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    The Action Thread Part Two

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  3. paoladegliesposti

    If I read the Bible today..

    Acts 13:38,39,40. Therefore, brothers and sisters,know this: through Jesus we proclaim forgiveness of sins to you. From all those sins from which you couldn't be put in right relationship with God through Moses' law, through Jesus everyone who believes is put in right relationship with God. Take care that the prophets' words don't apply to you.
  4. paoladegliesposti

    u2 song of the day

  5. dmway

    What concert are you seeing next?

    I'm glad you liked it! I knew you wouldn't be disappointed. If I didn't have another show tonight (which I just came back from), I seriously would have considered going. I love Montclair, NJ and would like a reason to go back sometime. Fix You were very good too - they also opened at the show I saw last week. Yes, the singer had Chris Martin's quasi-hyperactivity down very well (and he sang well too). UF are always worth the effort to see. The band members are starting to recognize me at the shows because I'm at them so often. (I guess wearing The Fly shades helps too...
  6. CorkVegan

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Unforgettable Fire were great. Their Bono could pass as the real one. He has the look and mannerisms down to perfection. They played a great set and the place was rocking. Fix You played first and are a Coldplay tribute. I'm not up to date with Coldplay but I recognized about 80% of the FY set. Their lead singer has amazing energy and was constantly moving throughout the performance. A fantastic night out. I would go again in a heartbeat. Now bed.
  7. mich40

    What concert are you seeing next?

