Gallery of projects done in NOV-DEC 2017

i.e. Landscaping,  Hedge trimming, Tree planting, Sod lawn installation, Consultancy.

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Top 5 environmental documentaries of 2016

1. Anthropocene

Anthropocene, a short documentary produced by the ABC-TV Catalyst series, examines the characteristics and the consequences of this oncoming age.

2 Before the Flood

Named the United Nations Messenger on Climate Change in 2014, Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary ‘Before the Flood’ represents the fruits of his efforts to educate himself and others on this pressing crisis. The film takes a sweeping and all-encompassing view of the slowly building catastrophe that is global warming.

3 Great Lakes, Bad Lines

The film concerns the inevitable erosion and malfunction of Enbridge Line 5, a Canadian-owned pipeline that stretches across over 500 miles and transports 23 million gallons of oil through much of Michigan’s Great Lakes on a daily basis.

4 Chevron vs. the Amazon

The oil industry giant Chevron began operating in Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest in 1964. Over the course of thirty years, the Amazon became the victim of unregulated corporate abuse and greed.  Empire Files host Abby Martin visits the scene of the crime in Chevron vs. the Amazon, and uncovers the extent to which the criminal acts of industry have spoiled the riches of a tropical paradise.

5 The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy

The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy, a new documentary produced by the acclaimed VPRO Backlight series, takes us inside the corporate offices and production lines where this groundbreaking work is being done, and examines what it could mean for the future of energy consumption on Earth.

LED Lighting the World

LED Lighting the World.

17| June| 2016
They say with great power comes great responsibility, and it turns out this adage may apply to electrical power as well. In many developed countries, the percentage of the world’s energy consumed far exceeds the percentage of the population that lives there. Extrapolating on this data about energy usage made it clear that if all the countries of the world one day consumed energy at the same rate as these countries, the world’s energy supply and natural resources simply wouldn’t be enough to continue powering the globe.e14-60smd---1

In response to this data, a program was launched in India to provide households with low-energy LED lighting in hopes that energy usage would significantly decrease. The program gave away <a href=”https://www.ledlights.co.uk/wired/worldwide-adoption-of-energy-free-lighting/”>770 million LED light bulbs</a> in the hope of reducing India’s energy footprint. The lights were distributed in 2015, and it’s now time to examine the results and see if the experiment worked.

Visit, https://www.ledlights.co.uk/   to find out more.

 

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The Art of Planting Trees

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Trees play an essential part in giving us a serene environment with clean oxygen air, in cooling the environment and preventing soil erosion not forgetting they also provide a natural habitat for wildlife. Apart from all these, trees make our home and yard beautiful. For lovers of serene environment, the importance of trees becomes a matter of life and living in a natural setting. They also help in adding property value to the homeowner. Planting trees to many may seem like just digging up a hole and setting the tree root in the hole then filling back the soil and that’s it. Apparently, this not the case since there is a guide process to follow for the tree to grow and mature well, even for the next generation to enjoy its benefits.

Tips to consider
Before planting consider the climate of which trees grow best on moderate temperature and rainfall so the roots anchor well. The neighboring surrounding like the drainage system should be considered since you do not want to plant which will later die because of the sewage water. In addition, the slope of the area and erosion are some of the factors not to overlook. However, to plant a tree, you will need a shovel, a tape measure, and a garden hose and here is how to go about.
Procedure
First, mark the ground on where to plan the tree. Then measure the height of the root ball, and then dig a hole that is not too deep to allow oxygen circulation. It should not be too narrow since the root structure will not have room for expansion hence they will not be able to find nutrients for nourishment and to hold on the ground firmly. On poorly drained soils always, avoid glazing that occurs on the sides and the bottom of the hole since a barrier is usually formed making water difficult to pass to the root. Then check for any metal or plastics or any burlap surrounding the ball of soil and the roots and if any cut away completely. If the roots are so compressed use, fingers or a blunt object to tease the fine roots from the densely packed soil and spread them. Seat the tree on the hole and backfill the hole with the original soil and avoid compressing with your feet but gently press with your hands. Then set up the drip irrigation bags since you do not want your tree lacking water, which contributes much to its growth.

Finally 
To ensure and boost the growth of the tree, you can add fertilizers on the planting hole and around the planting hole to promote root expansion and root establishment. Other component like the Mycorrhizal Fungi can be used to help eliminate the damaging fungi on the roots and to establish the root system growth. With all these guidelines, you can now plant many trees of your choice to make your yard beautiful and create a healthy serene environment. Other component like the Mycorrhizal Fungi can be used to help eliminate the damaging fungi on the roots and to establish the root system growth. With all these guidelines, you can now plant many trees of your choice to make your yard beautiful and create a healthy serene environment.

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2015-(THE 3R ACTION)

Celebrating the World Environment Day 2015 with the 3 R’s

On Friday the 5th 2015, the United Nations is celebrating World Environment Day in recognition that “the well-being of humanity, the environment and the functioning of the economy ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.”

The theme for 2015 is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” As people consume far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide, World Environment Day is a reminder to do more and better with less.
According to the World Environment Day program overview at http://www.unep.org/wed, “by 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.”
With the ‘Seven Billion Dreams’ there is a “3 R” Action Plan that can help reduce our consumption of the natural resources towards a greener future..

these are:-
 REDUCE: Lets reduce the amount of waste we produce.

  • Buy products that don’t have a lot of packaging.
  • Borrow or co-share anything that you want to buy and not use always
  • Try walking, taking the public bus, or riding your bike instead of driving to reduce pollution.
  • Reduce the garbage to be taken to the landfill by making compost manure for your gardens
  • Do not print on any paper unnecessary
  • Turning off lights  not in use.

