All posts tagged with: GEM Sustainable Development

United Nations Student Leadership Conference on Development 2013

Posted December 2, 2013 no picture Rachel_GEMConnectLeaders_Philadelphia_USA

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The concept of global citizenship, recognizing our individual roles as citizens of one race, was an idea not heavily emphasized upon when I was a high school student. The presence of the United Nations Student Leadership Conference on Development is now becoming the first step for students at a young age to see the global impact they can have alongside their fellow classmates whether abroad or national. Understanding the power and impact of youth remains a continuing goal for the h...


Fresh Water For All

Posted December 3, 2013 no picture Kelly_GEMConnect_StJoseph_UnitedStates

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http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24049800 In September of this year, there was a recent life changing discovery in Africa. In the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya, a large supply of water had been detected. This pool of water is indeed clean, and can supply the country for nearly 70 years. This discovery was made thanks to scientific research of the area by use of satellite and radar. With clean water, this area will grow agriculturally, and economically. This reg...


Energy Development Improvements in Nepal

Posted December 3, 2013 no picture Alexis H.

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Renewable energy sources are being developed and promoted by the Rural Energy Development Programme, especially in Nepal. Such improvements include small hydropower and solar heating systems that provide reliable, low-cost electricity to large rural communities. Since 1996, electricity has been brought for the first time to almost half a million people in Nepal by the almost 400 micro-hydro power plants. These improvements have led to the creation of new businesses and increased ru...


California is Making Clean Energy More Available

Posted December 3, 2013 no picture Sean_GEMConnect_Hammonton_USA

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Clean energy is becoming more and more of a necessity. But, it's not available to everyone. California's Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to make it possible for California's residents to purchase clean energy. Most of the state's residents were unable to make use of the copious hours of sun to power their home due to the fact that they either rent their home an therefor do not own their roofs, don't have enough of a credit rating to install the solar panel, or their roof is simp...


Does this world belong to us or do we belong to this world?

Posted February 3, 2014 no picture Ishan_GEMConnect_Chennai_India

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There was a time when all people in the world were trying to conquer it and rule over it. In other words they were trying to make the world “theirs.” Many of us today believe that man has improved since then, but have we really? We still treat the world as if something is ours alone and we will do whatever we want with it. We still use (actually exploit) resources as though they were made only for our consumption. It’s high time we realise that this world, our Mother Earth,...


Curious about Deforestation

Posted February 9, 2014 no picture Mrs. Maitner

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Deforestation is when humans remove forest areas and the land is turned to something other than a forest. Sometimes this is done because humans need the trees or because humans need to use the land as farmland or even to create a city. The video above provided by NASA shows a place in Africa where the forests have been cleared and you can see the dirt coming through. National geographic website says "Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but swaths...


Sharing to conserve

Posted February 16, 2014 no picture kavya_GEMConnect_Chennai_India

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In the Arabari forest range of West Bengal, Amit Bannerjee, a silviculturist was working on a project involving a type of hardwood tree. His experiments were constantly disturbed by the illegal grazing and harvesting of wood by the area's local population. At that time, the government viewed locals as a thieving nuisance .Mr.Bannerjee decided to take a different approach. He contacted representatives of various local communities of the area and drew up an agreement that discussed the sha...


Plastic Eating Fungi!

Posted February 16, 2014 Avatar Shivaani_GEMconnect_Chennai_India

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Polyurethane – hard plastics. It is used in gaskets, shoes, hose pipes, and more. Plastic is choking the Earth, it is being strewn all over the land, and it takes 450 years just to start degrading. I recently read a fantastic article that gave me tremendous hope and also reinforced the idea of the importance of biodiversity. Somewhere in the jungles of Ecuador, a group of students from Yale University, on their annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory, found a fungus that...


Decision Making in Developmental Projects

Posted February 25, 2014 no picture Guru_GEMConnect_Chennai_India

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The most critical issue with development is getting the right resources to where they are needed most and ensuring that those resources are being used in a sustainable manner. The greatest failure of community development to this day is the wasting of resources due to a lack of knowledge of the realities on the ground. It is this lack of meaningful investment - “the tragedy of aid” - which is the reason why even though a lot of money has been allocated to development projects,...


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