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Estos 7 latinos cambiaron el mundo

Un impacto positivo que dejó una huella.

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Los latinos y la comunidad hispana en Estados Unidos representan el grupo de más rápido crecimiento en la cultura americana. Millones de estadounidenses tienen también raíces hispanas y muchos han tenido un impacto innegable en esta cultura y en el mundo.

En áreas que van desde la educación hasta la igualdad de derechos, estos 7 latinos representan el verdadero espíritu de un Global Citizen:

 

1 / Albert Baez
Albert Baez emigró de México a los Estados Unidos con su familia cuando aún era un niño. Mientras estaba en la escuela de posgrado en la Universidad de Stanford, Albert Báez fue uno de los co-inventores del microscopio de rayos X, una nueva tecnología en 1948 que permitió a los científicos y médicos ver las células vivas.

Este invento fue un paso crítico hacia la medicina moderna y aún es ampliamente utilizada. También fue útil en la invención del telescopio.

Como pacifista, Báez decidió no seguir a muchos de sus colegas de física que trabajaron para la industria de las armas durante la Guerra Fría. En cambio, continuó investigando, se convirtió en profesor y enseñó en varias universidades, entre ellas el MIT y la Universidad de Bagdad.

También es el padre de los cantantes y activistas de renombre, Joan Baez y Mimi Farina.

 

 

2 / Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato ha trabajado siempre para educar a las niñas y luchar por la igualdad de género. Esta estrella del pop mundial habla abiertamente sobre la importancia de ser feminista, aceptar el cuerpo tal cual es y trabajar sobre la autoestima.

Es también embajadora oficial de Free the Children, una organización internacional y nacional que permite a los jóvenes romper las barreras que les impiden convertirse en activistas.

Lovato se siente orgullosa de sus raíces hispanas y siempre ha hablado abiertamente sobre temas relacionados con la etnicidad y la inmigración en los Estados Unidos. Recientemente, trabajó con distintas organizaciones para ayudar a las personas afectadas por la decisión del presidente Trump de terminar el programa DACA.

 

 

3 / Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente nació en Puerto Rico y creció como hijo de un granjero de azúcar. Se convirtió en una de las estrellas más importantes del béisbol y apareció en 15 Juegos de Estrellas convirtiéndose en el primer jugador latinoamericano en alcanzar 3,000 hits en su carrera.

Pero el trabajo humanitario de Clemente fuera del campo brilló tanto como su habilidad atlética. Durante las temporadas bajas, donó a organizaciones benéficas para llevar ayuda a Puerto Rico y otros países latinoamericanos.

"Si tienes la oportunidad de ayudar a otros y no lo haces, estás perdiendo el tiempo en esta Tierra", dijo.

Clemente murió en un trágico accidente aéreo mientras se dirigía a entregar suministros a las víctimas del terremoto en Nicaragua. Los Piratas de Pittsburgh comenzaron un "Día de las donaciones" anual en su honor.

 

 

4 / Nydia Velázquez
Nydia Velázquez encontró su vocación como activista a temprana edad. Cuando era adolescente en Puerto Rico, solicitó a su escuela y ciudad mejorar la salud y el saneamiento en su escuela secundaria local. Finalmente se mudó a Nueva York para estudiar ciencias políticas en la NYU.

En 1992, se convirtió en la primera mujer puertorriqueña en ser elegida para servir en el Congreso, y luego en la primera mujer latina en presidir un comité del Congreso cuando se convirtió en Presidenta del Comité de Pequeños Negocios de la Cámara. Hoy en día, continúa su lucha para obtener mejores servicios de salud y atención médica para todos los estadounidenses.

 

 

5 / Jorge Ramos
Conocido como "El Walter Cronkite de América Latina", Jorge Ramos es un periodista que se ha convertido en una de las personas más influyentes de América.

Antes de comenzar su carrera como periodista en Estados Unidos, Ramos publicó historias críticas del gobierno mexicano, algunas de las cuales fueron censuradas. A la edad de 24 años, emigró a los Estados Unidos y continuó su trabajo, convirtiéndose en ciudadano estadounidense en 2008.

