James Ochieng at Freedom corner, Uhuru park, in Nairobi
James Ochieng’ okelo is Kenyan. He has been working on building and construction projects in Warrap, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and lake states of South Sudan from 2003 to 2007. He now lives in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and works as a volunteer administrator and teacher at Aheu Dit women Group's Kan Ajak primary school since 2008 . He dedicates his time to sourcing and passing on of relevant information about conservation and the environment to interested members of his community. He is starting Bloomtrigger in Kan Ajak Primary School (See link for video about this) and trying to help bring our project to continent of Africa.
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* What inspires you?
* What makes you angry?
Ignorance at all levels.
* What is your personal mission?
Contribute towards efforts of educating children about technology and the environment. Currently I engage school children in recycling and making fuel from waste.
* If you were Prime Minister, what would be the first thing you would change?
Ban the use of charcoal. The use of charcoal kills the spirit of those involved in environmental conservation; I would encourage the use of alternative fuels.
* Why did you agree to become a bloomtrigger ambassador?
I agreed to become a Bloomtrigger ambassador because it’s a unique combination of technology, environment and education, with children as the main actors in conservation of rainforests (bloom planting etc.)
* Can you describe a typical workday?
I officially start my workday at 8:00 am with assembly at the school followed by class and other school activities until 1:00 pm. Lunch and rest till 3:00pm if possible, administrative meetings, briquette training, and building consultations, whichever is at hand from 3 till late.
* Can you think of a place or event you have been that has really inspired you?
An event that inspired me is the first annual all Africa Biomass briquette producers conference at Olasiti Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania November 2011, it was inspiring to be with people from different parts of Africa and the world discussing about sustainable solutions to help environmental conservation. To see more about this visit the Legacy Foundation website.
* How do you define success?
Seeing things you work hard for bloom.
* What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
Be yourself, ask for less and thank more.
* What’s your favourite book or film of late?
“It takes a village” by Hillary Rodham Clinton
* If you could get anyone to become a part of the bloomtrigger project who would it be and why?
Lisa Hansen, she is passionate about conservation and all her life and travel are based on the subject. She has dreams for a greener world and puts her efforts into matters that support the environment around the globe.
* How do you go green in your daily life?
I use bio fuel briquettes for all my cooking and boiling, and I also train individuals and organized groups about the importance of planting and conserving our trees by using alternative fuels produced from domestic waste.
* What would you most like to happen to protect the planet?
I would like to see every person plant at least one indigenous tree or help plant a tree every year during their lifetime.
* Do you have a favourite quote you can share with us?
“The future is ours”.
* If you found yourself stranded in a rainforest, what is the one thing you would like to have with you?
A mosquito net.
* Can you think up one more interesting question that we should be asking for this interview, but have not thought of yet and then answer it?
What would happen if rainforests disappeared? There would be lack of pure air, increased temperatures and high levels of poverty!