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5 Important Questions for Good Citizen Engagement Initiatives

Do you intend starting a citizen engagement initiative? Here, you will find the 5 important questions you need to ask yourself and get the right answers. These questions are both quantitative and qualitatively which would help you get a good hold of your initiative. These questions are directed towards the success of the citizen engagement initiative, the citizens, and the government. Continue reading

A Week Long Action Challenge to Protect Our Environment

This year for Earth Day, Global Citizen wants to challenge you to take an action a day for a week straight to protect our environment. The challenge is simple. Starting April 22, 2017, you will receive an email a day with an action of the day for seven days. Once you complete the challenge, you will have been a part of protecting the environment for generations to come. Continue reading

Why Wastewater? #WorldWaterDay

It’s another year and another World Water Day, a day coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners, is fast approaching. The World Water Day 2017 is coming up on March 22 and is all about wastewater. You may ask, why wastewater? That’s because the main focus of the UN’s World Water Day is on how we should be reducing and reusing water rather than letting water go down the drain. We are taking action to tackle the global water crisis. Continue reading

SAROS: Turning ​Waves into Freshwater to Solve Water Crises

Turning waves into freshwater is one of the technological solutions that can help solve water crises. Water crises has been identified by the World Economic Forum as the top global risk to industry and society over the next decade. There are now over 633 million people without access to fresh water.

 

The Problem

A large part of the water scarcity issue is occurring around islands and coastal regions, with 233 million people living in these areas and experiencing water shortage conditions. In addition, many other areas are in search of a sustainable water solution. Existing ​desalination ​plants devour ​huge amounts of ​energy and ​belch out ​concentrated ​brine into ​oceans, ​jeopardising ​marine ​ecosystems. ​

 
Current desalination efforts trend toward large-scale plants or pump technologies requiring electricity and/or fossil fuels and many regions rely on imported water, exposing them to high costs and market volatility.

 
 

The Tech Solution: Turning ​Waves into Freshwater

A new device ​could create ​drinking water ​from the sea ​using wave ​power. The ​SAROS ​desalination ​buoy is the ​brainchild of ​two graduates ​from the US ​University of ​North Carolina. ​Their device ​pressurises ​water and ​performs ​reverse osmosis ​to purify brine.​ It currently ​produces 500 ​gallons a day.

 
SAROS

 
They’re ​now scaling up ​to produce 5,​000 gallons per ​buoy in waves ​that are only 2.​5 feet high. A ​US demonstration ​project will be ​in place by ​early-2017 with ​pilot projects ​in Puerto Rico ​and Nicaragua ​towards the ​middle of next ​year. It could ​one day provide ​clean drinking ​water for ​remote islands. ​

 
SAROS targets these areas where typical solutions are unfeasible or undesirable and a small scale, efficient technology is needed.

 
With this technology, the economic advantages of an increased water supply do not come at the cost of environmental harm or prohibitively expensive and complicated systems. SAROS produces no emissions and minimal salt brine concentration, drastically reducing the environmental impact of desalination.

 
SAROS provides a consistent supply of new, fresh water, rather than reusing current water reserve and brings desalination to areas that otherwise lacked access. By removing the dependency of outside resources, communities will be able to focus on other day to day tasks.

 

Expert Interview on Achieving Sustainable Economic Development in Nigeria

As a followup to the article on Measuring Progress using the Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) model, here is an expert interview that gives additional content to measuring progress in Nigeria. In the short video below, Boston Consulting Group’s* Luis Gravito explores Nigeria’s history of growth and how it exemplifies why the quality of economic growth is fundamental—and more critical than the rate of that growth. Continue reading

Declining Global Poverty: Share of People Living in Extreme Poverty

One of my passion for living is to contribute to ending extreme poverty, directly or indirectly in my own little way. The way I do this is to contribute to the knowledge economy. According to Wikipedia, “knowledge economy” is an economy in which growth is dependent on the quantity, quality, and accessibility of the information available, rather than the means of production. I believe that the more informed you are, the more opportunities you have to grow. The more you grow, the more you get out of the poverty line. Continue reading

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