“Sahaya”

Ensuing my previous post herewith are some facts for our acknowledgment. World hunger, malnutrition and poverty are allied concepts that descend from one another. We can be the generation to end world hunger if we create enough awareness to create a global movement that understands this is a priority.

It is a fact that enough food for everyone is produced worldwide. “World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day according to the most recent estimate that we could find. The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have sufficient land to grow, or income to purchase, enough food.”

The causes are fundamental to understand to pursue the dream goal: the end of world hunger!

Poverty is on the top of the list. Harmful economic systems are the main cause of poverty, thus of hunger.  And here we go again “Hunger is also a cause of poverty, and thus of hunger. By causing poor health, low levels of energy, and even mental impairment, hunger can lead to even greater poverty by reducing people’s ability to work and learn, thus leading to even greater hunger”. Conflict and climate changes are the two other most significant causes worthy of reference. According to the statistics available, 2005 was the glorious year where the global number of refugees was lowest in almost a quarter of a century. The statistics available suggest that 1.02 billion people suffer from chronic hunger while 36 million people are displaced due to conflict and other reasons. Climate changes affect the development of countries due to unpredictable natural catastrophes or even other natural events not as dramatic, however that require a shift in crops and farming (http://www.worldhunger.org/env_hunger.htm#global%20warming).

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The goal set in 1996 by the World Food Summit was to halve the number of undernourished people by 2015. Despite the efforts made the conclusion is that it hasn’t be done enough to diminish the numbers. The world hasn’t awake. Compassion has not reached everyone. Lets “ join our voices” and together build anew a world where we all have the same opportunities.

“Sahaya!”

To read full article and info:

http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#hunger_meaning_quiz

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The Forthcoming of the Global Financial Collapse

Cenk Uyguy, co-founder of the Internet and talk-radio show The Young Turks (TYT) breaks down the case for the impending financial collapse of the modern economic system, due to the absence of governmental market regulation, neglectful and inconsiderate high-risk operations by the private banking system and a massive US debt of 639 trillion dollars in the derivatives market – a value equal to ten times the size of the world economy. As if this wasn’t enough, in the near future the market regulations will further decrease and it’s estimated that the trade operations will reach new heights of risk, putting us nowhere but on the highway to an inevitable total global financial collapse.

“A crucial change in the way financial derivatives are packaged and sold on Wall Street is enabling traders to bypass new regulations aimed at limiting reckless speculation, enhancing the prospect of another derivatives crisis, warn some market participants.”

The Dodd-Frank financial reform law came into effect in 2007 in response to the financial crisis – it required safeguards for investors to cover losses on their derivatives trades. But what if investors found another, risky, way around that? That’s what’s happening now. Is it time to start the financial armageddon clock?”

(source: The Young Turks Youtube Channel)

See the original video on Youtube explained in Cenk Uyguy’s unique charisma:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg2YYpbMoyE&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ

A New Age of Human Consciousness.

There are often flashes, here and there that we might, in fact, be entering a new age of human consciousness. A slow, but steady global change towards renewable energies (in Europe, United States and Asia) might mean a greener future in decades to come and a total abolition of  all polluting and dangerous sources of energy; a decrease in gun sales, even one as small as 5% is positive news, reflecting the decrease in military expenditure and a postponement of weapon programmes both in North America and Western Europe; and all the hands that join every single day around the world in meaningful campaigns to save the environment are definite proof that if we will it, we can make it happen.

We are indeed a young species, with much to learn and comprehend and higher values to acquire as a race, but maybe that’s is just part of the trip.

In an intriguing Care2.com article, author Jurriaan Kamp follows this line of thought from the early days when oxygen was a poisonous gas produced by the first bacterial life on Earth, millions of years ago. Her view at our present situation is quite keen:

“Perhaps environmental pollution, global warming and the painful gap between the rich and the poor do not constitute the major challenges of our civilization. Perhaps the real challenge lies in the way humankind meets the world—that is, in human consciousness. Consciousness is what makes us unique in the history of evolution.”

