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Kalikasan: The Environment

The Bambike or the Bamboo Bicycle

Bambike is a socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bicycles with fair-trade labor and sustainable building practices. Our bamboo bike builders (aka Bambuilders) come from Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine based community development organization for the poor, working to bring an end to poverty. We are also working on a bamboo nursery for reforestation and have plans for a scholarship program. Bambike is a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet, dedicated to social and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to do better business and to make the greenest bikes on the planet.

This are the some of the Bike made of Bamboo.

Mira Nila Classic                   Ligtasin Cove                        Luntian

Bambike’s bamboo bike builders (aka BamBuilders) are incredibly skilled craftsmen. They hand-build the greenest bikes on the planet. June, Nel, Jun, Luis, Fred, James, and Ferdie (shown from left to right) are all members of a community development program called Gawad Kalinga (GK). They live in the rural town of Victoria, Tarlac in the Philippines. Before they were building Bambikes they were working a number of part-time jobs, driving pedi-cabs, welding, farming, and other odd jobs as day laborers.

Gawad Kalinga's mission is to build communities to end poverty. Bambike shares GK's vision of a poverty free Philippines and contributes to the cause by hiring GK villagers, providing them with sustainable livelihoods. The Bambuilders now work full-time at the Bambike workshop, inside the community where they live, among friends and close to their families.

Each of the BamBuilders has a unique story.

Learn more about Bryan Benitez McClelland the maker of Bamboo Bike

The Electric Tricycle or e-trike

This is the e-trike or the Electric Tricycle

The Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing its electric tricycle (E-Trike) Project amid its technical, financial, and social challenges, as it is confident the project objectives were aligned with the government thrust of reducing the transport sector’s reliance on fossil fuels and uplifting the standard of living of tricycle drivers. Former auto industry executive Elizabeth H. Lee has ventured into the manufacture of electric tricycles.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Energy (DOE) last year announced a $500-million initiative aimed at replacing 100,000 gasoline-burning tricycles in the country with clean, energy-efficient electric tricycles in the next five years.

About 3.5 million gas-fuelled tricycles operate nationwide, contributing almost 10 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to the atmosphere every year.

By replacing 100,000 gas-powered trikes, the Philippine government is poised to save over $100 million a year in fuel imports, while slashing CO2 emissions by about 260,000 tons annually.

Watch the e-trike

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What is Global Warming?

What is Global Warming?

Global Warming is a gradual warming of the Earth's atmosphere reportedly caused by the burning of fossil fuels and industrial pollutants due to greenhouse gases, leading to climate change and rising sea levels. Renewable energy, energy efficient buildings and sustainable travel are examples of ways to help avert the greenhouse effect.

 

Global Warming:  Natural or Manmade?

 

What is Climate Change?


Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather over periods of time that range from decades to millions of years. It can be a change in the average weather or a change in the distribution of weather events around an average (for example, greater or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change may be limited to a specific region, or may occur across the whole Earth.

 

 

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