Weaving a world in which everyone contributes and everyone is empowered

Why we must act now

Our planet is at its breaking point; temperatures are rising and biodiversity is diminishing. Yet this is our only home. We must rebuild and share our common home and you are the only hope we have. Doing it now is not the best option, it’s the only chance we have!

Why we believe in openness

Openness is unlocking vast opportunities and possibilities. Mass collaboration for sustainability presents vast promise and hope for saving the future of our planet and humanity. This collaboration denotes inclusion, empowerment and democratization of these possibilities; especially for the world’s most vulnerable people living in the developing world.

What we do

Knowledge

Our Open Sustainability Knowledge platform facilitates sharing and access of sustainability knowledge – mainly through short crowd sourced videos – covering areas of critical importance including; sustainable agriculture, conservation..more

Data

Open data carries substantial hope for galvanizing our resilience in the face of climate change. We are contributing to democratization of this data, and this is not only enabling individuals and communities to thrive...more

Hub

The Open Sustainability Hub facilitates spaces and platforms for collaborative innovation for sustainability. The hub rallies young and seasoned innovators to weave ideas and build open solutions...more

Journeys

How about we go there? To where it all occurs! To the farms, to the mountains and to the swampy valleys, to the forests and to the plain savannas, to the deserts and to the lush areas, to the oceans and to the seas, to the rivers and lakes

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Fellowship

With more than half of the global population under the age of 30, it is evident that young people stand at the center of global development issues and the onus is upon them to save the future of our common home. But the world is short of young passionate leaders...

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Quick facts

TEMPERATURES

Each of the last three decades has been successfully warmer at the earth’s surface than any preceding decades since 1850. CO2 concentrations have increased by 40% since pre-industrial times, majorly from fossil fuel emissions.

WATER

Most of the world’s water is in the oceans. Only 2.5% is freshwater. Interestingly, people have access to less than 1% of the world’s freshwater. Forests provide renewable water supplies to 76% of the global population.

AGRICULTURE

Feeding nearly 10b people by 2050 would require about 70% increase in food production. However, projected reductions in yield in some countries could be as much as 50% by as near as 2020.

ECOSYSTEMS

It would require 1.5 Earths to regenerate the natural resources currently consumed by humans globally. In Africa, the proportion of arid and semi-arid lands is likely to increase by 5-8% by 2080s.

ENERGY

In 2015, the world emitted 36b tons of CO2 to produce energy. Scientists say that to avoid dramatic long-term changes of our climate, the world must cut GHG emissions by up to 80% by 2050.

OCEANS

Oceans produce over 50% of the oxygen we breath & absorb roughly a quarter of the CO2 emissions. However, sea level is rising & about 200m people are at risk of losing their homes by 2100.

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"Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes for the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history."

Pope Francis
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"Climate change is the biggest threat to our chances of winning the fight against hunger"

Winnie Byanyima
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"The biggest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"

Polar Explorer, Robert Swan