The crowdfunding campaign is on: Help us make this school energy independent

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Filed under: Climate change Development Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

What an adventure this has been! After a few nights with hardly any sleep, our Indiegogo crowdfunding page and campaign to develop the first energy independent school in Croatia is live! Confession: We have no clue how will it will all turn out. Will we be able to mobilize people to donate for the idea… Read more »

Energy autonomy and the importance of citizen involvement

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Filed under: Climate change Environment Social inclusion

Imagine a 100 percent renewable island: systems that provide renewable energy, the people who maintain those systems, and economic development and sustainable tourism resulting from the whole process. Easy to imagine, right? Now, imagine the same thing happening in Croatia. Still easy to imagine, right?! A little over three years ago, the residents of Krk… Read more »

Leading by example: Greening the health sector

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Filed under: Climate change Environment Health HIV

Climate change may have potentially catastrophic consequences for our planet and for human life. UNDP supports countries in ‘greening’ their economies and lowering their carbon emissions, but it is also working in the field of global public health: UNDP is a principal recipient of grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria… Read more »

Which platform should we choose to crowdfund our energy cooperatives?

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Filed under: Climate change Environment

I’m pleased to announce that UNDP in Croatia has selected four energy cooperatives that will receive consulting assistance with their projects. Each one plans to use green energy to improve their community both environmentally and economically: Cooperative Kapela is mainly engaged in forestry, and has already launched a project to build a district biomass heating… Read more »

Thoughts from One Young World and the energy financing revolution

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Social inclusion

Young people are the most under-utilized segment of society. With fresh, new ideas and minds that aren’t afraid to dream big, the young generation is going to end up solving global problems created by past generations. However, with global economic growth slowing down, there are fewer opportunities for young people to realize their potential. The… Read more »

Exploring behavioural science: How to encourage farmers to be more climate friendly

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Disaster response Environment Social innovation

Just over 35,000 hectares of protected land in Vashlovani national park, Georgia, is vulnerable to climate change and under threat of desertification. The park is also used for winter pastures by Tush shepherds (about 45 farms), who have been grazing their sheep on the land for centuries. Unsustainable use of pastures within the territory has… Read more »

Is crowdfunding the answer for financing renewable energy?

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion

Are crowdfunding and renewable energy a good match? And at the same time, can we get the public to participate in projects that will benefit their communities? As we wrote back in July, we found that energy cooperatives offer a big “Yes!” to each of these questions. To get renewable energy off the ground, the… Read more »

The winner (could) take it all… – MIT ClimateCoLab crowdsourcing competition

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

UNDP in Montenegro’s proposal – Energy Efficiency Formalization – won both the popular prize (most votes) and judges’ prize (expert review) in the Building Efficiency contest at the MIT’s ClimateCoLab crowdsourcing competition for the most innovative solutions to climate change!   We are thankful to all who supported us, especially those who cast a vote… Read more »