Within the framework of the Paris Agreement, we seek solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to build resilience to adapt to the impacts of rising temperatures. Every two weeks Outriders will send you a digital postcard from an inspiring community, town or city that is already making an effort to fight climate change.
Written by Lola García-Ajofrín and Tadeusz Michrowski.
Illustrated by painter watercolorist Grzegorz Chudy.
POWER POSTCARD #15
Roraima state, Brazil
Issue: Biodiversity, forest protection and land rights.
Data: In 2020, a Brazilian court ordered 20,000 gold miners to be expelled from Yanomami Park, a territory along the Venezuela and Brazil border, where 27,000 Yanomami inhabit.
POWER POSTCARD #14
Issue: Plastic waste & recycling.
Data: Plastic waste has become a growing problem in the Africa's smallest country – Gambia. It has a population of 2.1 million, and it is reliant on agriculture. Plastic pollution represents at least 20% of the waste in the country.
POWER POSTCARD #13
Issue: Saving ecosystems.
Data: Over the years roughly 20 000 Volunteers in Belarus helped to save the local ecosystem and protect Belarusian endangered species.
POWER POSTCARD #12
Issue: Water scarcity.
Data: Agriculture consumes 86% of Egypt’s freshwater supply. Aquaponic farming allows to drop the amount of water needed to grow food by 90%.
POWER POSTCARD #11
Issue: Green solutions amidst crime and poverty. Technological and social change coming together with a rise in the quality of living.
Data: According to official data, the medium temperature in Medellin rose by 0.8°C between 1960 and 2010.
POWER POSTCARD #10
Issue: Urban mobility, pedestrians and CO2 emissions.
Data: The streets of this Galician town have been pedestrianized since 1999. Traffic has been reduced by 97% in the city centre, by 77% in the city's inner ring and by 53% in the whole city, according to the data provided by Pontevedra city hall. In addition, carbon emissions have dropped by more than 66%. According to the European Parliament, passenger cars are responsible for 60.7% of total CO2 emissions from road transport in Europe.
POWER POSTCARD #9
Issue: Wasting water in urban areas, urban rooftop farming, floods
Data: TURF provides up to 20 tons (80,000 meals) of organic food each year. Its system slows down the runoff of water 20 times more than the traditional roofs.
POWER POSTCARD #8
Fiji, Indo-Pacific and world
Issue: Overfishing, protecting marine biodiversity
Data: Locally Managed Marine Areas cover over 12000 km2 in 15 Pacific States and much more globally.
POWER POSTCARD #7
Issue: Plastic waste, especially in particulary ropes left from fishing activities
Data: Atando Cabos recycles over a thousand tons of old plastic ropes every year
POWER POSTCARD #6
Issue: Greenhouse gases produced by cities.
Data: Between 2005 and 2018, Grenoble had cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 23 percent.
POWER POSTCARD #5
Cuvette Central region in the basin of the Congo river.
Issue: In March 2018, three countries, the Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Indonesia signed the Brazzaville declaration that promotes a better management and conservation of the world’s largest tropical peatlands.
Data: Peatlands are wetlands that contain a decomposed organic material that traps huge amounts of carbon. The equivalent to 15 years of the whole European Union emissions is stored in Congo peatlands.
POWER POSTCARD #4
Issue: Green areas & fighting pollution
Data: A third of the Peru’s population lives in its capital, Lima. Since 1950, massive migration from the interior has multiplied its population by nine. Now it is the fifth-largest city in Latin America, with 10 million people.
Since 2004, the neighbours of Villa María del Triunfo and San Juan de Miraflores in the outskirts of Lima practice urban agriculture. Production of vegetables within and around the cities can help make cities greener and more resilient to climate change.
POWER POSTCARD #3
Issue: Waste & recycling
Data: Due to the effective synergy of businesses and effective waste collection in Kawasaki at least half a million tons of waste is reused annually.
Power Postcard #2
Kaduna State, Nigeria
Data: An estimated 63 million Nigerians lack access to improved sources of drinking water.
The project #buildawell has helped to build 244 wells across the north of Nigeria by connecting neighbours who need a well and donors who can help to build it via Twitter.
Power Postcard #1
Issue: Transport, bikes
Data: Transport is responsible for nearly 30% of CO2 emissions in the European Union.
In 2014 36% of Dutch citizens said they predominantly used a bike in their daily routine, whereas only 0-1% in Malta, Cyprus and Portugal did.