Kenyan’s mission: solar lamps to empower the poor

By Helen Vesperini (AFP)

CHUMBI, Kenya — Evans Wadongo is not yet 25 but has already changed the lives of tens of thousands of his fellow Kenyans living in poor rural communities by supplying them with solar lamps.

As a child growing up in west Kenya, Wadongo struggled to do his homework by kerosene lamp. He was caned at school if his family ran out of fuel for the lamp, and he permanently damaged his eyesight by sitting over the smoky fumes when they did have kerosene. Continue reading Kenyan’s mission: solar lamps to empower the poor

Brazil Green Lights Amazon Dam Disregarding Environmental Laws and Local Opposition

New Dilma Government Approves Fast-Track Forest Clearance and Commencement of Controversial Belo Monte Construction Site

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International Rivers, Friends of the Earth – Brazilian Amazonia.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 27, 2011

For more information, contact:
Christian Poirier, Amazon Watch, + 1 510 666 7565, christian@amazonwatch.org
Brent Millikan, International Rivers, + 55 61 8153 7009, brent@internationalrivers.org
Renata Pinheiro, Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre, +55 (93) 9172-9776, rspinheiro2@yahoo.ca

Brazília, Brazil – The Brazilian government has issued a “partial” installation license allowing the Belo Monte Dam Complex to break ground on the margins of the Amazon’s Xingu River despite egregious disregard for human rights and environmental legislation, the unwavering protests of civil society and condemnations by its Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPF). The license was approved by Brazil’s environmental agency IBAMA despite overwhelming evidence that the dam-building consortium Norte Energia (NESA) has failed to comply with dozens of social and environmental conditions required for an installation license. Continue reading Brazil Green Lights Amazon Dam Disregarding Environmental Laws and Local Opposition