L’importance du recyclage

L’importance du recyclage
Recycling is another very important way of reducing or managing the amount of waste that we produce. It is basically trying very hard to reuse our waste. There are a growing number of people in Cameroon who collect and recycle cardboard, plastic bottles, glass and metal. We need to try to use the entrepreneurs. We can also compost / manure all our biodegradable waste. We should not throw away plastic bags, we should keep them and use them the next time we go to the market. The private sector need to increase their efforts to recycle their waste and try to use more recycled materials in the production systems. Timber companies need to make more effort in how to use their waste wood – burning it is not the solution. Think before you throw.

Fuel efficient stoves


Fuel efficient stoves

What is a fuel efficient stove? It is quite simply a new design of stove or cooker that uses less fuel. Why would we want to use less fuel? Because it is wasteful, because fuel can be very expensive, because cutting firewood or producing charcoal is very harmful to the environment and promotes deforestation, climate change and desertification. A good fuel efficient stove should be able to do the same job or heating or cooking as a regular stove but by using less fuel. Traditional 3_stone fires are very inefficient. The benefits of the more efficient stoves are simply saving wood, saving money saving the environment. Additionally many improved stoves cook with less smoke and hence the health of the person cooking is also improved.

the importance of our forests


The importance of our forests
Deforestation is the practise of clearing the forest. People across the world clear their forests for many reasons: agriculture, urbanisation, infrastructure etc. When we convert a forest too a different landuse we normally do so for economic reasons. Which can be fine, as long as we understand and accept what we are losing the services that the forest provide – CO2 absorbtion, O2 production, and all the hundreds of products that humans collect from forests inc food, medicine, etc. It is a trade-off between forest services and development. We need to weigh up the benefits and losses before we clear our forests. Cameroons forests are globally important, as part of the massive forest of the Congo basin which is the second largest forest block on the planet. Our forests absorb huge amounts of CO2 which are one of the main causes of Climate Change.

Protégeons nos mangroves

Protection of Mangroves

Mangroves are those trees which we see living along our shoreline. They are normally found at or near an estuary where a river of freshwater enters the ocean. There are several species, all of which can tolerate the salt and climate of our coast. The mangrove forest ecosystem plays numerous important roles for us. It is the breeding ground for many fish species, specifically it is the habitat where crevettes reproduce and grow. Mangroves protect our coastline and the people who live there; we all remember the terrible tsunami which hit SE Asia a few years ago; those areas where mangroves had been maintained were largely protected from the onslaught of the massive wave of water, however those areas where the mangrove had been cleared were devastated. Mangroves also filter pollutants and sediments in the river water from entering the ocean. Cameroon’s important mangroves near Limbe, Douala and Campo are largely unprotected, thus vulnerable to misuse and hence the country is at potential risk of losing them and the important services that they provide to us. MTN is going to put a special effort into their conservation over the coming years.

Protégeons nos gorilles et nos lions

What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is the term given to the combination of genes, ecosystems and species that form an integral part of all living things on the planet. Without genes, ecosystems and species the planet would be DEAD. Without a variety genes all humans would be identical; without ecosystems we would not have forests that maintain oxygen in the air; without different species, we would have no variety of animals in the zoo, no variety of foods in the market. Biodiversity is being eliminated on our planet at an alarming rate. Can you imagine a Cameroon with no eru, no njansang, no totems, no cola nuts? Biodiversity is part of our very culture? part of our existance; and key for our future. Can you image a Cameroon without lions? Oh yes they are very nearly gone! Less than 100 and disappearing fast. What will we call our national football team – another key part of our identify, our culture – when the lions are extinct in Cameroon? The indomitable cats ??? In order to maintain our existence, our identity, our culture, everything that defines Cameroon, we need to very carefully manage our biodiversity. Long live the Indomitable lions, long live Cameroon.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy

What is renewable energy? We have energy sources that will one day be finished? We have other energy sources that will never finish, because they regenerate or are continuous. These are known as renewable energy sources, such as hydro-electric energy, solar power, wind energy, even tidal power. However most of the energy we use in Cameroon and on the planet is powered by non renewable, petroleum or hydro-carbon products – coal, diesel, oil, petrol etc. They drive our engines, power our factories, produce our electricity – essentially fuel our development. But for how long? and at what cost to our environment? There are consequences: 1) they pollute our planet and cause the terrible climate change that we are all experiencing, and 2) they are finite, they will finish one day, if we remain dependent on them we will have huge energy problems in the future, to power our development. Cameroon is very fortunate it has plenty of sun and it has plenty of hydro-electric capacity. Cameroon needs to continue to promote renewable energy; we need to use more water, wind and sun to power our development, so that we can achieve our economic growth strategy without destroying our planet. Lets us call for Green Economic Growth in Cameroon.

Que faites-vous de vos ordures?

Littering  with  trash

Dirt (ordure) or trash is essentially any waste materials that are thrown inappropriately into our environment  – it is common to see plastic bottles thrown into streams; paper thrown into the streets; rubbish scattered around the market place etc. This dirt can be dangerous especially if it is glass or metal; this dirt pollutes our streets, our lands, our streams, and promotes the spread of disease which thrives in rotting trash. We need to be more organised, we need to throw our waste materials in the appropriate place. We need to promote the culture of using waste bins and of recycling.