We Do GREEN Organization (WDGO) is a legally registered, youth-founded and, youth-led environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operating on the Rwanda’s territory since 2018. Our main goal is to empower our young people to get involved with environmental protection at the local level – specifically reforestation and afforestation for carbon capture, biodiversity protection, ecosystem and landscape restoration, solidarity and sustainable livelihoods. We Do GREEN is inspired by the need to tackle extreme systemic poverty facing many communities in the developing world – poverty that is compounded by ongoing environmental degradation, particularly as a result of the global climate crisis.
Mission: We Do GREEN’s mission is to involve youth while leaving no one behind in the works towards the protection of our environment, the adaptation and mitigation to climate change.
Vision: Our vision is to ensure the wellbeing of people, ecosystem and biodiversity achieved through a collaborative effort.
Our Core Values
Diversity: Involving all people without any exclusion on social, ethnicity, color, race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation or disability.
Equity: Every member of our society to have equal access to basic necessities for quality life and a fair treatment to the natural world.
Inclusion: Equal opportunities for all. Less-fortunate members of society must be given priority. Animals too have rights to quality of life.
Sustainability: Accountability and transparency for a better world of today and of the future.
Our Key Priorities
Why it is critically important
The Global Climate Emergency, Biodiversity loss, Nature Crisis, and Systemic Poverty are the most defining and inextricably linked challenges of our time with disproportionate impacts to millions of communities in the Global South and we know we need to take bold action now. The effort needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and net-zero emission by 2050, to ensure a green, climate-resilient and sustainable future; no doubt requires robust systemic and individual contributions and transitions in a more pragmatic way. We Do GREEN is already set on the path to playing a central part towards that transition, by engaging more youth and reaching out to the most marginalized, underprivileged and vulnerable communities. Our thematic interventions are in line with SDGs ( 1. No poverty, 6. Clean water and sanitation, 7. Affordable and clean energy and 13. Climate action). WDGO advocates for domestic, regional and global climate policies that are youth-reflective, balanced and putting at the centre those on frontline first.
Environmental and Sustainability Literacy for Youth and Indigenous, Local Communities
The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. The number of youth in the world is projected to grow by 7% from 1.2 billion in 2019 to 1.3 billion in 2030 (the target date for achieving SDGs i.e. Sustainable Development Goals). It is expected to peak at nearly 1.4 billion persons around 2065 (United Nations 2019).
Climate shocks are taking many lives, causing heavy economic losses and more disproportionately affecting youth and indigenous communities in the developing states leading them desperately to extreme poverty. This is mostly due to lack of capacity, awareness and knowledge on adaptation and resilience. We Do GREEN works to educate and empower these groups to uncover the relationship of their daily problems to climate crisis and to unleash their potentials for nature protection, ecosystem-based adaptation, restoration, resilience and sustainability.
Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus to break the Cycle of Systemic Poverty
250 million people experience hunger in Africa and conditions are deteriorating across East Africa where 7 million are at risk of starvation and another 33.8 million people face acute hunger. 320 million people still lack access to safe drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa, and poverty is a huge barrier to access to water and sanitation.
39.1 percent of Rwandan population are still under the poverty line; almost one fifth are food insecure. Around 80 percent still cook by charcoal and firewood, and practice small-scale farming. These development challenges are mainly linked to climate shocks, which threaten ecosystems and biodiversity. Women, elderly people and youth are on the frontline of the resulting impacts, which were exacerbated by COVID-19.
A holistic approach provides opportunity to address underlying causes of systemic poverty. Restoring our shared ecosystem provides spillover co-benefits for improved livelihoods, development, resilience and peace.
Circularity and Sustainable Transitions
The increasing waste pollution poses potential threats to marine ecosystems, our soil and environment. Our current mode of living is not balancing profits and the planet and we often become more focused on short-term profit; however, this creates enormous imbalance and in turn negatively affects our lives and livelihoods. We need to recognize that taking care of our natural world in turn benefits our wellbeing not only now but also for many generations to come.
We Do GREEN works to advocate for sustainable and responsible production and consumption, the green and sustainable transitions at individual and systemic level.
Environmental and sustainability literacy starts with the younger generation
Our Results To Date
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