Filtered by: Environmental sustainability <Back to previous page A high price for cheap choicesThis guest post first appeared on David Westlake’s blog in 2014. It is a timely reminder to us to consider our patterns of consumption during the… Adapting farming practices in Burkina FasoBurkina Faso is an inland country in West Africa. The north of the country experiences a hot dry climate while the south receives more rain. Rainfall is irregular and for 30 years Burkina Faso has had very poor rains with three particularly severe droughts (1973–1974, 1983–1984 and 2000–2001). Adapting to drought in Ethiopiaby Tadesse Dadi. Waaqayyo Muudaa used to herd cattle and camels in the vast grazing areas of Fantalle District in the rift valley of Ethiopia. Now he guards the grass and trees growing in the 15 hectares of enclosed land that the community established two years ago in his village of Xuxuxii. This is a huge change of lifestyle for a young man who used to walk freely with his animals, far from his village. Alley croppingCompiled by Isabel Carter Bible study: The two booksMany early scientists were Christians and through their science investigated and learned about God’s creation. They talked about God’s revelation in the form of two books, the book of God’s works (his creation) and the book of God’s Word (as found in the Bible). We can see the same idea in the structure of Psalm 19, written by King David about 1,000 years before Christ. The first six verses speak of God’s works in creation while the following three verses (6-9) speak about God’s Word in the ... Contour barriersAll kinds of barriers can help to slow down run-off water from rain. This will reduce soil erosion and help to store more water in the soil for the benefit of crops. Everywhere is rubbishLast year I was privileged to have visited Angola for two weeks. Travelling around the country made a deep impression on me and changed my view of… Five survival strategies for drought-affected livestock herders in East AfricaFor many people in East Africa, the current drought is the worst in living memory. Pastoralists have been hit particularly hard by this drought,… Fruitful training brings hope and joy to cocoa farmers in Ivory CoastAward-winning British chocolatier Will Torrent will be pleased to know that chocolate consumption around the world is on the rise. The latest figures… International actionby Isabel Carter Climate change affects the whole earth, but it is the world’s poorest people – who contribute least to global warming – who will suffer the most. Since the early 1980s, scientists have been predicting the serious consequences of climate change and raising the need to take action. Climate change will put 100 million more people at risk of hunger by 2080 – with 80% of them in Africa. Interview: Rethinking waste in DRCJoël Tembo Vwira shares the story of his business’s astonishing growth. Living with climate change in Brazil Three farmers viewsConserving water Review of Footsteps 109: YouthThe cover of the new Footsteps magazine is full of hope. It features nine young people from all corners of the globe and makes me curious to know the… Rising sea levelsThe global rise in temperature is melting ice which is frozen within glaciers and ice caps. Large amounts of fresh water are released. This is causing a gradual rise in sea levels. Low-level coastal regions are therefore at more risk of flooding and tidal surges. Storing rainwater in RajasthanIn the past 15 years, climate extremes such as flooding, drought, cyclones and mud slides have caused about 85% of deaths related to natural disasters and over 60% of the financial damage. Extreme weather events unfortunately are becoming more common due to climate change, so we need to be better prepared. Sustainable farming helps family face climate change in EthiopiaIn recent years, climate change has meant Abebech* and her husband have faced some hard times. They are farmers in the village of Offa Esho Kebele in… The challenge of replacing firewood with green energy in AngolaWhen driving along the roads in southern Angola, you cannot miss them – hundreds of bags of charcoal and firewood being sold by women and sometimes… The impact of climate change on agricultureFrom the Editor The impact of climate change on nomadic peopleby Jeff Woodke Why talk about waste?Better waste management can improve public health, provide jobs and protect the environment.