Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

23/11/2021

Colonialism and Solidarity

Human Wrongs Watch

By Francine S. R. Mestrum*

What do welfare states have to do with Europe’s colonial past?

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A look at the idea of global solidarity | Image from Wall Street International.

22 November 2021 (Wall Street International)*Colonialism is difficult to write about. History is highly political since, always written by the winners while the voices of the losers are smothered.

More than five hundred years after the ‘discovery’ of America by Christopher Columbus and the conquest of the Mexica capital of Tenochtitlan, discussions still continue as to whether the ‘black legend’ of the cruelties committed by the Spaniards is deserved, and whether the Mexicas correctly understood the intentions of Hernan Cortés.

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23/11/2021

Arms Trafficking, a ‘Defining Factor’ in Undermining Peace 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Small arms trafficking is a “defining factor in undermining peace and security”, the Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) told the Security Council on Monday [22 November 2021] during a ministerial debate.

UNDP/SEESAC | Small arms and light weapons are collected and sorted for destruction at a facility in Serbia.

Robin Geiss said that that diversion and trafficking of arms “destabilizes communities and exacerbates situations of insecurity, including by committing serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, as well as violence against women and children in various contexts”.

The Council met under the chairmanship of Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard as one of the signature events of Mexico’s November presidency.

22/11/2021

Hunger, Desperation in Lebanon as Food Prices Rocket

Human Wrongs Watch

Beirut, Nov 18 2021 (IPS)* – On the streets of Beirut, Hadi Hassoun begs for a few pounds to feed his five children. He has little hope of a job, especially now that the economic crisis in Lebanon has destroyed wealth.

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22/11/2021

Worsening Drought Affects 2.3 Million People in Somalia 

Human Wrongs Watch

19 November 2021 (UN News)*With about 2.3 million people already suffering with serious water, food and pasture shortages in Somalia, a rapidly worsening drought could lead to an “extreme situation” by April next year.

UNDP Somalia | Somalia’s drought has left more than two million people facing severe food and water shortages.
The warning comes from the United Nations and the Somali Government. Climate projections show that the country is facing a fourth consecutive failed rainfall season.
In a joint statement on Friday [19 November 2021], the organizations said it is imperative to act now to prevent a slide into the kind of drought and even famine conditions experienced in previous years.

22/11/2021

Afghanistan’s Farmers, Herders Desperate for Seed, Food and Cash 

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(UN News)* — “Catastrophic and famine-like conditions” hang over Afghanistan’s farmers and herders, whose needs continue to worsen with the onset of winter, UN humanitarians on 19 November 2021 said.

© FAO/Hashim Azizi | A farmer sows seeds he received from FAO wheat seed distribution in Kandahar in Afghanistan.

While humanitarian access has never been better, prices are soaring and needs continue to outpace the resources provided, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) explained.

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21/11/2021

Like Locusts, Lobbyists Swarm COP26 in Glasgow

Human Wrongs Watch

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Global warming causes global swarming. In 2018, Indian Ocean cyclones hit Oman and Yemen, creating conditions for an outbreak of desert locusts.

Swarms grew throughout 2019 and 2020, two of the hottest years on record. Swarms with 80 million insects have swept across Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, and, as of last week, Kenya, consuming enough staple crops that would otherwise feed 35,000 people, every day.

Scientists have linked the growth of locust plagues to climate change.

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21/11/2021

Equitable Future Cities Hold Answers to Pollution, Climate and Nature Breakdown

Human Wrongs Watch

Nairobi (UNEP)* – Global cities are key to overcoming the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution. A new vision of future cities is detailed in a report released on 18 November 2021 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

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21/11/2021

‘Bridge the Gap between Indigenous Youth and the World’

20 November 2021 (UN News)* — Nadya Zafira, an international relations student at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University, won a writing competition for her letter to UN chief António Guterres, in which she addressed the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how indigenous communities and youth are marginalized in global conversations on climate crisis.
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Unsplash/Atilla Taskiran | Lombok island, Indonesia.
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“In the past two years, my reality, yours, and many others, has changed dramatically. Not overnight, but rather, over a series of incremental global disruptions that began with the news of an unknown pneumonia outbreak. While all countries face the common threat of a deadly virus, clearly the pandemic has not proven to be “the great equalizer”, as deep-seated inequalities between the Global North and South shape each country’s path of survivability in this era of multidimensional crises, with some winning first, and others lagging behind.

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20/11/2021

‘The Brutal Death of a Child’s Dream’

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MADRID, Nov 19 2021 (IPS)* – Kailash Satyarthi,  an Indian social reformer and co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Malala Yousafzai, spoke in a recent international forum about the devastating impacts of child labour.

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Globally, nine million additional children are at risk of being pushed into child labour by the end of 2022 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could rise to 46 million without access to critical social protection coverage. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS.

“Nothing is as brutal as the death of a child’s dream,” said Satyarthi, who campaigned against child labour in his homeland. “We should feel the moral responsibility that we have to fulfill the dreams of these children.”

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19/11/2021

Don’t Be Afraid to Be the Change, Fearless Youngsters Tell UN Youth Summit

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(UN News)* — Young entrepreneurs have been swapping inspiring stories at a UN-partnered youth summit on Thursday [18 November 2021] about how they’ve driven positive change for their communities and the environment – and how everyone can do the same.

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Magali Girardin | Pictured are five of the six young change-makers who were honoured at the 2021 Young Activists Summit held in Geneva.
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Speaking at the Youth Activists Summit in Geneva, six invitees included 22-year-old coral reef restorer, Titouan Bernicot and 15-year-old anti-cyberbullying app inventor, Gitanjali Rao.

Miss Rao, who is from the US and also TIME Magazine’s first Kid Of The Year, told the audience in the Swiss city and  online that her new smartphone app, which is called Kindly, was designed to make bullies reconsider sending or revising potentially hurtful messages online.

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