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Eco Start-Ups: African Enterprises Geared Towards Helping the Planet

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We are all well aware of the detrimental effects that human activity holds over the environment. But as awareness is rising, many of our efforts to care for the planet are reducing. Donald Trump, renowned for controversial claims that climate change isn’t real, has recently drawn the United States out of the Paris climate accord, Japan continues to overfish posing a threat to various species including Bluefin Tuna, and Brazil maintains high levels of deforestation. It can become easy to assume that greed is preceding the planet’s wellbeing in many people’s priorities. However, the positive news is that there are endless individuals out there who are still campaigning and developing ways to live in a more eco-friendly way. From individuals merely making the effort to recycle their household waste to activists such as Greenpeace members staging eye catching protests. For the moment, let’s focus on the continent of Africa and a few of its numerous countries’ efforts to make the world a better place one project at a time.

Eco Stove

Innovator Rose Twine has hit headlines for developing the Eco Stove, a brilliant product that has been developed and produced in Uganda. It uses stones and solar energy to cook food effectively: a solution to other less environmentally friendly ways of cooking, such as using firewood or charcoal which contribute to deforestation and the production of smoke which results in air pollution. This allows people to cook healthy meals without contributing to planetary harm.

KPS Power Africa

KPS technologies aim to reduce fuel consumption, improve engine efficiency and reduce engine emissions in modern day mining power. One of the key steps that they undertake to achieve this includes providing clients with low-cost natural gas engine conversions, displacing diesel and consequently reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They are also designing retro-fit innovations that increase generation efficiency, as well as co-developing bespoke waste heat recovery technologies to enhance generation capacity. Finally, they are proving that it is possible to complete solar/diesel hybrid power at mining operations, encouraging the use of renewable energies. Their dedication to reducing the amount of greenhouse gas produced per unit of electricity generated from power stations actively encourages businesses to use environmentally friendly, effective and economical mine power solutions. Perfect!

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Animal Conservation

Certain African countries are renowned for their amazing safari experience. Tourists from around the world flock to see majestic animals that are renowned for their beauty and grandeur: lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. So it is shocking to think that some people would purposefully harm these brilliant creatures. The animals most at risk? Elephants and rhinos. Their ivory tusks can sell for a small fortune on the black market. The product is so renowned for its value that it is often referred to as “white gold”. This has resulted in the culling of numerous animals in order to remove their tusks, to the extent that certain species have become endangered. Various companies are now contributing to the protection of these gentle giants, setting up sanctuaries with guards who patrol on the lookout for poachers.

These are just a few projects that are encouraging environmental protection and animal welfare in the vast continent of Africa. There are plenty more and you can show your support by purchasing goods, spreading messages and raising awareness of these brilliant causes.