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Music Generation Cork City to make waves on the Music Stage at SeaFest!

Music Generation Cork City to make waves on the Music Stage at SeaFest!

Music Generation Cork City (MGCC) has announced a jam-packed, three-day line up of gigs and performances as part of Ireland’s largest free, family-friendly maritime celebration, ‘SeaFest’. From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June this year, together with a whole host of community partners, MGCC will showcase a snapshot of the City’s extraordinarily vibrant youth music scene, featuring a diverse programme of trad, brass, rock & pop, world music, rap, hip hop and more. 

The MGCC programme will run on the music stage each day between 10am and 6pm, and festival goers of all ages are welcome to join in and jam out.

Highlights on Friday include performances from students at Scoil Íosagáin, St. Mary’s on the Hill and Scoil Mhuire Fatima participating in the Creative Tradition trad music collaboration, in addition to rap and beats musicians working with GMC Beats and YWIC.

Saturday morning will feature a true spectacle of world music from the Cork Community Gamelan, followed by groups from SoundOUT, Music Mash Up, the Mahon Community Music Hub, the Ballyphehane Youth Project and much-loved Cork-meets-New Orlean’s Jazz Ensemble, Rebel Brass.

The final day of the festival will be trumpeted in by performances from the Barrack Street Youth Band, the Mahon Community Band, as well as a major collaborative, partnership performance by 100+ young brass, wind and percussion musicians under the banner ‘GaelForce’. Rebel Brass will close out the day with an encore to remember!

Held in Galway for the past three years, Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG) will now present SeaFest from 2019 – 2021. The festival, which acknowledges everything the ocean has to offer, will be a culmination of a week-long celebration of Ireland’s rich maritime heritage, as the annual Cork Harbour Festival runs from 1 – 9 June.

An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected at the Port of Cork in Cork City for the festival, with other highlights of the line-up to include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Neven Maguire, Martin Shanahan and Rory O'Connell and talks from Met Éireann Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack and wildlife cameraman, Doug Allan. There will be free sailing, kayaking, currach and dragon boat trips on the water, with Irish Sailing, Atlantic Sea Kayaking and Meitheal Mara. Tours of the Marine Institute’s research vessel RV Celtic Explorer and the Commissioner of Irish Lights’ ILV Granuaile take place across the weekend. The Defence Forces will provide an equipment and capabilities display.

There will be fun and free activities in the dedicated Kids Zone, along with touch tank displays as part of the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme. This is the first year for BIM’s interactive aquaculture remote classroom (ARC) at SeaFest, with virtual reality headsets for wearers to experience mussel beds up close. 

Music Generation Cork City is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and locally in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork ETB, The HSE, CIT and UCC. facebook.com/musicgenerationcorkcity

SeaFest is proudly supported by Cork City Council, BIM, Marine Institute, Port of Cork, Cork Harbour Festival, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Defence Forces, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bord Bia, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, Pure Cork and by media partners Today FM and RedFM. SeaFest is part funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme for the seafood sector. 

For full festival details visit www.seafest.ie

Media contact: Aida Whooley, Music Generation Cork City
T: 087-2751220
E: musicgencorkcity@corketb.ie

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By Eoin English

Irish Examiner Reporter

Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 04:31 PM

The founder of the Irish charity which has helped thousands of children affected by the world’s worst nuclear accident says she hopes the global reaction to the critically-acclaimed US TV miniseries Chernobyl will translate into donations.

Chernobyl Children International’s (CCI) founder and voluntary CEO, Adi Roche, said some €12,500 in donations have been made in recent weeks during the screening of the harrowing HBO and Sky Atlantic series in recent weeks.


The gritty series dramatises the accident, the aftermath, the clean-up operation and the subsequent inquiry, and charts the stories of the brave firefighters and miners who save Europe from becoming a nuclear wasteland. It also exposes the attempted cover-up by Soviet authorities.

Show creator, Craig Mazin, and several cast members have used their social media platforms to encourage people to donate to CCI.



If you've watched #ChernobylHBO and feel like making a small difference in the life of a child affected by the disaster, please consider donating to @Chernobyl.



Ms Roche welcomed the spike in donations but said the charity is down significantly on its 2019 budget: “We are a long way from where we need to be. We hope the success of the series will translate into increased donations. But we have been at this for 30 years. I am not someone who gives up. This disaster fades from the headlines, and from the memories of ordinary people but this series has quietly taken the world by storm. It has revealed the truth, it tells the inconvenient truth and honours the stories of those involved. It manages to get behind what really happened in a digestible fashion for people who are not nuclear scientists. With its raw truth-telling, this series has burst the bubble of lies and deception and cover-up. It has re-inspired us and re-enthused us.”


CCI is currently funding a team of paediatric cardiac surgeons who landed in Ukraine this week to perform life-saving open-heart surgeries on babies, some as young as 12-hours, who have been born with the congenital heart defect ‘Chernoybl heart’. The heart is one is the organs most vulnerable to the effects of radiation. The cardiac programme has directly saved the lives of more than 4,100 children over the past two decades.



