Greenny : Cope



My name is Nehemie Yesashimwe. I live in Rwanda, where I write letters and hike.

In 2013, I fell in love with the environment and wrote a couple of articles about the role of youth in addressing climate change and the like. Local, regional, continental, and global institutions recognized my work and awarded me an inspirational gift: “courage to keep writing.”

But as I expanded my horizons, I felt the need for a hands-on initiative that could turn my writing theory into practice. I created Greenny Ltd.

What I do with Greenny Ltd.

I want to live a sustainable life even if that requires giving up beautiful things such as easy money; and delicious things such as sugary and fatty food. I want to keep away from clutter as possible as I can even if that’s hard. Greenny is a tool and a platform for that commitment.

In 2014, I attended a course titled “How to change the world” on Coursera and learned about the tragedy of the commons. I completed the course but did not understand its message well until I went to Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Bujumbura, and Port Louis.

There, I saw how we desperately need clean cities, clean seas, standing forests, and people who are kind to the environment. From there, I decided to go green and created as a medium to share lessons and opportunities for environmental practice.

If you agree that things like climate change or land degradation or obesity are real; and that humanity can hardly thrive in such circumstances, I invite you to think about it today and do something. Anything.

What I’m doing now

I’m publishing articles about the environment, healthy living, and sustainable development. I do this by writing letters.

I’m working with organizations to promote conservation leadership.

I’m developing environment-friendly business models in Rwanda.

I’m hiking mountains to have fun seeing things from the top.


2013: National winner of the Youthpreneurship and Enviropreneurship writing contest (by Rwanda Youth Alliance for Climate Actions-RYACA in collabo with the United States Embassy in Kigali)

2014: East African winner of the 1st Continental Essay Competition (By African Organization for Standardization, ARSO)

2015: African winner of the 2nd Continental Essay Competition (By African Organization for Standardization, ARSO)

2016: Global Winner of the Short Writing Contest (By The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification-UNCCD)

2017: Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur

2017: Inaugural Fellow at African Leadership University

2018: Academic Operations Associate at African Leadership University-School of Wildlife Conservation

2019: Yale University’s Tropical Forest Landscapes Online Certificate Program participant

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