A través de sus informes, ha sido un incansable defensor de los derechos de los hispanos y está liderando el camino para promover la alfabetización entre los hispanoamericanos. Creó el primer club de libros en la historia de la televisión hispana, Despierta Leyendo (Wake Up Reading), en 2002 y es autor de varios libros, entre ellos, “Un país para todos: un manifiesto de inmigrantes”.

 

 

6 / Eva Longoria
Una de las actrices de televisión mejor pagadas por su papel en la dramática "Desperate Housewives", Eva Longoria dedicó su tiempo y dinero a trabajar para mejorar el planeta y las personas.

Longoria trabaja en nombre de varias organizaciones benéficas, es la portavoz nacional de Padres Contra El Cáncer (una organización sin fines de lucro que ayuda a los niños latinos con cáncer y sus familias) y fundó su propia organización (Eva’s Heroes) que ofrece oportunidades para jóvenes con problemas de desarrollo.

También está muy involucrada con la temática de inmigración y ayudó a producir documentales agrícolas basados en los trabajadores, "The Harvest" y "Food Chains".

 

 

7 / Sophie Cruz
"Tengo derecho a la protección. Tengo derecho a vivir con mis padres. Tengo derecho a vivir sin miedo. Tengo derecho a ser feliz", dijo Sophie ante una multitud de 5,000 personas frente al Tribunal Supremo en 2016.

Sophie Cruz está liderando un movimiento nacional para la reforma migratoria. Sophie cobró notoriedad cuando logró entregarle una carta manuscrita al Papa Francisco durante su visita a los Estados Unidos. En la carta, expresó sus temores de ser deportada. Desde entonces, ha luchado por los derechos de la comunidad de inmigrantes en Estados Unidos, pronunció un discurso en la Marcha de las Mujeres en enero después de la elección del presidente Trump y expresó su apoyo a DACA.

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'The Science Is Clear': Declining Environment Will Kill Millions Each Year, UN Says

Water contamination alone will cause millions of premature deaths.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
As the environment deteriorates from climate change, pollution, and other factors, human health will inevitably be affected. The United Nations’ latest report on the environment urges countries to protect the planet for the sake of public health. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

From stronger heat waves to new vectors for disease transmission to worsening freshwater pollution, the health threats associated with environmental degradation are vast, according to the United Nations’ sixth Global Environment Outlook.

The report, released on March 4, says that millions of people are expected to die prematurely as the environment declines, and the world’s poorest populations will be the most negatively affected.

“The science is clear. The health and prosperity of humanity are directly tied to the state of our environment,” Joyce Msuya, acting executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said in the report’s press release. “We are at a crossroads. Do we continue on our current path, which will lead to a bleak future for humankind, or pivot to sustainable development?”

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The global environment is deteriorating in a number of ways. The UN notes that resource extraction has more than tripled over the past 50 years, which has driven more than 90% of the planet’s biodiversity loss. Various forms of pollution — from industrial plants dumping toxins into local environments to countries releasing plastic into bodies of water — are corroding the health of ecosystems, which leads to various health complications in humans.

And climate change is causing environmental shifts that can undermine public health.

The health risks associated with the worsening environment can be broken down into three categories, according to Jeffrey Shaman, director of the climate health program at Columbia University: direct consequences, indirect consequences, and complex health risks.

 

Read More: Your Doctor Might Start Warning You About Climate Change — Here’s Why

Direct consequences include rising deaths from heat waves, intensifying storms, and air and water pollutants.

“These are real easy and clear connections,” Shaman, who was not involved with the UN report, told Global Citizen. “You have a change in temperatures, a heatwave, and you see a big spike in deaths.”

The World Health Organization estimates that 38,000 additional people will die prematurely each year through 2050 because of heat stress. The number of people who will be exposed to deadly heat waves will nearly double by 2050, according to a University of Hawaii study.

Air pollution, meanwhile, is increasingly making it hard for people to breathe. A new study estimates that 8.8 million people die prematurely from contaminants in the air each year.

