11. Sustainable cities and communities

SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

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 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. In today’s Blog post I want to talk about the need to 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 when you see 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 accident deaths happen in low and middle income countries and up to 75%of the deaths in urban areas are to the poorest–pedestrians and cyclists!

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 or emails to newspapers to request more coverage of this topic
6. Encouraging others to join campaigns or donate to charities

Encourage others to join us and to visit our Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/WCYDO.Earth/ to sign up for our free newsletter and information about our proposed WCYDo App. See you next week on blog post 12.

17 Partnerships

SDG 17, Partnerships 

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 Partnerships for the Goals. 

 The Problem

In 2014 Official development assistance (ODA) i.e. international aid given to developing countries was $135 billions – the highest ever recorded but the intended impacts and effects are often eroded by lack of effective systems and accountability in the developing world and inadequate monitoring of effectiveness of AID.

Local capacity in tax and other revenue collection needs to be to be strengthened and SDG 17 Partnershipsadditional financial resources need to be mobilised. There is also a need to develop, transfer and diffuse environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms and to build local capacity.

Do you feel concerned about the unfairness of this world that leaves millions struggling to survive and bring up their families on low wages in the developing world?

Do you get angry at the wastage of Aid intended to help the poor but which never seems to get to them or improve their lives.  Have you ever thought about what YOU personally could do to help make the world a better place?  Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

  1. 1 in 10 persons in developing world lives on less than $1.90 per day
  2. Highest poverty rates are found in small fragile and conflict affected countries
  3. Every day in 2014 , 42,000 people had to abandon their homes due to conflict
  4. 795 Million people in the world are malnourished
  5. 1 out of 9 persons in the world goes to bed hungry

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

  1. Buy fair trade fruit once a week to help poorest farmers
  2. Buy a fair trade (non fruit) products once a month to help poorest workers
  3. Get friends together and sponsor a girl to complete her schooling
  4. Join a pressure group to demand action on this issue globalcitizen.org
  5. Write to National politicians to push for action in resolving conflicts

Tell others and encourage them to join our group and to visit our Community on Facebook, to sign up for our newsletter and see our forthcoming WCYDo APP . Thank you for listening and I hope that together we can take the necessary actions before it is too late for us both.