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Climate art outside the climate negotiation zones, Bonn [photo: Suzanne York] Cultivating Change for the Climate

By Suzanne York. The climate negotiations that took place earlier this month in Bonn, Germany (referred to as COP23) dealt with challenging issues, including the U.S. government sticking its head in the ground regarding the reality of climate change. Still, there are reasons to be somewhat hopeful that global society overall is moving in the
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[path.org] Pressing Ahead With Empowering Women

By Suzanne York. A new product is being touted as a game changer for women’s health, giving women a new and easy-to-use device in the contraceptives and voluntary family planning toolkit. Unless you follow issues related to women’s reproductive health, you may not know that some 225 million women in developing countries around the world
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Dr. Doreen Othero presenting at the African Great Lakes Conference A Wake Up Call for Conservationists?

By Suzanne York. A light went off for many conservationists attending the African Great Lakes Conference (AGLC) this past week. They learned that there is an integrated development model that can help make their environmental efforts successful for the long-term. It’s simple, really. By connecting population, health and environment issues, people will be empowered with
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Sister Angelique, who has  helped over 2000 displaced women and girls in the DRC [photo credit: www.unhcr.org] The Congo: What’s At Stake

By Suzanne York. Mention the Congo, and it evokes thoughts of Conrad, King Leopold, diamonds, conflict, war, and also incredible biological diversity and culture. If there is anyplace on the face of the planet that seems to comprise the best and worst of humanity, it might just be the Democratic Republic of Congo. From its
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ASRI sign Making ‘Radical’ the Path to Empowering People and Nature

By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. Amazing things can happen when local voices are heard. In a remote pocket of the island of Indonesian Borneo, a small organization is working with the local community to link the issues of human health and protecting a fragile environment in an effort to build a brighter future.  As the world recognizes
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Environment/Sustainability

[photo: UNEP] Pollution: The Lasting Effect of the Anthropocene Era?

By Suzanne York. It’s shocking news that impacts people the world over. A study by the Lancet medical journal has found environmental pollution is the largest cause of disease and death, killing more people each year than war and violence, accounting for 16 percent of all global deaths. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health
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Biodiversity/Conservation

Rescued orangutan orphans [photo: International Animal Rescue] Letting Nature Speak for Us: What Borneo Taught Me

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth. When I decided to volunteer to work with orangutans in Indonesian Borneo, little did I know how much it would change my life. It all started with Jane Goodall. Her life and spirit of discovery has always been an inspiration to me since I was young. It
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Water Issues

[photo: UN Women Watch] Water and the Connection to Women’s Empowerment

By Suzanne York. Water. When it comes to Mother Nature, it often seems these days as if we either have too much of it or not enough of this most precious of resources. As World Water Week kicked off in Stockholm (a gathering of water experts and professionals from across many sectors), the World Bank
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Family Planning

Family What Does Family Planning Have To Do With Elephants?

By Suzanne York. On this World Elephant Day, it’s well known to many people that elephants are on the path to extinction in the wild, if something isn’t done soon to change this narrative. Last year, the Great Elephant Census, based on aerial surveys, concluded there are just over 350,000 elephants in Africa. It is
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Youth Rights

Ugandan kids in Buhoma, near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [photo credit: Suzanne York] Is a Growing Population an Asset or Challenge?

By Suzanne York. In Uganda, home to incredible biodiversity and some of the world’s friendliest people, the idea of a growing population is viewed by some as a positive, when actually the 1.2 million people added to the population every year is putting enormous pressure on people, communities and the environment. The facts speak for
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Economics and GDP

[photo credit : Suzanne York] Confronting Our Global Growth Obsession

By Suzanne York, Transition Earth. (A longer version of this article was originally written for the online magazine, ReImagining, published by the Chicago Wisdom Project) Lately it seems as if the entire world is veering wildly off course. From climate change to species extinctions to rising inequality, many people – not to mention nature – are crying out
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Food and Hunger

tokyo Megacities and the Threat to Food Security

By Suzanne York. We live in an increasingly urbanized world. The growth of megacities – urban areas with a population of over 10 million – is a reflection of the rapid pace of urbanization in countries across the world. In 1990, there were 10 megacities across the globe. By 2030, the number is expected to
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