The UN report notes that the pollution of freshwater sources could lead to millions of more deaths each year. In Tennessee, a coal plant has been leaking highly toxic coal ash into groundwater drinking supplies, putting the health of millions of people at risk.

Read More: Climate Change Is Already Damaging the Health of Hundreds of Millions of People, Report Shows

The indirect consequences, according to Shaman, include the health problems associated with forced migration from sea level rise and storms, and the spread of diseases in changing climates.

By 2100, more than 2 billion people could be displaced from their homes due to environmental changes.

Complex health risks are “things that have to do with conflict, food and water insecurity, and the inability to maintain the sort of sustainable resources that we have relied on for the past 10,000 years,” Shaman said.

“There has to be some continuity and constancy in the environment for us to feed ourselves, and in many places around the world things are changing at a really rapid rate, leading to agricultural failures, nutritional problems, and additional stresses,” he added.

Shaman said that the civil war in Syria, for example, has been partly linked to a terrible drought that began around a decade ago, and the drought consuming the Lake Chad region has destroyed local fishing and agricultural industries, driving widespread migration.

Read More: Climate Change Could Unleash ‘Zombie Pathogens,’ Reviving Centuries-Old Diseases

Whether its air pollution harming people with breathing problems, new pathogens infecting young children, prolonged heat waves hurting elderly people, or contaminated water supplies provoking regional fights for water, the UN says that the health of humans is inextricably linked to the health of the planet, and countries ignore environmental hazards at their own peril.

As is often the case, the world’s poorest populations are at the greatest risk of the cascading effects of ecological decline.

“Those who are living in resource-poor areas are going to be disproportionately affected by this,” Shaman said. “They will not have the resources to deal with the problems associated with climate change, they won’t have the capital to build safeguards for agriculture or desalination plants, and they won’t have the means to take care of their populations.”

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18 DE MARZO DE 2019

 

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Esto es lo que nos dice la ballena encontrada con 40 kg de plástico en el estómago

Solo China e Indonesia arrojan más plástico en los océanos que Filipinas.

 

 

Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
La contaminación plástica amenaza a los animales en todos los ecosistemas marinos y el plástico podría superar a los peces en los océanos para 2050. Los gobiernos de todo el mundo están comenzando a frenar la producción de plástico conforme con los Objetivos Mundiales de las Naciones Unidas. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí.

 

Una ballena de pico curvo o ballenato de cuvier fue encontrada muerta el sábado con 40 kg de plástico en su estómago, en las orillas de la ciudad de Davao, Filipinas.

 

Su hallazgo pone el foco en el problema global con los residuos de plástico, ya que ella sola había ingerido alrededor de 40 kg de plástico, y parte de él había comenzado a calcificarse en su cuerpo, según indicó  Darrell Blatchley, el presidente de D'Bone Collector Museum, una organización sin fines de lucro que recupera animales muertos y los conserva con fines educativos.

 

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“Mostraba signos de estar demacrado y deshidratada”, le dijo Blatchley a Global Citizen. “Había estado vomitando sangre antes de morir”.

 

"Al llegar al estómago, supe que esta ballena había muerto debido a la ingesta de plástico", agregó. “Los cetáceos no beben agua del océano; sino que obtienen el agua fresca a través de la comida. Así es que en el caso de esta ballena, se trató de una muerte por deshidratación e inanición".

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 1.11.00 PM.pngD'Bone Collector Museum

 

A medida que los animales ingieren plástico, es más probable que mueran. Cuando el plástico llena el estómago de una ballena, esto puede engañar al animal haciéndole creer que está lleno, evitando que ingiera alimentos nutritivos y reales. El plástico también se convierte en un imán para las toxinas en el medio ambiente, y puede transportar metales pesados y otras sustancias venenosas para los animales.

 

"Las ballenas de pico curvo son una especie que se alimenta principalmente en el océano profundo y oscuro", dijo John Hourston, fundador de Blue Planet Society, a Global Citizen. “Las ballenas picudas usan la succión para llevarse presas a la boca. Parece que están confundiendo plástico con comida. Además, son particularmente susceptibles de ingerir plástico probablemente porque se parece a sus principales especies de presa, como el calamar".