(read the full article here)

Thus here we are… The beginning of the song, the raw block of white marble, the canvas waiting to be brushstroked to perfection with every color of the world. As the article concludes:

“Humanity stands at the threshold of a new era: the era of consciousness. After conquering the external world, we are ready to discover our inner selves.”

 

Good News Roundup

I, for one, am a huge fan of good news, the shiny silver lining amongst all the chaos happening in the world these days. For those readers that share the same liking, here lays an article that will warm your hearts and lighten your moods. These are a few stories from the past few days where Good done prevailed. Enjoy!

Last week, ONE.org was able to prevent the planned cuts in the EU budget  to help the world’s poorest, making sure that the already meager help offered does not suffer yet another slicing, further increasing the gap between developed and undeveloped countries.

“When leaders arrived in Brussels last Thursday for what would become the final budget negotiation between governments, levels of development aid were being threatened with potentially deep cuts. But thanks in large part to your incredible campaigning in these final weeks, when the numbers were released, development aid to the world’s poorest was protected at current levels, despite cuts to the overall EU budget for the first time in history.

Though the EU still has a long way to go in order to keep its promises to the world’s poorest, we managed to avoid a disastrous step back. It was the voices of citizens across Europe that helped ensure that current levels of aid were protected.”

(source ONE.org, see the photo album here)

Also last week, Greenpeace managed to reduce the deforestation happening in the forests of Indonesia, saving the endangered wildlife within and demonstrating that campaigns and large-scale pressure does indeed work.

“Imagine for a moment the forests of Indonesia, buzzing with the sounds not of chainsaws, but of birds, and other wildlife that make them truly special. I’m happy to say we’ve just taken a significant step in the right direction to make this a reality.

After more than 10 years of campaigning against Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the biggest rainforest destroyers on the planet, the company has agreed to immediately halt any further deforestation and develop a comprehensive forest conservation policy. If these commitments are implemented it’s BIG news for the people and wildlife who depend on Indonesia’s rainforests.”

(source: Reece Turner, Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Follow him on Twitter @RadReece or read the original article here)

Starting March 11, 2013, EU finally decided to ban animal testing for cosmetics, making a stand for animal rights and setting a standard for the rest of the world to follow.

“After decades of delays, disappointment and campaigning by animal advocacy groups, the European Union is finally set to enact its ban on animal testing for cosmetics this spring.

Beginning on March 11, anyone selling cosmetic products in the EU will not be allowed to test finished products or their ingredients on animals anywhere in the world, whether or not an alternative to animal testing is available.”

(source: Alicia Graef, Care2.com. Read the original article here)

It is also worthy of note the saving of a Bear Sanctuary in Vietnam by Animal Asia, home for 104 bears rescued from the illegal bear bile industry; the decision from Levi Strauss‘ management, announcing that they will stop treating the clothes with chemicals that cause toxic water pollution, following Greenpeace’s Detox Campaign and raising an ideal for other brands to follow ; the Great Sioux Nation reclaimed Black Hills taken from them in 1877 after congress disregarded a 1868 treaty and is now forever free to perform their ancestral rituals on their sacred land; and finally, thanks to the pressure from animal activist groups, the U.S. Military stopped the torture of animals for combat training adopting simulation training, a more humane and harmless alternative.

Thank you, Good-doers!

Society – Lyrics by Jerry Hannan

A mystery that I would decipher if I could…
The answer to all the problems…
And why have we agreed?
Why do we live languorously?
Why don’t we even try to change the world in a tiny little way?
If we all thought about it, if we all woke up in the morning and thought with a pristine heart: “ today I will help someone, I will make a difference”.
Smile to your neighbor, help an elderly, give your leftovers to the homeless that is invisible to your sight. Hug someone in need. Hear the ones who need you. Talk to your plants and flowers at home, they are our companion in joy or sadness. Don’t resent anyone because they are different. Difference allows us to learn and grow.
Simple ways to create a crevice in men hearts and fill it with love to allow vanity and greediness to melt…