Posts Tagged ‘ Family Planning ’

The Loss of Wildlife – Is Anyone Listening?

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
[photo credit: Diana Robinson, Flickr, Creative Commons Mother elephant with twins in Amboseli]

By Suzanne York. The prediction is so shocking that it is difficult to comprehend – our world is on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020. The Living Planet Report 2016, by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London, reports that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on
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The Anthropocene – Are We There Yet?

Aug 30th, 2016 | By
Earth at Night [image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Earth_at_Night_2001.jpg]

By Suzanne York. It’s official, more or less – we have entered the Anthropocene epoch, a time when humanity’s impact on the planet is so transformational that it’s pushed the world into a new geological period. “New Age of Man” An international working group, after seven years of deliberation, voted unanimously (with one abstention) at
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The Congo: What’s At Stake

Apr 28th, 2016 | By
Sister Angelique, who has  helped over 2000 displaced women and girls in the DRC [photo credit: www.unhcr.org]

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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Making ‘Radical’ the Path to Empowering People and Nature

Mar 7th, 2016 | By
ASRI sign

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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Forward Movement on Women’s Rights

Feb 23rd, 2016 | By
[Photo Credit: Pippa Ranger/Department for International Development on Flickr, under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)]

By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. In some ways the following are two very different stories, but ultimately in the end both end up advancing women’s rights when it comes to family planning and reproductive health. Let’s first take a look at India – soon to be the world’s most populous country.  For decades it has been relying
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Cecil the Lion and The Connection With Family Planning

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By
Lion in Namibia [Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg]

By Suzanne York. The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe is palpable. Sadly, this lion is just one of many species of animals killed by trophy hunters (as well as poachers). Yet would people be outraged if they knew that wild habitat for almost all species in Africa – and the
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Improving Lives on World Population Day and Beyond

Jul 10th, 2015 | By
[Photo Credit: “Safia Fungie Hasenna – Climate witness from Ethiopia” by Zeresenay Berhane Mehar courtesy of flickr user Oxfam International]

By Suzanne York. In honor of World Population Day (July 11th), what better way to recognize the importance of the multi-faceted population growth issue than to look at success on the ground. In Ethiopia, some of the biggest issues facing the local communities are high population pressure (due to large family size and few family
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What Makes a Choice? (Part 2)

Feb 9th, 2015 | By
Founder Katie Rutherford with the after school group, "The Social Club" [photo credit: Taylor Smith]

By Kimberly Absher, guest youth blogger, www.howmany.org. In many parts of South Africa, condoms are free and widely available, and local clinics offer free birth control, HIV tests and treatment. Brochures and signs can be seen throughout the country encouraging safe sex. Despite these public health efforts, survey after survey indicates high numbers of unprotected sex,
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Is Word Getting Out that Population and Climate Change are Connected?

Jan 27th, 2015 | By
[image credit: nova.campusguides.com]

By Suzanne York. “In fact, person for person, reducing birth rates in industrialized nations has a bigger impact on greenhouse gas emissions because affluent people use more of the Earth’s resources and depend more heavily on fossil fuels.” Thus wrote the editorial board of the Los Angeles Timesover the weekend. Word is getting out that
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Population Pressures: No Quick Fixes, But There are Solutions

Nov 5th, 2014 | By
Lemurs from Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot facing enormous human population pressures [photo credit: Treehgr at English Wikipedia]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org There has been some hoopla over a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) about how decreasing human population numbers is not a quick fix for environmental problems. Well, of course it’s not a quick fix.  Nothing really is, short of a catastrophe.  The two authors
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