Environment

Environment

Civil society reiterates call for a ban on geoengineering

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Geoengineering is an ineffective and irresponsible approach to the challenges posed by climate change. Its risks and potential impacts are global and extend far beyond the climate discussion. All of the proposed technologies carry large-scale risks for biodiversity, ecosystems, food security, human rights, health and democracy. It creates new threats to peace and security at the national, regional and global scales, both through the unintended but foreseeable exacerbation of underlying conflicts and through the potential for weaponization of geoengineering technologies. And it would further entrench our dependence on a fossil fuel economy.

Climate Change

The Big Bad Fix – The Case Against Climate Geoengineering

The “Big Bad Fix” provides policy makers, journalists, NGO activists, social movements, and other change agents with a comprehensive overview of the key actors, technologies and fora relevant in the geoengineering discourse. It delivers a sound background analysis of the history of geoengineering, the various vested interests shaping it, and case studies on some of the most important technologies and experiments.

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Food Security

Challenges in implementing a Right to Food framework in Kenya

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The article raises key questions that are necessary for setting the context for a Right to Food framework in Kenya. What is food security? Is food security the same as the Right to Food? When a country speaks of having achieved the Right to Food, who is at the centre of its considerations? How is the political economy connected to the realisation of the Right to Food? In his analysis, Philip Kilonzo argues that too much emphasis is placed on agricultural commodities trading from Kenya into global markets and that too little, disjointed and problematic attention has been given to local food needs and livelihoods. This makes the Right to Food in Kenya at best, words in a constitution and at worst, almost impossible to achieve.

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Extractive Resources

Roads to Justice: The Impacts of Road Construction in Northern Kenya

This article looks at the current road infrastructure development in Northern Kenya. It demonstrates numerous instances of non-compliance with national laws, provisions of the environmental management plan and environmental impact assessment license, and illustrates the grave ways that the local community is being impacted by these violations. It points out the need to adhere to the rule of law, which is there to protect rather than deprive us of a prosperous nation.

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Renewable Energy

Energy Futures in Eastern Africa

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Whereas the momentum of economic development in the 20th century depended on abundant fossil fuels and centralized electric power, countries are now revisiting their energy strategies to reduce the risks of unpredictable climate change. Our countries are not exempt from this dilemma. Should they continue to power their transition from agricultural to industrial societies by exploiting fossil fuels and centralized power? Or is a different energy system possible? Which investments will get priority? Who will benefit from whatever energy system is put into place, and who will be the biggest losers? 
 
Produced by the Society for International Development (SID) with the support of  Heinrich Böll Stiftung, East and Horn of Africa Regional Office, this booklet presents and explores possible scenarios that could unfold in four Eastern African countries. The analysis and three stories presented imagine practical future scenarios for energy and how these would affect energy poverty in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania.
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What we do

The Environment component operates projects and activities in the East and Horn of Africa under the umbrella of three priority areas; Climate change, Food Security, Extractive Industries. Renewable energy ideas and strategies are also considered.

The overall focus of this component is to ensure that there is good governance of resources, food security and that there are effective climate change responses to the benefit of all the members of the society.

In appreciation of the fact that the East and Horn of Africa region is particularly likely to suffer the most due to its geographical location and weak institutional, human, economic and financial capacity to cope with the multiple impacts of climate change, food insecurity and poor exploitation of natural resources. Heinrich Böll Stiftung seeks to create a platform to engage and ensure that the non state actors have the knowledge and capacity to devise strategies that promote regulated resource exploitation; address weak governance structures/policies; ensure communities not only benefit from the resources but become food secure.

Sunita Narain: Taking the local, making it global

Sunita Narain, director of CSE in India on how the memorandum is a critical change in the global debate and why people need to listen.

Jagoda Munic: “Very visionary, very concrete”

Jagoda Munic, chairperson of Friends of the Earth International, says why she’s inspired by the resource politics memorandum and what makes it unique.

Kate Raworth: “Steering us through the complexity”

Oxford University’s Kate Raworth explains where mainstream economics is going wrong and how the resource memorandum can steer us in the right direction.

Barbara Unmüßig: Ressourcenreichtum für zukünftige Generationen erhalten

Barbara Unmüßig, Vorstand der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, erläutert, warum sich die Stiftung auf einen mehrjährigen Dialogprozess eingelassen hat, um gemeinsam mit jungen Menschen aus verschiedenen Ländern der Welt eine Ressourcenpolitik zu definieren, die Menschenrechte nicht verletzt, sozial gerecht ist und innerhalb der ökologischen Grenzen bleibt.

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