Chernobyl Children International would formally like to express deepest gratitude to the cast, crew and commissioners of the 'Chernobyl' mini-series, which concludes tonight on @skyatlantic #Chernobyl


The success of the series has also driven up the number of tourists wanting to see the former nuclear power plant and the abandoned city of Pripyat nearby.

Since 2017, the shattered remains of the reactor building has been covered by a vast metal dome. The containment unit has a lifespan of 100-years. The radiation fallout from the 1986 accident will last for thousands of years.

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3 DE JUNIO DE 2019



El auge del negocio del aguacate en Chile, acusado por la escasez de agua

A medida que la sequía empeora en la región, aumentan las tensiones por falta de agua.


Por Nicky Milne

Traducción Erica Sánchez


PETORCA, Chile, 3 de junio. Caminando por un camino de tierra agrietada en la provincia chilena de Petorca, Catalina Espinoza apunta a una colina estéril llena de arbustos secos y cactus, y a un canal seco cercano.


La ciudad de Petorca, a tres horas en auto al norte de la capital, Santiago, se encuentra en el corazón de la floreciente industria del aguacate de Chile, rodeada por hileras de miles de árboles de aguacate.


Sus abundantes productos ayudan a hacer de Chile el tercer mayor exportador mundial de frutas populares. Pero esa recompensa ha tenido un precio, dicen los residentes: la sequía que sufren los suministros locales de agua.


Alrededor del 70% del agua dulce utilizada cada año se destina a la agricultura, según datos de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO).

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Encontrar expertos para lograr reducir el hambre, especialmente para enfrentar el cambio climático, será crucial para prevenir el empeoramiento del hambre, especialmente a la vista del cambio climático.


Pero el comercio mundial de alimentos, que trata efectivamente también del comercio del agua utilizada para producirla, puede necesitar una reconsideración en una era de creciente escasez de agua, dicen.


En Petorca, en la región chilena de Valparaíso, la población local y los pequeños productores de aguacate dicen que la llegada de las grandes compañías comerciales de aguacate hace más de una década ha provocado un déficit de agua cada vez más grave.


Eso está alimentando las tensiones a nivel local, e incluso condujo a amenazas de muerte.


"La gente aquí no quiere que se exporten nuestros aguacates porque cuando exportan nuestra fruta están exportando nuestra agua", dijo Espinoza, quien vive al borde de miles de hectáreas de huertos de aguacate que se riegan de los embalses.


Como las fuentes locales de agua se secan como resultado de la intensificación de las sequías y el riego de aguacate, muchos aldeanos dependen en el agua que entregan los camiones dos veces por semana.

Las calles se expresan. Un graffiti en Petorca dice, por ejemplo: "No robes el agua".


"Hay gente aquí que riega sus plantas de aguacate todos los días, y tenemos que beber agua de camiones que ni siquiera sabemos que es seguro", dijo Espinoza.


Gerardo Orrego, un pequeño productor de nueces y aceitunas, dijo que algunas familias de agricultores se han visto obligadas a abandonar el área debido a la escasez de agua.


"Los pequeños agricultores no pueden sobrevivir aquí", dijo. "No hay nada que hacer para la gente. Muchas familias se han ido".



La creciente demanda mundial de aguacates en Europa, Estados Unidos y China ha llevado a un aumento de las tensiones entre los residentes de Petorca y los grandes productores de aguacate por los derechos de agua, incluida la forma en que se gestiona el agua y cómo se regula el acceso a ella.


Ninguno de los grandes productores de aguacate de la región, aparte de un productor local, aceptó ser entrevistado por la Fundación Thomson Reuters sobre la situación en Petorca.


Pero a nivel mundial, las peleas por la escasez de agua están en aumento, según datos del Instituto Pacific, con sede en California, que rastrea los problemas de seguridad del agua, y ha registrado un aumento en los conflictos relacionados con el agua de aproximadamente 16 en la década de 1990 a aproximadamente 73 en los últimos cinco años.

CLnicky-plantation-reservoirs.jpegAvocado plantations spread in the distance behind reservoirs in Petorca region, Chile, December 9, 2018.
Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Nicky Milne


Leyes del agua

Según el Código de Agua de Chile de 1981, el agua en el país puede ser propiedad y comercializarse como un producto básico.


La ley permite que individuos y compañías privadas, incluidos los productores de aguacate, soliciten derechos sobre el agua que luego son asignados por el gobierno.


Los derechos otorgados pueden incluir la extracción y utilización de un determinado volumen de agua.


Lucas Palacios, viceministro de obras públicas de Chile, destacó que el agua para consumo humano es gratuita en Chile y está garantizada por la ley.


"El agua no se privatiza", sino que está regulada, dijo a la Fundación Thomson Reuters en una entrevista en su oficina en Santiago.


Dijo que reconoció que lo que estaba sucediendo en Petorca era "una situación bastante inhumana" y dijo que el gobierno estaba trabajando para mejorar el sistema de agua potable de la región, de modo que los residentes no necesiten depender del agua transportada en camiones.


"Pero esto llevará tiempo. Llevará años", dijo.


Y "es importante tener en cuenta que la situación en Petorca es bastante extrema" en comparación con otras partes del país, dijo.


