1. Introduction

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

Mankind, My children!

Please listen to my story. I was born 4.5 billion years ago and for most of my life I was a lonely, barren and uninhabited rock floating through space. Then a miracle happened and to my great joy, I gradually changed into a planet with my land, oceans and air teaming with life and vegetation and all living eco systems in harmonious balance. I was delighted and proud to be a mother to such profusion of life and to become known throughout the Universe as the “blue” planet.

Mankind taking over the world

Photo: Courtesy of WWF

If the whole of my history to date was shown as 1 single hour, then in just the last few minutes of that hour, you, Mankind, were born and because of your energy and intelligence you became my favourites. I let you dominate, bully and exploit my other children, did not discipline you enough when you were young, did not teach you right from wrong and continually made excuses for your bad behaviour and kept forgiving you. As a result, I now see that I spoiled you. You came to think that the whole of Earth and its resources were yours for the taking and that no one else mattered. In your greed and uncaring way, you took whatever you wanted without ever asking for my permission or thinking about the consequences of your actions on other species sharing the planet and even on yourselves. That is why I am now writing to you as individuals directly to try to explain the problem more clearly and to show you what needs to be done to nurse me and your species back to health.

Did you know that

  • About 66 million primary school children attend classes hungry and 795 million people around the world are undernourished while 1.3 billion tonnes of food ends of rotting in bins or spoiling worldwide?
  • More than 1 billion people do not have access to fresh water and at least 1.8 billion people have to use drinking water that is polluted with human toilet waste?
  • One in 5 persons lives on less than $1.25 per day and 836 million people still live in extreme poverty?
  • Each day 1000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation related diarrhoeal diseases ?

What can you do?

Each week, for the next few weeks, I will give you some basic facts and information about one of the major problems facing both of us and which will influence our survival. In particular, I will challenge you each day and ask What can you do? (get used to this expression and challenge. This will be abbreviated to and pronounced as wcydo (wich – ee – do) and I will be using this a lot in coming blogs!). After giving you some facts, I will suggest a number of simple actions that you, your family and friends can do to contribute to a solution. Please encourage others to befriend me and read my twice weekly blog and pass on the facts and proposed actions to all your family, friends and acquaintances. Ask them to then pass these on to their friends and acquaintances with the same instructions so that we can multiply the efforts to maximise our impact and to build a movement to take effective action to save us both.

Our work will start next week and tell others to join us to view these blog posts and to visit us on Facebook and Twitter to sign up for our newsletter and follow us. Get ready!


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!

16 Peace and Justice  

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 PEACE and JUSTICE.

The Problem

The rule of law and development are closely related and are mutually reinforcing. Rule of law is an essential requirement if we are to achieve sustainable development and equality in the developing world.

Conflict is one of the most important contributory causes of instability and the refugee problems. Breakdown of rule of law can increase poverty as people often have to leave their homes, property and businesses to protect their families.peace and justice

The number of children leaving primary school in conflict affected countries can run into tens of millions each year and lack of education perpetuates poverty to the next generation.

Further problems inhibiting development is that corruption is often widespread and sadly, the very institutions who should be upholding the rule of law (such as the judiciary and the police) are often amongst the most corrupt in such countries.

Do you feel sorrow at the unfairness of this world that leaves millions struggling to survive and having to expose their children to dangers and people smugglers in order to bring them to where they can have a safe future.? Do you get angry that governments do not seem to care about such people?.   Have you ever thought about what YOU personally might do to help make the world a better place?  Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

  1. Five million children had to leave their primary schools in 2011 because of conflicts
  2. Millions are risking their and their children’s lives as refugees to escape conflicts
  3. Corruption and tax evasion costs developing countries $1.26 Trillion ( $1260 billions ) each year – money that could be used to raise incomes of the poorest in those countries

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

  1. Join a pressure group to demand action on this issue globalcitizen.org
  2. Write to National politicians to push for action in resolving conflicts
  3. Donate once a month to namati.org, www.hrw.org or other similar charity
  4. http://www.stophunger.org/Share the facts about injustice to family and friends to encourage action

Tell others and encourage them to join our Group on Facebook to sign up for our newsletter and information.

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 TO ACHIEVE 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 5 persons in developing world lives on less than $1.25 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 support us  for our crowdfunding launch.