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E-Bikes – an innovative combination of mobility and sustainability

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Source of picture: SunCycle website

Here is an image of the SunCycle Namibia e-bike used in the Salambala Conservancy. Edward Mwauluka had clocked 4757.5km on his e-bike! Edward travels more than 20km on his e-bike per day, mainly patrolling the Conservancy against unwanted visitors, but also taking his children to school.

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Sustainable Living Is Possible

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Nature is Home Namibia is a project that aims to produce eco-products and promote a nature loving society. We currently make and sell reusable shopping bags. It is important to live sustainably and in harmony with the environment, because after all our survival depends on the earth. Sustainable development aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. And it is for the future generation that we are all tasked with caring for our environment.

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Are Solar Panels the New Trend?

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BY TREASURE PELEPELE

There has been a recent rise in energy costs and according to the Electricity Control Board a tariff increase of 5%, translating to an effective bulk tariff increase from N$1,61 per kilowatt-hour to N$1,69 per kilowatt-hour for the financial year 2018/19. On that same note, petrol and diesel prices has increased to an effective 60 cents per litre in June. The new pump prices at Walvis Bay will be N$12.30 per litre for 95 Octane Unleaded Petrol, N$12.63 per litre for Diesel 500ppm and N$12.68 per litre for Diesel 50ppm.

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The Paris Agreement On Climate Change:The Essentials You Need To Know

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BY CATHY AMUTENYA

Climate change is a global challenge that does not respect national borders. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level and it requires international cooperation to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy. 

To address climate change, countries adopted the Paris agreement at the COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016.

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From The Land Of The Brave To The Land Of Energy Production

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BY MPHO KATJIUONGUA

Over the next 30 years Namibia’s population is set to almost double, and like the rest of the world, more and more people will be living in urban areas or cities (worldpopulationreview.com). This means that more people will be using electricity and the demand for energy will increase dramatically. In 2017, an incredible 50% of the population did not have access to electricity (Donnenfeld, 2017). In 2015, Nampower produced approximately 420 MW of electricity (NamPower), while peak demand stood at a 656MW. In order to cover our large shortcoming, NamPower agreed on a 5-year power purchasing agreement with Eskom, South Africa’s main energy producer, generating an addition 200MW of electricity to keep our lights on (Donnenfeld, 2017). 

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Transformational Leadership Is Needed To Develop Climate Change Resilient Cities

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BY CATHY AMUTENYA

It is therefore crucial that we scale up efforts to build the capacity of political leaders to effectively deal with climate change issues”, Honourable Laura McLeod-Katjirua, Governor of Khomas Region stated in her keynote address at the opening of a two-day training workshop on ‘Transformational leadership on climate change’ that was jointly organised by FRACTAL project and the City of Windhoek on the 18-19 April 2018 in Windhoek.

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Renewable Energy-An Introduction

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BY CATHY AMUTENYA

We use energy for just about everything. And you may or may not know that most of the energy we use is non-renewable.  This means that it will eventually run out and our children and their children will not be able to enjoy the benefits of energy. Can you imagine coming home and you can’t turn on your lights or worse, surf the Internet!  Well the good news is, there’s what we call renewable energy! This  blog post will give you a brief breakdown of renewable energy in Namibia.  

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Energy Access For Rural Healthcare Facilities

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BY CATHY AMUTENYA

Access to electricity is critical to health care delivery and to the overarching goal of universal health coverage. However, the availability of electricity to support proper health services is less than adequate in many countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) studying over 4000 clinics and hospitals, about one in four health facilities has had an unreliable electricity supply.  

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The Space Between Consumerism And Sustainability For Namibia

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BY MPHO KATJIUONGUA 

How do you spend your money? And perhaps more importantly, why do you spend your money the way you do? The latter really asks us to dig that much deeper, deeper into our motives for why we take money out of our pockets. Questions such as these have been at the fore front of debates concerning consumerism and represent an introspective analysis of our personal spending habits. Formally put, consumerism is a theory that suggests that a country that is based on selling and buying consumer goods will be better off economically.

Mass marketing continuously finds a way to tap into our human psyche convincing us that buying this product or that service will make our lives a little bit easier; convincing other people that we are a little bit more interesting and perhaps most significantly, convincing ourselves that we are more valuable.

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Environmental Rights: A Ticket To A Greener Future

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BY DANIEL MULONGENI

Development that meets the current generations’ needs without compromising the needs of future generations.”

This phrase struck me as it really set the tone for the Environmental Education/Education for Sustainable Development (EE/ESD) policy workshop held at NUST from the 11th to the 13th of July 2017. The workshop provided an insightful platform where various stakeholders presented their efforts towards Environmental Education in Namibia. The presentations linked the benefits of their efforts towards promoting environmental education and education for sustainable development.  The purpose of the workshop was to review the EE/ESD policy in Namibia and the potential implementation in the Namibian school curriculum in order to mainstream EE/ESD across sectors in Namibia (for more on this,

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