"Esta ballena tenía la mayor cantidad de plástico que jamás hemos visto en una ballena", dice la publicación de D’Bone Museum en Facebook. "Es asqueroso. El gobierno debe tomar medidas contra quienes continúan tratando los cursos de agua y el océano como basureros".

 

En los últimos años, la contaminación plástica se ha convertido en una crisis ambiental. Más de 8 millones de toneladas de plástico ingresan a los océanos del mundo cada año, y se estima que 5 mil millones de microplásticos flotan en ambientes marinos. Todos estos residuos amenazan a las criaturas marinas como diversas tortugas, pequeños anfípodos, focas, delfines y ballenas.

 

El año pasado, otra ballena fue encontrada en España con 29 kilos de plástico en su estómago.

 

Ahora, esta ballena encontrada en la ciudad de Davao, ubicada en el sur de Filipinas, habla especialmente del grave problema de plástico al que se enfrenta ese país, quien es uno de los que libera más plástico a los océanos.

 

De acuerdo con el Morning Post de China Meridional, en todo el país, los cuerpos de agua están repletos de plástico debido a los vertidos ilegales y al desbordamiento de los vertederos.

 

Menos de una cuarta parte de las 40.000 aldeas del país cuentan con instalaciones para la recuperación de residuos plásticos.

 

Las leyes contra la basura plástica no se aplican de manera adecuada para hacer frente a la magnitud de la contaminación y el país simplemente no tiene la capacidad de reciclar todo el plástico que se está consumiendo, informa el SCMP. Más concretamente, la producción y el consumo de plástico en el país han alcanzado niveles insostenibles, ya que los consumidores se han acostumbrado a los envases de plástico desechables que cubren casi todos los productos.

Greenpeace-Coke-Marine-Pollution.jpgImage: Daniel Müller/Greenpeace

 

A medida que el costo ambiental de los residuos plásticos se hace más evidente, el movimiento de personas que busca el uso cero de residuos está creciendo en el país. El movimiento de desperdicio cero tiene como objetivo crear sistemas donde todos los desechos en un área sean reciclados o reutilizados, nada vaya a los vertederos o contaminen los ecosistemas, y se alienta a las personas a comprar contenedores reutilizables.

 

En Filipinas, la limpieza de residuos plásticos se ha convertido en el primer paso hacia una mayor sostenibilidad.

 

Actualmente se está llevando a cabo una limpieza de plástico a gran escala en la Bahía de Manila, y los esfuerzos por rehabilitar las áreas costeras han sido encabezados por grupos ambientales.

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On March 18, 2019 at about 10:00 AM, personnel of this station led by PO3 Edwin G Penetrante together with PO1 Richard Reyes under the supervision of PCI REY D CACACHO, Station Chief conducted Coastal Clean-Up Activity in relation to the “Restoration of MANILA BAY”.

 
 
 
 

Las organizaciones que trabajan en áreas de sostenibilidad también están presionando a las comunidades locales para que adopten alternativas al plástico.

 

"Los fabricantes deben proponer con urgencia alternativas ecológicas a los plásticos", dijo Hourston de Blue Planet Society. "Si no lo hacen ellos, los gobiernos deben hacerlo. Nos estamos quedando sin tiempo."

 

La ciudad de San Fernando solía estar cubierta de plástico, pero en 2012 implementó un sólido programa de recuperación de plástico que le permitió desviar el 70% de los desechos de los vertederos. Ahora es un lugar relativamente impoluto.

 

Global Citizen se encuentra realizando una campaña en la que le pide a los alcaldes de Filipinas que sigan el ejemplo de San Fernando y se unan al movimiento de residuos cero. Puedes unirte y tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí.

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Michael Sheen Is Destroying Period Stigma With #Pads4Dads

“Let’s not leave dads out of the bloody conversation.”


Why Global Citizens Should Care
People affected by period poverty all around the world lack access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management. To end world poverty, we must ensure all people have access to water and sanitation to stay in school. You can help us take action on this issue here

Actor and advocate Michael Sheen wants to talk about reproductive organs, and this time it isn’t on his show Masters of Sex.

