SUSTAINABLE DRAINAGE SOLUTIONS.

A climate change emergency!

As the world continues to experience climate change effects, one of the most common incidents coming along with this change is flooding. Flooding induced from increase in rainfall intensities in different parts of the world including Tanzania. Tanzania being susceptible to climate effects and with worse results due to the development situation should work even more to bring climate awareness to the people. But also work on other initiatives that helps lessen the effects including sustainable cities and planning Most African countries settle on an undefined settlement planning which makes it difficult for social systems distribution, drainage systems inclusive. Drainage systems are among the most vital social systems that help counteract flooding effects. The major function of these systems is to drain water away from built-up areas into rivers and lakes and Part of these systems being water trenches and canals famously known in Swahili as ‘mitaro’. Floods surface a ground for drowning, property destruction, infrastructure destruction and disease outbreak. Remember, all these results pay for a one way ticket to economic deprivation.

The ‘should haves’ best be the least of our worries unless time can offer us a turn around, until then everyone from everywhere in every way possible should responsibly take actions to reduce global warming emissions and creating more sustainable life systems.

Careen Joel.

The creation of suitable drainage systems that compeer with population sizes help reduce flooding effects and in turn creates a cleaner, healthier and sustainable environment. Cities in Tanzania like Dar Es Salaam are highly populated and settled upon so they lack the ground into which the water can sink into or a lot of trees that can absorb the water through transpiration when it rains. Due to the buildings rain water is forced to runoff the streets and hence easily flood. In the course of heavy rain the drains are ought to be accommodative and passable or else the water runs back to flooding. The objective of the drains is to direct the rain water into natural water sources like a river or a lake. As a results cities like Dar es Salaam need to have stronger, passable and accommodative drainage systems in order for the streets to breathe free from flooding. Another challenge in the drainage systems of highly populated areas is the absence of pollution management in the systems. As the water runs along the streets it gets contaminated with a lot of particulates that are water pollutants i.e. chemicals, bacteria and human waste. Water drainage problem solved but another problem of natural water source pollution is birthed.

These are environment friendly solutions to environment degrading problems. In case of seco-friendly drainage systems the following are suggested green solutions:  -Planning and designing definite settlement plans that drains can easily be inserted and accommodate the needs of everyone from the community. Cities need to consider their settlement plans. 

-Building permeable roads and pavements that let rain water flow into the ground slowly reducing its amount on the surface. 

-Introduction of technological approaches that allow water treatment along the drainage system. This is more of water recycling points inside the system so that the water can be treated as It moves along the system until it reaches its natural source destination.  Promotion and support of new innovations that lead to more green spaces like city center parks and garden reserves.

The idea of having sustainable communities, free off flooding effects is contingent to the existence of better drainage systems. Consequently, Tanzanian people, mandated leaders, influencers, environmentalists and policy makers should work hard into putting up favorable drainage systems and good management methods for those systems. The corroding effects of climate change have already made way into our societies, significantly affecting our resources (both natural and human) and social systems. The world has to come to terms with the undeniable fact that we are on a state of climate emergency.

The ‘should haves’ best be the least of our worries unless time can offer us a turn around, until then everyone from everywhere in every way possible should responsibly take actions to reduce global warming emissions and creating more sustainable life systems.

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Concept of design & systems thinking!

DESIGN THINKING.

What is it?

A type of thinking that accommodates the needs of people. A strategic practical process of which design concepts are developed.

I.e. the knowing of the presence of kitchen dirt and the discovery of the making of detergents.

Systems thinking is the type that analyzes all the components in the design system so that it adds up to finding Eco friendly solutions.

-machines that use less energy

-recyclable cosmetics and clothes

-eco-friendly raw materials in industries

-pollution free transport agents

-responsible consumption

A gigantic plastic dumpsite.

Green to the Core!

Analysis should be done from the design of things i.e. machines so that the recycling process is eased or reduced.

