Published 16 February 2021
Bite size updates on the real important stuff related to Tech, Trends, Business and the Planet.
What have I learnt recently and want to share?
Well, a number of interesting little things actually.
An ‘ecological footprint’ is how much land and water a person needs to produce or manage their resources required to live and also absorb waste. Yes, we need to consider waste.
Carbon footprint is ‘part’ of an ecological footprint. Ecological space is worked out in global hectares or GHA for short. A hectare is 10000 square meters. What I find really interesting is the average GHA per person means we need about 1.75 ‘planet equivalents of space’ to accommodate our population. In other words, we need a 2nd planet.
What do you think the ideal population numbers should be?
Here is a fun little task to work out your carbon footprint, simply complete the fields on this website and find out if you are above or below global averages for your carbon footprint: https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx
I like when law serves the planet and therefore was pleased to learn that a UK Supreme Court has allowed 45000 Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue the Royal Dutch Shell Company after years of oil spills near the Nigel Delta. My concern is if a financial award is made, will it actually be used towards rehabilitation of the eco systems damaged?
SMMEs represent an overwhelming majority of businesses in South Africa and employ around 50 to 60% of the workforce. This was reported by McKinsey. Government regulations in response to the pandemic have been short sighted when it comes to the long term economic effects and created irreversible damage to many more lives compared to those it protected from the viru$.
Twitter is working on something new and exciting called ‘Bluesky’. It will be, as I understand it, a social media platform with a central governance, which means content will not be controlled by the owner of the network or any government. I am sure there will be some interesting algorithms and perhaps even a type of content review process like the USA legal system which uses a jury of peers. It sounds to me like the Bitc0in of social media. This platform is a few years away from being launched.
Rwanda has begun vaccinating its citizens. This nation continues to impress me. I cannot wait to go back and visit again. If you have not seen my little video on ‘the Smartest Country in Africa’ here is the link and well worth a quick watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plek4bOSRu8
BP has successfully completed an autonomous vehicle trial (it drove 180km by itself) at its Lingen refinery in Germany.
This past week, it was reported that Cape Town joined forces with Stockholm City (the birthplace of businesses like Skype and Spotify) with a project called Cape Town / Stockholm Connect (CSC). It’s a platform that aims to bring businesses and professionals together, but for the life of me I could not find a website or even a F@cebook page on the project when I searched, so that was a bit of a disappointment for me after I got very excited with the overall idea.
A quick business shout out and thumbs up to ‘GivePower Solar Water Farm’ (https://givepower.org/). They have a renewable system that helps provide access to clean drinking water for up to 35000 people every single day. They have been operating for some time and done great work in Kenya.
South Korea has announced a $43.2 billion plan to build the world’s largest wind power plant by 2030. I want to go visit it.
Jaguar Land Rover will stop producing petrol and diesel cars by the year 2025 and switch to electric- models only. This is admirable and deserves a ‘well done’.
To end, here is a little ‘poem’ of sorts by Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, explaining Climate Change perfectly.
We can fix it.
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