Tuesday, January 28, 2014

National Geographic Launches on Green Energy Competition

A step to that is:
Nat Geo Helps Plant 20,000 Trees in Philippines
The National Geographic Channel (NGC) recently partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to distribute 20,000 fruit-bearing trees to farmers in the Isabela province of the Philippines. The reforestation project should work to curb the effects of climate change.
WWF and its supporters have been helping farmers in Isabela since 2009, planting more than 25,000 trees and revitalizing 210 hectares of land to date. NGC has just distributed an additional 20,000 saplings to Isabela farmers. "We have taken National Geographic Channel's goal of inspiring people to care about the planet to heart in our efforts to promote agroforestry with WWF," said Fox International Channels Vice President and Territory Head Jude Turcuato.
Agroforestry is a unique approach to reforestation, allowing the balanced intercropping of trees, shrubs, and crops to create more sustainable plots of land. "Agroforestry allows crops and trees to coexist, maximizing benefits. This increases land productivity, improves water recharge, and minimizes erosion," said WWF's Edgardo Tongson.
Second step can by :
For those living in third world countries who rely primarily on candles or kerosene to illuminate their lives, a simple light bulb is a miracle. Although technology has become largely ubiquitous globally, there are still 1.3 billion people living without access to an electrical grid. For these families, this deficiency disables them from progressing out of poverty, as an increasing amount of the world relies on technology to communicate and network. Computers can be a great method of educating those without access to a conventional classroom, but if you don’t have access to a electrical outlet, there is little recourse.
Now, in partnership with energy investors, National Geographic is launching a competition to encourage innovative solutions to the problem of grid-less power. Using renewable, green energy, prospective winners must be able to create a system that will deliver basic electricity to 50 households. The projects are judged by prospective investors, who will decide which of the solutions is most desirable based on feasibility, scalability, sustainability and impact.
The winners of the project will receive a grant of $125,000, which would be enough to start an enterprise using the winning idea. No matter who wins the competition, however, the real beneficiaries will be the people in countries in such dire need of light. To be granted this enormous gift of sustainable, renewable clean energy will be a substantial boon for these families, and could aid dramatically in bringing the poorest nations out of poverty.

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