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Once a week, I am offering up a tip or action or idea that we can all engage with to work towards living in ways that allow for more health and wellbeing for all aspects of the planet. Last week we talked about planting native species.

Logo of the United Nations. Photo: United Nations

This week the green thought is about charity. The United Nations has recognized that “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.” I think it is a really important point that the UN links poverty with sustainable development. When individuals or a community are in poverty, they may be forced to make decisions that not environmentally friendly, but do produce short-term benefits. So if we as a society can reduce, or even eliminate, poverty we will go a long way towards allowing humans to make decisions that help the whole world in the long-term.

One solution is the UN’s International Day of Charity that is observed every September 5th. Since that date is right around the corner, I thought it would a good time to bring it up and keep it in all of our minds. While I am not wild about who is commemorated by the September 5th date (it was chosen because it is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa who I am not a big fan of), I do really like the idea of an occasion where we can all think about ways we can support those less fortunate that ourselves, and in so doing we can all help make this a safer, healthier, and more ecologically sustainable world for humans and all other living creatures.

What do you think of all this? Is this a step you will take? Do you have any other solution ideas?

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The United Nations (UN) announced last Friday, the 10th of May, 2019, that almost every country on earth has agreed to a legally binding plastic waste pact. This agreement will mean that several thousand different types of plastic waste will be tracked. This means that countries will have to monitor and keep track of plastic waste within and beyond their boarders.

Related imageThis agreement sends a strong message to governments, industries, and consumers that the issue of plastic waste cannot be ignored. This is a good thing since plastics in the environment have become a huge problem. There are gigantic rafts of plastics floating in the oceans of the world (at least one is the size of the state of Texas). There is plastic scattered along every road, in every river, on every beach. A recent dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench (the deepest dive by a submarine ever) even found some pieces of either metal or plastic trash as the sub scanned to bottom.

Image result for plastic in the oceanWe humans need to stop flinging our trash all over the world. The wide-spread agreement on this need as evidenced by the wide-spread by-in to the plastic waste pact is encouraging. Unfortunately, one of the few countries that did not agree to the pact was the USA. I very much hope that my country will turn around on this stance.


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