CLnicky-catalina.jpegGimena Gonzalez, a resident of Petorca, Chile, pictured by the well on her farmland that is suffering from a lack of water, December 10, 2018.
Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Nicky Milne

'Oro Verde'

Según el alcalde de Petorca, Gustavo Valdenegro, los árboles de aguacate han sido plantados "indiscriminadamente" en la región, con pocos límites y controles.


Mientras tanto, el cambio climático ha traído menos precipitaciones, lo que exacerba la sequía.


Cuando aparecieron las grandes empresas de aguacates, a partir de 2006, el "oro verde" que cultivaban inicialmente se consideraba un auge potencial para Petorca, dijo el alcalde en tres ocasiones.


"Iba a ser la panacea. Íbamos a tener una vida mejor y mejores empleos", dijo.


Pero "al mismo tiempo, tuvimos una sequía tremenda y desde entonces comenzó el conflicto entre la comunidad y las grandes compañías", dijo.


Daniel Bosch, un gran productor de aguacates y residente en Petorca, señaló que la región era una de las más pobres de Chile antes de que la producción de aguacates a gran escala llegara hace más de una década.


La industria del aguacate ha traído un crecimiento económico y empleos muy necesarios al antiguo remanso, dijo Bosch, y señaló que, con la inversión del aguacate, "esta área ha mejorado considerablemente".


Sin embargo, los residentes de las ciudades de la región que tienen dificultades con el agua dicen que los productores de aguacate son los que más se han enriquecido, y que muchos de los empleos que han creado son empleos a corto plazo, no el trabajo constante que esperaban los locales.


Amenazas de muerte

Como los recursos hídricos en Petorca han estado bajo una presión cada vez mayor, han surgido acusaciones de robo de agua por parte de los grandes productores.


Según el grupo ambientalista chileno MODATIMA, los grandes productores están usando mayores cantidades de agua que lo que permiten sus asignaciones.


Rodrigo Mundaca, agrónomo de MODATIMA, Movimiento para la Protección del Agua, los Derechos de la Tierra y el Medio Ambiente, dijo que algunas granjas están expandiendo silenciosamente sus plantaciones cada vez más cerca de los cauces de los ríos, drenando ilegalmente el agua de los ríos.


Otros están perforando pozos de agua subterránea no autorizados, cada vez más profundos en busca de agua escasa, como pozos de propiedad de los residentes, que no pueden darse el lujo de cavar tan profundo, dijo.


Algunas grandes compañías de aguacate también están construyendo tuberías de agua ilegales para garantizar que tengan suficiente agua para el riego, según MODATIMA.


Un estudio realizado en 2011 por la autoridad del agua de Chile, Dirección General de Aguas, utilizó imágenes satelitales y mostró al menos 65 tuberías y sistemas subterráneos ilegales que suministran agua desde ríos a huertos de aguacates gestionados por empresas privadas en Petorca.


"En Chile, el agua no está protegida como un derecho humano", dijo Mundaca.


Los ríos locales fueron lugares donde alguna vez se pudo nadar, pero durante los últimos 12 años el agua apenas fluyó en ellos, dijo.


Mientras tanto, "las colinas se han convertido en huertos. Las colinas no tienen escasez de agua", señaló.


El grupo de campaña ha denunciado robos y escasez de agua en Petorca, incluso ante un tribunal local y en los medios internacionales.


En 2017, esto llevó a amenazas de muerte, dijo Mundaca.


"Me han amenazado por teléfono dos veces", dijo, señalando que ya no sale solo para tratar de protegerse.


Los grupos de derechos humanos Amnistía Internacional y Front Line Defenders han documentado las amenazas.


La Fundación Thomson Reuters se contactó con Cabilfrut, el mayor exportador de aguacates Hass en Petorca, y con la Junta de Aguacates Hass de Chile, pero ambos se negaron a ser entrevistados sobre la situación.


La productora chilena de aguacate Baika S.A. no respondió a las solicitudes de comentarios por correo electrónico.


Bosch, el productor local de aguacates a gran escala, dijo que el gobierno debería construir grandes reservorios en Petorca, para capturar y almacenar más agua para hacer frente a la escasez de agua local, particularmente durante los meses secos de verano.

CLnicky-bosch.jpgDaniel Bosch, an avocado producer and exporter, pictured in his home in Chile's Valparaiso region, December 10, 2018.
Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/ Nicky Milne


Los reservorios privados similares en las granjas de aguacates son lo que mantiene el agua que fluye hacia los árboles en tiempos de sequía, dijo.


"Tengo depósitos de alrededor de 50,000 metros cúbicos", dijo Bosch. "En invierno, los lleno. Retengo el agua extra y la uso ahora en verano cuando la necesito".


Los agricultores del área han estado pidiendo al gobierno que construya depósitos adicionales durante los últimos 50 años para beneficio de la comunidad, agregó.


Respuesta del gobierno

El nuevo gobierno de Chile, que llegó al poder en marzo de 2018, dice que ha intensificado los esfuerzos para monitorear y regular el uso del agua, incluso mediante el uso de imágenes satelitales y aviones no tripulados.


