Bloomtrigger club in South Sudan!

October 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week we were surprised by a group of children from the Kan Ajak Primary School in Southern Sudan who sent a short video message they had made and uploaded to Youtube. These school children from east-central Africa have created a ‘Bloomtrigger Club’ and have been learning about the bloomtrigger project as a way to help stop deforestation. We are very excited to see that Bloomtrigger has managed to reach such remote parts of the world, apparently their teacher discovered our project via our Twitter! We would like to thank the children at Kan Ajak Primary School for their inspiring video message and we hope they will be able to sign up and create some profile images soon, so that they can begin to help protect rainforest with us. We already have lots of people who would like to donate blooms to them!

More about Kan Ajak Primary School

After getting in touch with the school we have learned that Kan Ajak Primary School is located in Kan Ajak village, Awiel East County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State; needless to say a very remote part of the world. They have 460 children at the school 257 girls 203 boys, mostly Returnees. The school was established by a group of women (Aheu Dit Women Group) 5 years ago. They do not have a proper internet connection yet, but they do have a laptop which they brought from Kenya and they can connect to the new mobile network which has been installed in the region via a modem.

We taked to James Ochieng a teacher at the school; this is what he had to say about their story…

Our story

“Most schools in southern Sudan are under the WFP feeding program. These meals are cooked in the schools for the children. Firewood is the only fuel used to cook this food. What happens is that children are instructed to carry a piece of firewood on their way to school, at least twice a week, failure to do that will result to punishment. So you can imagine what happens on the routes to school, children break branches along the way.

We want to stop the use of firewood at our school. Together with the women group we are going to start producing bio-fuel briquettes as an alternative fuel. We believe that the topics of deforestation and climate change should be taught at the school. We are also going to conduct the briquette training. This will stop the children from damaging trees on their way to school. We hope the bloomtrigger project will be a good substitution for the children and a chance to learn the importance of conservation.”

NOW and the future

The first step is to try to get these children signed up to the bloomtrigger project and planting blooms to help them have an impact on global deforestation. At the moment we can only offer them the opportunity to protect forest in South America in the Amazon rainforest. However we hope that in the future we can begin to support forestry conservation projects in Africa as well, perhaps even in South Sudan. Our aim is to grow the Bloomtrigger platform to enable people to protect forests in many different parts of the world, Americas, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

Images of Kan Ajak Primary School

© Copyright James Ochieng

Children holding the South Sudan sign

Kan Ajak Primary School

Girls singing at Kan Ajak Primary School

Children holding Kan Ajak Sign

Children with Bloomtrigger Sign

Pupils holding the School sign

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Beautiful Butterflies

July 2, 2012 § 2 Comments

We all know that rainforests are incredibly biodiverse, yet when picturing one most of us would probably think of the same few animals. Monkeys screeching in the canopy, or a tiger on the prowl below.  Nesting parrots or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, poison frogs and piranha fish.

However, over 90% of animal species found in rainforests are insects. So for this post, I’ve decided to concentrate on what I think is the prettiest of insects, butterflies.

Well, butterflies and moths to be precise. I recently visited Stratford-upon-Avon’s butterfly farm which has some interesting examples of both.

Madagascan Moon Moth (Argema mittrei)
[Madagascan moon moth (Argema mittrei)]

I really liked this Madagascan Moon moth, which is just as brightly coloured as a butterfly, not at all like those that continually fly into light bulbs. It’s also known as the Comet Moth because of its long fiery red tails.

Whilst the farm breeds some butterflies themselves, they also import them from the tropics.  The natural habitat of butterflies must be protected in order to breed sustainably. It’s a labour intensive process which means employment and income for the villages involved.

As well being a tourist attraction the farm supports conservation by doing business responsibly. It certainly was an interesting day out and lovely to see exotic butterflies up close.

Indian Leaf Butterfly
[Indian Leaf  (Kallima paralekta). Striking blue on top contrasted with leaf-like camouflage underneath]
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)
[Malachite (Siproeta stelenes). Common in Central and South America]

Scarce Bamboo Page (Philaethria dido)
[Scarce Bamboo Page (Philaethria dido). Similiar to a Malachite but with a longer wing shape] 

Cracker/Hamadryas
[Cracker (Hamadryas unknown). Males are known for cracking or clicking their wings to ward off rivals]

Feeding Butterflies, multiple species
[Multiple species feeding on fruit.]

White Morpho (Morpho polyphemus)
[Possibly a White Morpho (Morpho polyphemus) feasting on some pineapple.]

Lime Swallowtail Papilio demoleus
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Lime Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) with a rather sorry looking crumpled wing.]

Blue Morpho
[An elusive Blue Morpho who barely stayed still long enough to snap a photo of his iridescence.]

Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale)
[Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale) found in Peru and throughout South America.]

