All posts by Tom Bliss

Straight Goes from Strength to Strength

It’s great to see one of our project sponsors, recycling group Straight plc,  continuing to lead the way – this time by agreeing a collaborative partnership  with one of the UK’s best known brands of garden products, Stewart. Continue reading Straight Goes from Strength to Strength

Solar power, deforestation and climate change

Access to sustainable sources of energy is a major challenge for poverty alleviation and forest conservation across the tropics. In Africa more than 650 million people live without access to electricity. Lack of electricity and a continued reliance on wood and charcoal for energy not only causes health problems and deprives people of opportunities for education but is an ongoing cause of deforestation. In many parts of Africa the collection of fuel wood for cooking and heating is the leading cause of forest loss and degradation.  Providing sustainable energy to remote rural communities is the focus of a UBoC project in Tanzania run by the Tongwe Trust and Fauna and Flora International. With support from Premier Farnell the project has provided solar fridges for the storage of vaccines in local village dispensaries. The next exciting stage of this project will start in the New Year (more information available shortly). Meanwhile researchers at the University of Leeds have studied how projected changes to climate over the coming century will impact the amount of electricity generated by solar power.

Plans for Dam Withdrawn

I was delighted to learn this week that the Brazilian construction company planning to build one of the dams on Ashaninka land in the Peruvian Amazon has withdrawn from the project saying that it will ‘respect the opinion of local populations’  .  The Bettys and Taylor/UBoC project with The Rainforest Foundation UK has played a key role in this decision through its work with Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene (CARE), helping to make the voice of indigenous communities heard.  Continue reading Plans for Dam Withdrawn