In other news, I recently got an email from a doctor friend of mine who has spent the last month in Borneo donating her time and skills to establishing a much-needed healthcare clinic. I was shocked to read this email as it detailed the horrific conditions of the island and outlined the terrible ways in which animals and the environment are being treated. Here is her email, in response to my inquiry about how saving the world was going:
We’re not saving the world by any means–more like watching it get destroyed from a front-row seat, as we hear chainsaws and see piles of rainforest wood everywhere we turn, as we see rainforest birds and monkeys caged in people’s front yards and drive past devastated fields that used to be jungle. But we’re trying. This clinic offers villagers the chance to pay for medical care with labor rather than cash, so they in theory don’t have to turn to illegal logging to pay when a big health problem hits a family. A lot of this precious wood goes to places like
There are green alternatives to these products and materials that are destroying the environment, ones that are responsibly harvested. Avoid wood that is not certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which means it has not been harvested from clear cutting forests and illegal logging.
-Do not give money to any unsolicited caller or emailer.
-Do not click on any link in an email from an unsolicited individual or organization asking for donations.
For a complete list of recognized charitable organizations to give to, click here.]]>
-An extra year of primary school raises a girl’s lifetime wages by 10-20%; an extra year of secondary school raises wages by 15-25%.
-For every developmental dollar, girls receive less than 2 cents of that dollar.
-Studies have shown that girls will invest almost all of their income back into their family, while boys will reinvest less than half.
The stats speak for themselves on the importance of providing girls and young women with tools to improve their lives, as they have an incredible power to spread the effect and multiply the effect exponentially. For more information on The Girl Effect, visit their web site and watch the cool video!]]>
For stories, statistics, information, and ways to help raise awareness visit www.worldaidsday.org.]]>
This past summer, some of our Global Potential (GP) youth from Brooklyn and the Bronx (of Dominican, Honduran, Haitian, Chinese, and Togolese origin) created films about their lives, work and cultural experiences in Batey 8 and Batey Cuchilla in the Southwest Dominican Republic. On November 20, 2009 these films will be showcased at the FILMRAISER. Please join us for a first-hand look at the program, from the eyes of the participants.
Friday, November 20th
Anthology Film Archives-32 2nd Ave. at 2nd St. NYC
$10 donation requested at door (for adults)
FREE ENTRANCE for GP members!
$4 for high school students
All proceeds will benefit GP programming and make additional trips possible for low-income, urban youth.
Global Potential (GP), (a project of Globalhood, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) provides urban youth from low-income communities with the skills and perspective that enable them to effect positive change in their lives, communities, and the global community. For further info go to: www.global-potential.org]]>
Believe it or not, this could be a news headline in the next few years.
We’ve all been hearing about global warming for years now, but recently its effects have become more tangible. From record degree temperatures 20-40 degrees above the norm, to icebergs the size of Manhattan inching closer to melting and the sharp decline in once populous species like the Polar Bear, we are now beginning to feel the effects of what the scientists warned about a decade ago.
According to “To the Lifeboats,” an article published in the November/December issue of Mother Jones, global warming is on its way to displacing millions of people, and creating “climate refugees.” The article quotes Bill Gates as saying “It is interesting how often the impact of climate change is illustrated by talking about the problems the polar bears will face rather than the much greater number of poor people who will die unless significant investments are made to help them.”
While the polar bears are undoubtedly of great concern, the article makes a good point. It states that the places feeling the most heat, in all senses of the word, are areas of Africa, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and many of the small islands of the Pacific that are barely noticeable on a map. Tuvalu, one of the world’s smallest nations with just under 20 square miles of land—none of which is more than 16 feet above sea level—is one of these places. The country has no significant valuable natural resources to generate income, and much of it is comprised of precious coral reefs which are rapidly becoming victims of warmer ocean temperatures.
According to the article, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that countries with low elevations, such as Tuvalu, will be subject to not only endangerment but complete submersion due to rising sea levels and increasingly violent storms. As the tides shift and wind and storm patterns become more violent and erratic, people living in these areas will be forced to flee their land because it will become uninhabitable. As less rain falls on valuable crops in some African countries, the less farmers will be able to produce food, and the less people will have access to food.
So what can you do as an ordinary citizen to help alleviate the drastic effects of global warming? For one, you can visit http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/, an organization of nearly 1.5 million people taking action and encouraging the government to do the same. You can also encourage your local representatives to vote in favor of bills and actions to address and reduce global warming.]]>
Venture Philanthropy Fund describes themselves as “a giving circle of individuals who invest in social entrepreneurs focused on tackling persistent social and economic problems in New York City. We seek to harness the vitality, ingenuity and incomparable resources of NYC for the benefit of all of its residents by raising awareness of critical issues, growing and educating a highly diverse membership about the power of collective giving, and by joining forces with thought leaders, activists and like-minded organizations.”
It seems Global Potential has met these impressive goals and is now in the running to receive much deserved and needed funding for 2009 to continue their path to changing the world! For more information on VPF, visit www.nycvpf.org.]]>