Posts Tagged ‘ human rights ’

Newsflash: “profoundly troubling signs from human activities”

Nov 15th, 2019 | By
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By Suzanne York. As New Delhi chokes from off-the-charts air pollution levels, parts of Australia, Brazil and California burn, and countries in Europe flood, a timely warning on climate change from some 11,000 scientists was released. The scientists’ alarm was first sounded 40 years ago and in most years since then.  But too many people have
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The Way Forward

Oct 18th, 2019 | By
A Global Climate Strike action in March 2019. File Photo: Gary Knight, Creative Commons.

By Geoffrey Holland, guest writer for Transition Earth. I am in awe of this reality we live in.  It is amazing to think about the size of the universe; amazing to think how it works; amazing to think how it gives life to so much complexity.  How can one not appreciate these wonders?  How can we not see the
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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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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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Education Before Marriage: Give Girls a Fighting Chance

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
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By Suzanne York. As the world recognizes International Women’s Day this March 8th, there is no shortage of important issues affecting women that should be brought to the table. As movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp have brought little discussed problems to the forefront, there is reason, at long last, to feel hope that “society”
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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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Could the Issue of Environmental Refugees Dominate the 21st Century?

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By
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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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The Consequences of Today, for Tomorrow’s World (Part II)

Feb 16th, 2017 | By
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By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth (Read Part I here) Global population growth today stands at approximately 7.4 billion people, due to hit nearly 10 billion in the next few decades. Though an increasing human population poses a threat to healthy and flourishing communities and ecosystems, especially in developing countries, it is a
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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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Standing at the Crossroads

Feb 7th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org “We are the first generation with the knowledge of how our activities influence the Earth System, and thus the first generation with the power and the responsibility to change our relationship with the planet.” That statement was written in 2011 in a journal article by a group of some of the
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