The star is supporting #Pads4Dads, a new initiative to end period poverty in the UK and push for better period education in schools. Launched on March 11 by Hey Girls, a Scottish menstrual equity organization, the campaign is promoting a toolkit to make fathers feel more comfortable discussing the menstruation process with their children.

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“Let’s not leave dads out of the bloody conversation,” says Sheen — who has a 19-year-old daughter with actress Kate Beckinsale — in a #Pad4Dads promotional video. 

 

Today I'm debunking the common myth that Dads can't (or won't) get involved in talking periods with our daughters. Thanks to @HeyGirlsUK for bringing Dads to the table with all we need to know #Pads4Dads http://bit.ly/Pads4Dads 

 
 
 
 

Hey Girls had real fathers weigh in to create the #Pad4Dads kit, which includes a 20-page manual, A Dad’s Guide to Periods, that teaches men about menstruation. Fathers also have the option to order a toolkit for £12.95 that comes with sanitary products, and hot chocolate to make bringing up the topic easier. 

“We wanted to create something empowering to give dads a helping hand,” Celia Hodson, the founder of Hey Girls, said of the idea behind the toolkit. 

 

It's nuts that half the population have periods but yet they're still seen as secret and shameful… Well not on our watch thanks to our new #Pads4Dads guide!

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Due to stigma and taboos around menstruation, fathers don’t always have the language to talk about menstruation openly with their children. In a small survey Hey Girls conducted with 1,500 men, 40% said they had never been taught about periods in school and 45% of fathers are unsure what the signs are that their child might be about to start their period. 

This lack of information trickles down ––  a 2017 survey in the UK found that 26% of girls did not know what to do when they started their period.  

“Including men and boys into these conversations will help dispel their misconceptions as they become supportive brothers, husbands, and fathers,” Craig Geddes, senior technical adviser, education and child protection, at Plan International USA told Global Citizen of Hey Girls' effort.

Girls across the globe regularly miss days of school on a monthly basis and are subject to ridicule and abuse because of their periods, Geddes explained. The cultural shame attached to menstruation and a shortage of resources stop people who menstruate from reaching their full potential.

Thorsten Kiefer, the founder of the global sanitation advocacy organization WASH United, wants to shift the conversation about menstrual hygiene management. 

“When it comes to menstruation, people tend to reduce the issue to products,” he told Global Citizen. “But everything starts with education, so that girls have at least a basic understanding of what menstruation is and are enabled to make informed choices on how they want to manage theirs. Menstrual hygiene education in schools is a global challenge that requires a lot more attention and funding.”

In addition to helping lower income people who menstruate in the UK have better access to menstrual products, Hey Girls advocates for more education about periods in schools for boys and girls. 

“Engaging men in the conversation around menstruation is critical to truly ensuring there is holistic support and space for a young girl to truly embrace her educational and empowerment journey,” Geddes said. 

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4 Ways You Can Help the Victims of Cyclone Idai

The relief effort will take months and even years.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Cyclone Idai has affected millions of people in Southern Africa and the relief effort will go on for months and years. The United Nations’ Global Goals call on countries to work together to prevent and mitigate the damage from natural disasters. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

Cyclone Idai bombarded the coast of Southern Africa on Mar. 14 with powerful winds and rains, destroying whole cities and unleashing the worst floods seen in the region in over 20 years.

Hundreds of people have died from the storm, and more than 1.5 million people are estimated to have been affected in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Heavy rains, collapsing dams, and overflowing rivers have created an “inland ocean” in central Mozambique, where thousands of people remain stranded.

Rescue workers are working furiously to save people, but this is only the first stage of the humanitarian effort.

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Aid organizations will be on the ground for the next several months and even years working to address the damage and help people recover. Governments around the world are beginning to chip in, including the United Kingdom, which has committed 12 million Euros to the relief effort. 

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Here are four things you can do to help the victims of Cyclone Idai.


1. Donate to organizations on the ground.

 

In the days leading up to the cyclone, relief organizations sent workers to Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe to be prepared for the impending storm and the potential consequences.