By Emma Law

KEEP CALM AND PROTECT FORESTS

April 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Keep calm and protect forests with bloomtrigger

If you are feeling calm then why not visit bloomtrigger.com and protect your own part of the rainforest now. Become a part of the bloomtrigger project to help us pioneer a simple, affordable and creative way to tackle global deforestation and climate change!

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The bloomtrigger project on Pinterest!

March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Bloomtrigger on Pinterest

Have you been hearing about this Pinterest site lately? Well we have, everywhere you look it’s Pinterest this or Pinterest that… we are getting bombarded by invitations to sign up to Pinterest everyday. At Bloomtrigger we are interested in all things tech, especially if it is very simple and visual, which Pinterest is. Exstremely visual infact! Well it turns out Pinterest is the fastest website in history to hit more than 10 million unique monthly visitor – Faster than Facebook, faster than Twitter and faster than Google. It went from 4.8 million unique in November 2011 to 11 million in January 2012, a mere three months.

If we understand correctly then essentially it is just a really clever and simple way to share images that you post or discover online. You select an image, you ‘pin’ it on your virtual notice board and then share it via your social networks. A simple concept, but it is being executed really well, which probably explains a lot about its explosive growth. We think it is great and definately a useful tool to show off all the beautiful images generated by the bloomtrigger project each day.

So here is our Pinterest page for the bloomtrigger project. Click here to see our Pinterest page and if you like what you see, then sign up, start following & share!
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Explore the Amazon rainforest on Google street view!

March 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Google street view Amazon
Tributary of the Rio Negro – View Larger Map

Can you remember the first time you looked at Google Street view? Thinking this an amazing use of technology! Zooming into your house to see if they had taken a picture of your front door and nine times out of ten of course they had, along with the neighbour’s dog and the rubbish left out on bin day. This was a huge social and cultural step that Google had made by introducing this technology and making it available to the world. Big shifts like these never come with controversy. Some people (admitedly a minority) were shocked by the ‘violation of privacy’, after seeing ‘spy satellite resolution’ images of their homes on the map. They were afraid of the bold step Google had taken without consulting them first, regardless of the fact that anyone can drive past you house and take a picture and then post it on the internet. Nobody seemed to take any notice of these people and so Google continues to make the world more visible to everyone. This technology has thousands of useful applications, one I especially find useful is when looking for a new place to live, Google street view has made it possible to check out the location of a potential flat in just a few clicks without having to waste hours travelling there to find out how nice or terrible a neighbourhood is.

Well now Google Street View brings you the Amazon rainforest! The Google Earth Outreach teams were invited to the Amazon Basin to collect ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve. Now those images available through the Street View feature on Google Maps, so that anyone can experience the beauty and diversity of the Amazon. Together with FAS, Google are enabling everyone from researchers and scientists to armchair explorers around the world learn more about the Amazon, and better understand how local communities there are working to preserve this unique environment for future generations.

Take a moment to explore the Google street view map above and watch this short video below about the people and the vision behind the project. The views are naturally not as good as the real thing and never will be, but they are still very beautiful and deserve our attention. Imagine TODAY in 2012 sitting at home on the sofa you can now explore the Amazon rainforest and this is only the beginning, imagine how amazing this will be in a few years from now! Real-time rainforest in 3D perhaps?! Whatever we see, lets hope it brings the forest closer to our consciousness, so that we can begin to appreciate the true value the forest has for us. Perhaps the world needs to see the forests exist before they will believe it is in their interest to protect this vital resource! Thank you Google for making the forests more visible.

To help protect you own part of the Amazon rainforest click here to become a part of ‘the bloomtrigger project‘. A simple, affordable and creative way to protect rainforests.

By James Sutton, Founder of Bloomtrigger

Bloomtrigger’s top ranking business to date!

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

To mark Hamptons International taking the top ranking spot for the business with the most blooms we have asked the highly talented illustrator Lawrence Cornes to knock up this tidy sketch for the bloomtrigger project.

Lawrence is a freelance illustrator who has joined the ranks of talented people who generously contribute their skills and time to help develop and grow bloomtrigger’s unique model for rainforest conservation. You can check out more of Lawrence’s wonderful illustrations at lawrencecornes.co.uk

Lawrence Cornes
Lawrence Cornes

Who will knock Hampton International off their top spot? Could it be the business you work for? If so Boris may be knocking on your door next. Get involved!

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Winner of the adult bloomtrigger rainforest drawing competition!

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tiger - Winner of the bloomtrigger adult drawing competition
The winning tiger by Linda Wilson

Congratulations to Linda Wilson who won bloomtrigger’s drawing competition out of the adults who entered. She is now a part of the bloomtrigger Generation’ after winning 200 blooms, which will help to protect 500m2 of rainforest in Peru. Linda has already invested her blooms into the primary schools taking part in bloomtrigger’s pilot project. Click here to view her profile.

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