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Deforestation – The Problem that Affects Everyone

Sep 13th, 2017 | By
Deforestation in Indonesia [photo: un.org]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth. This past summer I volunteered with an orangutan sanctuary located in Borneo, Indonesia. The feeling of being just one more creature in the middle of the forest, no longer an intruder but a guest, is a beautiful gift that few people get to experience. However, there is a
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Water and the Connection to Women’s Empowerment

Aug 31st, 2017 | By
[photo: UN Women Watch]

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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What Does Family Planning Have To Do With Elephants?

Aug 11th, 2017 | By
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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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Earth Overshoot – Can Our Society Change Course?

Aug 1st, 2017 | By
In the fishing community of Wanseko, Uganda, fisherfolk face many threats to their livelihoods and community [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. Another Earth Overshoot Day is upon us, this one coming August 2nd, even earlier than last year. This date, calculated by Global Footprint Network, arrives earlier with each passing year, as humanity uses up natural resources faster than the Earth can replenish in a year. Currently we are using the ecological resources
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Is a Growing Population an Asset or Challenge?

Jul 24th, 2017 | By
Ugandan kids in Buhoma, near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [photo credit: Suzanne York]

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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Game On: Women are Key to Addressing Climate Change

Jul 6th, 2017 | By
School girls in Bisesero, Rwanda. [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. Recently released United Nations projections reflect a world where the population is still growing. By 2050, there may be close to 10 billion people on the planet. The choices we make today will determine if we reach that milestone or go higher or possibly lower. The Family Planning Solution With that in
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Pressing Ahead With Empowering Women

Jun 16th, 2017 | By
[path.org]

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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The Connection Between Endangered Species and Family Planning

Jun 5th, 2017 | By
Alex Ngabirano of Conservation Through Public Health

By Suzanne York. A visit to southwestern Uganda makes it clear why Churchill deemed it the “pearl of Africa.” The lush greenery, the people, the animals all make it a delightful experience. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda is aptly named – the forest is thick as far as the eye can see, and the
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A Wake Up Call for Conservationists?

May 6th, 2017 | By
Dr. Doreen Othero presenting at the African Great Lakes Conference

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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Could the Issue of Environmental Refugees Dominate the 21st Century?

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By
[photo credit: http://www.unhcr.org]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth. Today’s news is filled with stories of people who must leave their countries due to violence or extreme conditions of poverty. However, little attention is given to the victims who migrate because their homes have disappeared due to environmental deterioration. Yet this is becoming common. In fact,
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