    The Church playing Starfish in its entirety. Brings back so many memories. It was fabulous. Then they did a second set of other songs.
  8. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    GIRLS & WOMEN A Thong Was Presented in a Rape Trial. Women in Ireland (and Around the World) Are Furious. “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” Why Global Citizens Should Care Gender equality and an end to gender-based violence are key aims of the UN’s Global Goals. And in 2018, we surely must be done with placing blame for sexual harassment and rape on the victim, rather than the perpetrator. Join us by taking action here to raise your voice to help create a world where #SheIsEqual. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Cork and Dublin in protest of victim-blaming, after a court case in which a rape complainant’s thong was held up as evidence sparked outrage. Activists and campaigners are demanding judicial reform over sexual assault cases, as well as better training for barristers — to put an end to a culture that puts the blame for sexual assault on survivors, rather than perpetrators. The case, at the Central Criminal Court earlier this month, saw a lawyer representing the accused hold up the underwear worn by the teenage complainant — telling jurors they should consider the underwear when making their verdict. Take Action: Tell the UK Government: Help Create a World Where #SheIsEqual “Does the evidence out rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?” the lawyer asked jurors in the closing argument. “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” View image on Twitter 23 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy While the man was found not guilty, the case sparked concern from activists, campaign groups, and members of the public in Ireland and around the world. As well as protests on the street, Teachta Dála Ruth Coppinger, the Solidarity TD, also held up a thong in the Dáil chamber on Tuesday to speak out on the issue. She said that women’s clothes, fake tan, and even contraception had been used as evidence during trials, according to the Times. “A study by the Rape Crisis Network estimated that, at most, 10% of rapes are reported and only one in 40 rapists appropriately punished,” she said. “How heroic and what levels of fortitude must a woman have to pursue a rape trial in this country?” 455 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy See Claire's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy View image on Twitter 245 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “It might seem incongruous or embarrassing to show a thong in the Dáil, but I do so to highlight how a rape victim feels at her underwear being shown in the incongruous setting of a courtroom,” she said. And women around the world are joining together in solidarity with Irish protesters too, posting images of their underwear with #ThisIsNotConsent. Related StoriesNov. 1, 2018Women Just Silently Stood in Protest During President’s Speech at South Africa’s First Gender Violence Summit Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar has said in response that the government must examine how alleged rape victims are treated in court. Varadkar reportedly responded to Coppinger by saying: “Let there be no doubt that nobody asks to be raped and it is never the fault of the victim. It doesn’t matter what someone wears, where someone went, who they went with, or whether they took drugs or alcohol.” “Nobody who is a victim of sexual violence or rape is ever to blame for the crime committed on them,” he said. “I believe any defence on those lines is reprehensible.” View image on Twitter 2,505 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Legal expert and academic Tom O’Malley is carrying out a review of changes that can be made to help protect those who make complaints of sexual assault. “This is just one example of what is every day in cases of sexual violence where your clothes, your manner, which has nothing to do with sexual violence can be used as evidence against you, can be used as evidence of consent,” said Cork Solidarity councillor Fiona Ryan. “I was inundated over the weekend with people outraged and with people wanting to show their anger,” she said. The rallies were organised by Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism, and Austerity (ROSA). Related StoriesNov. 1, 2018Girls Are More Likely to Die in Countries Where Gender Inequality Persists “Obviously in the courts, the idea that a person’s underwear being used by a defence barrister as some indication of their intentions is absolutely despicable,” said Rita Harrold, from ROSA. “This culture that tells us we have to keep ourselves safe, we have to wear conservative clothes, we can’t go to certain places, is a culture that tolerates rape and blames victims and we won’t take it anymore,” she said. Meanwhile, Noeline Blackwell, head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said it supported “rape stereotypes” in trials. “The reference to the girl’s underwear and the assumption and inference that the jury was being invited to draw — that because she was dressed like that she was asking for sex — does not surprise us,” she said. TOPICSGender EqualityUKBritainIrelandSexual HarassmentGender-Based ViolenceRapeVictim BlamingDublinCorkLeo Varadkar
  9. Yesterday
  10. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    ENVIRONMENT This Plastic-Eating Fungus Just Might Save Humanity One man’s Aspergillus tubingensis is another man’s treasure. Flickr/Alan Levine There's a common saying that, "One many's trash is another man's treasure." For one group of scientists, this old adage may actually have some truth to it. According to the World Economic Forum, a team of botanists may have discovered a solution to the world’s mounting plastic problem in an unexpected place: a garbage dump in Islamabad, Pakistan. The team of researchers, who work at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Kunming Institute of Botany, discovered a plastic-eating fungus called Aspergillus tubingensis while collecting soil samples at the Pakistan landfill. “We wanted to identify solutions which already existed in nature, but finding microorganisms which can do the job isn’t easy,” Dr. Sehroon Khan of the World Agroforestry Centre and Kunming Institute of Biology