But to send more people to the area, perform rescue missions, provide supplies to millions of people, and get situated for the long-haul, these groups need funding. 

The best thing you can do is donate money.

"In emergencies like this, cash donations are best because they allow us to get the exact items that families need, into their hands, as quickly as possible," Erin Taylor, director of communications for humanitarian response at Save the Children, told Global Citizen. "The world is just now becoming fully aware of the scale of the disaster. We urgently need people’s help as we expect the emergency response will go on for months and the recovery will take years."

Read More: How to Give Purposefully to Victims of Natural Disasters

Here are donation pages for relief organizations working on the ground.

United Nations

Save the Children

CARE

Oxfam

International Red Cross

Catholic Relief Services

After natural disasters, affected areas are often overwhelmed with supplies like clothes, food, and toys by concerned people, but relief workers say that these donations, while well-intended, are not helpful.

"It's just not practical — people need assistance today," said Greg Ramm, vice president of humanitarian response at Save the Children. "If food was delivered to Save the Children, or goats, or tents, or whatever you think might help, the practical matter, the getting there, is logistically difficult.

"We have prepositioned supplies much closer in ports and airports," he added. "It would be so much more helpful to provide financial assistance to the people in Mozambique so can get what they need today."


2. Learn more about the disaster. 

 

In the aftermath of any natural disaster, calls for assistance go out around the world, but the conditions surrounding all of these events are unique.

In the case of Cyclone Idai, poverty, weak infrastructure, climate change, and many more factors, played a role in the storm’s destructive force.

Read More: There's a Disaster in Southern Africa You Probably Haven't Heard About

In the days and weeks ahead, become better informed about the cyclone by following the news coverage and reading articles and watching videos on Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

 

 

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3. Check back in.

 

Although the cyclone hit last week, coverage of the event only ramped up in recent days, and there’s concern that international interest in the crisis will wane in the days and weeks ahead.

“We cannot forget about this,” said Ramm. “Berai was a city of 500,000 that has been essentially destroyed, and there are hundreds of thousands of more people affected in surrounding communities. The world needs to show we care about you, you have not been forget, help is on the way.”

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The relief effort will be ongoing for months, and it’s important to regularly check back in to see if aid organizations need further assistance. In fact, if you have the means, it might be best to set up a recurring donation to on-the-ground groups to ensure they’re well-funded in the months ahead to handle any challenges that may arise.

After people are rescued, groups will be providing food, water, shelter, health care, and much more to millions of people. Because of the extensive flooding, the risk of waterborne diseases has increased, and health workers will be working to prevent the spread of cholera. Children are also especially vulnerable in the aftermath of a natural disaster, and groups like UNICEF and Save the Children will be working to ensure they have places to learn and grow.


4. Donate to groups fighting poverty.

 

Cyclone Idai exposed a lot of long-standing structural problems in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

Ramm from Save the Children emphasized the steep challenges facing Mozambique in particular.

“Mozambique is a relatively poor country,” said Ramm. “Many of the roads into remote communities are dirt roads, which wash out in the rain, much of the construction of homes are mud bricks, which will not withstand rain and wind, and communication was fragile to begin with.

“When you take a country that’s just beginning to develop, and you knock it back on its feet like this, it’s so hard to recover,” he added.

In addition to the humanitarian groups listed above, many other organizations are helping to improve living conditions on a long-term basis in the countries affected by Cyclone Idai.

In the months ahead, find ways to support the work of these organizations as well.

A few examples include Nweti, which is working to end gender-based violence in Mozambique; Caritas, an organization helping to reduce poverty in Zimbabwe; and the Hunger Project, which is improving nutrition levels across Malawi.

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Esta es ahora la ruta más mortal del mundo para los migrantes

Se han reportado cerca de 80 muertes a lo largo de esta ruta desde el 1 de febrero.

 

 

GINEBRA - Es un título que nadie quiere. Y ahora la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones informa que América Latina ha desplazado al anterior titular, el Mar Mediterráneo, como la ruta más mortal para los migrantes en el mundo.

