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Thirty ideas from people under 30: The Environmentalists – Gregg Treinish: Modern explorer – CSMonitor.com   Leave a comment

“Gregg Treinish: Modern explorer

As a young modern explorer, Gregg Treinish already boasts an impressive résumé. He has hiked the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail, became the first man ever to trek the Andes Mountains (covering 7,800 miles), and in 2008 was named “Adventurer of the Year” by the National Geographic Society.

Still, Mr. Treinish says, he felt unfulfilled. The 29-year-old, who lives in Bozeman, Mont., is well aware that some in society look upon him and other members of Generation X as being self-centered and civically apathetic. So this year he founded an or-ganization that offers his Merrell-wearing contemporaries a way to make a difference in the world.

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation combines the passion of exploration with citizen science and the research needs of cash-strapped government agencies and environmental groups.

He has backcountry skiers, for example, assisting with efforts to expand a database on elusive wolverines, and alpinists documenting how global warming affects species in high elevations – the rafters of the earth.

He has backcountry skiers, for example, assisting with efforts to expand a database on elusive wolverines, and alpinists documenting how global warming affects species in high elevations – the rafters of the earth.

“We live in a time when young people are struggling to cope with traditional notions of what ‘success’ means that have been imposed upon them, and, at the same time, they are told to have lower expectations of what they can achieve,” Treinish says. “We reject that. Having an enriching life doesn’t have to be based on money.”

He is concerned, too, about the phenomenon called “nature deficit disorder,” coined by writer Richard Louv, that negatively affects children who are detached from natural environments. His group hooks up kids in different cultures, directly or digitally, with world-class explorers to ignite their interest in the outdoors and potentially to pursue careers in such things as wildlife biology, geology, and climate change.

“We want to make science cool,” he says.”

via Thirty ideas from people under 30: The Environmentalists – Gregg Treinish: Modern explorer – CSMonitor.com.

Posted January 8, 2012 by arnoneumann in Environment, Youth

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ONE.org Africa Blog | African youth hold keys to continent’s future – Youssou N’Dour   Leave a comment

The solution to Africa lies squarely on its youth. This is according to world renown and music legend Youssou N’Dour. The Senegalese artiste, one of the greatest in the world, advises that African leaders must engage the youth if the continent is to grow.”

via ONE.org Africa Blog | African youth hold keys to continent’s future – Youssou N’Dour.

The Senegalese Grammy award-winning artiste was in Kenya last week visiting the refugee camps in Daadab in the North-Eastern Province where he called for “inadvertible and undivided focus” on the plight of children affected by the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. More than 12 million people are in desperate need of food, water and basic sanitation.

He at the same time lauded charity organisations on the ground helping the needy starting with UNICEF.

“I am confident that humanitarian agencies are doing everything they can to reach those who need their help,” he said. “We have a responsibility to do all that we can so that every child can be reached, their immediate needs met, their health is safeguarded and that they are protected from all harm.”

He also called on African leaders to end the annual cycle of drought and disease in the region. “African nations, African figureheads and African communities, alongside other world leaders, need to prioritise lasting solutions by strengthening governance so the right investments are made in basic services, championing peace so that people are no longer forced to flee their homes and livelihoods and empowering local communities from where the process of change will emerge,” he said.”

Posted September 13, 2011 by arnoneumann in Africa

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