said. “We decided to take samples from a rubbish dump in Islamabad, Pakistan, to see if anything was feeding on the plastic in the same way that other organisms feed on dead plant or animal matter.” The fungus they discovered works to naturally biodegrade a certain type of plastic called polyester polyurethane — which is found in synthetic leather, adhesives, and car parts, according to Fast Company — by secreting an enzyme that breaks down molecular bonds. According to DAWN, the process takes just a matter of weeks, whereas plastics normally take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade in landfills on their own. Even biodegradable plastics, such as polylactic acid (PLA), which is a type of plastic made from corn, take between 47 and 90 days to decompose. Embed from Getty Images Read More: Scientists Discover Plastic-Eating Caterpillars That Could Help Fight Waste The issue of plastic waste is fast becoming one of the greatest threats to natural ecosystems on land and in the ocean. Plastic waste is polluting the world’s oceans at a rate of 8 million metric tons per year, throttling seals, turtles, and other sea creatures, and even seeping into drinking water. By 2050, it’s estimated that the ocean will have more plastic than fish. What doesn’t land in the oceans more often than not ends up clogging city streets, polluting natural environments, and wasting away in landfills around the world. Around the world, 79% of all plastic is either littered into the natural environment or collected in landfills, according to National Geographic. Read More: 83% of All Tap Water Around the World Has Plastic Fibers In It By 2050, 12 billion metric tons of plastic will have accumulated in landfills around the world, National Geographic reported. Embed from Getty Images Harmful chemicals from plastics buried in landfills can also seep into groundwater supplies, leading to adverse health consequences for humans and animals alike. Researchers at Kunming Institute plan to study whether the plastic-eating fungus will be able to be used in waste treatment plants and plastic-waste-contaminated soils. Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the 15th of which is protecting life on land. You can take action here. TOPICSClimate changeSustainabilityPakistanOcean PlasticFungus COMMENTS
  11. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    HEALTH India Just Opened Its First Elephant Hospital — and the Pictures Are Amazing India is home to half of Asia’s elephant population. Why Global Citizens Should Care Biodiversity is dwindling all around the world and elephants in particular face a range of threats. The United Nations Global Goals calls on countries to protect the environment and animals and you can join us in taking action on this issue here. Elephants that are battered, bruised, and otherwise injured can now get the medical help they need in Uttar Pradesh, India, according to Reuters. A 12,000-square-foot elephant hospital opened in the city of Mathura on Nov. 16 that caters primarily to elderly elephants and those that have experienced trauma in captivity. For example, many captive elephants are often shackled, whipped, and beaten. Other elephants that sustain injuries in the wild are also welcomed at the hospital. Elephant doctors will have access to “wireless digital X-Ray, thermal imaging, ultrasonography, tranquilization devices, and quarantine facilities,” and they’ll be able to visit elephants remotely that aren’t able to travel to the hospital, according to Reuters. Take Action: Ensure All Communities Can Withstand Climate Disaster View image on Twitter 16 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Animal rights groups are applauding the facility, called the Wildlife SOS Hospital, as a sign of conservation done right. “I think by building a hospital we are underlining the fact that elephants need welfare measures as much as any other animal,” Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, the nonprofit behind the hospital, told Reuters. 18 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “That captive elephants are not meant to be used and abused but instead have to be given the respect which an animal needs if you are going to be using the animal,” she added. India is home to half of Asia’s elephant population, yet their numbers have been dropping in recent years, and Indian elephants are considered endangered. See EcoInternet's other Tweets Read More: Mozambique Gets Gift of 200 Elephants to Help Replenish Population Indian elephants roam for around 19 hours a day and eat so much food that they can produce up to 220 pounds of waste each day. These biological imperatives mean that the animals need large amounts of land and food to survive. As human development proliferates in the country, elephant habitats are dwindling, depriving the animals of sustenance. As humans move into elephant ranges, meanwhile, the big creatures more frequently wander into towns and cities, where they get frightened and stampede over houses and people. Deprived of food sources, elephants also devour crops throughout farmlands, earning the ire of the agricultural industry. These byproducts of sprawling and often unregulated human development have led to elephants being poisoned and hunted to minimize interactions. Elephants are also under the constant threat of poaching to fuel the black market demand for ivory. Because only male Indian elephants have tusks, poaching skews the sex ratio of the species, imperiling future generations. Read More: Humans Could Face Extinction if We Don't Protect Biodiversity: UN While the elephant hospital in Mathura doesn’t guarantee the species’ long-term survival, it does signal to the country that elephants are worth protecting. It has also become a tourist attraction, according to Reuters, which could help spur broader conservation efforts. 369 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy In addition to the treatment center, dedicated wildlife reserves big enough to accommodate the animal’s tendencies can help to conserve the species and India currently has 32 elephant reserves. For example, the North Bank Landscape along the foothills of the Himalayas provides 1,600 square miles of protected habitat for elephants to live. TOPICSCurrent eventsHealthIndiaHospitalElephantElephant hospitalHealth Care
  12. CorkVegan

