• Climate Change


    Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali

    The whole northern region of the Ivory Coast - as well as Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso - has fallen victim to the disastrous effects of global warming, including drought; desertification; and lack of electricity, clean drinking water, roads, secular schools, basic community health centres, etc. Plagued by hunger, unemployment, poverty, and severe, acute food insecurity, this area is the breeding ground for terrorism.

    ERI works directly with civil society to bring about sustainability through our programs, methods, and global partnerships. To combat the dual issues of instability and climate change in this particular region, ERI leaders Professor Dramane Toure and Annie Goeke have been working together for the past 10 years to design and implement a climate change initiative for West Africa. ERI has proposed and plans to implement 35 renewable energy projects (solar, wind, biomass, small hydroelectric dams), reforestation, decarbonation, mitigation, adaptation, biosafety, sustainable food security, soil restoration, pollution control, pollination, and the creation of a blue carbon mangrove. Political instability in the region put the project on hold for several years, but now that the Ivory Coast is more stable, we have reinstated our original climate change proposal.

    This proposal focuses on two objectives:

    1. To promote stability and lasting peace in the fight against the spread of religious terrorism and its threats in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and northern Côte d'Ivoire, and to reintegrate young people who were victims of these conflicts

    2. To create the adoption of climate-constraining projects that have been chosen not only to bring the climate temperature down to 2 degrees centigrade by the end of the century, but also serve as a means to solve the problems of durable peace and stability 

    Our overall goal is to create stable and thriving countries of environmentally conscious citizens who are actively living environmentally friendly lives. To roll out this plan, we have started with the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, with an initial focus on the neighborhood of Cocody, in an effort to create the first West African Eco-City. Through our renewable energy projects, we plan to transition the Cocody neighborhood from a petroleum-based to a mixed renewable energy environment, bringing in 400,000 jobs to the local community in the process. From there we will roll out the plan to the other 13 municipalities in the district, and then eventually to the whole of the Ivory Coast and other West African countries. 

    To read the entire proposal, which was presented in both Paris and Marrakesh (COP 21, 22) as the Climate Change Initiative titled "PROPOSALS FOR 35 ERI PROJECTS, SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COTE D'IVOIRE AND THE AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY, TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND FRANCE, TO COP 22, TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENSURE SUSTAINABLE SAFETY IN WEST AFRICA", contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 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 agricultural is essential to providing the key solutions and that the smallholder farmers’ adaptation to climate change have shown to help farmers with a higher returned in financial benefits.  Currently, we have initiated and begun the process to launch two food security projects, one in the Comoros Islands and 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 for 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 helps 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 skin care 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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