Stories from the Grassroots: The Greengrants Blog

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    Restoring fresh water and people’s health in Micronesia

    Jan 28, 2015 | No Comments

    Photo: Stefan Krasowski / CC BY 2.0

    Photo: Stefan Krasowski / CC BY 2.0

    A thick blanket of rainforest covers the Micronesian island of Pohnpei. Waterfalls pour over black basalt mountains. Though rivers seem plentiful, waterborne diseases have plagued people in the village of Kepirohi in southern Pohnpei.

    The problems started in the 1960s, when a religious trade school diverted its septic system into a local river. This contaminated the local water supply and required clean water to be piped to the lower part of the village. In 2004, the school closed and the water system fell into disrepair. Despite the village’s efforts to restore clean water, waterborne diseases spread like rapid fire.

    In June 2014, Global Greengrants supported the Penietik Women’s Organization to build a system to restore the community’s clean water supply. Using a Greengrant, the women cleaned two traditional springs—Liepei Kepirohi and Sako—so they could be used safely. They lay PVC pipe to connect the springs to the village, and built two faucets along the village road to give people easy access to drinking water.

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    Their work was a resounding success. Just a few months later, the springs now supply clean, fresh drinking water to people in Kepirohi village, and are the main drinking water source for communities in the surrounding area.

    Thanks to our advisors in the Pacific Islands for sharing this story of a community project with a far-reaching impact.

     

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      A victory for Miskito stewards of the forest

      Jan 16, 2015 | No Comments

      The indigenous Miskito people live amongst lush rainforests along the Caribbean Coast in Honduras. After a 40-year struggle, they won title to their ancestral land in 2013.

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        Shell oil to pay $84M for pollution in the Niger Delta

        Jan 8, 2015 | No Comments

        Shell has agreed to pay $84 million for two oil spills in the Niger Delta community of Bodo. A step in the right direction or a paltry sum in comparison with the devastation big oil is wreaking? It’s both.

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          Maasai land grab is back on as Tanzania’s government renegs

          Dec 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

          UPDATE: Last October, Maasai people—including a Greengrant recipient—in Tanzania won an important victory when the government abandoned plans to kick them off their land. Now it looks like the land grab is back on.

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            Saving the Leuser Ecosystem for orangutans, elephants, and people

            Nov 24, 2014 | No Comments

            Rudi Putra is standing up to palm oil interests illegally poaching one of the most incredible forests on Earth.

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              Indigenous young people bring hope to their Siberian town

              Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments

              When we heard that a group of young people in Siberia has already achieved something they never imagined possible thanks to a Greengrant we gave just two months ago, it made us downright giddy. Read their amazing story.

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                How U.S. media is bungling the ebola crisis

                Oct 23, 2014 | No Comments

                On a recent trip to Mali, Deputy Director of Programs, Allison Davis, noticed that local TV stations focused on the human tragedy of ebola—not on the fear it is causing. One would think we might do more of the same in the United States—balance our worry with more heartfelt concern for the thousands so dramatically affected. Keep reading >>

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                  To the Green Climate Fund: “Grassroots women need more resources”

                  Oct 17, 2014 | No Comments

                  The co-hosts of the Summit on Women and Climate call on the Green Climate Fund to take action and extend support to women-led solutions to climate change in advance of COP 21.

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                    A climate defense that actually works

                    Sep 23, 2014 | No Comments

                    I am writing this note from New York. I wish you could be here to feel the charge of energy. An estimated 400,000 people flooded the streets on Sunday morning to demand bold action on the climate crisis. Here’s how I believe we should deal with climate change.

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                      3 Awakenings From the 2014 Summit on Women & Climate

                      Aug 20, 2014 | No Comments

                      What happens when 100 people from 37 countries gather to talk about women-led solutions to climate change? An unexpected rethinking of what it means to be resilient. Maxine Burkett, Global Greengrants board member and climate change policy and law expert, shares three impressions from the Summit on Women & Climate.

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