Celebrating ten years of blogging

Ten years ago I was starting this website as a blog. One of my goals was to show my passion for what was then called sustainable development and much more: energy issues, the environment and so on.

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A liter of light, an update

Back to  2011 I wrote about Isang Litrong Liwanag, a Filipino iniative to bring light to people living in the slums of Manila. Years laters, the project has grown, found partners and is expanding globally.

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Colombia enacts key law promoting renewables

If I am back on this blog, I am also back on Cleantechies with my 60th post there in five years. I am writing for the occasion about my beloved Colombia, which enacted a key law to promote renewables.

La Barra, or why we need to clean up our oceans

La Barra squareA few weekends ago I was fortunate enough to go with great friends to La Barra, a beautifully stunning beach in the Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga on the Pacific coast of Colombia.

The photos I took do not lie, the place is simply magnificient and a great spot to spend a few days far away from civilization. Please go to my Flickr gallery for more pictures. The major tiny backside is that the beach is dirty.

And no I am not talking about the black sand, but about the plastic trash littering the place. Dozens if not hundreds of plastic bottles but also sandals, tampons, bags litter the place.

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I am now working in the renewable energies sector

biotec logo - squareDear all, it is with a distinct pleasure and pride that I am announcing you that after ten years of hard work, my efforts finally paid off and that I have realised one of my dreams : I am now working in the renewable energy industries.

I am indeed currently employed by Biotec, a bioenergy company whose main offices are near Cali, Colombia… Yes , you read that right : I am currently in the Colombian countryside to promote the company and increase its communications efforts.

This three-month consultancy mission – ending in mid-August – will be the occasion for me to redesign their website, improve their newsletter among other things.

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Down with coal ! 12 inspiring stories

Coal is the environmental enemy #1. It releases huge amounts of CO2 into our atmosphere and pollutes our soil and water. So when Grist writes on how 12 communities around the world stopped the expansion of coal I had to share.

This happens as ” According to 2010 projections by the EIA, coal consumption in the non-OECD world will increase by 23 quadrillion BTUs between 2007 and 2020. That’s roughly the equivalent of (…) a thousand coal-fired generators.

The 12 examples taken from the article are from Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Australia, Colombia and the Philippines.

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Five great reforestation projects

While browsing old articles on Sustainablog, I found one that I particularly liked on successful huge reforestation projects. I learned many cool things and thought that was well worth a post.

” Governments, NGOs, and even for-profit companies recognize the environmental and economic losses caused by deforestation, and are working to restore the health of these important ecosystems.”

This reminds me of an old post I published in 2009 about afforestation projects. Meanwhile, the Billion Tree Campaign is nearing 12 billion planted trees. This is absolutely stunning !

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