Solar power raising income levels in Kenya

December 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on SolarLove Solar powered lights are changing the way people do business in Kenya. In the town of Embu, which is located in central Kenya northeast of Nairobi, Violet Karimi is a farmer who can now take advantage of the evening hours to sell her produce, thanks to the arrival of solar lights …

US position and interventions in the Mid-East, to protect oil interests, laid the groundwork of today’s problems. Here’s how

By Robert Kennedy Jr., excerpt cross-posted from Politico …America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria — little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians — sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIL. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware …

Indigenous land rights: how far we’ve come and how far we have to go

By Katie Reytar, Peter Veit and Nicholas Tagliarino – August 09, 2016 cross-posted from World Resources Institute How well do national laws protect the interests of historically marginalized Indigenous Peoples? Photo by Thomas Muller/SPDA Peru Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, observed every year on August 9, the anniversary of the first meeting of theUN Working Group on …

Start a small sustainable business competition in your community!

It’s not hard to start a sustainable business competition in your community.  It takes some advocates and some seed money… August 8th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Ecopreneurist. The Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition will award $10,000 to the winning contestant and another $10,000 in runner-up awards. The entrepreneur competition has been established by The Nature Conservancy in …

With 85% of people living off the land — farms or pastoralism — drought from climate change is a big deal in Ethiopia

Cross-posted from NCRonline ADIGRAT, ETHIOPIA As Ethiopia emerges from the worst drought in decades, you’ll have to look very hard to find the expected results of severe drought: emaciated children, skin-and-bones cattle, malnourished nursing mothers desperate for food, skeletal elders hovering in doorways. Unlike the horrifying images that garnered world attention during Ethiopia’s infamous drought from 1983 to 1985, most of …

Indigenomics: building sustainability and long-term ecological alignment with our values, bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development

Carol Anne Hilton wants Canadians to add a new word to their dictionary: Indigenomics.  Definition: The practice of bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development.  Hilton, who is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage, launched the word four years ago as a Twitter hashtag: #Indigenomics. Canada, says Hilton, needs a new language to move toward reconciliation. It’s a language she speaks …