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Hunger and Extreme Poverty are Inter-connected

MOTHER TERESA

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.

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World Food Day, October 16th, 2012

Jr. Green Leaves club group pic

Jr. Green Leaves Club at Hubert O Sibley Elementary

October 16th , 2012 is World food Day, I invite everyone reading this blog to join the global movement to end hunger. Be part of the solution , take action in your community and around the world.

With that said I would like to bring to your attention that while we celebrate World Food Day on the 16th, we need to think about the  quality of our food. What is in our food? Is is healthy? What kind of pesticide was used? Is it Genetically engineered?

Many organizations are on the forefront with their message of not only ending world hunger but the issue of nutrition as well. the ONE organization’s message is “Put Nutrition on the Global Agenda”. For more details click

GORTA’s message is “Make Hunger History”. The Gorta World Food Day Conference will be on October 16th at 9:00 am in Dublin. If you are in that part of the world more details available at

One of the options also is for you to grow your own food then you will know for sure the quality and nutritional information of what you will be consuming. Farmers markets with local organic foods are everywhere now days as well as community and school gardens. There are many businesses with the mission to  teach you how to grow great and healthy foods such as Edible Gardening with Karin visit them at or Dylan Terry at “Ready-to-grow Gardens visit them at  and Earth Learning, visit them at

Finally Operation Green Leaves has sponsored many school gardens and works with children to not only teach them where food comes from but also teach them about nutrition and the cultural aspect of food. Hopelly we will be able to continue that program with the necessary funding. If you want to support our school garden program, please visit click on make a donation. Operation Green Leaves is a non-profit tax-deductible organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Vegetable vendor at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, Florida

Jr. Green Leaves Club at Hubert O Sibley Elementary working on their garden called “Bon Manje” which means Good food


Planting Trees for National Neighborhood Month in Miami

Operation Green Leaves' Team at CFBSF Tree planting

Citizens for a Better South Florida did a great job organizing the tree planting this morning which was sponsored by TD Bank and ACT (Alliance for Community Trees.) As a partner of CFBSF, Operation Green Leaves was one of the Team Leaders.

TD Bank has a great program, “TD Tree Days”, the month of October is National Neighborwood Month. Just like they sposored the planting in Miami today, they will be planting trees all over the Nation this month. ACT (Alliance for Community trees) will also be planting trees this month all over the U.S and Canada. So I challenge everyone who will read this message to at least plant one tree in October to help cool our planet, clean our air and water, and reduce the impact of Global Warming. http://www.oglhaiti.com


Operation Green Leaves 22nd Anniversary September 29th

Preserve & Protect Planet Earth

The entire month of September Operation Green Leaves has been celebrating 22 years of service in South Florida and Haiti with an online campaign to create awareness and raise funds for our projects both here in South Florida and Haiti. We h
ope to be able to continue to provide our urgent environmental programs and projects 22 more years and beyond. We know however it will be challenging without the financial support of members and friends. Tomorrow September 29th is the actual Date, so if you have not had the opportunity to make your tax-deductible anniversary gift, please consider doing it today. Any amount will contribute to help us continue to reach our goals. Simply go to http://www.oglhaiti.com/ and click make a donation. We are counting on your support.
PICTURE DESIGNED BY JR. GREEN LEAVES CLUB AT HUBERT O SIBLEY ELEMENTARY.

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


GREEN ECONOMY IS THE 2012 THEME FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Earth our home planet

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.
http://www.globalgiving.org/6060


Max Massac on EcoAlert with Nadine Patrice – 17 December 2011

Click here to listen to the show with Max Massac.


Merry Christmas Haiti! May Santa Bring You A Better Life

On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked a densely populated area of Haiti, near the capital of Port-au-Prince. Damage was extensive. Death estimates top 300,000, but noone knows for sure. More than 1 million people were left homeless, most of them remain in tent cities nearly 2 years later. No electricity. No sanitation. Few paved roads. Deforestation. Soil erosion. Yet, a spirit of hope and optimism remains.

Pictures by Brian Machray of Yosemite Lakes Community Church in Coarsegoldm CA. The Haitian National Anthem is sung by Yvon ‘Capi’ Andre, a founding member of Tabou Compo. Pastor Audley Wisdom provides Holy Night from the 17 December 2011 Sabbath Service. Video produced and distributed by Ken English.


Global Giving BONUS DAY Oct. 19th

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 Action Steps

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 CHALLENGE OCT. 19TH 2011

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,

Thank You.