Georgia Potton is a Campaigns Coordinator at Restless Development, leading our new climate change campaign. In this post she celebrates World Earth Day, the signing of the Paris Agreement and showcases the youth activists taking local action across the UK.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.