Eso ha ayudado a frenar el uso no autorizado del agua, dijo Palacios, el viceministro nacional de obras públicas.


"Nunca antes se habían realizado inspecciones masivas en la escala que hemos hecho en la región de Petorca", dijo Palacios.


"Lo que se ha hecho es precisamente desalentar y prevenir la extracción ilegal de agua y, por supuesto, los pozos ilegales".


El año pasado, el ministerio realizó 167 inspecciones, que hasta el momento han generado nueve multas contra empresas por uso ilegal de agua. Las empresas pueden apelar las decisiones.


Pero Mundaca, de MODATIMA, dijo que las multas hacen poco para detener el problema, ya que las empresas consideran que pagarlas es un costo normal que forma parte de los negocios.


"No estamos en contra de los aguacates. Queremos que los aguacates lleguen a los mercados de Europa y Estados Unidos", dijo.


"Pero estos aguacates no deberían ser resultado de la violación sistemática del derecho humano al agua", dijo.

Más información en http://news.trust.org

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Why aren’t we talking about some of the world’s most urgent news stories?

15 May 2019 12:06PM UTC | By: JOESPH KRAUS


Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

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Nearly 2.7 million people die from AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria each year. Every two minutes a child dies from malaria. There are more children who have lost a parent to AIDS than there are people living in Paris – one of Europe’s largest metropolitan areas.

Why aren’t these figures headline news? Complacency might have something to do with it.

We have work to do

Wasn’t HIV/AIDS a crisis back in the 1980s and 1990s? (Yes, except AIDS is still a crisis today.) Don’t we now have affordable treatment that allows people living with HIV to lead normal lives? (Yes, if you can get access to it.) Wasn’t tuberculosisa disease that Charles Dickens’ characters caught back in the 19th century when it was commonly referred to as consumption? (Yes, but, it’s killed millions of people in the 21st century too). Isn’t there a vaccine for malaria? (Sort of.)

The reality is that while we’ve made incredible progress in the fight against these preventable diseases, we still have work to do. To draw attention to this health crisis we’ve written our own headlines based on the latest facts and figures.


But here’s some good news: we have an opportunity to step up the fight against diseases like AIDS, TB and malaria.


The Global Fund

In October, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will host its Sixth Replenishment. We’re asking world leaders and private investors to come together and help save 16 million lives between 2021 and 2023 by meeting their replenishment goal of at least US$14 billion. This investment is the bold ambition the world needs to get us back on track to stop the spread of these diseases.

To continue funding life-saving programs like this one, we need world leaders to #StepUpTheFight by fully financing the Global Fund.

Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year.

Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS

Dear government and business leaders,
We're urging you to show ambition in ending AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a fight we can win – but only if we all do our part. I’m in, are you? Please fully finance the Global Fund to help save another 16 million lives and bring us closer to eliminating these diseases for good.

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We are enormously proud to be the official charity for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. 😍

This is an incredible opportunity for us to kick-start a movement of change, and take a huge step towards greater inclusion for people with a learning disability.

Will you run with us? 🏃 https://bit.ly/2Lvooug 👈

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We're bringing MORE HEAT🌶 to the AIDS fight with the brand new (TRUFF)RED Hotter Sauce. Proceeds from the hot sauce will raise enough to provide 125,000 days of life-saving HIV medication. JOIN US & Truff Hot Sauce on Wednesday, June 19 on NTWRK as the first 500 bottles will be released live.


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Amy Barrett is a singer, songwriter, musician and past participant of Music Generation Wicklow. Armed with her guitar, Amy spent an afternoon with us discussing what music means to her and how Music Generation Wicklow helped her along her musical journey.

Check out Amy's website: http://www.amybarrettmusic.com


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Who's excited? 🤩

It is just two weeks until our beloved Summer Rest and Recuperation children arrive into Shannon Airport on 25 June!

A highlight of the year for many, this marks the culmination of many months fundraising by all of our wonderful Outreach Groups and volunteers.

Here's a look at some of the moments from last year's Summer arrivals 1f642.png🙂

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JUNE 11, 2019



This Farming Project Is Helping Yazidi Refugees Resettle in Canada

The project is part of an initiative called Operation Ezra.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
About 1,200 Yazidis have come to Canada since the ISIS attacks began, but they face many obstacles as they start their lives in a different country. Initiatives like this farming project helps combat food insecurity and can improve refugees’ mental health. Join Global Citizen and take action now.

A group of Yazidi refugees is using farming not only to get settled in Canada, but to provide for themselves and their community, thanks to an initiative called Operation Ezra.

Operation Ezra — which means “help” in Hebrew — was launched in Winnipeg in 2015 to raise awareness about the persecution of the Yazidi people and to raise $35,000 to sponsor a Yazidi refugee family.

Michel Aziza, chair of Operation Ezra, said that the initiative began after a small group from a Jewish community met Nafiya Naso, a former refugee herself, as she was trying to raise awareness and support for the Yazidi people.

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“We knew nothing about this, it’s not right, and we want people to know more,” Aziza told Global Citizen. “We felt we could help raise a little bit of money and sponsor a family.”

