Green Economy May 2022
There are connected practices that positively balance the environment and aims for the health of nature, citizens, and businesses as the world alerts due to the evolution of technology, climates, politics, and economies.
The green economy, an economy that promotes human well-being and social fairness while decreasing environmental threats and ecological shortages, is leading the charge. It is the fostering of social and environmental sustainability via the support of public and private investment in infrastructure.
The importance of the green economy is that it promotes sustainability and low-carbon emission, as well as ensuring that natural resources and environmental services are available for our continuing well-being. While the concept sounds simple, mainly based on being resource efficient, however practical implementation is not an easy task, This is because the application entails deploying appropriate technologies and catalyzing adequate resources. Some of the key elements that the term aims to achieve includes:
- Reducing energy consumption
- Reducing greenhouse gasses emission
- Reducing waste amounts and promoting the 3Rs approach (reduce, reuse, and recycle)
- Ensuring the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable natural resource management.
Transitioning to a green economy is critical for maintaining and improving symbiotic and beneficial interactions between humans and the environment. Human progress and economic prosperity is built on the foundation of nature. As we continue to move forward, we are confronted with more challenges; as a result, the transition to a green economy provides improved well-being (such as better health care, education and job stability as well as social fairness) while also preserving environmental dangers and natural resources deterioration.
The Mutasim Nimir Centre for Environmental Culture (MNCEC) is keen to promote the culture of the green economy. They have recently launched the Innovation Environmental Learning program that includes training sessions for youth to disseminate key information on the green economy and how we can collectively contribute to a more sustainable and waste free future. MNCEC plans to expand and continue the training sessions to widen the understanding of the concept and encourage critical thinking.
Applying a green economy in developing countries like Sudan could be complicated, but possible. Citizens can start from small to large scale initiatives such as tree plantation, stop illegal tree cutting, encourage the use of clean energy, applying the 3Rs approach for sustainable waste management, and advocate for nature conservation. The private sector can also play a major role in mainstreaming the green economy into their activities, particularly by reducing greenhouse gasses emissions, and reducing the consumption of natural resources.
- Youth perceptions of climate change and willingness to act: We are conducting a study on youth perceptions of climate change in Sudan. If you are aged 18-35, please take some time to fill out the survey below. The survey should take around 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
- We’ve graduated the first batch of our digital employment program Techworks! Participants have graduated with programming and data analytic skills that have prepared them to further engage in the digital economy and access opportunities abroad. Check out Instagram for featured highlights on participants and the program!
Suggestion of the Month
- AKHBAR aims to reduce post harvest losses through thermal solar dehydration, by equipping small/mid-size farmers along with local drying entrepreneurs, with locally sourced dehydration units, technical support and market access services to produce shelf stable, ready to eat dried Horticultural products that fits market needs. Akhdur works with small/midsize farmers to close the production cycle and eliminate waste, starting with post-harvest loss.