I am a young man from Senegal and I'm working with lead in Africa for the sustenaible development and the protection of the environment. I am working for the promotion of biogaz like new energy.

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In very deprived communities in upper west region in Ghana, we teach them the benefit of renewable resource in the community and the effect when they are misused.

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I hail from a town Bhopal which has witnessed the wrath of infamous MIC gas back in 3 Dec 1984.
The casualties who were lucky to survive, are left with cursing their fate as they have suffered life long disorders.
The only way we can ensure these sort of incidents do not happen again is by introducing a referendum which ensures that there be periodic inspections of plants and every organization on this planet must strive for sustainable energy and use more renewable sources of energy.
Safeguarding the interest of mother earth will ensure a better and brighter future for us.

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The EzyStove - a simple cookstove developed as part of the UNV-supported Community Based Adaptation (CBA) programme in Namibia - is a fuel-efficient, easy-to-use and environmentally friendly stove designed for poor rural households dependent on burning wood or paper on open fires for their cooking and heating.


The easily assembled stove consists of a fire chamber fitted into a metal frame. Because the chamber concentrates the fire’s heat, it reduces wood fuel consumption by two thirds to heat food or liquid.

One and a half kilograms of wood can produce the same heat as 6 kg of wood on an open fire. Tests also proved that the stove can boil two litres of water within 11 minutes whereas it takes up to 30 minutes to do this on an open fire.


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The design also produces between 60 and 80 per cent less emissions and a fraction of the wood smoke. As a result, the stove can be used indoors.

Cutting trees for fuel in Namibia is resulting in alarming amounts of deforestation, causing extensive desertification. Widespread use of the new stove will markedly reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.


Originally designed by university students in Finland, the EzyStove came to Namibia through Creative Entrepreneurs Solutions (CES), the NGO implementing the CBA programme in Namibia. A group of Namibian women tested and tweaked the stove’s design and received backing from CES and the Swedish company Ergonomidesign to incorporate their ideas into the updated product.


The CBA programme in Namibia promotes self-help groups to increase the resilience of communities to the effects of climate change. There are CBA programmes in nine other pilot countries.  Delivered through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)-Small Grants Programme (SGP), the CBA programme is a five-year UNDP global initiative, largely funded by GEF along with other donors, such as the Governments of Japan and Switzerland, and AusAID.


In seven out of nine CBA countries, UNV partners with UNDP to enhance community mobilization, facilitate volunteers’ contributions and ensure inclusive participation in the project, as well as to facilitate capacity building of partner NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs).


The CBA programme in Namibia strives to create an enabling environment that encourages self-help groups of men and women to form and generate collaborative community initiatives on a voluntary basis and across the various sectors of the community. The members share the same experiences of the socio-economic challenges of poverty and the same common purpose to mitigate and adapt to climate change.


The stove comes from the factory as flat sheet metal panels, a few bent steel rods and some rivets.  It can be easily assembled in a small local workshop without advanced tools.

CES has donated 150 EzyStoves assembled in its Ondangwa workshop to communities around Namibia to make the product known and get communities to commit to producing the stove independently. The stove costs about 150 Namibian Dollars (N$)(<20US$) to produce, but will be sold at a subsidized price of 30N$ (<4US$) to make it an affordable alternative even to the poorest households.


The stove’s local manufacture will create new jobs and encourage entrepreneurship.

Alors qu’environ 1,4 milliards d’individus n’ont pas accès à l’électricité et dans le contexte actuel du changement climatique, il est nécessaire de garantir l’accès et assurer la fiabilité des systèmes d’approvisionnement énergétique sans impact sur l’environnement. Catherine Collin, ingénieur du vivant et Volontaire des Nations Unies auprès de l'UNESCO donne un aperçu des activités de renforcement des capacités dans le domaine des énergies renouvelables au Mali.


Mali UNV 2011

Pour satisfaire la demande énergétique sans cesse croissante, le recours aux énergies renouvelables présente des avantages considérables: contribution au développement économique et social, fourniture plus stable en énergie, atténuation du changement climatique et réduction des impacts négatifs sur la santé et sur l’environnement.