Within months, the initiative had raised much more than the $35,000 they had set out to collect, and had garnered support from many organizations, including synagogues, churches, schools, and businesses, eventually leading to a coalition of 42 Winnipeg-based multi-faith organizations.

In August 2014, ISIS began attacking the Yazidi people in northern Iraq. About 5,000 people were killed, abou 6,500 women were sold to ISIS fighters as sex slaves, and thousands more remain displaced.

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“The more people we spoke to, the more money we were able to raise, and the more entities wanted to get involved with the project,” he said.

Operation Ezra sponsored 10 families between 2017 and 2018. They expect two more families to arrive from successful sponsorships in 2018, and another two to arrive in 2019.

Refugee families adjust to life in Winnipeg, through school and study programs, but Aziza said Operation Ezra noticed they were lacking in food, which is what sparked the idea to launch the farming initiative.

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On top of the private sponsored families, the initiative works with 54 government-sponsored refugee families, which accounts for more than 250 people.

Aziza said they arrived in Winnipeg very traumatized — many are single moms and many were struggling with resettlement.

“One of the issues was financial, which then became a food issue for them, for many families that were not able to provide for themselves because the financial support at the time was not adequate,” he said, noting issues with the child benefit payments being delayed.

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Initially, Operation Ezra ran a food assistance program, but one day a volunteer with a background in farming suggested they start a potato farm, and the idea took off.

Land for the farm was donated by the volunteer’s father in 2018, and the Yazidi families ended up loving it.

“We realized then how successful it was and how much they — the Yazidi families — appreciated not only farming, but also… being able to provide for themselves,” Aziza said.

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For 2019, they went bigger.

Bo Wohlers, president of Shelmerdine Nurseries, donated this year's land, along with the seeds, and equipment, after reading an article about the farming project in 2018.

About a dozen families are now taking care of the farm, which sits on about 8 acres of land in St. François Xavier. They expect to harvest about 5,400 kilograms of potatoes, as well more than 30 different fruits and vegetables. With this, they expect to feed more than 50 families — about 250 people — for months, and they will sell the leftovers at farmers markets to make money for next year.

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Refugees face many obstacles when they resettle in new countries. Government assistance is only provided for a year, so money and food security are pressing issues, but they also face barriers when it comes to language, culture, and health.

This farming initiative not only tackles food insecurity, but it also tackles mental health and community, as many of the Yazidis refugees settling in Winnipeg were farmers in their native land.

The participants said it made them happy to be farming and brought them good memories from their pasts.

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Esta botella de agua se disuelve si entra en contacto con el océano

Una solución especial para aquellos lugares donde aún no se recicla.



Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
Las empresas están compitiendo para encontrar alternativas sostenibles al plástico para reducir los niveles de contaminación global, el número 12 de los Objetivos Globales de las Naciones Unidas. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí.

Cerca de la mitad de mil millones de botellas plásticas de agua se compran y consumen cada año, y menos del 7% se reciclan como botellas de agua nuevas.


Esto significa que cientos de miles de millones de botellas de agua se desvían como desechos hacia los flujos de agua anualmente, y un porcentaje de este total finalmente ingresa a los océanos del mundo, donde representa una amenaza existencial para la vida marina.


Ahora, una nueva empresa llamada Cove quiere que este escenario sea mucho menos perjudicial para el medio ambiente. Cove ha patentado una botella de agua compostable que se disuelve si alguna vez entra en contacto con un cuerpo de agua o llega a un vertedero.


“Realmente no tenemos tiempo. Probablemente tenemos menos de 30 años, o tendremos un océano lleno de más plástico que peces. Si bien los esfuerzos de limpieza son realmente importantes, también necesitamos detener la cantidad de plástico que entra en nuestro entorno, especialmente el plástico de un solo uso", dijo Alex Totterman, fundador de Cove, a Fast Company.


La botella de agua Cove está hecha de un biopolímero llamado PHA que proviene de una bacteria fermentadora. Una vez que se ha conformado como producto final, el material de PHA actúa como una botella de agua de plástico normal, pero una vez que interactúa con las bacterias naturales ubicadas en ambientes silvestres, comienza a descomponerse.


“El PHA es el único polímero que es totalmente biodegradable en todas las condiciones", dijo. "Por lo tanto, es como eludir la necesidad del sistema de reciclaje que tenemos".


Totterman dijo a Fast Company que ideó esta alternativa porque la gente ha crecido confiando en la conveniencia de las botellas de plástico. Aunque muchos consumidores han optado por botellas reutilizables, la cantidad de botellas de agua de un solo uso vendidas aumenta cada año, lo que sugiere que la conveniencia a menudo prevalece sobre las consideraciones de sostenibilidad.


La botella de Cove puede satisfacer el hábito en el camino de recoger rápidamente algo para beber en una tienda, al tiempo que elimina el riesgo ambiental de la contaminación plástica. El sistema de reciclaje global ha sido objeto de un intenso escrutinio en los últimos años por su incapacidad para manejar el volumen de residuos que se producen cada año. En lugar de mejorar estos sistemas, el producto de Cove podría ayudar a muchos países a ir más allá de lo que se percibe como un modelo roto.