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Sitting here with a belly full of Jamaican food. The preshow music is Jane's Addiction, Pavement and "Dig for Fire," by the Pixies right now. Let's do this!
  13. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    By Leah Rodriguez NOV. 16, 2018 16 CITIZENSHIP This Artist Wants to Humanize the Refugee Experience Through Comics “People talk about numbers and movements in ways that can be really depersonalizing.” Why Global Citizens Should Care Millions of people around the world are trying to rebuild their lives after being affected by crisis and conflict. Comic artist Ali Fitzgerald's new graphic memoir “Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe” tells the stories of asylum seekers assimilating to life in Berlin. You can join us in taking action on this issue here. American artist Ali Fitzgerald didn’t have any experience working with refugees when she started teaching a comic workshop at a Berlin shelter during the height of Europe’s migrant crisis in 2015. Now, after drawing with children and adults who were waiting on the results of asylum status applications over the course of a year and a half, she’s sharing her experience in a new graphic memoir. Released in October, Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europenavigates what life looks like after being forced to leave home through the eyes of Fitzgerald's students, Saker and Michael*. A portion of her income from the book — 10% — will go toward funding art programs for refugees and asylum seekers. Take Action: Call for Education Access for Syrian Refugees Actúa: Tuitea ahora United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe En asociación con: HP Inc. When Fitzgerald started teaching at the refugee shelter in 2015, 1.1 million refugees crossed the German border, according to the Brookings Institute. As of 2017, Berlin’s department for social affairs reported over 25,700 refugees live in the city. Of the 150 refugees Fitzgerald met while working in the shelter, many of those who fled conflict in Syria and Afghanistan are now trying to assimilate to German life as far-right nationalism is on the rise. In her memoir, Fitzgerald aims to humanize her students’ stories by focusing on the opportunities they have ahead of them, rather than harping on the terrors of their pasts. To do this, she sometimes protrays real-life events through a magical, fictional lens. The artist, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Guardian, and more, spoke with Global Citizen about refugee storytelling, the current anti-refugee sentiments around the world, and how you can help asylum seekers right now. Global Citizen: What initially drew you to working in a refugee shelter? Ali Fitzgerald: It was totally by chance. I was interested in teaching comics because I believe in comics as a really potent form of communication that can help people. Visual communication and narrative will become increasingly important in the next few years because we’re becoming more visual, right? It’s a way to bridge language gaps, class, and education gaps, actually. I was teaching a comics class for women and the director of a shelter approached me, so I had no real intention of doing it. I don’t actually consider it art therapy because I never studied art therapy. It’s also one of the reasons I tried to keep the workshops very open and not hierarchical. Drawing is often linked to just art but that sometimes limits people’s involvement of drawing, because there’s all this weight on it that they have to be good at it, or artistic. But drawing can be therapeutic or a form of catharsis — but I try never to push that or interpret that because it’s not my field — it can also be purely a mode of communication to express yourself. Part of the book is illustrating what drawing can be — drawing can be a multitude of different things for different people. Why did you decide to write this book? One of the things I wanted to do was get into the nooks and crannies of stories and personhood and not talk about the refugee experience as portrayed by the mainstream media, which I think is kind of flattening, generally, because people talk about numbers and movements in ways that can be really depersonalizing. Read More: Syrian refugees using innovation to improve their lives How did your students feel seeing themselves represented in the book? Right before I left Berlin a few weeks ago, I gave the two protagonists, Saker and Michael, copies of the book, I had shown them pages before. They were delighted by it. They were happy to have their names changed because when I asked them about whether or not they wanted their real names, I think Saker said, “When I’m applying for a job, I don’t necessarily want people to know I was living in a refugee shelter.” More or less the people I met were very happy to share their stories, and the stories that were fairly sensational I tried to leave out because I don’t think that’s what this book is about. In this case, I was basically showing people drawing hot air balloons and things like that. Image: Courtesy of Fantagraphics Did you anticipate that there would be so much anti-refugee rhetoric around the world at the time of the book’s release? Generally, the anti-refugee sentiment has been building for a long time. I think the difference is at first it was very fringey and it’s absorbed into the mainstream dialogue, this idea that refugees are villains, and refugees have been villainized. Did you ever worry that taking a more surreal approach to your illustrations would downplay the difficult experiences your students had? I didn’t worry about it — it was a very conscious decision. I wanted to make it very, very clear that it was my viewpoints, that things were being filtered through my very specific, and sometimes flawed, lens. One tool to make sure that’s apparent is these surreal moments, and some of them really illustrate ideas or underline ideas better than reality. Like, there are moments where three young boys are trying to get their papers in the book and it’s sort of based on Waiting for Godot, that kind of bureaucratic absurdity, is best illustrated with a surreal side. Image: Courtesy of Fantagraphics Image: Courtesy of Fantagraphics I would love to see more cartoons in the media. It’s unfortunate that probably the most popular one recently was the caricature of Serena Williams and it went viral for all the wrong reasons. That incident, in particular, shows how pernicious and prevalent caricatures still are in the world of comics and cartoonery. Which is one thing I very actively try to stay away from. What would you recommend to everyday people who would like to help this community but they don’t know how? One way to help is obviously stay engaged, find shelters — but that’s a lot harder in America. In shelters in Europe, there now is a bigger need for volunteers because I think a lot of people stopped doing it a year or two ago. If you’re in a position where you can affect policy, obviously that’s the best, or if you’re a lawyer and you can offer free legal services. Drawing attention to issues is good but in a very sensitive way, obviously. *Names have been changed for privacy. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. ____________________________________________________________________________ If you’d like to volunteer or donate to support refugees and asylum-seekers Fitzgerald recommends the following organizations: UNHCR Amnesty International White Helmets TOPICSCitizenshipBerlinSyrian RefugeesRefugeesGermanyBooksAfghan Refugee
  14. tan_lejos_tan_cerca

