[photo credit: www.vday.org] Turning Pain Into Power: Congo’s City of Joy

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org There is an African proverb that says “if you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” Last month, at the Bioneers conference, Eve Ensler (yes, that Eve Ensler of Vagina Monologues fame), gave a stirring and emotional talk about her work with women in
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[image credit: www.bioneers.org] The Earth is Big, Humans are Small

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The theme of this past weekend’s Bioneers Summit Conference was “revolution from the heart of nature,” but more than that, it was also that land and life are sacred. If you aren’t familiar with Bioneers, it is an annual conference that just celebrated its 25th year. Attendees are referred to as
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[image credit: projourno.org] Where Do We Go From Here?

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The stock market is up and down, oil companies are making record profits, there is a growing gap between the have’s and the have nots, a large number of people take anti-depressants, and the environment is increasingly being degraded.  Do we accept this as the way it is, or is there
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[photo credit: www.greenpeace.org] Saving Wildlife by Eating Green

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Changing the way we live, to better our lives or the environment, is not always an easy thing to do.  Yet often times simple changes can amount to big differences. Take eating less meat, for example.  Eating less meat probably has a greater impact than changing to energy-saving light bulbs. You
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[photo credit: data.unfpa.org] Family Planning is a Smart Investment

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. In a time of government budget cuts and austerity programs, family planning is a low-cost investment that yields big dividends.  And more importantly, it saves lives. Globally, there are 222 million women in developing counties who lack access to contraception.  Off these, 162 million women live in the world’s poorest countries.
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Climate Change

Is there too much hot air at international climate negotiations?  
[photo credit:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Balloon_Classic] UN Climate Talks: Just a Lot of Hot Air in Lima?

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Perhaps it’s telling that the UN climate meeting (officially known as COP 20) is being held in Lima, Peru.  It is an arid city of more than 8 million people and growing that receives less than an inch of rain annually.  With droughts increasing here and in many cities and regions
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[image credit: www.elefantentreff.de] Black Elephants: Ignorance, Extinction and Human Impact on the Planet

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It is said that ignorance is bliss.  What about willful ignorance, or worse, indifference? It is undeniable that humans are changing the environment and affecting the planet’s biodiversity, and much of this change is not for the better.  But it is easier to stick our heads in the sand, look the
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Youth Rights

[photo credit: http://www.pk.undp.org/content/pakistan/en/home.html] Investing in Youth Benefits Everyone

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org How does the old adage go?  Youth is wasted on the young, right? It is only wasted if the world chooses to not support and invest in young people.  Today, there are more youth than ever before in the history of humankind.  The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in its just
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Other Resources

[photo credit: http://www.unwater.org/worldtoiletday/tools/posters/en/] Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Toilets

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Worldwide, 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation.  That is nearly 40% of the world’s population. In fact, more people have a cell phone than a toilet. That is why World Toilet Day is recognized on November 19th.   A project of UN Water, the day is meant “to raise awareness
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Water Issues

[Photo:By Francisco Anzola (Flickr: Sao Paulo Skyline) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons] Thirsty? A City of 20 Million People on the Verge of Running Out of Water

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org For several years now, the topic that water would be the next oil has been bandied about, implying that water would be as valuable as fossil fuels. That day of reckoning may be coming sooner than many people think.  Last week, Reuters reported that the city of São Paulo – South
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Family Planning

[image credit: riaus.org.au] Get a Vasectomy, Save the Planet!

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Family planning efforts are mainly directed at women, which makes sense.  Yet too often men are disregarded, and they should be part of most discussions on family planning. Involving both men and women will not only help families, but the environment too. One overlooked topic when it comes to women, men
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Food and Hunger

Smallholder farmer in East Africa [photo credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT] Africa and Food Security: Putting People Ahead of Profit

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Africa is a rich continent, where the land and its people have been plundered for centuries.  Despite pockets of economic growth and improved living standards, most news from here is of conflict, poverty, environmental degradation and corruption. And it is growing. There are currently more than 1 billion people in Africa. 
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