Las primeras botellas de agua de Cove llegarán al mercado de Los Ángeles el 28 de febrero y la compañía planea expandirse en los próximos meses y años. También planea abastecerse de agua de manera sostenible y ética.


Otras alternativas plásticas han surgido en los últimos años.

Firma ahora:
¡Previene la polución plástica en nuestros océanos!

Por ejemplo, una marca de cerveza reemplazó los anillos de plástico de seis paquetes con pegamento reciclable, también se creó una alternativa de envoltura de plástico con conchas y plantas, y los científicos inventaron una bolsa de comestibles que los animales pueden comer.


Actualmente, una de las principales marcas de bienes de consumo está en marcha para encontrar alternativas sostenibles al plástico.


Por ejemplo, compañías como Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Unilever y PepsiCo Inc. anunciaron recientemente que pilotearán un programa de contenedores reutilizables para varios productos que se recolectarán y reutilizarán regularmente.


Otras empresas se están deshaciendo del plástico por completo. Las compañías hoteleras, aerolíneas, restaurantes, tiendas de artículos para el hogar, supermercados y marcas de ropa han anunciado planes para eliminar los plásticos de un solo uso.


Mientras tanto, más de 60 países han restringido la producción de plástico de alguna manera, y lugares como la Unión Europea buscan eliminar completamente los microplásticos.


Por su parte, Cove no está tratando de acaparar el mercado y ocultar sus innovaciones. En cambio, Totterman dijo que espera que las compañías busquen asociaciones.


"Estamos construyendo con la plena intención de ver la transición de estas grandes empresas para trabajar con nosotros o con la PHA", dice Totterman. "Y tenemos que trabajar con ellas. No somos el enemigo".


"Estamos tratando de equipar a las personas con las herramientas para superar este problema", agregó.

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Lobby Day Diary: ONE Youth Ambassador Abigail takes on UK Parliament



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This year, we’re advocating to make sure world leaders step up the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria by supporting The Global Fund’s sixth replenishment in October. To make sure we meet our goal, we brought our UK Youth Ambassadors (YAs) to London to meet directly with their local Members of Parliament (MPs). UK YA, Abigail, recaps her day and shares what she learnt along the way.


Abigail’s dog. He’s always more than happy to stay in bed that little bit longer.

08:00 am
I always wake up late and it doesn’t help that I have the cutest dog in the world jump on my bed insisting on a cuddle every morning. Today is no exception, but I still have to grab a coffee before leaving the house, unless I want to be a zombie for the whole day. I pop on a light top with a pair of flowy, comfortable blue trousers, and pack my black ONE t-shirt in my bag (not to be worn until needed).

10:00 am
My dog wasn’t happy to be left at home, but I’m excited to be on the train and on my way to the UK ONE Headquarters in a bustling area of London called Covent Garden. I’m feeling really nervous about meeting my local MP. I was told to research him beforehand and did. It doesn’t seem like he’d be interested in promoting our cause, and I was surprised he’d agreed to come. The stakes are high as Britain’s contributions to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria help save thousands of lives. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed he’s on the same team in championing effective global aid to countries that need it the most.


At the London office

11:00 am
I arrive at the ONE office located on the 8th floor of the building. The panoramic windows contribute to some stunning city views and some sort of greenhouse effect that can make it quite hot! In the main meeting room, a sea of friendly faces are waiting for me.

For some Youth Ambassadors, it was our first time meeting and others the second or third depending on attendances of previous events. That didn’t make the slightest difference in familiarities, as we know we’re all part of one big family here. I spend some time catching up with the other girls and listen in awe of all the other amazing campaigns work they dedicate their time to.

The day kicks off with a reminder of what we’re asking for today and why from ONE’s UK Policy and Advocacy Manager, Lis Wallace. We’re asking our local MPs to champion the UK’s contribution to the Global Fund. Lis and Nasim Salad, ONE’s UK Policy & Advocacy Assistant show us a role play of how a good meeting could go.

After that, we hear from Dr. Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah, a ONE and (RED) Ambassador. Her presence is powerful, and you can feel that as she turns to face us. Dr. Patricia was previously the director of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Clinic at Tema Hospital in Ghana. It was here where she delivered the clinic’s first HIV-negative baby from an HIV-positive mother thanks to ARV medications! She tells her story of training to be a doctor, specialising in OB/GYN and speaks of some of the difficulties that hindered their ability to stem the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in some communities.

Stigma around being HIV positive was — and still is — a pressing issue. Very few individuals would offer to be tested for HIV in her community, so Dr. Patricia began with pregnant women, a community that has engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse and therefore could potentially be exposed to HIV. She was able to treat the women who tested positive, but became worried about the lack of aftercare. There was still so much stigma around the disease, a woman could be kicked out of her house for being found HIV positive, and there was a high suicide rate amongst patients. Patricia decided she had to do something and opened an opportunistic infections clinic funded in part by the Global Fund.


Protests outside of Houses of Parliament.

12:00 pm
We grab our lunch bags from the kitchen and get ready to walk to the Houses of Parliament. London’s thriving at this time, with all the 9-5ers taking their lunch breaks, and there’s always something to see in Westminster. For the past three years, it has become quite common to witness Brexit protests, with both Remainers and Brexiteers setting up shop outside Parliament with huge posters and banners.

