Recycling - From E-Waste to Resources
>A look at what happens to our E-Waste and how recycling could create jobs in developing countries through recycling plants, save valuable metals used in e-waste and prevent hazardous materials being dumped on the developing world.
Trees, Water and People - Sasakawa Prize Laureate
Trees, Water and People (TWP) collaborates with local NGOs to distribute fuel-efficient cook stoves which burn 70% less wood, saving families US$1 - $5/day, and decrease harmful carbon emissions by 1 tonne CO2eq/year per stove for domestic users. The project also includes reforestation efforts which to date account for the planting of three million trees in Latin America
Clean Affordable Lighting solutions - Sasakawa Laureate
Nuru Design brings clean, affordable lighting solutions to rural communities in Rwanda, Kenya and India with portable, rechargeable LED lights. The lights can be recharged by solar panel or by human power using the world’s first commercially available pedal generator. The reduction in kerosene expenses saves households up to USD$8 per month per household.
UNEP interview with H.E. William Kayonga
H.E. William Kayonga, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to Kenya, speaks with Satinder Bindra, UNEP Director of Communications, about the recent announcement that Rwanda will host World Environment Day (WED) 2010.
Hope in a Changing Climate
Drawing from the Loess Plateau experience in China, this documentary demonstrates that it is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, to restore ecosystem functions in areas where they have been lost, to fundamentally improve the lives of people who have been trapped in poverty for generations, and to sequester carbon naturally.
Biodiversity for development - A global action day
What is biological diversity? Why is it important? Why do we keep losing species, genes and ecosystems at unprecedented speed? What will be the consequences? What are the costs? And how can we reverse this trend? These and similar questions will be widely discussed throughout 2010. The goal is to help people understand how important biodiversity is for healthy and sustainable development on earth.
Union of Green - Green economy
An economy that is more environmentally responsible and therefore longer lasting and that holds the promise of social justice. Achieving a low carbon global economy requires large scale investment in new technologies, equipment, building and infrastructure which will be a major stimulus for much needed employment.
Blue Carbon, the new frontier
Blue carbon sinks such as mangroves,
salt marshes and sea grass may be absorbing up to 50% of the world’s
transport emissions and yet we have lost 25-30% of these precious ecosystems
in the the last 60-70 years. One possibility is for countries in the
north to pay countries in the south to preserve and rehabilitate these
ecosystems in an effort to combat climate change.