Afin d’appuyer les pays africains à lever les contraintes limitant l’expansion de la valorisation des énergies renouvelables au service du développement durable et de l’élimination de la pauvreté et, en particulier, à travers le renforcement des capacités des ressources humaines, le Bureau multi-pays de l’UNESCO à Bamako s’est engagé à organiser, en collaboration avec ses partenaires, des formations annuelles sur l’électrification solaire dans les zones rurales et isolées.


Ainsi, les Première et Deuxième Ecoles Régionales d’Energie Solaire pour les Pays Francophones d’Afrique ont été organisées en 2009 et 2010. Au total, 44 participants en provenance du Mali, du Niger, du Burkina Faso, de la Côte d’Ivoire, du Sénégal, de la Guinée-Bissau et du Togo ont été formés sur la théorie sur l’énergie solaire et la conversion solaire photovoltaïque. La troisième édition de l’Ecole d’Energie Solaire pour les Pays Francophones d’Afrique a été organisée par le Bureau Multi-pays de l’UNESCO à Bamako du 28 novembre au 7 décembre 2011. Considérant les recommandations émises lors des deux premières éditions, la durée de la formation est allongée afin de mettre l’accent sur les aspects pratiques, notamment la réalisation d’exercices de dimensionnement de systèmes photovoltaïques et la visite d’installations de grande envergure.


Bien que le potentiel technique pour l’énergie solaire soit le plus grand parmi toutes les sources d’énergies renouvelables, les notions relatives à l’énergie éolienne et à la bioénergie seront également présentées lors de cette édition 2011 et 3 modules de formation sur l’efficacité énergétique sont prévus. L’Ecole visera également à aider les Etats au déploiement global des énergies renouvelables en abordant les aspects relatifs au coût et au montage de projets ainsi qu’à la recherche de financement.

Thank you for this privilege to share our work on Sustainable Development. to an Non Governmental Organisation called LEAD-AWA Nigeria, (www.lead-awa.org) a subsidiary of LEAD International(www.lead.org). Recently my Team started a project on "Energy for Sustainable Development". This project is targeted at involving all stakeholders in the Energy sector of Nigeria to foster a new policy on Energy. The policy will ensure that Energy is not only made available for Sustainable development but that it its provision ensure environmental sustainability too. We have started consultations and negotiations with Government agencies and Non Governmental agencies too. The Policy generated as a result of this project will be forwarded to the National Assembly for ratification and signing into law. We also have developed a book on Sustainable Development (With emphasis on energy conservation). We are working with the Ministry of Education to include Sustainable Development in the Primary and Secondary School Curriculum. We hope to achieve these objective before the end of 2013.

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We recently had 400 people volunteer to test our new App VELObill. This will help zerofootprint build a better product for energy users to better understand their consumption habits and make smart choices to conserve. VELObill recently awarded the Grand Proze for the most popular App in the US Department of Energy's 'Apps For Energy' contest.

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Renewable energy and resources such as water is a good factor that affects poverty and development. I am looking forward to combating the the challenges affecting the communities by offering energy initiatives to underprivileged communities through giving out free solar kits in order to survive the energy barriers.

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For three months (April-June 2012) I worked as a volunteer in an organisation called Energética, which promotes energy access in rural areas in Bolivia. This organisation deals with solar energy, enabling decentralised energy production, which allows many people to have access to energy by a smaller cost than if they were connected to the main grid.
During the time I worked there I was dedicated to researching energy-related topics. First, I looked into equipments that could be used to produce energy from biomass, particularly from the residuals from agricultural and forestry activities. Second, I analysed different institutional models for decentralised energy production in different countries. Bolivia does not have the notion of independent energy producers that can sell energy into the grid. Developing this decentralised energy production has the potential of increasing both energy access and the share of renewables in the energy matrix.
While I was in Bolivia, I supported the activities of other organisations as well, working with fund-raising activities and research about international law. My experience in the country was truly rewarding!

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I have always made people around me to know that renewable energy is important by assisting to give the filament lamps with energy bulbs and equally sensitizing the state around me the importance of saving energy. Now trying to get some people to donate solar lamp to some of the villages around me it as been fulfilling.

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