Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Library

August 23, 2010

A comprehensive list of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organizations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents…

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Why Water

August 5, 2010

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.

Source:  charity: water.org

Imagine Leadership

October 27, 2009

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership

World Food Programme

October 16, 2009

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How we can make a difference…

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Playing for Change

August 10, 2009

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

Forestle

July 13, 2009

Forestle

Forestle is a “green Internet search engine”. We use our advertising revenue to protect endangered rainforest regions in order to keep our worlds most precious ecosystems intact and fight global warming.

Forestle earns advertising revenue from clicks on “sponsored links”. These are text links which are displayed next to the generic search results on the result page of our search engine. The sponsored links at Forestle are delivered by our partner Yahoo.

All of our income (minus about 10% administrative costs) is donated to the adopt an acre program, which is run by The Nature Conservancy – one of the most renowned environmental protection organizations in the world. They use the money, which is generated by Forestle, for the sustainable protection of the most precious rainforests on our planet.

Source: forestle.org

Gapminder

July 7, 2009

A great application that is preloaded with statistical and historical data about the development of the countries of the world.

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Global Hertitage Fund – MIRADOR

January 29, 2009

mirador_3d_6101Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is a proposed 525,100 acre protected area located in the heart of the Maya Biosphere in northern Guatemala. Mirador is home to the earliest and largest Preclassic Maya archeological sites in Mesoamerica, including the largest pyramid in the world- La Danta. Experts describe the Mirador as the Cradle of Maya Civilization.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Maya Biosphere has lost 70% of its forests in the last ten years. Establishment of the Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is our last chance to protect the last remaining forests of the Maya Biosphere from total environmental catastrophe (see cover showing 2000-2005 fires in red).

Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is working with the Guatemalan government, community leaders, the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, to create an economically sustainable park based on the successful model of nearby Tikal National Park.

GHF’s primary conservation goals for Mirador are:

1. Establish a 525,100 acre archaeological and wildlife preserve
2. Secure UNESCO World Heritage designation
3. Become a sustainable protected area within 10 years

Source: GHF 

UTPMP Guatemala

December 17, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a volunteer in “Un techo para mi Pais” and I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the event.  Our objective was to build 20 wooden houses for the people of Palencia, Guatemala. In order to achieve this we were dividend in two camps and then divided into teams of 5 to 6 persons. Each team was responsible of building their house with the new home owners, who welcome us to their ordinary house and treated us like another family member.

They shared their amazing stories about their lives, their work and their family…truly exceptional people who can teach us a great deal about life and who deserve a worthy home.

Now I want to share some gratifying moments:  

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Gorlov Helical Turbine

March 3, 2008

The Gorlov Helical Turbine (GHT)developed by Alexander Gorlov, a Russian civil engineer, is a newly developed technology that provides a reliable source of electricity by extracting kinetic energy form flowing water.

 Whats most important is that GHT is not as expensive as wind or hydro turbines. Also, has great advantages:

  • No flooding from dams
  •  Minimal obstructions of water flows
  • Reliable
  • Low cost, etc.

It is a great alternative!  Take a look at this example:

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 Project Goal: Use Tidal Energy to generate electricity.

Scenario: In the amazon, rural residents are not able to access power lines due to their locations. The only options available to the are solar panels and diesel generator.

 Equipment Needed:

The Helical Turbine rotates on a shaft with a pulley that runs an alternator by means of belt. The alternators chargers batteries when used off the grid.

Results:

  • Accessible Technology
    • About 90% of Tide Energy stations can be built using locally available labor, materials, and equipment.
    • Only the technically refined helical turbine blades are outside components

Benefits:

  • Sufficient to meet basic need of 10 households.