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Addressing a Desert Kingdom’s Water Crisis

Sep 20th, 2018 | By
Aerial view of Jordan, between Amman and Aqaba. [Photo: https://news.un.org]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. Last month, I visited Jordan for the first time. Its colours, the never-ending lands of desert and the magnificent watercolour rocks that cover the whole country, touched my heart and soul. It did not matter what landscape Jordan was preparing for me, I was always surprised
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Solutions to Stem the Tide of Extinction

Sep 10th, 2018 | By
A thriving herd of elephants in Kidepo National Park, Uganda.  [Photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. We humans, in general, pride ourselves on having such ingenious brains, but we’re not always that smart. We live in a society that is using up natural resources at an unsustainable rate – resources upon which our lives depend upon – yet we blithely continue with business as usual. Certainly there are
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Why are People Rushing to Join the Anti-plastics Bandwagon?

Aug 23rd, 2018 | By
[photo: Ian Kirk, via Creative Commons]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger for Transition Earth. Since the 1950’s our world has made some of the biggest developments in history. We came from the disasters of the second world war to a world of peace with no precedence in the developed countries. However, even with this scenario of peace and comfort, some
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Reversing Global Overshoot for a Healthy Planet

Jul 25th, 2018 | By
Elephant in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

By Suzanne York. As the planet is literally burning up, awareness of our greater human impact on the world may just be increasing.  It does get more difficult to deny climate change as the daytime temperature records are broken in Scotland, Japan faces floods and then a heatwave and Yosemite National Park closes due to
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The Right to Family Planning Is Not Ridiculous

Jul 11th, 2018 | By
Women's March 2018, Oakland, CA [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. Unless you’ve been off the grid, chances are that you are at least somewhat aware of the battle taking place in the U.S. over reproductive rights.  With a potential new conservative Supreme Court justice poised to join the court, it is a dire time indeed for those who support women’s health and
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Living in Balance with Our Wild Earth

Jun 21st, 2018 | By
Giraffes in northern Uganda [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. It’s an almost unbelievable statistic in an age of shocking facts – humans make up just .01% of all life on Earth but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals and 50% of plants since the dawn of civilization. Of all the mammals on Earth, 96% are livestock and humans and only 4% are
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Saving Nature to Save Ourselves

Jun 5th, 2018 | By
One of the silverbacks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. There was some good news on the nature front, just in time for World Environment Day – the number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif in central Africa has increased to above 1,000. This represents a rise of 25% since 2010 of a critically endangered species. It is a sign of hope
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Cattle, Culture and Sustainability: The View from the Ground

May 20th, 2018 | By
Young Masai herder. [Photo: Andreas Lederer, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.]

By Karen Gaia Pitts, Transition Earth. Cattle are of critical importance to the Maasai people of East Africa and are the primary source of income. The Maasai rely on their land and above all their cattle for their livelihoods, and do so while facing many challenges. The Maasai Harmonial Development and Sustainability (MHDS) project is a community-based organization
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A True Earth Day is Grounded in Rights for People & Nature

Apr 19th, 2018 | By
[Climate March, New York City, 2014. Photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York As Earth Day celebrations take place in communities across the country this weekend, it’s a good time to consider how we can really honor the earth. Undertaking efforts such as eating less meat, taking public transit, using clean energy, and so on counts for a lot. Yet with so much on the
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Integrating Reproductive Health into Climate Change Efforts

Apr 8th, 2018 | By
A peer educator carrying out a group session on condom use focusing on male involvement in family planning with students of UICT

By Joshua Mirondo, guest blogger for Transition Earth. Uganda is a very young country. Young people below the age of 30 constitute over 75% of the nation’s population and eight million are youth aged 15-30. About 25% of these are in institutions of higher learning like universities and vocational technical institutes. Research shows that almost
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