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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Cote d'Ivoire 2017

Submitted by: Rockia Kebet Sustainable Business 4 Development (RKSB4D)
Project: Alama's Garden

Alama's Garden is a pilot project that showcases natural gardening best-practices (recycling, permaculture) and provides environment-focused training programs for children.

Initial situation
The effects of climate changes are acutely and directly felt by the poorest in Africa, especially slum dwellers. Children as well as their parents contribute to pollution without being educated about our environmental challenges and how they can mitigate them with basic practices. Gardeners use chemical products and dirty water to grow vegetables, creating long-term health hazards for the general public. Most households still use firewood for cooking which means they have to cut trees. People generate lots of waste and dump it in a landfill or burn it, unconscious of the environmental consequences of their behavior.

Solution
Alama's Garden is a pilot project that showcases natural gardening best-practices (recycling, permaculture) and provides high-quality, environment-focused training programs for pre-schoolers and young children out of school from the poorest urban communities in Abidjan. Through the development of basic awareness regarding recycling, Alama's Garden prepares the next generations to become the recycling advocates and ecological leaders of tomorrow. Children acquire skills they will need to face the environmental challenges of the 21st century. They bring their new knowledge and skills back home and encourage their families to adopt good environmental practices including recycling.

Innovation
Alama's Garden's approach is innovative because it embraces a comprehensive approach that recognizes that saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, raising children with environmental awareness, empowering women ensuring food security, and promoting economic growth are one and the same fight.

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Jury-Rating
The effects of climate changes are acutely and directly felt by the poorest in Africa, especially slum dwellers. People contribute to pollution without being educated about our environmental challenges and how they can mitigate them with basic practices. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Cote d'Ivoire implemented a garden which showcases natural gardening best-practices and provides environment-focused training programs for children. Congratulations on your initiative!



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