After months of making sense of the state of our world, Dutch broadcaster VPRO asked us what we think of climate change and the current pandemic. You can watch the full interview (in Dutch) under this link. During our hours of conversation with interviewer Soraya, we spoke about many interconnected challenges.
During these times of COVID-19, we all know how important it is to wash our hands in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The WHO's 20-second handwashing rule assumes you have access to clean running water, but what if you don’t? We are creating short simple videos to empower low-resource communities to protect themselves against coronavirus. And working with community partners to support implementation. The first video helps communities in need to build their own simple tap and know how to wash hands well well!
In the midst of this global pandemic, our intern Marrit sat down (virtually!) with Ghanaian journalist Emmanuel K. Dogbevi and spoke about Fake News and its harms during times like these. How do you know if what you're reading or hearing around you is true or false?
It’s dark and the street is filled with young people trying to get home. No one can find their ride in the endless queue of motionless Ubers. The atmosphere is tense and chaotic, people looking at each other with distrust. Sneaking a peek at Ama’s phone, we see our Uber guy is just behind the petrol station we’re approaching.
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if children were in the lead? On Saturday the 3d of November the very first Global Children's Designathon took place in Accra, Ghana. It was a day on which Ghanaian children from different backgrounds got together and designed solutions for Life on Land issues, one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Church masses often evoke a sense of sombreness, giving congregants the space to reflect, while drawing them closer to each other via the shared experience of the divine. Our recent Church of Climate Change mass was less sombre – but our goals were similar. We hiked, washed off the dirt and heat in unbelievably cool pools of a waterfall and ate delicious vegetarian food. In marking our second mass, we spent an adventurous time at the Obosomase waterfalls.
This year, Earth Day called on us to End Plastic Pollution. Always up for a challenge, we gathered some members of the Church of Climate Change and organized a cleanup. There’s no simpler way to LIBTYFI: Leave It Better Than You Found It. We picked up trash (90% plastic!) off Sakumono Beach in Tema, Ghana. Our Earth Day cleanup was in partnership with Niantic, the Pokémon Go company. They put up the event on their website among many worldwide so that Pokémon Go players could find us and sign up.
We are all trying to race towards the promises of success. As we go, we get stuck in the mucky mess of our Greed-Dressed-As-Ambition. What are we willing to die for? Or rather to live for - and what kind of life? Is it economic wealth? How about our lungs and the air we breathe? The food we eat? The soil? The future? Now take a deep breath...