15. Life on Land

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Mankind, My children

In my first blog  I asked that you commit to following my blogs for a few weeks  to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. In today’s Blog I want to talk about LIFE ON LAND.

 The Problem

1.6 billion people including 70 million indigenous peoples depend on forests for their livelihood and forests are home to 80% of all land animals, plants and insects.

SDG 15 Life on Land 2.6 billion persons depend directly on agriculture but over half of agricultural land is affected by soil degradation and 74% of the poor are directly affected by land degradation globally.

Out of the 8300 animal breeds, 8% are already lost and a further 22% are at risk of extinction. Less than 1% of the 80,000 tree species have been studied for potential use so their premature loss through illegal logging and land clearance may be losing mankind important medicines and drugs that could be of benefit to mankind in treating the major illnesses and diseases.

Do you feel concerned about uncontrolled deforestation and loss of habitat that is resulting in loss of numerous animal and plants species. Are you aware of the devastating effects around the world – especially on the millions in developing countries who depend upon such resources to survive? Now is your chance to do something to help us change the world!

The facts

  1. 3 billion people get 20% of their animal protein from fish but only 10 fish species provide 30% of marine capture
  2. Over 80 % of human diet is plants and 3 crops – maize, rice and wheat provide 60% of the energy take
  3. 1% rise in global warming results in a 5% reduction in grain yields affecting food security of the planet and has devastating effects on many sea creatures
  4. 80% of people living in rural areas of developing countries rely on traditional plant based medicines so loss of forests / vegetation can be devastating

 wcydo (wich-ee-do    What Can You Do?)  

  1. Use more sustainable transport- walk, cycle or public transport, instead of cars
  2. Use less energy – switch off electrical devices at wall plug when not in use
  3. Campaign against deforestation and buy wood only from sustainable sources
  4. Write to local and National politicians to support action on climate change
  5. Tell family, friends and others to join us and to do the same

  Tell others and encourage them to join our group and visit www.wcydo.com to get our newsletter and latest information on our activities .    See you next week on blog 16

 

14. Life Below Water

Earth year 4,492,056,017

Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog I asked that you commit to following my blogs for a few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. In today’s Blog I want to talk about LIFE BELOW WATER

The Problem

Oceans cover the majority of the earth surface, contain 97% of the Earth’s water and 99% of living space on Earth by volume.

Billions depend on marine and coastal diversity for their livelihoods and depend on oceans for their primary source of protein.Life below water

However, despite their importance to the human race, as much as 40% of oceans are heavily negatively affected by man’s activities including pollution,  depletion of fisheries by over fishing, loss of coastal habitats through climate change etc.

In addition, plastic bags, oil pollution and other waste kill sea life and the situation continues to deteriorate year by year.

Are you concerned about over fishing and pollution and the devastating effects this is having around the world – especially on the millions of people in developing countries who have the least ability and resources to deal with loss of income and livelihoods ?

Do you get angry at those who pollute and destroy the environment through uncaring commercial activities? Now is your chance to do something to help change the world!

The facts

1. Oceans cover 75% of Earths surface, provide 97% Earth’s water and 99% of living space on Earth by volume
2. Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal diversity for their livelihoods,
3. Over 200 million people are directly or indirectly employed by marine fishery sector and 3 billion depend on oceans for their primary source of protein
4. Oceans absorb 30% the carbon dioxide produced by humans and so help to counteract the effects of Global warning.
5. 40% of oceans are heavily negatively affected by man’s activities including pollution, depletion of fisheries by over fishing, loss of coastal habitats etc.

wcydo (wich-ee-do What Can You Do?)

1. When buying fish ask if it comes from sustainable sources
2. Ask if sustainable sources of fish are being used when ordering fish in restaurants
3. Avoid use of plastic water bottles or use reusable bottles to reduce ocean pollutiion
4. Write to local and National politicians to support action on reducing ocean pollution
5. Tell family, friends and others to join us and to do the same

Tell at least 2 others and encourage them to join our group and to visit www.wcydo.com to sign up for the newsletter and information about our proposed APP . See you tomorrow on blog 15

13. Climate Change

Earth year 4,492,056,017

Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog I asked that you commit to following my blogs for a few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. In today’s Blog I want to talk about CLIMATE CHANGE.

The Problem

Worldwide Carbon Dioxide emissions have increased 50% since 1990. This and other factors affecting global warming are increasing global temperatures and increasing frequency and severities of storms around the world. In addition, for every 1 degree temperature increase, grain yields decline by 5% and Maize, Wheat and other major crops have been reducing by 40 Megatonnes per year between 1981-2002.

