Tanzanian Environmental Journalists Visit Talybont Turbine

Deodatus and Finnigan visiting the Talybont Energy Turbine

Talybont Energy was contacted by The Thomson Foundation , which is involved in training environmental journalists internationally. Under a UNESCO Wales funded project, they hosted a small group of Tanzanian environmental journalists who visited Welsh projects. They  came to visit the Talybont Turbine and to learn more about Talybont Energy’s work earlier this week.

The journalists,  Deodatus and Finnigan, used the trip as a fact finding and training opportunity, and are planning to write stories of interest in their respective newspapers in Dar es Salaam.

The  visit was interesting, for us as well as them,  in learning about the current situation in Tanzania and the direct effects of drought and floods on their lives, all due to climate change. Countries like Tanzania are in line to pay the highest price for Global warming whilst our country is a major contributer . This makes for interesting dialogue which we only began to touch on in such a short visit with Deodatus and Finnigan. It would have been good to have explored this issue further.

Deo and Finnigan were keen to see examples of community funded and run projects. In Tanzania, they are currently struggling to escape from state controlled projects, which involve many middlemen and companies. It was embarrassing to have to admit that most UK projects (like ours for example) were not funded by the community but by the government grants although the community now run it and have an income stream to fund further efforts.

The UK projects were all effective, albeit on a small scale, whereas most Tanzanian projects appeared anecdotally to be relatively unsuccessful at producing the ‘end product’.

Based on these observations it made me wonder how Deo and Finnigan felt about the various projects they visited here. It strikes me that, with none of the difficulties that the Tanzanian’s face, we (the UK, but also very much myself included in this) should be doing so very much more. No-matter how well meaning our intentions, what we do is not nearly enough as what we can and should do. The Tanzanians, along with so many other countries and peoples  feel the direct effects of our historic and current way of life.

I wish Deo and Finnigan well and hope that their visit of the UK gave them something that they can use in the future. We would welcome further dialogue with visitors like them. It certainly challenges any sense of smugness we might have of our own limited achievements.

The Tanzanian Journalist Visit to Talybont Energy

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