We clear security and enter the Houses of Parliament. It’s an old building and always feels a little cold from the stone interior. It’s under construction at the moment, so most parts are covered in scaffolding. We’re led to a room just off the main entrance where we’ll be based for the day, so time to make ourselves at home and fuel up with sandwiches.


Gillian Keegan, MP during her talk with ONE Youth Ambassadors.

2:00 pm
After lunch we sit down with Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester and Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals All-Party Parliamentary Group for a talk and Q&A session. She tells us a little bit about her background of growing up in working-class Liverpool and gaining her degree level apprenticeship there. For years before becoming an MP, she worked for international businesses that took her from Madrid to Tokyo. This is where she began to fully realise the importance of a global economy — every country’s decisions and individual economies impacted one another’s.

As she is from the Conservative party — a right-wing political group in the UK — I grabbed the opportunity to ask her for some tips on how to approach the argument for global aid at an economic level. This was useful for me, as it’s not the first thing I think of. She suggested presenting it from this angle: global aid can work as an investment. The world is too globalised to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that issues in other countries are isolated and won’t ever affect us.

3:00 pm
We’re left waiting for a while. Some YAs excitedly hurry off to their MP’s office for appointments. Others nervously wait to leave for their scheduled meetings, or for their MP to “drop-in”, which was what mine planned to do. I didn’t like the idea of this. It made me feel more anxious to think that I’d be speaking in front of so many other people.


Abigail (left) with Labour MP Dawn Butler (right).

3:30 pm
My MP walks into the room. We shake hands, introduce ourselves, and sit down to begin. Unfortunately, my MP was not supportive. The conversation quickly escalated and it wasn’t a situation I wanted to be in. It was my first interaction with an MP. It was also my first time speaking in the Houses of Parliament — I’m sure anyone can imagine how nerve-racking it was — which wasn’t helping the situation. We fundamentally disagreed at all levels.

The second my MP left the room, a fellow YA, Andrea, literally scooped me into her arms for the biggest, warmest hug, which I was so grateful for. “You were amazing,” she said, “you did everything you could.” I didn’t feel like I did. The conversation must’ve lasted a good twenty minutes, but in that moment, I couldn’t remember any of it. It was all just a huge adrenaline-rushed-blur. All I could see was failure. I was very fortunate to be surrounded by the ONE family in that moment. There wasn’t a second they left me alone to feel bad about myself. They were all around me, absolutely and unconditionally loving and supportive.

ONE’s UK Campaigns Assistant, Jasmine Wakeel, took me to the nearest coffee shop for a time-out. We went over the conversation and she reassured me I’d done all I could. I remembered something on the way back to our meeting room: “Brave, Not Perfect.” It was the title of a book I read last month, which placed emphasis on the act of trying and failing, as opposed to not doing something for fear of not getting it perfect. I walked into that situation predicting that I’d be unsuccessful because I’d known my MP’s views. Regardless, I’d tried. I’d have felt far worse for not trying, so in that there is some success.

Jasmine suggested I tag on to a group meeting with Labour MP Dawn Butler so that I could have a positive experience with interacting with an MP, and it was a much more positive experience.

Luckily, I was the only YA out of the 30+ of us that were there to have an unsuccessful meeting. Many MPs said they were happy to act as champions to providing generous global aid, and others who weren’t sure took our provided information back to their office to research further.


A plaque to commemorate the place where Nelson Mandela addressed Parliament.

5:00 pm
There was still some time before the evening’s Health Heroes event, so I went along with three other girls from the YA team to watch Parliament sit from the viewing boxes. I had a strange unsettled feeling in my stomach while watching, and turned out some of the other girls did, too. It felt like there were people in this room – arguably the most important people in the most important room of the country – talking about an issue we were all familiar with, but what was being done? Some parliamentarians were complaining, while others took notes, but there were no conclusions or calls for action. I worried for the present, but I didn’t worry for the future, because here I was surrounded by YAs who were taking positive action for what they cared about.

Health-Heroes.jpg6:00 pm
Time for our Health Heroes event. Stephen Twigg, MP for Liverpool West Derby, welcomed us to the event. Jonathan Lord, MP for Woking, introduced his constituent Dr. Alexa Vardy, a British OB/GYN who volunteered at a hospital in Ethiopia in 2016, helping to train midwives and delivering over 1,000 babies herself. Vreni Oleram was then introduced by Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton. Vreni is a trustee of of the Esher College Africa Trust, and worked with schools in Zimbabwe to help pay the school fees for children whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses.

We also heard from Dr. Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire and Minister of State at the Foreign and commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development; Paul Turner, founder of ‘Focus on Africa’, a charity which supplies mosquito nets, bedding, play equipment and educational books; and Michael Deriaz, who was a part of Friends of Kipkelion, which works to improve living conditions in the Kipkelion District of Kenya and other marginalised communities in East Africa, primarily through the provision of clean water, sanitary facilities and basic healthcare and health education.

