Mr. Trump, Don’t Mess with Nairobi’s Three Rivers

Mr. Trump, Don’t Mess with Nairobi’s Three Rivers

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Environmental Africa

Have you ever swum in a river? I have. And you should do so too if you haven’t. Unlike a swimming pool, a river is vibrant and alive. Unlike an ocean, it is intimate. If the river is relatively small like the one I used to swim in as a ch...

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Investing in frugivores, and the future of biodiversity

Investing in frugivores, and the future of biodiversity

Written By: Jesse Garcia | Environmental Africa

My first-time hiking was through a 1.5-kilometer, manicured trail near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California. The crisp air and the 77-degree Fahrenheit temperature was perfect for shorts and a tank. I never even broke a sweat. Th...

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Machakos Still Searching for Water 43 Years Later

Machakos Still Searching for Water 43 Years Later

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Environmental Africa

Julius Mwongela was still about half a kilometer from his house in Mumbuni in Machakos. His joints were aching. Not because of malaria but due to another long day in the hotel where he worked. He was so tired that it took a while for his ey...

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Students re-establish vital foothold for research deep in African rainforest

Students re-establish vital foothold for research deep in African rainforest

Written By: Environmental Africa | Environmental Africa

In February 2017, a motley crew of college students from UCLA and Cameroon left modern-day conveniences behind and plunged into the rainforest. Their objective: to reopen a remote field station that had been shuttered for two decades and ta...

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Funeral Procession outside the Department of Energy to highlight the impacts of Fossil Fuels

PRETORIA, South Africa, March 23, 2017/ -- Today, activists of the BREAKFREE coalition have taken part in a funeral procession outside the Department of Energy (DoE)...

Préjudiciable comme sa précédente version

États-Unis: Le nouveau décret relatif aux réfugiés est préjudiciable comme sa précédente version Les changements apportés au précédent texte n’ont pas supprimé son ...

African Challenges to African Development

The parlous story of African economic and social development since independence best expressed in the failure to achieve the autonomous capacity for self-actuated de...

Baringo Mentoring in the Dawn of Drought

Baringo, whirlwinds dominated the bare fields. I had to keep covering my eyes with the back of a sweaty hand. The strange thing is every time the whirlwinds would st...

Crowding the private sector into Africa's climate action

It is in the enlightened self-interest of African private sector to begin to mobilise investment capital for Africa's climate action LAGOS, Nigeria,...

Historic Solar Field in Burundi

2,500 celebrate historic groundbreaking in one of Africa's neediest countries for a $14m solar field to advance economic and social development Amid the lush and r...

Un nouveau réseau

La création d’un nouveau réseau destiné à combler un déficit de financement estimé à 150 milliards d’USD qui, dans les zones rurales, empêche les petits producteurs ...

GREEN STORIES

United by Art in Cairo

United by Art in Cairo

Written By: DJ Bwakali | Published: August-18-2015 | Category: Africa's Countries
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My brown eyes are brimming with joy. It is partly because of Shaimaa the young Egyptian lady who has become my sister for the thre...

Burning Cancer Alive

Burning Cancer Alive

Written By: Peace Muchiri | Published: November-28-2015 | Category: Life
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Not so many years ago, a friend of mine died of ovarian cancer. I’m not old. Neither was she. She was in her early twenties....

Cameroon's Forest Dance

Cameroon's Forest Dance

Written By: Environmental Africa | Published: August-16-2015 | Category: Forests
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The thirty eight year old man had his arms outstretched as he danced after scoring his second goal in a 1990 world match against C...

She travels the world through fireplaces

She travels the world through fireplaces

Written By: Peace Muchiri | Published: November-20-2015 | Category: Mama
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Her vocal chords bring to life the world of fantasy. They resonate with the sound of drums and music to tell wondrous tales. The o...

The Dreams and Fears of a Woman from Rukira, Rwanda

The Dreams and Fears of a Woman from Rukira, Rwanda

Written By: Environmental Africa | Published: August-17-2015 | Category: Life
Tagged Under: mama, sustainability

I am a woman. A Rwandan woman. I was born in the eighties so I am young enough to be called a youth but old enough to counsel yout...

