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Keeping Gansu green

Gansu province in western China is poor, polluted and parched. After 29-year-old Zhao Zhong survived a serious climbing accident, he decided to dedicate himself to preserving Gansu. He founded the environment protection organization, Green Camel Bell and also publicized the water pollution map to raise awareness among residents of just how pollution their region had become.

Listen to the report by Ruth Morris in Gansu, China:

Keeping Gansu green

Zhao Zhong

Zhao Zhong’s life was changed by a dangerous climbing accident

Date

Tuesday 02.10.2012 | 12:31

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Village children planting a future

High up in the Andes, a new climate project called “Valley and earth for our children” is teaching young village children how to grow plants and get to know Mother Nature and how to better protect her. The young woman who founded the program in northern Chile allocates each child with his or her own small plot of land on which they have free rein to plant and design as they see fit. The young climate campaigners are already planting trees for their next big project – a forest for children. Watch this DW video to see how.

Date

Wednesday 13.06.2012 | 09:59

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Environmentally friendly engergy source gives students a job

Wood is the main source of energy in Cambodia, which has resulted in widespread deforestation. In response, French NGOs have developed an alternative – charbriquets made from coconut shells and dried organic waste. The fuel does not use chopped lumber – giving it a clear advantage. The briquets are inexpensive and burn longer than wood. Factory manager Carlo Figa Talamanca who took over the company from his former employers now wants to reach a wider market. He is working with a French aid group that turns students into a sales force. Talamanca is confident that his social enterprise SGFE (Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise) will soon reach profitability.

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Friday 04.05.2012 | 14:13

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Liberia’s first recycling center

James’ biggest hope is to empower the people in his community. One way he is doing that is by running a recycling an compost center in Monrovia, Liberia. He provides jobs with a purpose – and helps keep the city cleaner.

Listen to the report by Tamasin Ford:

Liberia recycling

James Mulbah Green Center

Liberia's first waste segregation and recycling center

James Mulbah recycling

James in the warehouse of the Green Center with sacks of plastic, cans and scrap metal ready for recycling

James Mulbah compost

James and his workers make compost out of the leftover food from the market women

James Mulbah scales

James weighs a bag of scrap metal to determine how much to pay the customer

Date

Tuesday 13.03.2012 | 13:28

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South African neighborhood turns purple

Lavender Hill is one of the areas in Cape Town, South Africa with a serious gang problem and the highest unemployment rate. Subsequently, there are many cases of drug abuse and domestic violence. Marcelle van Zyl started a project in the area called Lavender in Lavender Hill. The idea is to keep the youth off the street and create employment opportunities by cultivating lavender and making soaps, teas and oils with the plant. The project started last year, but is lacking funds and therefore cannot employ more than five people at the moment. But Marcelle is working hard to keep the initiative going, as it is impacting positively on the community.

Listen to the report by Faatimah Hendricks:

Lavender Hill

For more on the Lavender Hill project, go to their Facebook page.

Lavender Foundation sign

Lavender fields

Marcelle wants to purple the neighborhood

Lavender project

The Lavender project doesn't just beautify, it brings jobs for locals

Date

Tuesday 28.02.2012 | 16:17

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India’s ‘Paperman’ recycles waste to fund education for girls

A year ago, 23-year-old Mathew Jose found out that only 20 percent of the waste generated in India is recycled. This was despite the unique system of door-to-door rag-pickers in India who buy waste from households and sell it to recyclers at a higher price. This inspired Mathew to start a recycling revolution by reviving the unorganized sector of rag-pickers – and raise funds through recycling, too.

Mathew’s passion and faith in his cause is contagious, and that’s plain to see at all his campaigns. But Mathew is quick to insist that the real hero is the movement itself, and the ones who make it all possible – the rag-pickers.

Listen to Pia Chandavarkar’s report:

India’s Paperman recycles waste to fund education for girls

Mathew Jose, right, was inspired by the scrap dealers and rag-pickers in India, who, according to him, are the ones who make recycling happen in India.

Mathew Jose, right was inspired by the scrap dealers and rag-pickers in India, who, according to him, are the ones who make recycling happen in India.

Mathew believes that waste has life, and waste can change lives. That is why he founded the organisation Paperman in July 2010.

Mathew believes that waste has life, and waste can change lives. That is why he founded the organisation Paperman in July 2010.

Scrap dealer Kishan Murthy with his little daughter at his shop

Scrap dealer Kishan Murthy with his little daughter at his shop

Mathew conducts awareness campaigns in schools and residential areas in Chennai. Here, he talks to some students and teachers at a school.

Mathew conducts awareness campaigns in schools and residential areas in Chennai. Here, he talks to some students and teachers at a school.

Date

Tuesday 24.01.2012 | 13:03

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Kenyan environmentalist gives butterflies a future

Emily from Kenya protects the butterfly species that are native to the area. She works with the local young people, raising awareness of the butterflies and of the importance of protecting the environment.

Kenyan environmentalist gives butterflies a future

Learn more about the Kakamega Environmental Education Programme (KEEP) here.

This report is part of Deutsche Welle’s Learning by Ear series. For lots more informative and inspiring stories, visit the Learning by Ear website.

Date

Tuesday 03.01.2012 | 14:59

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Connecting African youth for climate

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Are you between 13 and 35 and have a great idea for how to help the planet and prevent climate change? Connect4Climate is holding a contest ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa. The contest runs through November 15.

Here’s Connect4Climate’s website.

You can submit your entry in the form of videos or photos on their Facebook page.

And don’t forget to share your great idea on the Generation Change blog, too!

Date

Friday 04.11.2011 | 14:00

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Francesco Piazessi from Mexico builds sustainable homes for the poor

Do you know of a similar project in your country? Tell us about it!

Date

Monday 31.10.2011 | 11:43

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African livestock insurance scheme pays out first claims

Andrew Mude, the man behind an innovative livestock insurance program, reflects upon the scheme’s successes so far – and its future potential.

Andrew Mude

Check out DW’s interview with Andrew Mude.

Here’s more about the International Livestock Research Institute.

What kind of unique insurance program would your community need? Share your thoughts!

Date

Friday 28.10.2011 | 14:35

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