The Swedish solar water purifier and heating system Solvatten collaborated, in 2016, with Kinondo Kwetu Clinic in Southern Kenya to improve health and hygiene in malnourished children. Two years later the impact of Solvatten jerry cans on the health of children in this region has been dramatic.
The population of Kittiwake seabirds in the island of St Kilda in Scotland is plummeting for different reasons, one of which could be related to climate change. In this video, made for the National Trust of Scotland, wildlife filmmaker Simon Goodall describes some of the challenges for this island. The National Trust is holding the Love Our Islands campaign where you can support researchers and conservationists to preserve the natural ecosystem.
2016 was a decisive year for the global commitment against climate change. Three events in November highlighted a critical moment in the global action against global warming. Firstly, the Paris Agreement came into force on 4 November. Secondly, the Agreement was ratified at the Marrakesh Conference between the 7th and 18th. Finally, Donald Trump won the election on November 9, after proclaiming in his campaign that the United States may withdraw as a subscriber of the Paris Agreement. Given the new political uncertainties in the climate agenda, a new strategy has been consolidated to put pressure on the markets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The divestment movement has resulted in 688 institutions and 58,399 individuals across 76 countries. Some governments, have even committed to “divest” their savings from fossil fuels to meet global warming mitigation targets. This means £4.1 trillion has been moved from funding fossil fuels to funding sustainable sectors such as renewable energy or social housing.
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made 2016 the hottest year since records began. Scientists have warned that the exploitation of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) is primarily responsible for carbon dioxide emissions and we need to reduce the production of these fuels. Ecological movements worldwide have begun to tackle this problem by showing that we can all take action to help the situation. In this primer, we present the background knowledge and explain how you can get involved.