Archive for June 2nd, 2020

02/06/2020

Greening the Entertainment Industry Is Music to Our Ears

Human Wrongs Watch

1 June 2020 (UN Environment)* — How were you planning to spend summer this year? Seeing your favourite band under a moonlit sky? Dancing at your beloved bar? Going to a festival with friends? Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made all those impossible. Like with other industries, the live music sector has been hard hit, as concerts and festivals are postponed because of social distancing measures and artists forced to take their gigs online.

REVERB imageBut it’s not all bad. Virtual concerts can be a more sustainable way of enjoying music as the entertainment industry consumes an enormous amount of energy and concert-goers produce tons of waste.

As shows leave the arena and enter the livestream, the music world is transforming the industry. In a post-pandemic world, this raises questions about what entertainment itself could be as we work to build back better.

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02/06/2020

As the Pandemic Continues to Accelerate, So Does the Deforestation of the Amazon

Human Wrongs Watch

As Covid-19 accelerates in Latin America, now the global epicentre of the pandemic, the fierce extractivism agenda doesn’t stop. Português, Español

Victor Moriyama/DPA/PA Images

1 June 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Latin America is facing the worst health crisis in its recent history, the consequences of which cannot yet be measured or imagined.

Beyond the human cost, the countries of the region are dealing with economic, migratory and political crises, particularly in Brazil, where the government of Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized internationally for its denialist behaviour in the face of the Covid-19, pandemic, which according to official figures of May 26th, has already caused more than 25,500 deaths.

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02/06/2020

Is the Fight for Human Rights and Racial Justice Overriding the Coronavirus Risk?

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 2 2020 (IPS)* – The deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 372,000 people worldwide, has reinforced the concept of “social distancing” which bars any gathering of over 10 or 20 people – whether at a social event, a wedding, a political rally or even a funeral.

Black Lives Matter protest in London May 31. Credit: Tara Carey / Equality Now

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02/06/2020

IACHR Warns Ecuador on COVID-19 in Amazon’s Indigenous Nations

Human Wrongs Watch

At least 180 cases were confirmed among Amazon’s Indigenous peoples in Ecuador, while seven deaths were reported.

Waorani family at home, Nemonpare, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon.

Waorani family at home, Nemonpare, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon. | Photo: Amazon Frontlines / Nico Kingman

1 June 2020 (teleSUR)* — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concerns Saturday about the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths among Amazon’s Indigenous people in Ecuador.

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02/06/2020

A Small Act of Kindness During COVID-19 Helps Ecuadorian Families in Need

Human Wrongs Watch

An Ecuadorian producer gives away free milk to families, helping those in need and avoiding food waste

With a small act of kindness, Alvaro Ramón, milk producer and cattle farmer, reinforces community solidarity in the Morona Santiago province of Ecuador. ©Alvaro Ramon

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2 June 2020 (FAO)* — When the local dairy supply centers closed because of the COVID-19 emergency, Alvaro Ramon, a cattle farmer and milk supplier in the Amazon region of Ecuador, was left with many gallons of milk and a spirit of solidarity.

He decided to give away his surplus milk to help the families affected by the lockdown and the broken supply chain.

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02/06/2020

Central and South America Now ‘Intense Zones’ for COVID-19 Transmission

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Greater solidarity must be shown to Central and South American countries which have become “the intense zones” for COVID-19 transmission, a top official with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday [1 June 2020].

© FAO/Max Valencia | The Lo Valledor main wholesale market in Chile continues to provide the public during the COVID-19 pandemic with all the protective measures for them and the community.

Dr. Michael Ryan, WHO Executive Director, was speaking to journalists listening in to the UN agency’s regular virtual update on the pandemic. He reported that the Americas are home to five of the 10 countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours: Brazil, the United States, Peru, Chile and Mexico.

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02/06/2020

“Dogged Pragmatism Needed to save Ocean”

2 June 2020 (UN News)* — ‘Dogged pragmatism’ is needed to save the Ocean as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.
Peter Thomson, who hails from the Pacific Ocean island of Fiji, spoke to UN News ahead of World Oceans Day marked annually on 8 June, and explained why it’s crucial not to forget how important the Ocean is, to the future of the planet.
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