SDG 13 Climate change

Feeding the growing global population while crop yields are declining will become a problem. Oceans are warming and Arctic ice is melting, causing rising sea levels and severe risks and dangers for coastal populations and sea life.

Are you concerned about climate change and the devastating effects around the world?

Do you ever think about the millions in developing countries who have the least ability and resources to deal with such climatic disasters, affecting them when their homes, businesses and communities are repeatedly destroyed in storms? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

  1. Over 1 million square kilometres of Artic ice is lost every decade
  2. Global warming caused sea levels to rise 19 cms between 1901 and 2002 and is expected to increase them by a further 63 cms by 2100
  3. Global warming has led to increased frequency and intensity of storms causing increased deaths and devastation around the world
  4. 1% rise in global warming results in a 5% reduction in grain yields affecting food security of the planet and even more problems for poor farmers

 wcydo (wich-ee-do    What Can You Do?)  

  1. Use more sustainable transport- walk, cycle or public transport, instead of using cars
  2. Use less energy – switch off electrical devices at wall plug sources when not in use
  3. Stop paper bank statements to reduce forest destruction (for wood to make paper)
  4. Donate to charities, such as www.nature.org
  5. Write to local and National politicians to support action on climate change
  6. Tell family, friends and others to join us and to do the same

Encourage others to join us and to visit www.wcydo.com to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo APP.  See you next week on blog 14. 

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

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Mankind, My children

In my first blog post I asked that you commit to following my blog few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION.

The Problem

Photo Courtesy: Food Navigator

Worldwide, about 3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year while almost 1 billion people are undernourished and another 1 billion go hungry. Only 0.5% (less than 1/200th ) of fresh total water in the world is available for all of human consumption and over 1 billion people do not have access to fresh water. Despite this mankind is polluting water sources faster than nature can recycle and purify water in rivers and lakes so the problem is getting worse year by year.

Do you feel guilty about the excessive consumption we do and the food and resources we waste when millions of the poor are undernourished and hungry. Are you angry at an unfair world where inequality and unfairness denies opportunities to hundreds of millions in much of the world? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

1. 1 billion people are undernourished and 1 billion go hungry worldwide
2. 1.8 billion people have to drink water that is polluted with human toilet waste
3. Wastage of water contributes to global water stress
4. Pollution affects land productivity and poisons species in the seas
5. Discarded plastic bags contribute to excessive pollution and kill sea life

wcydo (wich-ee-do What Can You Do?)

1. Buy fair trade products to help poor workers have a living wage
2. Buy ugly / misshapen fruits and vegetables so good food is not thrown away
3. Buy smaller quantities to avoid wasting food and support recycling charities
4. Use reusable water bottles to avoid billions of plastic bottles polluting the oceans
5. Share the facts about global wastage and consumption with family and friends.
6. Use re usable bags when shopping instead of plastic bags

Encourage others to join us and to visit www.wcydo.com to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo App. See you next week on blog post 13.

11. Sustainable cities and communities

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Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog post I asked that you commit to following my blog for a few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. Subsequent Blog posts have started to give you some facts about the big and important Global issues that need to be addressed and what sorts of actions you personally could take. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES.

The Problem

Photo Courtesy: Oxfam

Half of humanity – over 3.5 billion people now live in cities and by 2030 this will rise to be 60% of global population. Over 95% of such urban expansion will occur in the developing world where over 828 million people already live in slums and rubbish tips around cities. Such rapid urbanisation will exert even more pressure on freshwater supplies, sewage, environment and public health unless effective action is taken on a number of aspects to create safer, more sustainable ways of living in such communities.

Do you feel guilty about the suffering of the poor in developing countries and the terrible conditions in which many of them have to live and bring up their families? Do you get frustrated that little seems to be done to help such people? Do you get angry at the unfairness of the world where so many struggle to survive and feed their families? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

1. 828 million poor people have to live in urban slums with very limited services
2. 95% of the expected future urban growth will occur in cities of the developing world
3. 90% of the 1.24 million global road deaths happen in low and middle income countries and poor provision for pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas in developing countries results in up to 75% of road deaths being to such road user groups

wcydo (wich-ee-do What Can You Do?)

1. Buy fair trade products to help poor workers have a living wage to feed their families
2. Fund raise or donate to charities that assist people in the developing world, such as www.eesi.org, www.habitat.org
3. Write to your politicians to increase aid and trade with developing world
4. Share the facts about global urbanisation with family and friends.
5. Write to newspapers encouraging others to join campaigns or donate to charities

Encourage others to join us and to visit wcydo.com to sign up for our free newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo App. See you next week on blog post 12.