Our last speaker was Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo, who was crowned ‘Miss Congo UK’ in 2017 at the age of 22, whilst being HIV positive. She also campaigns around ending the stigma of HIV/AIDS, and is hoping to start her own non-profit later this year.


ONE Youth Ambassadors with Y7 and Y20 Youth Delegates Jennifer and Alistair.

7:30 pm
Jasmine asked the few of us that were available to wait around to meet with Y7 and Y20 delegates — youth versions of the G7 and G20 leadership summits respectively — that were waiting to clear Parliament security. Delegates Jennifer Okolo and Alistair Lobo came to introduce themselves, and we discussed ONE’s goals and recommendations for G7 leaders and how to engage more young people in politics, act best as youth representatives, and how to not just get our voices heard, but get actions to be made.

Finally, the end of a long day was upon us, and we all agreed that there was no better way to end the day than with Chinese food.


Chinatown, London.

9:00 pm
Jasmine leads us to a traditionally-styled restaurant called Wong Kei. I was super impressed, as I lived in Hong Kong for two years previous. I’d missed this style of dining. The kind where there’s just a load of food on the table, not enough space between the chairs, so you’re constantly reaching over and passing people things, and everyone’s digging in to dishes everywhere. It was messy, but it felt like family.

11:30 pm
I’m always grateful beyond words for what ONE’s events give me. They teach me how to use my voice to make an impact, and how to create a chain of actions that can lead to positive change. Although I hadn’t achieved what I’d set out to do, I felt a distinct change in myself: there was so much to be learnt from the situation.

First: I could count on my voice being heard, but I couldn’t count on it being listened to. Beyond asking for what you want, you have to make actions towards what you want, because all too often it’s not given, it’s taken.

Second: There will always be people in the world to fundamentally disagree with you. It’s important to have the difficult conversations with these people, but ultimately, don’t focus on them. Address the issues they present, but their minds won’t be changed if they don’t want to be. Find the people with common goals and work together with them for maximised impact. Then, educate.

Third: I think I knew this one already but what is morally right is not always popular. That does not make you wrong.

Lastly: Drive for change, and never stop. If anything, despite failing, I feel more determined than ever to push for the future I envision for the world.

Abigail is a 2019 UK Youth Ambassador with ONE Campaign. She joined ONE as a commitment to ending global poverty and inequality (because that stuff keeps her awake at night). When she’s not campaigning for justice, Abigail can be found mentoring young people from across the globe, writing articles, acting as a Women’s Equality Officer for her local political party and – when she needs a break – walking her dog.

Join Abigail and tell your leader to take action and back the Global Fund this year.

ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.

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These teenage activists are fighting to change this → "More than a third of girls in Nigeria end up in child marriages, and with 22 million married before the age of 18, the nation has among the highest number of child brides in Africa."

h/t CNN Africa


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APRIL 10, 2019



NASA's Newest Mission Is Fighting Climate Change and Natural Disasters on Earth

The agency hopes to use its data and analysis tools to help vulnerable people around the world.

By Sonia Elks

LONDON, April 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — NASA is using its satellites to solve humanitarian challenges in some of the most fragile places on earth under a landmark partnership with aid agency Mercy Corps.

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration will use its wealth of data to help communities at risk from climate change and natural disaster predict the dangers and build their resilience.

"There is nothing a NASA person likes better than answering a really good question," NASA's disasters program director David Green told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"That is the excitement of working with Mercy Corps, because they are trying to bring solutions to bear anywhere in the world there is stress, and arguably we are looking at the entire world at any given time."

Take Action: Ensure All Communities Can Withstand Climate Disaster

Garanticemos que todas las comunidades puedan soportar desastres climáticos

NASA and Mercy Corps signed a three-year agreement on March 29 that will see them work closely to see how NASA's vast data and analysis resources could be applied to help vulnerable people around the world.

They say the data can help them predict future events, from changes in grazing land to the likely path of flooding, meaning Mercy Corps can plan ahead to protect communities at risk.

"In order to build resilience you have to understand the higher-level stresses on a system," said David Nicholson, senior director of environment, energy and climate at Mercy Corps.

"We so often work in information-scarce environments, trying to make decisions on how best to deploy resources without the benefit of information."

Much of the data that NASA holds is already publicly available, but may not be used because decision-makers are not aware of its existence or because it is not in a format that addresses their questions.

In a pilot project, the teams looked at groundwater levels in Niger, where most people live off subsistence farming and droughts can destroy livelihoods.

Read More: 13 Photos Taken From Space Show Destructive Power of Wildfires

NASA was able to provide data on changes to underground water levels and find reserves using a satellite that senses them through tiny changes in gravity.

The information helped to show where could support more farming and where was at high drought risk.

They are working to share NASA data with local decision-makers around the world, from national governments to local farmers.

"If you can empower people with the right information they can make the smart decision," said Nicholson.

The two organisations could also collaborate during large-scale disasters such as the recent floods in Mozambique and Zimbabwe to help target immediate relief.

"It's still very much in the experimental phase, there's just such a deep well of possibility," said Nicholson.

"I think there is an endless opportunity here."

(Reporting by Sonia Elks @soniaelks; Editing by Claire Cozens. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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