    The Action Thread Part Two

    By Erica Sanchez and Seneo Mwamba JULY 4, 2018 53 FOOD & HUNGER 8 Foods You Probably Didn't Know Were Bad for the Environment It might be time to re-evaluate some of your food choices. Why Global Citizens Should Care Through some of the food we consume, whether it be in their production or their transportation, we are unknowingly contributing to the damage and harm done to our planet. You can help by taking action to encourage responsible consumption and production, sustainability, and climate change limitation by taking action here. Often when we’re sitting down to our meals, we don’t think about the impact that the foods we’re eating are having on our planet. The production cycles behind a lot of our foods have a large carbon footprint, or require a lot of water, or drive deforestation. So it’s really important to be aware of which foods are good or bad for the environment and to shop sustainably. Not all food is bad for the environment, and you can take a look at foods that have a positive impact here. But here are some foods to watch out for as being surprisingly bad for our planet. Take action: Educating Girls Strengthens the Global Fight Against Climate Change Actúa: Tuitea Ahora United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe 1. Bananas The environmental impact of bananas isn't so much in the production of the fruit, but more in the cost of exporting them to other countries across the world. According to One Green Planet, bananas are among the most widely consumed foods in the world, and are the most popular fruit in the United States. The average American will eat about 100 bananas in a single year. The world’s leading countries for banana exports include Ecuador, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Guatemala — which send a lot of bananas to Europe, where people have got used to being able to eat their favourite fruits even when they’re out of season. But these bananas have travelled huge distances — to reach the UK, for example, the average banana travels 5,106 miles — and that journey contributes to CO2 levels in the atmosphere. via GIPHY 2. Avocados This one might hurt a few people. For all you fans of guacamole and avocado on toast it might be time to reconsider — because, you guessed it, avocado production is damaging the environment. In Mexico, for example, a great deal of avocado production takes place in the mountains of Michoacán. But, according to the Associated Press newsagency, the production and planting of avocado trees uses twice as much water as a fairly dense forest. A researcher from Mexico’s National Institute for Forestry revealed that between 2001 and 2010, avocado production tripled in Michoacán — and that the rise in demand for avocados had caused the loss of about 1,700 acres a year. Another issue with avocado production, according to Greenpeace Mexico, is the use of chemicals and high volumes of wood to pack and ship the fruits to other countries. via GIPHY 3. Almond milk As much as people love almond milk as a healthier and, some say, better tasting substitute to regular milk, its production also has a significant environmental impact. According to the Guardian, more than 80% of the world's almonds come from California — a region known for some of the worst droughts in US history. Growing just one almond requires 1.1 gallons (5 litres) of water. To produce 100 ml of almost milk, it takes 100 litres of water. Read More: This Country Is Leading the World in Ending Food Waste 4. Sugar We all know that sugar is bad for us. However, not only does sugar do harm to our bodies and our health but, according to a World Wild Fund (WWF) report, it also does harm to our planet. The report, “Sugar and the Environment”, says that more than 145 million tonnes of sugar are produced in 121 countries each year. But the production of this sugar destroys natural habitats, requires intensive use of water and the use of damaging agro-chemicals, and causes air pollution. In the Indian state of Maharashtra, for example, sugarcane covers 3% of the land — but it corners 60% of the irrigation supply, and so causes substantial groundwater loss in the area. Read More: 3 Changes You Should Make to Your Diet to Eat More Sustainably 5. Soy beans Soy beans mainly grow in Latin America — but the rising demand is causing deforestation across the region. Almost 4 million hectares of forest land are destroyed every year, according to the Telegraph, with victims including the Amazon, the Gran Chaco, and the Atlantic forests. With soy increasingly being used in place of dairy products — which can also have a devastating impact — it goes to show that even with the best of intentions, when it comes to the global food industry there are few guarantees that we’ll get it right. via GIPHY 6. Rice One staple food item you’re likely to find as a prominent part of dishes in a lot of countries across the world is rice. While more than half of the world’s population depend on it as a food source, the production of rice accounts for as much as a third of the planet’s annual freshwater, according to a report from Oxfam. To produce a kilo of rice, for example, it takes 2,497 litres of water, according to the Guardian. What’s more, research into a rapid global rise in methane emissions in 2016 surprisingly found that some of the increase can be pinned on the activities of microbes in wetlands and rice paddies. Read More: This New Juice Range Uses Ugly Fruit and Veg to Cut Waste 7. Beef Beef has become something of a villain when it comes to the negative impacts of our global foodindustry. Beef production needs about 28 times more land than the production of pork or chicken, and requires 11 times more water. When you compare it to other food items such as rice, for example, and potatoes or wheat, beef needs 160 times more land, and releases 11 times more greenhouse gases. You can read more about the negative impact of beef production here. Read More:One Simple Thing You Can Do to Reduce the Impact of Food Waste 8. Coffee If beef was a hard one for meat lovers to digest, then coffee lovers are not going to like this bit. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world and, for many of us, it’s one of life’s essentials. For coffee, most of the environmental damage comes in finding space to grow the beans. Most commonly, coffee beans are produced in Latin America. Yet, with an increased demand, farmers have cleared 2.5 million acres of forest in Central America to make way for production. A report by the WWF highlights the link between coffee productions and environmental damage — showing that 37 of the worst 50 countries for deforestation rates are also coffee producers. via GIPHY TOPICSEnvironmentFood & HungerClimate changecambio climaticoWasteSustainableDeforestationGreenhouse Gasesalimentos malos para el medio ambiente COMMENTS
  15. dmway

    What concert are you seeing next?

