic of our legislation and our ambitions