REUSE: Instead of throwing things away, try to find ways to use them again

  • Go shopping with a sack cloth bag rather than waiting to be packed in another plastic paper bag
  • Reuse Plastic containers, Coffee cans, shoe boxes, and other types of containers.
  • donate old and outgrown clothes, toys, furniture, and other things that you don’t want anymore.
  • Use long-lasting silverware and dishes instead of disposable plastic utensils and plates.
  • Store food and food stuffs in reusable plastic containers.

RECYCLE: Create new products out of the old and wasted materials.

  • Purchased products that contain recycled materials.
  • Set apart the recyclable waste for the recycling company, don’t dump together with the non-recyclable ones

The 3R’s Action Plans above are just points to guide to the endless “Seven Billion Dreams” be creative and innovative.

by Jonathan N.

“I pledge to, dream, activate and share towards a greener future. A future that will seek to enhance sustainable consumption of Natural Resources, through promoting the 3-R’s (Reuse Reduce and Recycle).”

Jonathan Njoroge

A Race to Green Energy

A Race to Green Energy 

Article-by Jonathan Njoroge

Summary

‘A Race to Green Energy’ is a radio (audio) documentary, about fuel energy used at a domestic level. The radio doc compares the effects of using the traditional unsustainable energies (Firewood, Paraffin, & Charcoal) to those of using Green Energies (Solar, Wind, Biomass, & Biogas). The documentary seeks to influence change from the use of traditional energy to green energy given their health, economic and environmental impacts. With a few preselected household, the story of a race to green energy has been told from an individual household experience perspective.

Introduction

In April 2013, Docusound Media Literacy Program,was initiated under the  ACP‐EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and funded by the European Union. DOCUSOUND is a project developed byCOL’OR NGO in partnership with Kenya Union of the Blind and the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. The program trained 15 students from Kenya on documentary production. A similar program was running in Senegal Dakar parallel to the Kenyan project.  The project was geared towards empowering the selected team with basic media knowledge and skills of audio documentary production that is “telling stories from the sound point of view”. The training was to enhance sharing of more audio information on social issues affecting our societies today. The reason for emphasis on the audio documentaries, is to cater for the physically challenge (visual impaired) and the marginalized communities/individuals in a society who are otherwise, unable to use or access visual media (TV).

A Race to Green Energy (Radio Documentary)

DSC03015.1Among the various documentary project developed in this program was the brilliant Energy related documentary titled ‘A Race to Green Energy by Jonathan Njoroge’. The radio documentary sheds light on a relatively broad area of alternative energy by taking  a comparative study on the effect of using green energy (solar ,wind, biogas, and biomass) to the use of traditional alternative energies (firewood, charcoal, paraffin). The main goal of this documentary project was to influence a shift towards a more sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly domestic fuels which in-turn improve the health, economic livelihoods, and the environment surrounding every household. The story has been told from an individual household perspective. Characters were pre-selected according to their different experiences of using both unsustainable traditional energy and having made a change to use sustainable green energy.

The Story Feature

The project has been done in a series manner, where it focused on biogas, biomass, and solar energy Verses the traditional firewood, charcoal and paraffin. The first complete episode is a 9 minutes radio documentary on biomass energy featuring Mr. Rueben, from Nakuru-Kenya who tells of the amazing benefits of shifting to Biogas energy, from firewood and charcoal. The second and third episodes are underway.

Click the link below | Listen to the first episode of the Race to Green Energy, series by Jonathan Njoroge.

https://soundcloud.com/docusound_kenya/a-race-to-green-energy

Focus of the Documentary

Advocating For a Shift in Domestic Energy Use

Think about your every livelihood pattern! We have to take at least two or three meals daily and 95% of these meals are prepared using some form of fuel energy. It is therefore appropriate to appreciate that energy is part of our daily livelihoods. It is also important to understand that every form of energy one uses may have positive or negative impacts on his or her health, or on the natural environment. Charcoal, firewood, paraffin, and LPG continue to be the main sources of cooking fuel. Firewood remains the main source of cooking fuel in 68.8% of the total household in Kenya. 90% of the rural population is dependent on firewood for cooking and heating, while in urban areas, approximately 10% of the population still uses firewood. Kerosene on the other hand is mostly used by 87% of the Kenya rural households. Charcoal, firewood, and paraffin are unsustainable energies with adverse negative impact on both human health and the natural environment. Some of the visible impacts are climate change brought about by high reducing forest covers, from the high rates of deforestation in both exotic and indigenous vegetation resulting to adverse environmental effects such as desertification, and land degradation among others and long time respiratory related illness. Therefore, Energy plays an important role in many aspects of our lives, from cooking most meals we take, to lighting our houses and for our transportation among other uses and thus the need for a radical shift to sustainable (green) energy.

Access and use of Green energy

Green energy has been seen as a technical term for an expensive form of alternative energy. This is not the case given that green (sustainable) energy may be as simple as using the tradition (unsustainable) energy in a conservative and sustainable manner. For example, when using charcoal or firewood, they become sustainable when they are used in an improved energy saving- Biomass Stoves that reduces the amount of charcoal or firewood been used at a go, like in open fire cooking. These conserves more energy to cook longer thus making it sustainable. Currently at a domestic level, alternative energies have been introduced at a relatively cheap cost. For example, biogas only needs one or two cows to be able to generate gas for cooking and lighting. Solar and wind energy only needs a onetime installation and you enjoy unlimited lighting energy. There is also a lot of energy in the solid waste we produce daily. Having a special biomass stove that can be fed with biomass waste like plastic paper, dry matter and kitchen waste support environmental friendly sustainable energy. Therefore it becomes much more pocket friendly, healthier, environmentally safe and way much easier to use alternative sustainable (green) energy domestically.

-Jonathan Njoroge