10. Reduced Inequalities

Earth year 4,492,056,017
Mother Earth / Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog post I asked that you commit to following my blog for the next few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. Subsequent Blogs have started to give you some facts about the biggest and most important Global issues that need to be addressed and what sorts of actions you personally should take. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about the need to REDUCED INEQUALITIES.

The Problem

Photo Courtesy: Expresso.pt

Income inequality has increased in recent years. More than 75% of population now lives in societies where income distribution is now more unequal than it was 25 years ago in 1990.  Inequality harms growth, poverty reduction and relations between persons and is a threat to long term social and economic development. Children in the poorest 20% of populations are 3 times more likely to die before their 5th birthday than the children of richest 20%. Persons with disabilities are up to 5 times more likely than the average person to incur catastrophic health costs. Income inequality can only be tackled if inequality of opportunity is addressed.

Do you feel guilty about the suffering of the poor in developing countries and the inequality and unfairness that denies opportunities to hundreds of millions in much of the world? Are you frustrated at the lack of progress in helping the poor? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

  1. 75% of persons now live in societies where income distribution is more unequal
  2. Children of the poorest 20% are 3 times more likely to die before age of 5 than those of richest
  3. Disabled persons are 5 times more likely to incur catastrophic health costs

wcydo (wich-ee-do – What Can You Do?)

 Buy fair trade fruit and products to help poor suppliers achieve more income

  1. Support use of official aid to promote fairness and equality in developing world
  2. Support charities such as www.epi.org
  3. Write to your politicians to increase aid and trade with developing world
  4. Share the facts about inequalities with family and friends.

Encourage others to join us and to visit www.wcydo.com to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo App.  See you next week on blog post 11.

 

9. Innovation and Infrastructure

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Mankind, My children

In my first blog post (Week 1, Blog 1) I asked that you commit to following my twice weekly blog posts  for a few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. Subsequent Blogs have started to give you some facts about the big and important Global issues that need to be addressed and what sorts of actions you personally could take. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

The Problem

Photo Courtesy: monitor.co.ug

Basic infrastructure (roads, electrical networks, sanitation, water supply, etc.) remains very scarce in many developing countries. Around 2.6 billion people cannot access electricity full time, 2.5 billion people do not have access basic sanitation, 800 million do not have access to clean water and over 1.1 billion do not have access to a reliable telephone service. Inadequate infrastructure limits access to healthcare, education, markets, jobs, information and training. This perpetuates poverty, limits job opportunities and is a barrier to doing business. Infrastructure helps countries to industrialise their processes and create better paid jobs. Every one job created in manufacturing creates 22 jobs in other sectors.

Do you feel guilty and helpless about the suffering of the poor in developing countries and the inequality that denies opportunities to hundreds of millions in much of the world? Do you think more should be done to change this? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

  1. Small and medium manufacturing and industrial processing companies make up 90% of businesses worldwide and provide over 50% of employment
  2. Renewable energy now with 2.3 million jobs could provide 20 million jobs by 2030
  3. In developing countries only 30% of agricultural production is processed so there is huge scope for agro business in developing world
  4. 6 billion people do not have reliable electricity full time

wcydo (wich-ee-do – What Can You Do?)

 Buy fair trade fruit and products to help poor suppliers to grow and develop

  1. Encourage/promote more use of renewable energy
  2. Write to your politicians to increase aid and trade with developing world
  3. Donate to charities such as www.constructionforchange.org
  4. Share the facts about Innovation and Infrastructure with family and friends.

Encourage others to join us and to visit www.wcydo.com to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo App. See you next week on blog post 10.

8. Good Jobs

Earth year 4,492,056,017
Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog post (Week 1, blog post 1) I asked that you commit to following my twice weekly blog  for a few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. Subsequent Blog posts have started to give you some facts about the big and important Global issues that need to be addressed and what sorts of actions you personally could take. In today’s Blog post, I want to talk about DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.

The Problem

Picture Courtesy: nypost.com

Global unemployment is increasing and by 2012 there were nearly 202 million unemployed of which 75 million were young men and women. Since nearly 2.2 billion people live on incomes below $2 / day, poverty eradication can only be achieved if we can find stable and well paid jobs for all. Agriculture remains the single biggest employer and source of income for 40% of the world so helping poor farmers and poor workers to have a living wage can help. Education can lift people out of poverty and research shows that 40% literacy is needed for a country to achieve rapid economic development. However, 124 million children and adolescents are not in school so will never be able to aspire to better paid jobs. We need to to do more to change this.

