2. Poverty

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Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

Last week in my first blog post I asked that you commit to following my blogs each week for the next few weeks to give me a chance to explain the important issues affecting our joint survival. I was pleased to see that Mankind appears to have at last begun to recognise the risks and is taking action but you need to make sure the promises of the leaders are delivered.

I would like to now give you some basic facts about the biggest and most important Global issues that need to be addressed and what sorts of actions you should take. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about POVERTY.

By Jonathan McIntosh (Own work) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The problem

Did you know that the highest poverty rates are found in small conflict affected countries and that every day 42,000 people have to abandon their homes to seek  protection from conflict or war? Do you feel guilty when watching TV reports about the extremely poor and the starving children in refugee camps that you see when there are reports of disasters and catastrophes? Have you ever thought about what YOU might do to help make the world a better place where such poverty and suffering could be reduced? Now is your chance to do something!

The facts

  • 836 million people live in extreme poverty
  • One in five persons in developing world lives on less than $1.25 a day
  • Agriculture is the single largest employer and and the biggest source of income for 40% of the global population and the largest source of income for poor households

What Can You Do?

  1. Buy fair trade fruit once a week to help poor farmers
  2. Buy a fair trade (non fruit) product once a month to help poor workers
  3. Donate to charities, such as www.oxfam.org, www.care.org, www.savethechildren.net
  4. Share the facts about Poverty to family and friends so they do it too

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See you next week!

4. Health and Well-being

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

Mankind, My children

In my first blog post (week 1,  blog post 1 – Introduction) I asked that you commit to following my twice weekly blogs 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 should take. In today’s blog post I want to talk about HEALTH and WELL-BEING.

The problem

By USAID Africa Bureau (Health care for sick babies Uploaded by Elitre) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Health activities over the last 15 years have had some successes but there is still much to do. Since 2000 the chances of mothers dying in childbirth has reduced by half but in developing countries the maternal death rates are still 14 times higher than in developed countries. Measles vaccines have averted over 15 million deaths but children born into poverty are still twice as likely to die before they reach age 5. AIDS remains a major problem and in 2013 there were 2.1 million new HIV infections of which 240,000 were to children. Although there have been improvements in recent years, HIV is the leading cause of death worldwide for women of reproductive age. Out of the 250,000 new HIV infections among adolescents in 2013, two thirds were to adolescent girls.

Do you feel pity when watching TV reports about the poor health facilities and suffering of the poor in developing countries who have no access to health services and cannot afford medicines? Do you feel sorry for them? Have you ever thought about what YOU might do to help make the world a better place where such persons might be helped? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

  1. 6 million children die before they reach 5 years of age
  2. Children born into poverty are twice as likely to die before they are 5
  3. Child born to an educated mother 50% more likely to survive to reach 5 years
  4. 22 million people with HIV have no access lifesaving medicines

wcydo (What Can You Do?)

  1. Share the facts about Global health to family and friends to encourage action
  2. Support health charities working in developing countries, such as internationalmedicalcorps.org, www.doctorswithoutborders.org, www.hki.org, www.pih.org
  3. Write to your politicians asking what your country is doing to help on this topic.

Encourage others to join us and to visit our social accounts to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo App. See you next week on blog post 5!