    Enjoy your show! I know you will! 😎 Pt. 2 of my pair of Nick Mason shows tonight. This venue just opened up late last year. Beautiful chandelier in the middle of the ceiling! (P.S. Have fun at The Church show tonight, @mich40 )
  16. Happy Easter!! 🙂

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    The Action Thread Part Two

    MEDIO AMBIENTE El último video sobre cambio climático de The Weather Channel te transportará a un aterrador 2100 Un momento que algunos niños vivirán para ver. Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens El cambio climático está alterando drásticamente los ecosistemas. Los países de todo el mundo lidian con desastres naturales que se ven empeorados por el cambio climático, y ahora el Weather Channel ofrece una mirada aterradora sobre el futuro del planeta. Puedes tomar medidas aquí para asegurar un futuro saludable para el planeta. El nuevo video de The Weather Channel sobre el cambio climático se parece mucho a uno de juegos de aventura en 3D de Disneyland. Pero en lugar de volar sobre el río Na'vi de Avatar, la meteoróloga Jen Carfagno viaja al año 2100, en Charleston, Carolina del Sur, que se inunda permanentemente. "La gente acude a nosotros para obtener pronósticos, especialmente si hay un gran evento climático extremo, pero todo esto se está modificando muy lentamente y de forma gradual por el cambio climático", dijo a The VergeMatthew Sitkowski, productor ejecutivo de clima de The Weather Channel. Actúa: Firma 1 punto United StatesUnited KingdomGermanyCanadaAustraliaAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCabo VerdeCambodiaCameroonCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo (the Democratic Republic of the)Cook IslandsCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands [Malvinas]Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambia (The)GeorgiaGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuamGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and McDonald IslandsHoly See [Vatican City State]HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMicronesia (the Federated States of)MoldoviaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorth KoreaNorthern Mariana IslandsNorwayOmanPakistanPalauPalestine, State ofPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRéunionRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint BarthélemySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth KoreaSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited States Minor Outlying IslandsUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands (British)Virgin Islands (U.S.)Wallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabwe En asociación con: Flow Alkaline Spring Water "Mira a tu alrededor; Es el año 2100 y un planeta que se ha calentado para siempre ha cambiado las ciudades de Estados Unidos”, narra Carfagno en el video, que utiliza la tecnología de realidad inmersiva y mixta para crear efectos de sonido dramáticos y gráficos casi realistas. La horrible descripción de Charleston apunta a un problema importante al que se enfrenta la zona. Los estados a lo largo de la costa se ven afectados drásticamente por el calentamiento de los océanos, el aumento del nivel del mar y el aumento de las temperaturas globales. Un informe publicado por la Casa Blanca el año pasado advirtió que las inundaciones costeras podrían aumentar hasta un 1.500% y que las Carolinas podrían enfrentar olas de calor sin precedentes. Otra ciudad de Estados Unidos que aparece en el video que enfrenta las graves consecuencias del cambio climático es Norfolk, Virginia, que ha sufrido nueve inundaciones importantes en la última década. "Solo una brisa constante en la costa y la marea alta pueden llevar a carreteras y casas inundadas", dijo Carfagno sobre Norfolk, la ciudad que alberga numerosos astilleros navales del país. Usando movimientos rápidos de cámara y sonidos envolventes de fondo, el video luego transporta al espectador al "Ártico, el área de calentamiento más rápido en la Tierra" y al glaciar Jakobshavn en Groenlandia. Usando una tecnología similar a la de los videojuegos, el clip presenta sonidos intensificados de derrumbe de hielo, vientos acelerados y una rota que salpica agua. Si bien el glaciar en sí ha ganado hielo durante el último año, la tendencia general muestra que Groenlandia perdió alrededor de 739 gigatoneladas de hielo, con el glaciar Jakobshavn y otros cuatro que representan aproximadamente el 30% de esas pérdidas. El video termina con un mensaje poderoso, mientras Carfagno cambia a un tono más urgente. "Los glaciares como este están desapareciendo en todo el mundo", dijo. "Está sucediendo ahora: las temperaturas están aumentando, el hielo se está derritiendo, los niveles del mar están aumentando y esto empeorará a lo largo de nuestra vida". TEMASClimate changecambio climaticoFloodsinundacionesadapting to climate changeGlobal Warmingcalentamiento globalArctic Ice Disappearingderretimiento del hielo
