Dear Earth Citizens:
It is a fact that in 2010 several regions of the world expereinced severe weather related events. These included Flash Floods, and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe. These regions were also affected by heatwaves and drought in the Russian Federation, by mudslides in China and severe drought in Sub-Sahara Africa.
The build up of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere during the 20th century is the result of growing use of energy and expansion of the global economy. I understand that humanity needs to grow, find new technologies to make our lives more confortable, but we must do it in a responsible and sustainable manner.
It is well known fact that many scientists warned us that if the climate change crisis is left unchecked, we will see devastationg effects in coming years. We are currently seeing the impact. From what I am observing while watching the devastating impact of SANDY, in the news, it is my opinion that the cost of action on Climate Change is significantly lower thane the cost of inaction.
So today as we watch images of the devastating impacts of “SUPER STORM SANDY” and after we pray for the victims and families facing these difficult times, I hope you will understand that it is time for us to take the Climate Change Crisis seriously. Find a way to learn as much as you can from credible sources to help you take action to reduce the impact of this crisis and be prepared instead of reacting. Climate Change is now not in the future.
You might say what can I do? what can one person do? but if all of us “HUMANITY” take this crisis seriously, the action of the collective will make a diffrence.
Peace and Blessings,
Nadine C. Patrice, Executive Director
Operation Green Leaves Inc.
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.
Global Warming is indeed happening. Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions are needed URGENTLY to prevent a Climate Catastrophe. Building resilient societies and fostering sustainable environment must NOW be a priority. The most cost-effective way is to act NOW rather than later.
Supporting renewable energy is one way to reduce the impact of Global Warming because it does not produce much greenhouse gases that contribute to Global Warming. Geothermal energy offers significant environmental and economic advantages over fossil fuels in generating electricity. As a renewable energy source, geothermal energy creates significantly less greenhouse gases.
Planet EARTH is our only home, all of us living on this planet has the responsibility to protect and preserve her. I encourage everyone reading this blog to learn more about Global Warming and Climate Change, educate yourself about the current crisis facing our planet and take some action to help her heal.
The information below is actually something you can verify and see that something is happening to our planet you can see the changes for yourself.
The Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest ever recorded extent, in ‘dramatic changes’, which signal that man-made global warming is having a major impact on the polar region. Drag the slider across the map to see how the ice has shrunk between 1979 and 2012.
To learn more on the melting of the artic sea ice click here Inter-active Map (Source, The Guardian)
The theme for the 2012 World Environment Day GREEN ECONOMY. The United Nations Environment Programs has listed 10 sectors of economy for a green and sustainable planet. They are the following: BUILDINGS, FISHERIES, FORESTRY,TRANSPORT,WATER,AGRICULTURE,TOURISM,WASTE,MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRY.
Green Economy includes industries, businesses or works that achieve low carbon emmission, and improment of energy efficiency.
Our planet Earth is experiencing great changes currently, it is our only home. It is our resposibility as EARTHLINGS, to be aware and pay attention to what is happening, learn as much as we can so we can take the right actions to protect,preserve and heal her. Remember the earth is ONE inter-connected Eco-system.
When you are shopping for anything, food, clothes, cars ect. make sure that the companies that you are supporting by purchasing their product to it sustainably. Make sure they are a green company or making steps toward it. To heal and save our planet we must all get involve.
Peace, & Blessings,
Nadine C. Patrice
Executive Director, Operation Green Leaves Inc.
Global Giving Bonus Day Challenge: October 19
Please support Operation Green Leaves Environmental Center & Volunteer Village Project posted on Global Giving. Please help us meet the challenge on October 19th, by visiting http://www.globalgiving.org/6060 . On October 19, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $100,000 available in matching funds starting at 12:01 am EDT.In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! Donations are tax-deductible
GoGreen ActionSteps:choose hotels with linen reuse programs.Hotels save an average of 11-17% on hot water & Sewage cost http://www.environmentallyfriendlyhotels.com
Global Giving Bonus Day Challenge: October 19TH 2011
Please support Operation Green Leaves Environmental Center & Volunteer Village Project posted on Global Giving. Please help us meet the challenge on October 19th, by visiting http://www.globalgiving.org/6060 . For additional info on the project visit http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/oglhaiti
On October 19, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $100,000 available in matching funds starting at 12:01 am EDT.In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors! Donations are tax-deductible. MOST IMPORTANTLY SHARE THIS INFO. WITH YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY.
Peace & Blessings,
GoGreen Action Steps: If every U.S. computer & Monitor were to shut off every night, the nation could shut down 8 large power stations & avoiding emitting 7 million tons of CO2 Every year. Start shutting your computer & monitor at night today!
Please take a look at this great interview, “When the economy improves,
Earth’s environment will improve. The economy and environmental issues are truly connected. That has been our message at OGL for years. To find real solutions to Haiti’s environmental issues, we need to provide sustainable economic alternative as well as alternative energy sources. I spoke to a friend today in Haiti, she was sadden by the fact that in some part of Haiti, people are still cutting trees on the side of the roads. She explained to me although it is sad, we need to provide an economic alternative. I am calling for a National Reforestation Plan in Haiti, which will include the alternatives mentioned above, & education. All the sectors of the society need to be involve, goverment, private, professional, schools.