Our PROJECTS

  • Climate Change

    WEST AFRICA

    WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IN AFRICA IS SO IMPORTANT TO US

    Climate change affects us all, but for those living in already poverty-stricken communities, these effects are even more brutal. The most vulnerable are also, unfortunately, the hardest hit, and without proper resources, finances, and training, they have little hope of survival as the effects of climate change worsen with each passing year. Climate change knows no boundaries, and due to the interconnectedness of the ecosystem, the effects of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and drought from one country impact every country. As a global society, it is, therefore, necessary for all of us to address climate change and implement ways to mitigate the impacts of global warming activities.

    Climate change initiatives in Africa are few and far between for numerous reasons. Most of the African countries that submitted plans in Paris rely on partial or complete international funding. As climate finance has been slow, it is becoming increasingly unrealistic for Africa to deliver their climate plans. 

    Many of their big cities are plagued with poverty, bad infrastructure, overpopulation, conflict, and dysfunctional governance.  These challenges become nearly insurmountable as they try to implement and build from scratch a stable green energy system that will further their capacity to achieve the goals of lowering their carbon output. However, the Paris Agreement does provide an opportunity to accelerate socio-economic growth and develop a policy framework and operational paths to sustainable development if the international community properly supports them. Knowing this, we at ERI have been actively working to mitigate the effects of climate change through our many programs worldwide.

  • Food Security

    It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food.  At Earth Rights, we have been promoting agriculture that provides local communities with nutritious food for all and can generate decent incomes. We believe that it is imperative that rural development provides food security while protecting the environment. As our soils, freshwater, forests, and biodiversity are rapidly degraded, ERI focuses its programs on changing the current trend such as monoculture, and offers solutions that are more central to addressing hunger and poverty eradication.  We address how climate change has put more pressure on their resources such as droughts and floods, and that agriculture is essential to providing the key solutions, and that the smallholder farmers’ adaptation to climate change have shown to help farmers with a higher return in financial benefits.  Currently, we have initiated and begun the process to launch two food security projects, one in the Comoros Islands and the other in Sierra Leone


    Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities.  A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050. The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development and is central to hunger and poverty eradication.

  • Health and Wellness

    Earth Rights Institute has worked on a variety of health and wellness projects around the world. Our programs promote the creation of health associations for their local region and provide appropriate education and tools that address the well-being of the local population. Water, sanitation, nutrition, and waste are integrated into the program. As malnutrition is a major problem worldwide, ERI health and wellness programs help cultivate food gardens and offer education on nutrition for the community on how to live healthier lives for themselves and for generations to come. We look to see what possible resources are available in the region to develop into economic capacity-building projects such as natural wellness and health care products, healthcare services, natural skincare products, first aid products, nutrition, and natural supplement products, herbs, and other natural products providing better health for all.

  • Social & Economic Enterprises

    Earth Rights Institute has advocated and promoted social and economic enterprises.  We provide the tools, resources, education and support to help our partners and communities to apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements for the local population and their environment.  We work towards creating businesses to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way.  In today's world, modern economic models have shown to bring in inequalities in the distribution of wealth especially in regions where poverty is rampant.  Our programs, both in the past and current, have helped provide insight on how to provide income generation opportunities that meet the basic needs of people living in poverty.  We strive for communities to become self-reliant over time and set up models that can be expanded or replicated to other communities.  The microfinancing loan system, such as KIVA, is one of the  loan investments we promote as well as long term loan investments called co-profit models.

     

     

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About Earth Rights Institute

The Earth is the birthright of all people

Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

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