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    The Disabled Children’s Partnership are asking those with parental responsibility for children with a disability and young people (from birth to the age of 25) to tell them about the impact that caring for their child has had on them and their families. The results from this survey will help make a case to Government to invest in services to support families with disabled children needs through their Secret Life of Us campaign. ❤️ Share your experience: https://bit.ly/2X3QRsg 👈
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    0 HEALTH Why do nearly 1000 girls and young women contract HIV every day? 5 February 2019 2:18PM UTC | By: MEGAN O’DONNELL ADD YOUR NAME Sign now: we demand more action in the fight against AIDS EmailSign Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email We have come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the outbreak of the crisis, with institutions like the Global Fund and PEPFAR partnering with country governments to prevent mother-to-child transmission, allow those with HIV to access treatment, and ultimately save tens of millions of lives. But despite these impressive efforts, there is still one demographic that is disproportionately likely to contract HIV. Globally, nearly 1000 girls and women ages 15 to 24 contract HIV every day, and the vast majority of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, young women are twice as likely as young men to be living with HIV. The Ong’ielo Health Center in Kenya is funded by the Global Fund and covers 10,300 people and offers a range of health services, including malaria and HIV testing and treatment. And though those figures might be surprising at first, upon closer inspection we shouldn’t be surprised at all. Risk Factors The risk of contracting HIV is tied not only to physical health but to economic and social factors – and more specifically, layers of gender-based discrimination. Across the globe, stigma and social taboos still surround girls being sexually active. This limits open conversation and education about safe sex and protection. As a result, girls often don’t have vital information they need to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases. High rates of infection are also tied to girls’ economic vulnerability. Facing limited opportunities to earn income, girls face pressures to enter into transactional sexual relationships, where unprotected sex is exchanged for financial support. This is true both outside and inside of marriage, as many parents opt to marry their daughters off as children, due to a combination of economic constraints and social norms. Finally, high rates of infection among women and girls are tied to their limited autonomy and bargaining power in their relationships; particularly at risk are those forced to marry as children. Even financially secure girls and women armed with information about protection face pressures from their partners to have unprotected sex. The Global Fund Fortunately, we know there are evidence-based ways to address all of these constraints, and the Global Fund and its partners are prioritising a holistic approach that gets to the root of all of them. More than half of the Fund’s spending is now specifically targeted to programs for women and girls, contributing to a total investment of US$18 billion since 2002. The Global Fund launched a program called (HER) to mobilise additional resources to address the specific needs of adolescent girls and young women. In Botswana, the Global Fund provides legal aid services and support to women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence, while eliminating structural barriers to quality health care. In Kenya, Swaziland, and South Africa, programs aim to keep girls and women ages 14-22 in school and to offer them additional educational and social support. Sexual and reproductive health services have been integrated into HIV services in Lesotho so women can access both services in one place. Quality secondary education (including comprehensive sexuality education), cash transfers that decrease girls’ economic insecurity, and interventions aimed at increasing girls’ agency and bargaining power all contribute to ensuring girls are less likely to contract HIV. We Need to #StepUpTheFight As we gear up for the Global Fund’s 2019 replenishment, let’s make sure the fund is able to access the financial resources it needs and eradicate HIV/AIDS once and for all, by continuing to put the needs and constraints of girls and women front and center in their investments. Add your name now to tell world leaders they must back this bold initiative this year.
  20. Manohlive

