Trees Are My Best Friends, India

Here is another example of Gaia funding that has led to a much greater result.

In 2013, the Gaia-Movement’s Tree-planting Fund supported a number of associations with funds for tree planting campaigns, among them Humana People to People India. Much came out of this directly in the form of trees planted  in many of the Indian states, and it led to more funding with many more people involved and many more trees planted.

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Read here the beautiful book made by Humana People to People India called Trees Are My Best Friends – a book on Environment, Art and Education (4.7 MB).

Climate Compliance, St. Vincent

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a small nation in the Caribbean. The Gaia-Movement has previously worked together with the institution Richmond Vale Academy on a tree planting project on St. Vincent, and has recently given a loan for a solar energy system to support the institution’s efforts to make the whole nation Climate Compliant.

Such an endeavour starts by setting up good examples of what can be done.


Open or download a presentation about how the people at Richmond Vale Academy work with renewable energy – Changing-the-World HiRes (11MB). In low resolution (0.5 MB), Changing-the-World LoRes

Watch the Youtube movie about Richmond Vale Academy working to become climate compliant – Making RVA Climate Compliant

Firewood saving stoves, Mozambique

This is an example of how the Gaia-Movement has helped an organisation start an environmental activity which has then opened up for such activities on a larger scale.


Read here how the 2012 Trial Stove Project in Mozambique started up exactly as a trial.

It then developed into an actual production and sales of firewood saving stoves, which you can read about in this report from ADPP Mozambique – Firewood_saving_stoves_project (1.5 MB)

Movie on “Biofuels for Local Development”


Read about the project in Guinea Bissau, “Biofuels for Local Development”, where small-scale farmers have been trained and helped to expand their jatropha fences, and use the nuts to produce oil.

Or watch the movie “Our Climate, Our Challenge. Guinea-Bissau” made by Humana People to People. Parts of this film is about the people and the issues targeted by the “Biofuels for Local Development” project.

Extreme weather could become norm around Indian Ocean

One more example of how countries in the poor part of the world will be hit by extreme weather and natural disasters as the globe heats up.

This study shows that there is a great likelihood that the weather in countries around the Indian Ocean is becoming more extreme due to cyclical changes in the ocean temperatures and the impact these have:

What do the torrential rains that swept across a swathe of East Africa in 1997 have in common with the record-breaking drought that Australia has just emerged from? Both can be blamed on El Niño’s Indian Ocean sibling.

A study looking at how climate change will affect this ocean oscillation pattern has predicted that if the world is allowed to warm uncontrollably, these kinds of extreme events will become the norm by 2050.

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is an oscillation of warm water across the equator. In the oscillation\’s positive phase, sea surface temperatures in the Arabian Sea rise whereas temperatures around Sumatra, Indonesia, fall. In the negative phase, it’s the other way around.

As well as being blamed for Australia’s recent dry spell and the 1997 East African storms, the IOD\’s positive phase has been linked to droughts in Australia and dry weather in Indonesia over the last 6500 years, according to a 2007 study of fossilised coral. The study also concluded that positive events are becoming more frequent, with an unprecedented 11 occurrences over the past 30 years.

via Extreme weather could become norm around Indian Ocean – environment – 29 November 2013 – New Scientist.

Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Could Drive Japan’s Renewable Energy Future

From Renewable Energy World:

Chris Rose

Less than three years after the disaster at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, a hotly-anticipated floating offshore wind turbine began operating 20 kilometres from the damaged site on Monday.

A number of news organisations reported that Yuhei Sato, governor of Fukushima, said that the floating turbine could become a symbol of the region’s desire to become a green energy centre.

“Fukushima is making a stride toward the future step by step,” Bloomberg quoted Sato saying at a ceremony marking the project’s initiation. “Floating offshore wind is a symbol of such a future.”

The experimental project is funded by the government and led by Marubeni Corp. It requires approval from local fishermen before becoming a commercial operation. The 2-megawatt turbine from Hitachi Ltd. was nicknamed “Fukushima Mirai,” the Bloomberg report said, adding a floating substation has also been set up and bears the name “Fukushima Kizuna.” Mirai means future, while kizuna translates as ties.

Two more turbines by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., with 7 MW of capacity each, are expected to also be installed. Bloomberg noted the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has said the floating offshore capacity may be expanded to 1,000 MW.

“For Japan, which is surrounded by deep oceans, floating wind turbines hold the promise of opening up large areas to produce clean energy,” the Bloomberg story added. “The technology involves attaching turbines to structures that float in areas too deep for traditional towers fixed to the seafloor.”

via Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Could Drive Japan’s Renewable Energy Future.