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Sustainable energy and climate change from Leonidas Nzigamasabo (President World Merit Burundi)

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Sustainable energies, synonymous with renewable energy, are sources of energy whose natural renewal is fast enough that they can be considered inexhaustible on the scale of human time, therefore all energies that nature constitutes or restores more quickly than man uses them and does not pollute the environment as a whole.
We cannot say that before the years 1993, everything was good and holy, but for example from those years in our area we noticed an alternation of imbalance at the environmental level see the alternation of different kinds of political crises that have caused poverty to such an extent that quite a few Burundians have engaged in activities that could cause the greenhouse effect, but it seems that much effort has been made to combat these activities, but we have not been so satisfied that we can sit down, a lot of the effort to put into them is necessary.           
In these past years, quite a few Burundian citizens did not know what sustainable energy means, so many of…

Reflections on 2019; onwards and upwards

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What a year! As we were putting together the December version of our Impact Report, we reflect on a big year for the World Merit community.

We have re-connected with many long-term friends and colleagues within the World Merit family. We created beautiful partnerships with likeminded people, organisations, governments, businesses and institutions. We met people who left an ever-lasting impression, who have inspired us to do so much more than what we are already doing.

We reflected and went back to where it all began: We created a touching video of our Manifesto, written by our founder Chris Arnold when World Merit was born.

We stripped down, all in order to see the nakedness, the vulnerability, our mistakes, the cross-roads, the challenges. The teething aches and growing pains. We embraced where we are and celebrated how far we’ve come. We took a deep breath and started to put the foundation back together.

We revisited our vision: We are here to unleash the upcoming generation to create w…

A climate safe world by Carlo Steensma

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“We take 100% responsibility and stop blaming others. We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion, and genius. This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one. This is the human agenda” – Paul Hawken

Our oceans are heating up at the same pace as if you were running 100 microwaves at the same time, all day and all night. But not just you, but 7.8 billion of us simultaneously. Or five atomic bomb explosion every second for the past 150 years.

Those are just scientific models, showing that the past 5 years have been the warmest on record, that in Bangladesh one in seven people will be displaced and lose 11% of its land in 30 years. But these are backed up with actual events, extreme fires in Australia & the Amazon, floods in India and Indonesia, polar bears walking in densely populated areas in search for food, 50 billion bees wiped out in 1 winter etc. etc. The hea…

7 easy and simple tips for a sustainable new year

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Looking back over 2019, what we can all agree upon, is that one of the global issues deserving a great deal of attention and change is our home, our planet. At World Merit, we believe that small every-day actions can make a huge difference in the longer period of time. We say, instead of a few people making tremendous life changes, let's all contribute in one way or another to feel better and have a positive impact on our very surroundings!

So, if you are looking for easy and doable tips to live a more sustainable lifestyle for the new year, here you go:

Take Out Your Bike 

It is no secret that most vehicles we use every day (public transport, cars, motorbikes, etc.) produce harmful carbon dioxide. However, not everyone can avoid using these vehicles due to weather or other conditions. What can we do? Time-to-time take out our bike or take a walk to go to school, work or the grocery store. So, next time the weather is nice and we have the chance to go somewhere with our bike, scoot…