    u2 song of the day

    My Resurrection Saturday 2019 U2 song of the day.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    FACT: Education is one of the most powerful weapons we have in the fight against extreme poverty.
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    The Action Thread Part Two

    146 CULTURE 5 things we discovered about Bill Gates from his Reddit AMA February 27 2019 | By: ROBYN DETORO JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Over the last decade, Bill Gates has transformed himself into an icon of philanthropy as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Recently, he took a spot in the virtual hot seat and turned the mic over to the Reddit community for an in-depth Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. Here are five of the most intriguing questions and responses: What would you still like to achieve that you haven’t? — Swcomisac thisisbillgates: The goal of the Foundation is that all kids grow up healthy – no matter where they are born. That means getting rid of malaria and many of the other diseases that affect poor countries. It should be achievable in my lifetime. It’s well known you are an avid reader – what are a few books that come to your mind when asked to recommend reading materials for anyone that can have a true impact on their life – either professionally or personally? — TheQueenIsASpy thisisbillgates: I read a lot of non-fiction. There are so many great book. I do reviews on gatesnotes.com. I am reading Hacking Darwin now – about gene editing getting very popular and what policies should control the usage. I love books that explain things like Smil’s Energy and Civilization or all of Pinker’s books. Factfulness by the Roslings is very readable – a great place to start to get a framework for the progress of humanity. What’s a piece of technology that’s theoretical now that you wish you could make possible immediately? — Ironsheik84 thisisbillgates: However if I had one wish to make a new technology it would be a solution to malnutrition. Almost half the kids in poor countries grow up without their body or brain developing fully so they miss most of their potential. Second would be an HIV vaccine. If you could go back in time and give your younger-self advice what would you say? — ImStarks thisisbillgates: I was overly intense and socially inept. I would try and make myself more self-aware without getting rid of the focus and desire to learn. I work in health-care in South Africa and I just want to say thank you for the work that your foundation has been doing for HIV research here. My question is how do I feel like I’m doing enough? With all the pain and suffering that I see every day, it’s hard to feel like I am actually making a difference in the grand scheme of things. How do you deal with feeling like it’s a never-ending struggle to actually make a difference and help people? — 511234 thisisbillgates: Your point is a great one. As soon as you get engaged in solving problems you have to face how tough things are. You need to focus on how much you can improve things and feel good about that. We need more people to visit Africa to see the progress but also to see how much needs to be done. Nothing is as good as meeting people who have to live with malaria or HIV or see their children die. People like yourself who work on the front lines deserve immense credit. Over time the deaths and suffering will go down but I am sure some days that is hard to see. BONUS: Hello, how’s your day going and what have you been watching on Netflix and/or TV right now? — ABrownForestShark thisisbillgates: Melinda and I watch things like Silicon Valley, This is Us, A Million Little Things. I watched The Americans with my son (too violent for Melinda). I watched Narcos by myself. Billions, Lie to Me, Friday Night Lights, American Vandal, Black Mirror. There are so many good shows — people tell me about them but I can’t watch them all! Want to hear more from Bill? Check out the annual letterpenned by him and Melinda Gates. *Questions and answers have been shortened for clarity. Image via Flickr.
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    u2 song of the day

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    What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

    I'm off the clock and my week off work has begun.
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    u2 song of the day

  26. Manohlive

    What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

    Last Summer, a non-profit agency dropped me from their program; which was supposed to help me get back on my feet. It did not. I was dropped because I was told to cancel when my head was bad. I was later told one can only cancel three times so I was being dropped. I had cancelled over twenty times. I had told them my head was always bad. Duh. I warned the case worker she was making a bad mistake and should reconsider her actions. She pretty much laughed at me. Duh. I tried to warn her supervisor but he wouldn't even speak with me. Dumb.. Earlier today, I called the head of certain services for certain things... (don't want this person to be identifiable) She was not doing her job of addressing and correcting how I was treated and dropped. I politely told her, via another message, that it was my last call, I would be going over her head and know how to do so. She quickly returned my call. I was informed that the aforementioned agency lost its contract with my county and it was 'dropped'. I also found out this lady was being transitioned out of her job so another person could take over. (Good because people's well being depends on her doing as she should but was not.) Ridiculous wasting of precious resources has been allowed. It is for people in need. Shortly after I hung up the phone, I got another call. It was the head manager of the agency which lost its funding. (They are a non-profit so they still have donors. Their clients will not lose services or I would not have pushed so hard.) She spent over an hour typing what I had to say. "David, everything you are telling me is being entered into our system and will be addressed" The case workers and those under them are going to have to change their approaches; especially how they help clients with head injuries or worse. My supposed case worker, her supervisor and the seven people under her had a very bad afternoon, or it will occur on Monday. I find no pleasure in them having bad days at work.. I did what I had to do to make sure what happened to me will not happen to anyone else. After I hung up the phone with the manager, I got another call. It was from a new agency. This lady seemed on the ball. We spoke for about half an hour. "So you just need help rethinking how to approach organizing, meal planning and transportation when you should not drive?" "Yes." "What was so difficult about that?" "Bingo." We both laughed. She's going to get me the help I need to go back to work. None of these people realize that I'm now going to speak with the donors of these programs. I spoke with a well connected friend. He is making a call so I get a call and the donors also know what's happening. I'm trying to set up a meeting with several of them. I don't want anyone demoted or scolded. I don't want loses of funding. I want resources, for those who need it, to be well used and managed.. Thank God I got dropped.. A lot of people who face challenges are going to receive better services in the future. I never knew that would happen. I was trying to clear my name for being dropped. . I know this is long. I've told two friends and now you guys. The only other people I'm telling are my godfather and my mom.
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    What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

    Those look tastier than jelly beans. Happy Easter/Whatever it is to you, illumination70.
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