A glimpse into the future
Climate changes are already here.
The people living in the African Sahel, located between the Sahara Desert and the equator, have always lived with an inhospitable climate. But now they are trying to survive the impacts of climate change – rising temperatures, prolonged drought and unpredictable weather patterns. Climate change has undermined food security and created terrible food shortages, forcing many to flee to the cities where they only add to pressures on already fragile regimes. Terror attacks, fights over land and even civil war now beset once stable countries.
Is this a glimpse into our future?
Different parts of the world will experience climate differently. Typically, the poorest will suffer the most, but climate change will touch all of us. And not just humans. Every species – from plankton to prime predators – will suffer. If you are a living being on this planet you will know climate change.
There is still hope
During the month of April Warm Heart participated in Global Giving’s Climate Fund campaign. We are very excited to announce that we were able to fully fund the first of ten farmer community Social Enterprise Cooperatives to turn crop waste into biochar. We are building a model that can be replicated anywhere.
This month’s Environmental Progress News is dedicated to all of the groups around the world who are working on solutions, whether it be to end global warming, or help those who are already affected by climate change.
Below are a few of the groups that participated with us in the Climate Fund campaign.
We admire the work they are doing, and hope to help them raise awareness and the money needed to accomplish the goals they have set to help resolve global warming and climate change.
To learn more about the individual projects, click on the title to go to its Global Giving page.
3 years of poor monsoon rainfall has led to severe extended droughts in Bandhavgarh impacting all. Thirsty prey animals enter villages to drink & graze crops. Predators follow in search of food & take livestock. People can’t afford to lose crops/livestock to wildlife so look to end the conflict by fair or foul means risking tigers’ lives. Our project will provide solar-powered borehole pumps to bring underground water year-round for tigers & their prey thus reducing human-animal conflict.
A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015 and 7.3 magnitude on 12 May claimed life of around 9,000 people in Nepal and directly affected above 8 million people. Due to the destruction of houses, people were forced to refuge in open space and many lost most of their belongings. At many places, electricity distribution infrastructure has also been damaged and people are using kerosene lamp. This project aims to provide solar powered lamp.
Nongbri F. lives in Dympep, a small village in the remote northeast of India. For her livelihood, she depends on the forest surrounding her village. But this forest is under threat. WeForest helps Nongbri and the people from 62 other villages in the East Khasi Hills region to plant trees and restore the original subtropical forest and its unique biodiversity.
Setting up 10 small women groups to train women on how to make and market clean and efficient cookstoves will save hundreds of lives and combat deforestation and climate change worldwide. Local women will be trained to make clean, efficient cookstoves out of clay. These cookstoves only require a handful of kindling and generate much less smoke than traditional ones. Women groups will provide equipment, marketing training and support.
This project trains and certifies local fishermen as coral gardeners, boat captains, scuba divers and artisans. Our goal is to reduce over-fishing on the reef while providing stable tourism jobs for local fishermen and their families. Fishermen will not only contribute to the tourism economy, but also to the health and well-being of the reef ecosystem. This innovative project will help restore local reefs and prove a positive example for replication in other tourism destinations.
This project will increase long-term resilience to climate change, social crisis, and political crisis, for 8 communities in Kenya and Ethiopia most vulnerable to upheaval. We do this by investing in indigenous East African leadership to deliver training and resources: installation of simple, appropriate drought-resistant technology such as water storage, shade nets, and ecological small garden design; and connection of people to good seed, including local seed sources in their region.
The annual Vietnam Climate Leadership Camp (VCLC) aims to empower young activists in Vietnam where has been experiencing climate impacts like sea level rise, drought and salinization. This annual camp will provide the participants with knowledge about climate change, its relation to energy and campaigning skillsets. Upon returning to their own provinces, each participant will initiate local campaigns to build momentum working on climate mitigation and advocating renewable energy (RE) use.
Help save vital wildlife habitat in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains by supporting rangers who patrol the forests to secure the survival of elephants, tigers, gibbons, storks, and other endangered species. The Cardamom Mountains face severe threats from wildlife poaching, illegal logging, land grabbing, and slash and burn farming. The effect is devastating on the rich local biodiversity and tropical rainforest. Wildlife Alliance supports rangers to protect this ecosystem, and strives restore the habitat through effective park management, patrols, and enforcement of policies to protect this jewel of Southeast Asia.
The capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone is prone to environmental disasters such as flooding and landslides. This is partly because of the deforestation of the surrounding hills, where trees and the vegetation have been indiscriminately cut down for firewood and unplanned housing. This project is helping to restore vegetation by planting trees in the surrounding hills. Our efforts are focused on reversing deforestation as recommended by the Environment Protection Agency.
Mayan Power and Light is an innovative, self-sustaining development model that empowers rural women through social businesses to distribute affordable solar power, water filters and fuel-saving stoves past “the last mile.” 40 women train in 1 year of empowerment and business training; 12 women’s micro-businesses distribute solar and filters and educate people in rural areas about the health and economic benefits of these technologies. Every year they bring solar lights to 10,000 rural people.
Focus on Biochar
At Warm Heart our Stop the Smoke campaign focuses on ending agricultural burning by giving farmers the tools and incentive to stop open field burning and make biochar instead.
Surviving into the future
What advice can we give our children as they face a future fouled by our mistakes?
- Never stop working towards reducing global warming. Identify sources, and implement solutions.
- Adopt sustainable farming practices to ensure food security.
- Develop alternative energy sources until they are no longer dependent on fossil fuels.
- Clean the planet of the plastic pollution that is killing our ecosystem one species at a time.
- Plan future growth to be sustainable.
And we can – should – offer our deep apologies for our past short-sighted selfish and suicidal behavior.
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