AFRICA AGRICULTURE

Ethiopia's Green Miracle

Ethiopia's Green Miracle

With a crucifix dangling around her neck and a big smile on her chocolate face, the middle-aged lady from Abrha Weatsbha community in northern Ethiopia clasped a big green mango that she had just plucked from a mango tree in her f...

Bring me my Bananas

‘Umshini wami mshini wami!’ My machine, my machine. With his arms outstretched, his fists clenched, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma thunders the powerful words of the iconic song. ‘Khawuleth'umshini w...

Burkina Faso’s Islands of Fertility

As Blaise Compaore, the immediate former president of Burkina Fasso fled his country in a convoy of heavy military escort, he left behind streets full of demonstrators and farms full of uncertainty. According to World Bank estima...

One and a Half Acres of Food and Hope

She sighed. Her rough hands clasped the jembe, hoe in her hands tightly as a rapid song replaced the sigh. Every swing of the jembe was in sync with the fast beats of her song. Her bare feet found solace in the soft, wet loam soil...

Meet Australia's Cash Cows

There doesn’t yet exist an animal that will grow, excrete or secrete money. We can always hope that this will one day be developed, but modest, well looked-after animals are already capable of providing the raw materials for...

SUSTAINABILITY STARS

The Green Dream

The Green Dream

Step by step, the soles of his feet slapped the hot sand as he ran as fast as he could. The sand was so hot that he felt as if he was stepping on hot water. But this didn’t slow him down. A few meters ahead of him was Katune. Ka...

Murtala Mohamed

In July 1975, thirty-seven year old General Murtala Mohammed, took over as Head of State while President Gowon was away in Kampala, Uganda attending the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Heads of State Summit. Addressing the n...

Asante Sana Wangari Maathai

On the morning of 24th September 2011, the world woke up one morning to the sad and tragic news that Professor Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist, human rights activist and Nobel Peace prize winner passed away the previo...

Brains and Passion

It is not often that brains and passion converge. Highly intellectual people are often devoid of visible passion that can rouse and move others. They may be able to perfectly articulate an intellectual argument but rarely do they ...

The Africa I See - Mwalimu Julius Nyerere

‘The history of the world is but a biography of great men.’ These words were uttered by Thomas Carlyle, the nineteenth century Scottish historian. Going by these words, the history of East Africa in particular and Africa as a whol...

FRENCH STORIES

Un rêve tué dans son nid

Un rêve tué dans son nid

Bélise se leva, déplia sa jupe kaki et alla demander la permission de sortir de la salle de classe pour aller se soulager. À vrai dire, elle s’ennuyait de son cours de chimie, qui devrait durer deux heur...

Quand une langue devient une personnalité!

Quand je rêve, je rêve en anglais. Au moins, je pense que c’est ainsi. Il se peut que je sois tellement fixée sur mes racines anglaises et mes pensées conscientes en anglais. Il se peut que je ne me...

Quand le SIDA devient ton jeune compagnon!

Rwanda. Kigali. Doriane affichait un grand sourire de satisfaction en regardant la salle propre et bien rangée après le départ des enfants.  Ces derniers avaient fait un effort supplémentaire pour lui faire plaisir parce qu’il...

Un Espoir sans Visa

Les eaux chaudes de la Méditerranée frappèrent mes pieds pendant que la brise fraîche de la mer calmait mon âme lasse. Pour être sur les plages humides de la Méditerranée m’avait presque coûté 2000 dollars, ce qui constituait une...

Les vacances d’une féministe!

Il est Mardi. Un mardi ensoleillé, un mardi chaud et brûlant. Le téléphone que Céline tenait à la main sonna et elle le contempla come une œuvre accrochée à un mur. Son cerveau oublia de lui rappeler que généralement quand un télé...

RIVERS OF LOVE

Mr. Trump, Don’t Mess with Nairobi’s Three Rivers

Mr. Trump, Don’t Mess with Nairobi’s Three Rivers

Have you ever swum in a river? I have. And you should do so too if you haven’t. Unlike a swimming pool, a river is vibrant and alive. Unlike an ocean, it is intimate. If the river is relatively small like the one I used to swim ...

