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People’s Climate Movement NY

I had a wonderful opportunity to attend a People’s Climate Movement of New York event today. The evening kicked off with PCM‘s very own Leslie Cagan speaking and opening the floor for what the rest of the event would be like. We heard from more speakers from various organizations that shared information about the following campaigns and their efforts:  Climate Works for All, DivestNY, Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, National Legislation, NY Renews, and last, but not least, Puerto Rico Recovery.

The purpose of the event was to bring like minded individuals into a space where they can collaborate their efforts into where it’s needed most. Among some of the causes that were discussed today include:

  • Fracking and how it affects nearby communities.
  • Climate changes direct link to increased natural disasters.
  • The humanitarian and environmental crisis that Puerto Rico is currently experiencing.

elizabeth yeampierreElizabeth Yeampierre, of UPROSE, elaborating on the crisis in Puerto Rico.

tish jamesNYC Public Advocate Letitia James thanking the group and toasting to the collective good work as well as the work ahead.

I had such a good time connecting with people who share the same passions as myself. I was initially afraid of going because I’ve never sat down and discussed these kind of things just because. But more than ever it’s becoming an important conversation to have. Right now the conversation is among those organizing positive change but soon enough it will be a regular thing for everyone — because the environment is our counterpart.

I’m glad that I took a chance and encourage everyone to. If there is an effort listed here that you would like more information on, please let me know. I will be more than happy to guide my readers in the right direction of something that draws their interest.

Think green!

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Some Triumph for African Lions

Image source: ABC News (2015)

Most of us aren’t aware of how African lion hunting actually takes place. So although this article regards some triumph for African lions — I equally want to disclose that it’s not a full ban on trophy hunting of these marvelous felines.

A private U.S. pro-hunting group Safari Club International has stated that “it will no longer allow the promotion or auctioning of hunts involving African lions bred and shot in captivity.” (Humane Society International) It’s a big deal for this group to denounce the trade because it means less legal trade will happen internationally. With majority of the African lion body part trade being sent to the U.S. — you can see why it’s significant for this group to stop promoting the killing of captive lions. Though, it is only somewhat of a win. The trophy-hunting behind the deaths of many African lions still goes on as captive-bred hunting is still not illegal while canned hunting is.

What is the difference between captive-bred hunting & canned hunting? There is no difference! Captive-bred hunting literally breeds animals in demand for the purpose of keeping them in captivity then allows them to be hunted. Whereas, canned hunting puts animals (like the African lion) in large captive spaces for the sole purpose of hunting. Trophy hunters from around the world make their payment to those who the land belongs to and go “hunting.” This captive-bred/canned hunting makes the chance at killing more likely and since they bear no difference in purpose, it’s highly controversial and should be banned.

I would never promote trophy hunting but the use of captive-bred/canned hunting completely takes away from the sport of hunting. There is no skill required in killing an animal that’s got limited space to flee/roam. I can only hope that more change comes for these exotic big cats and that this directly decreases the illegal trade we see in the United States.

Sources:
Humane Society International. Animal protection groups welcome denouncement of captive-bred or “canned” lion hunts from one of the largest U.S. trophy hunting clubs. 9 Feb 2018.
Humane Society International. Trophy Hunting: Animals Under Fire. 2018.

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Ivory Victory in China

Image source: National Geographic (2016)

It’s with much contentment to announce that China has finally banned ivory. Chinese authorities announced this decision one year ago, promising that by the end of 2017 they would close all ivory business and implement a ban. Now it is officially so!

Elephant populations declined at an alarming rate from 1980 to 1990. What was an estimated population of 1.3 million plummeted to less than half at 600,000. At this time in 1990, international banning of ivory was being established but this did not stop poaching. In fact, poaching continued and new ivory was passed off as “old” when being traded. In 2017, there was an estimated 415,000 African elephants and an estimated 45,000 Asian elephants left in their population.

Poaching and trading decreases when countries take responsibility within their territories regarding how they may contribute to the issues. China has had a large influence with a large industry in ivory dealing. So with that being said, I think this decision will encourage neighboring countries to take the same step towards conservation.

Sources:
Steyn, Paul. African Elephant Numbers Plummet 30 Percent. National Geographic, 31 Aug 2016.
World Wide Fund for Nature. African elephants. 2017.
World Wide Fund for Nature. Asian elephants. 2017.

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What is Social Responsibility?

Social responsibility is always on my mind. The reason why I write is because of social responsibility. The reason why I feel a strong desire to educate people about the environment and self-care is due to social responsibility. The reason why I devote my time to express what are non-traditional ideas is all owed to social responsibility. So what is social responsibility and why is it important?

Social responsibility is the act of taking initiative to deal with urgent social and environmental issues without it being outwardly enforced; it is a voluntary job.

There are many different ways that people can choose to exercise taking initiative, it depends on the problem they’re trying to combat. Most people will confront the issue at a local level which means within the communities nearest to/surrounding them. While some will confront issues in a much bigger manner, involving federal/state government representatives or non-profit organizations. Whatever the way, one of social responsibility’s main goal is to create awareness.

We currently live in a society that sees major change come from the bottom up. We are constantly fighting for humanitarian causes or for justice from the government. Corporations are quick to do what it takes to keep making money… even if it means taking advantage of people who don’t see the existing viscous cycles. Change lies in social responsibility and that’s why it’s important.

Social responsibility can be a 5-minute beach clean-up. It can be food or clothing drives to donate to families in need or the homeless. It can be getting neighbors to sign a petition for change your community desperately needs. It can be teaching a class how to garden and plant their own food. It can be peaceful protesting, activism, and/or strikes. The variations are endless as the list goes on.

So what can you do? I think it’s a lot more than you realize you’re capable…

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Starting An Environmental Conversation

Over the last few months, it has become increasingly important to begin an environmental conversation. I always touch on this because the environment is a topic that a lot of people don’t realize is a priority. With politics finally shedding some light on how important it is, from local communities to internationally, I find myself wanting to educate people on the basics of why the environment deserves our attention.

We are witnessing environmental issues within our lives that’s a direct result of the industrial impact on earth.

We are further compromising the state of our environment by making long-term decisions for short-term profit.

How & what we’re doing to confront & deal with issues depends on the issue itself — meaning there will never one fits all kind of solution.

Our success in creating current sustainability may be able to promise future sustainability. 

The most important thing to remember is that environmental problems are multi-faceted issues. There are so many different aspects to consider and majority of them are ever-changing in nature. So solutions & predictions are harder to determine since there are many moving parts.

To start an environmental conversation, we really need to begin to build our understanding of what the environment does for us. That foundational insight can help us realize the powerful relationship between earth and man. We need to learn more about our surroundings, how much it immediately gives to us, and how our behaviors today affect what it will give us in the future. From romantic relationships to friendships and family bonds, all relationships require a specialized attention to the beloved.

So why not the relationship we have with our only home? 💭