I Believe in Liberia

first_imgBefore I left for Africa, in a time that seems like a lifetime ago, I spent my last night in the United States on a quiet beach at night, alone with my thoughts gazing across a great and wide sea. Beneath heaven itself on the east coast of Florida, I thought of the journey I was about to take to a place I have dreamt of all my life. Africa, the cradle of civilization, the place my ancestors walked out of some incomprehensibly long time ago, a place where goodness and evil were born together as siblings to spread across the Earth. To mostAmericans, the stigma of Africa is one of poverty, of war, and of great suffering. Yet, for me, and IDEAS For Us, Africa is a place of limitless opportunity.Extraordinary accomplishments are the products of surprisingly simple ingredients. Dreams fueled by unwavering belief in their attainability, coupled with education are responsible for all of our greatest achievements. Here in Liberia, the first country in Africa I have ever set foot in, the same is true.I am here as a result of a partnership that blossomed in 2013, between IDEAS For Us and Youth Exploring Solutions (YES). YES was founded in 2007 by Stephen Lavalah, a young Liberian, and United States Department of State fellow. Stephen traveled to the UnitedStates for four months in 2013 and lived with both myself, and the former executive director of IDEAS For Us, Chris Castro. In that time, he took action in numerous IDEAS events, lectured at American schools, and spoke to American students about how he has a profound vision for a Sustainable Liberia in his mind and in his heart. Together, we were able to put that project into words, and it was chosen as the 2013 project winner of the Continuing Community Partnership Grant by the IREX program.For the past week since my arrival, I have dressed as a Liberian, I have eaten traditional Liberian food, I have walked for hours through Liberian forests, I have slept the way most Liberians do, and I have listened to Liberian youth speak to me about Liberian problems.The future of the African continent belongs to young Africans and my message here as been one of encouragement for them to believe in themselves and to break free of the bondage of self-doubt, and self-oppression.For 14 days, IDEAS For Us and YES are conducting an ambitious campaign of numerous speaking engagements, lectures, action projects, radio interviews, television talk show appearances, and a two-day Leadership Summit to build capacity across the entire country. Together, IDEAS For Us and YES will host the first international Hive event, and conduct action projects in Energy, Water, Food, Waste, and Ecology. In the coming days, I will share what we have seen, learned, and accomplished in each of these areas with the IDEAS Movement. Together, I believe that we can plant the seeds of a Sustainable Liberia.Yet, if I have learned anything so far in my time here, it is that Liberians are wonderful people, with big dreams that they deserve to see met. However I am not the one to wake their country from this dream. That task belongs to all young Liberians, for they must see their country through this metamorphosis, and I am sure they will. Every day I wake up and say to myself, “I believe in Liberia”, and I know after seeing the great things we have accomplished, you will too.About the authorClayton Louis Ferrara is a Chilean-born American naturalist, poet, educator, and popular writer. He is a founding board member of the United Nations accredited environmental action, and advocacy NGO, IDEAS For Us. He has served as National Science Director and South Eastern Regional Director of the USA since stepping off the board in 2012.

His professional career started in South Florida at the age of 12 when he began teaching ecology, conservation, and youth empowerment to the general public as a docent to numerous museums, aquariums, and interpretative nature centers in the area. He received a B.A. in both biology and environmental studies from the prestigious, liberal arts and science college, Rollins. In 2011, he received the honor of being called a Young Alumnus of Significant Distinction for his work to advance sustainability and environmental education in Central Florida. In 2013, he was named a Darwin Scholar by the U.K. based Field Studies Council (FSC) for his accomplishments as a young naturalist on the global stage.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ferus signs MOU with mining companies to provide LNG for proposed Territories mines

first_imgVANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver-based Casino Mining Corporation, which is owned by Western Copper and Gold, and Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. to supply liquefied natural gas to a pair of mining projects proposed by Casino and Selwyn Chihong in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.To ensure proximal and long-term security of supply for the mines, Ferus plans to build and operate a two-phase LNG plant in the Fort Nelson area. The Fort Nelson area was strategically chosen to minimize the cost of transporting the LNG to the mines, contributing to supply reliability and strong project economics. Each phase of the project, which are anticipated to be commissioned in 2020 and 2022 respectively, will produce 300,000 US gallons per day of LNG (equivalent in energy to approximately 175,000 gallons per day of diesel) and will supply the power generation plant and mining operations for the two projects.President & CEO Paul West-Sells of Western Copper and Gold Corp., the public company that owns Casino, said that ”The use of LNG instead of diesel in their mining operations will significantly reduce the cost of power generation and also eliminate 140,000 tonnes per year of CO2 emissions over the projected 22-year lifespan of the mine. The Selwyn Chihong project is expected to eliminate 115,000 tonnes per year of CO2 emissions over the current 11-year mine life.- Advertisement –last_img read more