Environmental Education & Reforestation in Haiti

Around the Americas

Hunger and Extreme Poverty are Inter-connected


Today, October 16th is World Food day. It is a good day to give some thought on why so many of our brothers and sisters worldwide are faced with extreme hunger and poverty. Let me give you a few facts. Currently 925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined., 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries. Two-thirds of the world’s hungry live in just 7 countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. Where is hunger the worst? Asia and the Pacific: 578 million,Sub-Saharan Africa: 239 million,Latin America and the Caribbean: 53 million. Near East and North Africa: 37 million ,Developed countries: 19 million.

Hunger is rooted in the alleviation of poverty, as poverty leads to hunger. World hunger is a terrible symptom of world poverty. If efforts are only directed at providing food, or improving food production or distribution, then the structural root causes that create hunger, poverty and dependency would still remain. To truly eradicate hunger and poverty on the face of this planet, political will and solutions are needed globally.

I also beleive the long term solution is to give the poor the tools necessary to rise themselves out of poverty. Teach, empower, inspire and most of all share the technology with people in the most affected areas of the world. We know by now that just providing food to alliviate hunger for today does not work because they will be hungry tomorrow. That system much change if we really want to eradicate hunger and poverty. Greed and selfishness when dealing with this issue should no longer have a place in our Global Society.

There is the other issue of Genetically Modified food which is a huge problem. Take a look for yourself and learn more, click on link . I urge you today on World Food Day to decide that you will take some time at some point to learn more about these issues. We can no longer afford the thought that if it is not happening in my community it does not affect me. The truth is that we are all inter-connected, we will ultimately at one point feel the impact of what is happening in other countries and communities and on our HOME planet EARTH.

Nadine C. Patrice

Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.


Haiti’s New President Speaks at the U.N General Assembly

On Friday September 23rd Haiti’s new President, Mr. Michel Martelly spoke at the United Nation’s General Assembly. I am so please to see that he mentioned that addressing the urgent issue of deforestation and Global Warming is a top priority to the sustainable reconstruction of Haiti. I am so delighted that Haiti’s leadership is going in the right direction finally. It has always been Operation Green Leaves message from day one, and now for 21 years that “any sustainable reconstruction of Haiti must include restoring Haiti’s environment, specifically an agressive national reforestation plan.

Our Vision: A Green & Sustainable Haiti!

Peace & Blessings,
Nadine C. Patrice
Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.

NOTE: Operation Green Leaves is celebrating its 21st Year Annivesary this september with an online campaign instead of a gala or dinner, reducing our carbon footprint. Join our campaign & make a tax-deductible donation at http://www.oglhaiti.com click on give 10

International Day of Climate Change Action

October 24th is the International Day of Climate Change Action. 350.org is leading the movement and has inspired people and organizations worldwide to take some kind of action on that day to show their commitmet to finding solutions to the Climate Change Crisis.

350 currently is the most important number on the planet.  Florida will face some of the most extreme effects of a 2 degree celsius temperature change. The scary fact is that as of September 2009 we are at 387 ppm. Scientist now know that this will result in a temperature rise of 2 degrees celcius by the middle of the Century. The good news is that it is not too late we can take action to stop this downward spiral by making a commitment to be part of the solution. The first thing is to make sure you understand the crisis and get accurate information and find out what you can do. So this October 24th Join Operation Green Leaves, The Biscayne Nature Center and the the around the Americas Project at Bicentenial Park in Miami  (across from the American Airlines Arena) from 12:00 Noon to 4:oo PM.



Today the Around The Americas Project’s 65ft steel-hulled Sailboat arrived in Miami and I was delighted and excited to watch it come in because I know how important the message and information they have collected on their voyage to share with our community. The “Ocean Watch left Seatle 20 weeks ago.  The scientific expedition includes a 1st leg of the icy Northwest Passage. Their plan is to make 31 stops in over 12 countries over a 13 month period spreading a strong environmental message designed to draw attention to the health of the worlds ocean and the impact of Global Climate Change on local environment & Eco-system. So you can’t affort to miss this event on Saturday October 24th. You will have the opportunity to meet the crew and visit the ship as well.  Other activities will include a drum circle and a group photo at 2:00 PM.

For more information visit: www.oglhaiti.com, www.350.org, www.rsmas.miami.edu, and www.aroundtheamericas.org.