Climate Change

School environment club planting trees in Maroua

April and May are the hottest months in the Far north region of Cameroon. Temperatures range between 36 and 42, sometimes 46 oC - pretty challenging for indoor classes when there is no air conditioning.  At Jacques de Bernon Catholic School in Maroua because of these extreme temperatures and as a a covid precaution,  lessons have moved outside.  It has made the teachers and learners appreciate the shade of mango trees planted on campus by the school's founders. The situation has [...]

Biochar Action sheet now available in french

The FAO estimates that 2.4 billion people depend on wood energy for cooking and heating.  In African countries the proportion of people using wood fuels as a main or only source of energy can be startling. Ninety percent of the population in Sierra Leone are estimated to rely on charcoal or firewood for energy, and 85% in Mali. In Madagascar, Senegal, Chad and Niger, the figures are similar.  In urban areas the trend is from wood towards charcoal.  Charcoal stoves are [...]

Biochar Action sheet

Our new PACE Action sheet explains how, at community or household level, people can take advantage of the benefits Biochar can bring to their daily lives.   Simple, low or no cost artisanal methods to improve lives, livelihoods, and the environment – locally and globally. It was written with Graeme Boyd-Moss, inspired by experience on his parents small holding in north western Kenya. Biochar has been integral to life at Spencer’s Farm for nearly 20 years. It has ensured that they have [...]

‘BIOCHAR’ – carbon negative cooking.

Carbon neutral cooking is good, but Carbon negative cooking is even better. Biochar can achieve just that, along with multiple other benefits to the environment and human well-being.  We learned about biochar from a family in north western Kenya where biochar has been central to life on their farm for nearly 20 years. It enabled them to reverse uncontrolled loss of tree cover and environmental degradation caused by high consumption of fuel wood.  It has ensured that they have clean, safe [...]

PACE training resumes

We are thankful that finally, normal activities, covid-aware and covid-secure have started to resume. After months of school closures pupils in exam years are now back into their classrooms in Zimbabwe, with the rest of students scheduled to return in November. Responding to the reduced restrictions Palloma Pachiti from Sebakwe Conservation Education Centre in the Midlands has already arranged PACE training for key educators for next month.  Lead teachers from Carbon Green Africa and SAVE Valley Conservancy sites are included in [...]

Conservation Education materials on their way to partners in seventeen countries across Africa

We received brand new Conservation Education materials from the printer last week - Energy & Climate Change, and Careers in Conservation, booklets, posters and banners.   You can watch a great little preview of the Energy & Climate Change supplement (production of) courtesy of Ashley House Printing.  Nearly 500 kg of the new materials are now on their way to partners in Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia! Huge thanks [...]

PACE Energy & Climate Change

PACE - Energy and Climate Change. We all depend on energy, yet despite the many potential energy sources in Africa, fuel scarcity and high prices are increasing problems. The PACE energy module helps people address these issues by looking at how to better manage existing available energy sources and explaining simply, some of the alternative, sustainable sources. Energy and Climate Change are inextricably linked, and climate change is already impacting on the everyday lives of human (and wildlife) communities across Africa. [...]

Building Conservation Education Capacity in Zimbabwe

Experts from Sebakwe Conservation and Education Centre (SCEC) and the Kariba REDD+ Project in Zimbabwe came together for a PACE training at SCEC the 19th - 21st August.   It was designed and facilitated by SCEC Manager and PACE Champion, Palloma Pachiti.  Palloma has been supporting Kariba REDD+ in their Conservation Education for more than a year and both sides were keen to train up a resource person on the Kariba staff. Charles Khumalo, pictured right, heads a team of rangers [...]

Thanks to DHL – delivering conservation education materials to teachers on the ground.

Huge thanks to DHL for their ongoing support getting PACE educational materials to hardworking teachers and conservation projects across Africa - nearly 90kg of PACE packs were delivered to partners in Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe in the last week. Laure Diffomene, one of the recipients in Cameroon works with UNAFAS and the EEC, she is a geography teacher in the western highlands of Cameroon. Laure is based in Nkongsamba, at the foot of the volcanic Mount Manengouba. Rainforest on the [...]

Children in West Africa are active in the battle against climate change & environmental degradation

Children in Buea, West Cameroon are living in a war zone - schools are frequently closed and gun fire ('popcorn') is common, but the children are finding time and motivation to take action against climate change and environemtal degradation. Buea is 800 m above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Cameroon, an active volcano and biodiversity hotspot that rises from a coast that receives >11m of rainfall per year to an arid summit at 4090m. The highest mountain in west [...]

By |2020-01-28T15:12:41+00:00May 8th, 2019|Cameroon, Climate Change, Education, School|0 Comments