Do you feel guilty when watching TV reports about the suffering of the poor in developing countries? Are you frustrated that not enough is done to reduce the inequality and unfairness that denies opportunities to hundreds of millions in much of the world? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

1. 470 million jobs are need for new entrants to the job market in the next 15 years
2. 2.2 billion people live on less than $2 per day so cannot afford access to technology
3. 40% of the poor work in agriculture and earn very low wages
4. There are 145 million orphans in the world who have no one to help them

wcydo (wich-ee-do What Can You Do?)

1. Donate to or fund raise for charities, such as www.clintonfoundation.org
2. Donate your old computers to charities sending computers to developing world
3. Buy fair trade fruit and products to help the poor get a living wage
4. Write to your politicians to increase aid and trade with developing world
5. Share the facts about the need to have good jobs with adequate pay in developing world with family and friends.

Tell others and encourage them to to join our group. See you next week on blog post 9.
Want to know more? Visit wcydo.com

7. Clean Water and Sanitation

Earth year 4,492,056,017
Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog post (week 1, blog post 1) I asked that you commit to following my twice weekly blog posts for a few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. Subsequent Blog posts have started to give you some facts about the big and important Global issues that need to be addressed and what sorts of actions you personally could take. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION.

The problem

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the Global population and 1.7 billion people live in areas where the water usage is greater than the ability to replenish the water being used. Around 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services such as toilets or latrines and 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged straight into rivers and seas without any pollution removal. At least 1.8 billion people have to use drinking water that is polluted with human toilet waste. Around 70% of the water taken from rivers lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation.

Do you feel guilty when watching TV reports about the suffering of the poor in developing countries and seeing little children carrying large buckets of dirty water for miles to their homes?. Are you frustrated that not enough is done to stop the inequality and unfairness that denies opportunities and clean water to hundreds of millions in much of the world?. Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

By DFID – UK Department for International Development (Digging for drinking water in a dry riverbed) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The facts

1. 663 million people do not have access to improved water sources
2. 1000 children die each day (around 365,000 / year) due to preventable water and sanitation related diarrhoeal diseases
3. 840,000 die each year due to lack of clean drinking water
4. 1.8 Billion people have to use drinking water that is polluted with human toilet waste

wcydo (wich-ee-do What Can You Do?)

1. Drink less bottled water. 16 litres of water is needed to make 1 litre of bottled water.
2. If you must drink bottled water, use reusable bottles to stop billions of discarded plastic bottles ending up on oceans and killing wildlife.
3. Donate to charities such as www.dri.eduwater.org
4. Share the facts about clean water and sanitation with family and friends.

Encourage others to join us and to visit www.wcydo.com to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo App. See you next week on blog post 8.

6. Gender Equality

Earth year 4,492,056,017
Mother Earth/Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog post (week 1, blog post 1), I asked that you commit to following my twice weekly blog posts for the next few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. Subsequent Blogs have started to give you some facts about the big and important Global issues that need to be addressed and what sorts of actions you personally could take. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT.

The problem

Photo by Jim Dempsey

Women in developing countries often have to walk for hours to fetch water and they toil in drought prone fields to feed their families. Women are half of the world population but get access to only a minute portion of the worlds resources and power. Poor girls have less opportunities for education and 15 million girls under 18 are married off by their families each year with little or no choice. Four out of 5 victims of human trafficking are girls and 30% of women suffer physical or sexual abuse. The risk of death for a child under 5 is twice as high for mothers who are not educated so education is a major tool to bring gender equality, to increase earning potential and to increase a girl’s life chances. Just 1 year extra in school can increase a woman’s earnings by up to 20%.

Do you feel guilty when watching TV reports about the suffering of the poor in developing countries and the inequality and unfairness that denies opportunities to girls and women in much of the world? Do you feel helpless and frustrated about such unfairness? Have you ever thought about what YOU might do to help make the world a better place where such inequality can be eliminated? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

1. 250,000 maternal deaths and 1.7 million new-born baby deaths could be avoided if there was better health care for women
2. 125 million women are affected by Female Genital Mutilation
3. Women in age range 15-44 are more at risk from rape or violence than from Cancer, accidents, war or Malaria

wcydo (What Can You Do?)

1. Join with friends or family to sponsor a girl child in a developing country through primary school
2. Donate once a month or fund raise for www.equalitynow.org,  www.unwomen.orgwww.clintonfoundation.org
3. Share the facts about Gender inequality with family and friends

Encourage others to join us and to visit www.wcydo.com to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo App. See you next week on blog post 7.