The Electrical Catfish of Zambezi

Kalene hills, Zambia - Thunder and beauty. These are the two words that come to mind when the Zambezi River begins its epic journey in the bosoms of Zambia’s Kalene hills. Although the thunder of Victoria Falls is still silent at ...

Rowing Away From Poverty

Tete Mozambique – Pedro’s tiny boat dugout looks like a brown ant against the expansive blue backdrop of the lower Zambezi River. He is twenty years old and although his hair is black, fluffy and plenty, the weary lines around his...

The Shy Whistling River

Seriously, that river was something else. Kept me cool when it was hot. And boy, it sure was hot during the August holidays. You see, every holiday, the day after the schools closed, Papa would see to it that we boarded the trai...

Behind the Wonder of Victoria Falls

Although you will be expecting it, the spray will catch you by surprise. It will drench your happy face and leave a lasting mark in your heart. You will have seen the spray from miles away as it often rises to heights of up to fou...

FOREST NEWS

Investing in frugivores, and the future of biodiversity

Investing in frugivores, and the future of biodiversity

My first-time hiking was through a 1.5-kilometer, manicured trail near the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California. The crisp air and the 77-degree Fahrenheit temperature was perfect for shorts and a tank. I never even broke a s...

Students re-establish vital foothold for research deep in African rainforest

In February 2017, a motley crew of college students from UCLA and Cameroon left modern-day conveniences behind and plunged into the rainforest. Their objective: to reopen a remote field station that had been shuttered for two deca...

A Day in the Nourishing Hands of Mau Forest

The first time Mumo heard about Mau her adrenaline pumped to levels that only allowed her to compose songs she would sing with any kid she came across in this foreign land. Mumo is one of the long serving Peace Ambassador with a r...

The Forest that Rules the World

Mabelé was tired. His 6,2 frame was soaked in so much sweat that the sleeveless black top he was wearing was completely wet. The huge log that he was sitting on was rugged and hard but it felt like a soft sofa beneath him. He kept...

Birds and People of Kakamega Forest

A few meters from a dusty path that leads towards Kakamega Forest in western Kenya lies a medium sized house whose rusty iron sheet roof glints softly in the late afternoon rain. A stone throw away from the craggy house stands a...

LIFE NEWS

Top French Auction House Joins the Growing African Art Market

Top French Auction House Joins the Growing African Art Market

PIASA, one of France’s most distinguished auction houses, will hold its third sale of Contemporary African Art, “Origins and Trajectories” on November 17 in Paris, featuring the work of 50 African artists. PIASA’s ambit.

A Typical Day of a Modern Professional Rwandan Woman

The City of Kigali wakes up and invades the dirty and paved streets. It’s a city that is walking towards the Vision 2020 and its full ambitions. The Rwandan woman wakes up with it as early as the first signs of nighttime fade. Th...

Embracing Mentorship in Kenya's Baringo County

I was at it again with Mumo of course. This time round in Baringo, on a mission to mentor high school students on a vast number of issues. In order to aid their transition from high school to tertiary level of education accompanie...

The Centre for Hope or Mockery Disguised

In the middle of the disorder of an informal settlement, accompanied by musty scents from the never ending sewer in the labyrinth of the drainage trenches and hips of solid waste that occasionally harbour human waste in the name o...

A Second Look at Mozambique's Maritine Contracts

  In 2014 a think-tank chaired by Kofi Annan had estimated that Africa lost $20bn a year on fishing and logging, with Mozambique one of the worst sufferers BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 30, 2016/ -- Privinvest (www....

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Green Travel

Joie de Vivre in Lagos

When my Kenya Airways plane touched down in Lagos Nigeria at 3.30 in the afternoon, I peeped out of the tiny windows and smiled at the airport workers who were busy d...

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Meet Amina from Lamu Island

“This is Ksh 800 while this leather one is 1,200.” She says of some awesome brown African shoes to a white woman who looks more interested on the beautiful wo...

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Rivers of Love

Mr. Trump, Don’t Mess with Nairobi’s Three Rivers

Have you ever swum in a river? I have. And you should do so too if you haven’t. Unlike a swimming pool, a river is vibrant and alive. Unlike an ocean, it is intimate. I...

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