 

Miles de refugiados y migrantes han muerto mientras realizaban el peligroso viaje a través del mar Mediterráneo hacia Europa.

 

Pero ahora América Latina ha roto ese récord anual y se ha convertido en la ruta más mortal para los migrantes.

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El portavoz de la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones, Joel Millman, dijo que desde el 1 de febrero, se han reportado 79 muertes a lo largo de esta ruta. Explica que esto es casi tres veces más alto que las cifras reportadas en el Mediterráneo.

 

Millman está de acuerdo en que el aumento de las muertes es una consecuencia del aumento de la migración de los países latinoamericanos a los Estados Unidos. Recientemente le dijo a VOA que el viaje se ha vuelto más peligroso debido a la mayor dependencia de los refugiados y migrantes de los traficantes que los transportan a la frontera con Estados Unidos.

 

“La migración circular, en la que hubo repetidos clientes cada año en América Latina, de personas que iban a trabajar, en gran medida, ha terminado. Y eso significa que la relación que los migrantes tienen con las personas que los transportan tiende a ser mucho más dura y que están tratando con una clase de traficantes más criminal de lo que existía hace una generación. Claramente, eso se nota en el número de personas asesinadas", dijo.

 

Millman dice que los contrabandistas a menudo se arriesgan y recortan gastos para aumentar las ganancias. Explica que muchos, por ejemplo, conducen vehículos inseguros, y esto a menudo resulta en accidentes mortales.

 

Hace solo 10 días, hubo un accidente con un camión en el estado de Chiapas, en el sur de México, donde murieron 24 hombres y mujeres guatemaltecos. Según Millman este año ha sido particularmente mortal para los guatemaltecos. Dice que este choque fue uno de los peores reportados por la OIM en los últimos cinco años.

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Why You Should Probably Never Eat Seafood Again

“My blanket recommendation is do not eat seafood.”

Recently, a sushi-loving man who was feeling ill pulled a five-foot long parasite from his bowels and his gruesome endeavor quickly became a viral referendum on sushi and other uncooked foods.

At minimum, the horror story was a stark reminder of how sushi can harbor pathogens and creatures you don’t want to consume.

For some people, it triggered a wholesale reckoning with sushi.

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But the risk of getting food poisoning or parasites is just the beginning of the problems associated with seafood.

Seafood is often described as a middle ground between eating meat and not eating meat — a way to get protein while adhering to ethical and environmental demands.

But there are many ethical, environmental, and even health consequences that stem from buying fish from sushi counters and supermarkets across the world.

For marine advocate John Hourston of the Blue Planet Society, the mounting evidence of harm is enough reason to stop eating fish.

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“My blanket recommendation is, do not eat seafood,” he recently told Global Citizen.

That might be too extreme for most people, but here are four more reasons why you should reconsider your seafood habits.

Fish Are Being Wiped Out

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The global appetite for seafood is greatly outpacing the ability of fish to reproduce.

In fact, more than 30% of the world’s fisheries are being pushed to the point of collapse, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Popular species like tuna are being dangerously overfished and many stocks are at risk of disappearing altogether if sustainable management practices aren’t adopted.

A major driver of overfishing is the lack of national and international oversight of the world’s waters. A report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization found that 35 million metric tons of fish go unreported each year by fishing vessels.

That’s a problem because it prevents sustainable fish quotas from being maintained and derails conservation efforts.

And this lack of regulation is leading to abuses in other ways.

The Seafood Industry Kills Animals That People Don’t Eat

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Commercial fishing vessels often rely on massive nets that trawl ocean floors to maximize daily catches.

Whenever these nets are used, many animals that were not meant to be caught end up trapped — a phenomenon known as “bycatch.”

The UN estimates that between 20-25% of all sea creatures that are caught are victims of bycatch and many of these creatures die.

Up to 300,000 small whales, dolphins, and porpoises get entangled and killed in this manner each year. The single biggest threat to sea turtles, according to the World Wildlife Fund, is bycatch.

