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A tiny country with a huge footprint

According to the World Wildlife Fund Denmark is in the top 5 countries consuming the most of Earth’s natural resources compared to the amount of renewable resources used. [Link]

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natural soap

one week later ,my school maid lecture with an expert from japan.
the lecture is about how to make anatural soap,with anatural ingredient…actually i am very interrsted to attend in this lecture,,,because achemical soap not healthy for the skin when not used regularly .not even to environment because it has achemical elements that effects on on the bad way . i attended the lecture learned about how to make soap as I gave the recipe to my friends to make it in there homes and to spread it among there relatives.
the idea that i want to say is that i dont want chimecal elements in my life ..i can make my life more healtheir and less risk to the environment.because every thing is satarts from you if you stop it maby every one will lead you to make it.

Wallah Wasta!

A very integrated phenomenon in the Jordanian society is wasta, also known as Vitamin W. Wasta – it’s an advantage when navigating through life in Jordan. One benefits from it when; getting a job, promotion, driving too fast, going to sights, during education, getting scholarships, discounts and much more. A definition could be: a fraudulent action of those in power – similar definition when defining corruption. (more…)

Facts – Impacts of Climate change in Food Security and Water Resources in Egypt .

 

Through Reading many researches related with Impacts of  Climate change on Egypt , I decided to share with all of you some Real Facts about the Impacts of Climate change on Food Security and Water Scarcity in Egypt.

Water scarcity
The first impact of climate change in Egypt is likely be felt in water domain. Water is already a limited resource, with per capita share just below 1000 m3 per year and is thus at the edge of the so-called poverty line (El Quosy, 1999).
River Nile, provides more than 95% of all water to Egypt and the annual rainfall varies from a maximum of 180 mm/year on the North coast, to an average of 20 mm near the city of Cairo and diminishes to as little as 2 mm close to the city of Aswan in upper Egypt. Both water supply and demand are expected to be exaggerated by climate change. Impacts on the supply side are likely to arise from possible changes of precipitation patterns over the Ethiopian highlands and equatorial lakes. These effects of predicted climate change on both components are uncertain Decline in rainfall on the upper White and Blue Nile catchments and Middle Nile basin may
exacerbate the set-up. Yet It is expected by 2050 that climate change will increase water demand by an average of 5% (Eid, 1999). Meanwhile, most of the population of Egypt are linked to the agricultural sector which constitutes 20% of gross national products and consumes about 80% of the water budget. However, there are conflicting projections of the future availability of Nile water as a result of climate change. While some simulation studies foresee an increase in Nile water increase by 25% over current yearly levels, a larger number of studies project declines reaching up to 70% (El-Quosy, 2008). The difference in results indicates that more robust studies are needed to provide a more solid base for the design of public policy.
However, the most plausible projections seem to point to less availability of Nile water in the future.

Agricultural and food insufficiency

Egyptian agriculture faces two major potential threats; the first is that River Nile might lose 30 to 60% of its main resources due to climate change. The second is that all estimates show that North Africa rain-fed farming would decrease to 50% owing to climate change. No detailed quantitative assessment of the actual impacts of climate change on agriculture has been carried out yet, though it is expected to decline by 10 – 60% (Pam, 1990). It is worthy to state that seasonal ( winter and summer crops) and geographical distribution of Egyptian crops are temperature controlled. The major crops in Egypt (wheat, maize, clover, rice, cotton, sugar-cane, bean, sorghum and soybean) are expected to decrease due to global change and water shortage. A doubling of CO2 might increase photosynthetic rates significantly, but crop harvests will decline due to water scarcity and heat-associated damage to plant pollination, flowering and the formation of grains. By 2050 decline in yields due to climate change is expected to reach 28% for soybean, 18% for wheat and barleys19% for maize and sorghum and 11% for rice, while that of cotton would be increased (Eid, 1999). Livestock production would also suffer due to reduced range quality and availability. Hotter and drier conditions would widen the area prone to desertification which would also be aggravated by increases in erosion and Reductions in soil fertility. The economic and human costs of desertification would be tremendous.

I hope leaders in our government take action and  put Effective policies to reduce the risk of Climate Change .

We haven’t time to waste…………….. .

TEDxDeadSea – Abdel Rahman AlZorgan – Start with Yourself

National Climate Ambassadors in Dana, Jordan

I just got back home after two amazing days in Dana for national climate ambassadors training, the two days training was great, full of energy, hot topics, Jordan environment challenges and creative idea.

In the first day when I have meet the participant most of them they were guys! I was worried about it as it’s so hard to make guys setting and listing! But the opposite happen and they were so interested to get the knowledge, discuss, share ideas, ready to apply project action and hit the ground!

During the training we have discussed Jordan most environment challenges which are: waste, energy and water scarcity. Then we have presented theory and knowledge about campaigning, this was helpful for the participant to think about campaigning idea to solve Jordan challenges.

In the second we have talked about the Innovation cup, where there is going to be competition between participant to get 1000$ as prize to start apply their own project. In order to plan for the Innovation cup, participant got the knowledge about the innovation, brain storming about ideas, categories the projects and then planning for the project. The participants come up with 5 projects and four of them were match the C SMART criteria.

The overall experience was very good as the feedback from the participant was good and I have notice that they starts seriously about the environment challenges, their life style of consuming and their behaviors. The hope always exists and I am sure that youth in Jordan are smart and can protect their country and do an action!
Every time I participated in training as participant but this time I was as facilitator, it was a very good experience for me as I have got the chance to see things from different angel, as I could see the energy in the participant and this make me more insist to continue what I have started from last 5 years ago by get people attention and flashing the environment challenges, In addition appreciate every the environment around us! Can’t wait for the Innovation Cup and see what kind of successful project the participant will present :)

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