15. Life on Land

SDG 15, Life on Land 

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 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 Globally so any interference / reduction of yields will be catastrophic.
  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 for their communities.

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

  1. Use more sustainable transport- walk, cycle or public transport, instead of cars
  2. Support and fundraise for charities combating deforestation eg.  https://www.wwf.org.uk/
  3. Buy wood only from sustainable sources and ask seller if his supply is 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 on Facebook to get our newsletter and the latest information on our activities.    See you next week on blog 16

 

16 Peace and Justice  

SDG 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 if your family was in their shoes? 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 on our forthcoming WCYDo App . See you on my blog 18!

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.