Read More: Fishing Companies Are Trying to Hide How Penguins Are Showing Up Dead in Their Nets

Sometimes, these animals die because they get trapped in fishing materials that are discarded in the water by boats. This can lead to animals swimming around with constricting and painful gear wrapped around or stuck on their bodies, greatly impairing their quality of life.

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“Most people who eat crab and lobster probably have no idea that several whales may have had to die to put that shellfish on the plate,” Hourston of the Blue Planet Society said.

This pollution is emblematic of an even bigger problem in marine environments.

Oceans Are Treated as Garbage Dumps

Great Pacific Garbage Patch.jpgImage: Ray Boland, NOAA

Every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck worth of plastic makes it into the world’s oceans.

Plastic microbeads, for example, have become a scourge to marine life. A single shower using soap with microbeads can release 10,000 of them into the environment, most of which end up in sources of water

If consumed by animals, microbeads can lead to a range of problems by causing pain, clogging digestive tracts, and blocking the absorption of nutrients. Microbeads are also magnets for toxic chemicals as they float through the water, so when they’re consumed they also leach toxins into animals.

And the amount of toxins present in the world’s oceans is staggering.

Runoff from sewage systems, farms, factories, nuclear testing sites, landfills, construction sites, and many more sources, inundate marine environments every day. More than 80% of the waste that enters the oceans comes from land sources, according to UNESCO.

Ganges River in India, raw sewageImage: AP

But cruise ships alone dump more than 1 billion gallons of sewage directly into oceans each year and boats in general dump an estimated 70 to 210 million gallons of waste oil annually.

Read More: Rising Ocean Temperatures Are Killing the Seafood Millions Need to Survive

One industrial toxin that commonly pollutes oceans is mercury, which is either directly deposited through industrial runoff or rains down into waters after being released as an emission.

All of these sources of waste lead to toxicity in oceans and directly affects marine life. Globally, there are around 500 marine dead zones because pollution is so extreme.

For all the areas that aren’t dead zones, pollution still seeps into sea creatures and works its way through the marine food chain. And this pollution, ultimately, makes it to supermarkets and restaurants where it’s sold to humans.

Global CItizen campaigns on ending pollution in marine environments and you can take action on this issue here.

While parasites are definitely a cause for concern, toxic substances from human pollution are a more persistent threat.

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The Seafood Industry Fuels Inequality

 

When responsibly managed and protected from pollution, the seafood industry is a vital part of the global economy.

Even today, the seafood industry employs 57 million people and generates $150 billion in income.

But as demand for seafood has increased, the industry has become highly unequal, with large vessels crowding out smaller fishermen and leading to many of the abuses described above.

Oftentimes, this inequality plays out in international contests, with wealthier countries plundering the waters of those with less sophisticated technology.

Read More: Environmental Hero Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Change the Way You Eat Seafood

For instance, illegal Chinese fishing crews are pushing West African fisheries to the point of collapse, while taking away roughly $2 billion in local revenue each year and displacing scores of people who catch and sell fish, according to an analysis by the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

Then there’s the prevalence of slave labor and other exploitative practices being used on fishing vessels. In 2015, the AP broke a story about how shrimp being caught on Thai fishing boats were often being handled by slaves. The reporters then showed how most of this shrimp ends up in popular supermarkets.

 

The way the story caught people off guard showed how little awareness surrounds the fishing industry. But the resulting outrage showed how much people want ethical and sustainable seafood.

Since most of the fish sold throughout the world isn’t precisely labeled with where it was caught, consumers often have little idea what they’re buying and under what conditions it was procured, according to Hourston.

“Most people have to buy seafood in their supermarket, not from a dock,” he said. “That’s not practical for 99.99% of people.”

“Until [the fishing industry] can come up with a system that tells the consumer what happens in the process, then it’s a blanket ban on all industrially caught seafood.”

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At this exclusive training, led by Regional ONE staffer Shawn Phetteplace, our IU ONE Chapter and community leader, you will learn about our plan to help end extreme poverty, end AIDS and make sure that the most at-risk people get the help they need. We'll give you a background briefing on ONE, these issues and you'll be able to even take action right then and there! Want to step your activism and make a difference? Sign up below-->

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