SHARING🍃

The Earth: only home we have. If our systems could breathe more by us being able to share a lot of waste producing services then it would be much better.

Public over private, less energy used for more people the less waste production from the systems. I.e. common laundry mats, common transportation etc.

EVERY TIME YOU SPEND MONEY YOU ARE CASTING A VOTE FOR THE KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT.

ANNA LAPPE

Streets are wow!

Its been 5 days since the plastic bags ban in Tanzania and we are so here for the adhering! Streets are free from plastic bags and are breathing fine now.

Lets get on to the next move. Youth out there this is our call. From our own streets to the streets were we work, study or visit we are to bring the carbon free energy! In any reflective way possible.

Karume market, Ilala Dar Es Salaam.

Very excited about the toughening of the fight against climate change in the country especially the movements pioneered by the youth.

Carie Joe.

TANZANIA’S THOROUGHFARE: FOSSIL TO GREEN ECONOMY.

A shift in the worldwide weather phenomena that the present age has coined as “Climate Change” is gaining popularity in many countries and is currently one of the most controversial debates in the public.
There has been frequent occurrence of extreme climate events like cyclones and drought in some parts of the world, with Expectations of the events increasing in the coming days especially in prone regions like the global south, including Tanzania scientists argue.
These series of devastating climate events are linked as outcomes by scientists to the concept of the earth warming caused by human activities and influences on the natural environment. Therefore governments are signing petitions, enacting policies and putting up systems that favor environment sustainability and reduce the ongoing climate change effects.
Climate change in Tanzania runs from affecting food security, disrupting economic activities to affecting the health sector and projecting poverty in the country.
The country gets these outcomes from experiencing irregular rainfall patterns, higher temperatures and fierce weather conditions like storms and floods. All these has led Tanzania into initiating ways to reduce its carbon footprint as carbon increase in the atmosphere is one of the major contributors to global warming.
After many years of putting discussions and not lawfully enforcing plastic ban finally Tanzania came to an official restriction of using plastic bags in the country with 1st June 2019 as the official deadline according to the prime minister who announced as he closed his office’s budget for 2018/19 financial year in Dodoma.
Businesses merchandising plastic bags were given a 2 month window to adopt to the new system regardless the threat considered by the government concerning job and tax loss. Minister for State in the Vice President’s Office (Union Affairs and Environment) Hon. January Makamba held various meetings with stakeholders prior to the decision to ban the use of plastic bags as they discussed present opportunities in alternative productions.
Currently the greatest hindrances pulling back Tanzania’s adaptation to Eco-friendly social systems is lack of funds, public awareness and technological innovations. The global south is still getting up from the scourge it gets from climate change but also trying to draw policy lines of change into green economy.
Most third world countries are constrained from adapting solely green economy due to fear that development will be at the expense of the environment. Green economy is simply social systems functioning in an environment friendly way meaning dragging fossil fuels, plastic and toxics out of the economic system.

Nevertheless the efforts to bringing Tanzania to a greener destination need to be merged from different stakeholders, policy makers, scientists, common people, business investors and all of us should employ combined strength to get Tanzania there.
No Carbon, No Taka!

The question ringing in developing countries parliaments is “Can our countries survive?”
But then with sound strategic approaches and the right policies green economy can create countless investment and employment opportunities as well as have carbon stored safe in the ground. Tanzania’s walk to a greener economy will be a long one and it’s completed with the accumulation of small and simple decisions like control of people’s eating and consuming habits as well as major decisions like this of banning plastic bag usage. A long walk it will be but at the end of the day it will benefit humanity in the long run.
Nevertheless the efforts to bringing Tanzania to a greener destination need to be merged from different stakeholders, policy makers, scientists, common people, business investors and all of us should employ combined strength to get Tanzania there. The government should have the door for innovations wide open because they will ventilate survival for opportunities in the environment sector.
Banning plastic bags is a major milestone for a greener economy in Tanzania. An economy that breeds safety. A hard-won victory.
Mungu ibariki Tanzania!