“Let's stop criticizing our banks!”

More than ten years after the subprime mortgage crisis, all the light has not been shed, and yet the idea of ​​the guilt of the banks has taken hold firmly in people's minds. They are even blamed for the double fault, since after playing with fire and triggering the crisis, they allegedly asked for help from the States. This unanimous condemnation, the result of incomplete analyzes, is a heavy component of the bank bashing that has raged since then and unfortunately works against our interests. We are indeed at a critical moment when Europe, faced with the domination of American finance and the dollar, must develop its own financial capacities. The development of a strong pan-European financial sector is therefore essential if we particularly want to foster the emergence of future European gafas. 
If it is vain to hope for the complete disappearance of this bank bashing and, one might say, of the bashing market whose roots plunge both in history and in ignor…

5 Africans among the finalists for the “Young Champions of the Earth” award

The list of finalists for the 2020 edition of the international "Young Champions of the Earth" award is known. It has just been made public by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Among the 35 candidates selected for their innovative approach to tackling environmental crises are five Africans.
 Fernanda Samuel, Ghislain Irakoze, Joy Egbe, Nzambi Matee and Richard Kakunga Wambua are the five African entrepreneurs who claim the title of “Young Champions of the Earth” for the year 2020. Originally from Angola, Rwanda, Nigeria and from Kenya, the start-ups, are among the 35 finalists of the 2020 edition of the international competition “Young Champions of the Earth”, selected by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The annual competition aims to identify, support and reward exceptional people between the ages of 18 and 30 with innovative and evolving ideas for environmental protection. 5 Africans among the finalists for the “Young Champions of the Earth” awardOnly seven candidates will be selected in the final of the “Young Champions of the Earth” competition, including one entrepreneur from each region of the world (Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and two from Asia and the Pacific). The winners will be selected by an international jury composed of the Executive Director of the Pnue, Inger Andersen; the UN Secretary General's Envoy for Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake; the UNEP's Creative Economy Officer, Roberta Annan; and Elizabeth Cousens, Executive Director of the United Nations Foundation.

The winners will receive seed funding of $ 10,000. The winners will also benefit from intensive training and personalized coaching to develop their various environmental projects.

Projects presented by Africans

The African entrepreneurs finalists in the “Young Champions of the Earth” competition deal with various environmental themes. Fernanda Samuel, Angolan petrochemical engineer has set up a project called “Otchiva”. His project aims for a sustainable use of mangroves in Angola; as well as the well-being of all living things that depend on it.

The second project presented was initiated by Ghislain Irakoze. Through his company Wastezon, the young Rwandan entrepreneur provides households and recycling stakeholders with cutting-edge technologies for the efficient collection, sorting and traceability of waste (electronic waste in particular). “To date, we have collected over 416 tonnes of electronic waste in Rwanda, which equates to 2,826.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions avoided,” says Ghislain Irakoze.




According to the founder of the company Wastezon, the next step will be to introduce a win-win solution called “Wastezon Smart Bin”, which meets both household waste collection needs and the growing demand for waste. 'fertilizer or compost. "Wastezon Smart Bin will offer automated sorting that will track waste decomposition, sterilize the scent of waste and provide real-time information to enable efficient waste circularity," said Ghislain Irakoze.

Green hydrogen to fight air pollution

Nigerian entrepreneur Joy Egbe has been fighting air pollution for several years with her "Just Add Water" technology. It is a device that uses compliant solar cells and water to generate green hydrogen through reversible fuel cells. According to Joy Egbe, the solution is in its pilot phase and currently serves 26 households in Nigeria and 5 businesses.

Nzambi Matee, the fourth African contender for the 2020 Young African Champions, has created the Gjenge Makers company, specializing in the manufacture of sustainable, alternative and affordable construction products. Currently, the Kenyan company produces environmentally friendly pavers that are made from recycled plastic and sand waste.



The fight against deforestation

The other project presented is that of Kenyan Richard Kakunga Wambua. The initiative is called GreenPap. “It's a web-based mobile platform that allows users to virtually plant trees through our green ambassadors, analyze and visualize data to monitor tree survival rates across the country,” through the use of drones and satellite images, ”explains Richard Kakunga Wambua. The platform also seeks to establish a paradigm shift by moving from sporadic tree planting to more targeted tree cultivation, recommending the best tree species to plant based on climatic conditions and soil composition. 'a given area.

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