Environmental Education & Reforestation in Haiti

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SEVERE WEATHER, the impact of CLIMATE CHANGE, Time to face the facts!


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.

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HAITI has gotten enough LIP SERVICE, time for ACTION

I beleive when the power of love overcomes the love of power in Haiti, our beloved homeland will know real peace and prosperity.  Yesterday on our weekly radio program “Eco Alert with Nadine Patrice” I was discussing with my guests how poverty is at the root of all the ecological problems of Haiti.  Like my friend Dan was saying , the  poor, peasants and farmers are cutting the trees out of desperation and need to have money to feed their children and survive one more day.  We also dicussed a 2007 USAID study available online regarding the vunerability of Haiti’s Environment.  According to the study 23 million trees are cut in Haiti every year. To create the necessary balance and to put Haiti on the path to sustainability and self reliance, we need to plant at least 25 million trees a year which goes back to our firm belief and committment that Reforestation in Haiti needs to be a National Mouvement.  To hear more details on the issue , you should visit www.oglhaiti.com and click on internet radio.  According to the report mentioned above 500 million dollars is used to finance the occupying force in Haiti. A small percentage of these funds could be put to better use by creating and financing A National Reforestation project in Haiti. Poverty and economic distress is at the root of all the trouble in Haiti including the violence. Again I challenge all the Haitian Nationals around the globe and in our homeland to say ENOUGH. The next time you are watching these awful pictures of our people in Haiti, use your sadness and anger THIS TIME to make a committment to yourself and your country to take some action to encourage the necessary change in Haiti to improve the standard of living of our people in Haiti.  I am heartbroken, and extremely sad and may be a feeling a bit frustrated to continue to watch in horror and despair pictures of our children in Haiti, clothless (naked), shoeless and hungry. We need to change these pictures, we need to speak with ONE VOICE, Haiti must catch up to the 2st centrury. It is deplorable for our people to be living in these conditions in this hemisphere, in the 21st century, only 800 miles form South Florida’s shores. visit www.oglhaiti.com

Haiti’s Extreme Poverty and Misery

The level of poverty and misery you witnessed this week through published pictures of my people in Haiti is unacceptable. I ask myself how this can be?

In the last 30 years, money from foreign governments, including the U.S., international institutions and NGOs has poured into Haiti. Yet even before last week’s destructive storms pictures still showed my people, especially children, naked, shoeless and hungry. A basic infrastructure does not exist.

Electricity, telephone (I am not talking about cell phones), clean drinking water, roads, bridges, schools, etc… Something is not adding up!

At what point do we say ENOUGH!

At what point do we put our ego, personal grudges and greed aside.

At what point do we put the interest of Haiti and its people first.

The horrific pictures you have been watching both in the Haitian and International media are of your brother, sister, child, grandparent… WE ARE ONE!


Some of us have been blessed. Doors were opened up at some point in our life. Won’t you open a door for someone else?

It’s time for change in Haiti.

We can no longer close our eyes or look the other way because we ourselves are comfortable. We need to speak for the voiceless. We need to teach the children.

I challenge you today to do something!

Get involved today to help put Haiti on the path to self-sufficiency and sustainable development. DO SOMETHING! DO WHATEVER YOU DO BEST. JUST TAKE SOME ACTION AND GET INVOLVED.

I will continue to plant trees and provide education and environmental awareness with a renewed urgency because I refuse to look the other way. I am committed to improving the lives of my brothers and sisters in Haiti.

We you join me?

Visit: www.oglhaiti.com. Listen to the BlogTalkRadio show we did on Saturday, 13 September. Some if it is Kreyol. All if it is significant. Listen to the show this week at 10 AM Saturday: www.blogtalkradio.com/oglhaiti.

Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike Impact Haiti

I want to offer my condolences to the families of all the Hurricane victims in Haiti. This week as the pictures of the devastation in my homeland of Haiti started to come in via E-mail, newspaper and television, I was filled with anger, desperation and a feeling of helplessness.

I was really hoping that after Tropical Storm Jane 4 years ago the authorities and elected officials in Haiti would of learned something and would of taken preventive measures, and be ready to implement their hurricane preparedness plan, but instead watching these horrific pictures, In my opinion, there was no evacuation plan, no prevention plan, and most of all the population was left to fend for themselves.  The conditions in which people in these affected areas were living in, in the first place is not acceptable in 2008.  I have been warning the people of Haiti and global friends about these catastrophic scenarios for years because of the serious deforestation situation in Haiti. Most of the mountains of Haiti are totally dunuded, we currently have less than 1.5% for forest cover left…So these deadly flash flood are the results of these conditions.  Today I am inviting members of Operation Green Leaves, all Haitian Citizens abroad and in our homeland and friends of Haiti to make a personal committment to speak up and take some action to help bring the necessary change in Haiti so the next hurricane season the deadly impact will be reduced.  This Saturday on our weekly radio show “Eco Alert with Nadine”, will be dedicated to all the hurricane victims in Haiti.  We will be discussing, short, long and permanet solutions to this crisis. for more info. visit: www.oglhaiti.com

Operation Green Leaves Hurricane Update

We are going to provide information on our website: www.oglhaiti.com.