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June 17, 2013

Together, We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean

by Anna Folz

UN Conference on World Oceans Day - 8 June 2013

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If we are to fully benefit from the oceans, we must reverse the degradation of the marine environment due to pollution, overexploitation and acidification.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Many countries celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that 8 June would be officially designated as “World Oceans Day”. According to the UN website, “The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global ...

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June 10, 2013

Think - Eat - Save

by Anna Folz

World Environment Day logoJune 5, 2013 marked the 40th annual World Environment Day on the theme of Think-Eat-Save. The United Nations Environment Programme hosted a panel discussion with four speakers who highlighted a different aspect of food and how it affects our world. Every year a different country hosts a week of events in honor of World Environment Day.

This year Mongolia is hosting these events. The Ambassador of Mongolia stated that it is very “ironic” for his country to be hosting such a series of events, because Mongolia has a rather low negative environmental impact.  Mongolia has an ...

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May 23, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - May 23

The Jahalin Bedouin people
Pray for the Jahalin Bedouin people in the West Bank who have been displaced from their homes, marginalized by the governing authorities in their region, and terrorized by individuals who wish to do them and their children harm. Pray that there would be policies enacted to protect and serve them, and that no new legislation would be passed that would either force them to leave their land, or abandon their chosen lifestyle of raising and herding animals.

All indigenous children
Pray that the Lord would strengthen and protect indigenous children all over the world, and that ...

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April 25, 2013

The frontline of climate change

by Teo Ufford-Chase

I had the unique pleasure yesterday of being given the opportunity to attend a panel on Climate Change hosted by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. The panel was entitled "Small Island Nations- A New Endangered Species", and it was fascinating. The panel was comprised of three speakers: Mr. Climate Change event - Mr. Hewitt speakingWilliam F. Hewitt, M.S., who teaches climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU, Mr. Hassan Hussain Shihab who is currently the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations, and H ...

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February 6, 2013

UNICEF Tap Project

Tap ProjectThis year, the UNICEF Tap Project will live on Facebook. You can donate using the UNICEF Tap Project Facebook App and keep the water flowing with the help of your Facebook friends. With your support, we will turn the world’s largest social network into a water network. We will raise awareness about the world water crisis and provide an essential resource to children around the world like we’ve never done before. More information on how you can be a part of the world’s biggest water network for children is coming soon. So stay tuned…

But you can ...

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