The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development Read an interview with Nnimmo Bassey, director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation in Nigeria, which is an ecological think tank.
Visit the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) website and learn the stories of those who want to make a difference. Explore the activities undertaken by these individuals driven by their love of humanity. (Be patient; it may take a few mins for the site to load…) While you’re there, view some of the recorded videos of Bassey – powerful stuff!
The medical advances being made today with sensors reminds me of when, as a kid, I watched with rapt attention the movie Fantastic Voyage.
Sensors can monitor implants as they heal or detect early signs of organ rejection after a transplant. A sensor in the human brain could even help people control a prosthesis or use assistive technologies such as wheelchairs.
The advantage of being able to constantly collect data about someone’s health would keep hospital costs down by catching diseases early and helping the ill or elderly manage their own health between doctors’ visits.
Who knows? In a decade, we may all be wearing microchips. After all, this microchip technology already exists in many of our pets.
If you aren’t already aware, the population of elderly inhabitants of our planet has grown by leaps and bounds as medical improvements have extended life span way beyond the expectancies of previous generations. If you think these ‘older folks’ are technology dummies, take a look at this hip Italian granny – and her vid screen companion!
Visit the company site, too, for more project details and contact information: GiraffPlus
(GiraffPlus is funded by the European Community’s Framework Programme Seven (FP7) under contract #288173. FP7 – ICT – Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance. Duration: 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2014)
If you are familiar with any of the various tellings of the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, you’ll understand what an extraordinary leap forward this invention provides to those who are blind or have visual impairments. And, what a boon they can be to those who provide care and instruction for those with visual conditions.
“Braille is a very important part of the world for the estimated 39 million blind and visually impaired individuals around the globe.”
Building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. That is the mission of World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), of which I’ve been a supporter for many years.
One of their initiatives currently underway is the pilot of a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) program. PES is the practice of offering incentives to farmers or landowners in exchange for managing their land to provide an ecological service. In this instance, a watershed plan is being undertaken for the Mara River Basin. (60% located in Kenya and 40% in Tanzania.)
The goal of PES for the Mara River Basin is improved water quality as well as improved flow regime that will catalyze sustainable watershed management and create a win-win situation between the community (the land-owners) and the private sector partners. Furthermore, the upstream farmers will see an improvement in livelihoods as slow down of soil erosion and reverse of forest loss leading to an increase in agricultural productivity.
Read all about it: Piloting PES in the Mara River Basin