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Venezuela's Humanitarian Battle

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By Jomo Thomas, St. Vincent. Frustration always overcomes me when people, who are for the most part sensible, logical and rational, get taken for a ride by the establishment media. In fact, the current 'snow job' being done on Venezuela by the mass media reminded me of the wise saying by Malcolm X 'if you are not extremely careful, the media will c...
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The Caribbean produce less than 0.1% of the global pollution

The Caribbean produce less than 0.1% of the global pollution
Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Thursday championed the cause of Caribbean and other Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), which he said are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Addressing the 72nd session of the United Nation General Assembly, the Antigua and Barbuda leader noted that whatever position and nation takes on climate change, the evidence of global warming is now irrefutably stronger. “Two Category 5 hurricanes within 12 days, that unrelentingly pounded so many countries, can no longer be dismissed as ‘the vagaries of the weather’, nor can they be explained as ‘nature’s doing’. Hurricanes are stronger and bigger because they are absorbing moisture from increasingly warmer seas, caused by global warming,” Browne said. “And, that is a man-made phenomenon, whose manufacture is attributable to those nations, that consume 80 percent or more of the world’s primary energy, emitting dangerous levels of pollution into the atmosphere.” The prime minister outline how on September 6, Antigua and Barbuda was the victim of the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, the largest storm ever endured in the Atlantic in human history. He reiterated that Barbuda, the smaller of the two islands, was decimated; its entire population left homeless; and its buildings reduced to empty shells. Antigua and Barbuda was spared the full blast of Hurricane Maria just nine days later, although, Browne said sustained...
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6 Major Effects of Urbanization That Will Make you Think!

6 Major Effects of Urbanization That Will Make you Think!
In 1800 only about 2 percent of the world's population lived in urban areas. That was a small wonder: Until a century ago, urban areas were some of the unhealthiest places for people to live. According to The Department of Economic and Social Affairs , half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world's people are expected to live in urban areas. But in cities two of the most pressing problems facing the world today also come together: poverty and environmental degradation. The majority of people move to cities and towns because they view rural areas as places with hardship and backward/primitive lifestyle. Therefore, as populations move to more developed areas (towns and cities) the immediate outcome is urbanization. This normally contributes to the development of land for use in commercial properties; social and economic support institutions, transportation, and residential buildings. Eventually, these activities raise several urbanization issues. Poor air and water quality, insufficient water availability, waste-disposal problems, andon density and demands of urban environments. Strong city planning will be essential in managing these and other difficulties as the world's urban areas swell.   Environmental Effects of Urbanization Urban populations interact with their environment. Urban people change their environment through their consumption of food, energy, water, and land. And in turn, the polluted urban environment affects the health and...
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11 Reasons to become an activist Infographic

11 Reasons to become an activist Infographic
A beautiful aspect of being human is that we have the power to change things that we don’t agree with — whether it is what’s in our food, how animals are treated in captivity, or inequality between genders or races. When you begin to take action to bring awareness to the causes you care about, you become an activist in the process. So, while the seemingly extreme actions mentioned above will definitely get you noticed, they are, by no means, essential for becoming an activist. All it takes to become an activist are passion, knowledge and the a desire to make a change. There are so many ways in which you can be activist for a better world; options are wide and open, everywhere in the world organizations -like Richmond Vale Academy - are looking for volunteers, people that are in need of help and there are causes in abundance to fight for. Reasons to Become an Activist  Becoming an activist for a better world is something that everyone have to do at least for a period in its  life. To step out of your regular and standardized life is not only of great social benefit, but offers so many benefits for your life. Here are 11 reasons why you should become an activist and help in big!! (Click infographic to enlarge .) Share this Image...
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Why we March against Monsanto

Why we March against Monsanto
The 19th of May we will march against Montsanto in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In St. Vincent many farmers, teachers and other people want to protect the island against the growing of Genetically Modified Organisms. GMOs are created in a lab, by inserting a gene from one organism into another unrelated organism, producing plants and animals that would never occur in nature. No long-term safety studies have been done on humans, but animal studies link the consumption of GMOs to an increase in allergies, kidney and liver disease, ADHD, cancer, infertility, chronic immune disorders and more. Monsanto, Astra Zeneca, Du Pont, Novartis and Aventis, are some of the big food industry companies. They dedicate themselves to the commercialization of genetically modified agricultural products. They use policies on which the producers become dependent.The seeds sold by the companies are genetically modified. They speak of “seed protected from agrochemicals” that is developed from chemical products. A soy plant, for example, does not produce grains that can be used as seeds for the next season. Companies use this system to promote the sale of seeds and agrochemicals and to increase its lucrative potential through producer dependency. The producers remain trapped in a vicious cycle, totally dependent on these companies and the price policies they adopt. If the producer acquires seed through these companies he should secure fertilisers, insecticides,...
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12 Community Service Ideas Infographic

12 Community Service Ideas Infographic
The world we live in is a beautiful place, full of marvels and opportunities for all of us to live and thrive in peace. And yet, for some, it is a daunting space, plagued by horrors. The vast majority of these horrors are caused by man and all of them can either be eradicated or alleviated by us. So, never before has mankind had such a big opportunity to exercise solidarity and compassion like it has now. And never before has mankind been so willfully blind. [caption id="attachment_5434" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Looking for ways to give back? Here are 12 great community service ideas - Photo Credit: Flickr Selfishness is in our nature and the nature of other animals, and it needs not be a disease. Every act of cooperation, unity and interdependence we find among us or other species is an act of selfishness, as it is primarily moved by self-preservation. But in men, selfishness can be poisonous, and this is evident in our society. The only way we can break free from selfishness is to become aware of the reality of those around us. We should move towards a common vision of peace, prosperity and harmony. Only by acting as one —one species, one kind, one people— we will transcend selfishness and fulfill our need for sustainable progress. Of course, there are many ways of...
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12 Benefits of Volunteering that will change your life!

12 Benefits of Volunteering that will change your life!
[caption id="attachment_5306" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Wikipedia If you’re like us, you have given volunteer work a good, long thought . You have considered the volunteering options available to you in near and remote places. Also, you have mapped out the monetary expenses, the duration of the volunteering program you will engage in, the benefits of volunteering, plane tickets and so on and so forth. So much of the experience can get lost in translation. If you start thinking about it only in logistic terms, then you may end up not knowing why you are doing it! So, that's the reason of why we write this post for you. Below, you’ll find 12 benefits of volunteering. Also, you will find a bullet list of several the reasons why engaging in volunteer work is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and formative experiences a person of any age can have. BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING: HOW CAN VOLUNTEER WORK AFFECT MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE? [caption id="attachment_5307" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Flickr 1.Learn new skills and develop the ones you already have! In volunteer work, it often happens that you start by doing something you know you are very good at and eventually branch out, frequently into things you never thought you could do. There are people who are very good at, say, cooking, and so they enroll as a cook...
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Resilience Is The Answer To Adversity

[caption id="attachment_6156" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://stockholmresilience.org Resilience is the ability of people to recover from adversity. Difficult circumstances may develop virtues that were hidden in the individual. For example, negative situations like the financial crisis, and natural disasters can stimulate the strength in people. The most important quality of resilience is that help in many cases of life and it grows with a constant daily work. Having a Positive and empathetic attitude helps in difficult circumstances and develop unknown resources inside the individual. Resilience is the human capacity to assume extreme situations with flexibility and overcome them. [caption id="attachment_6159" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://www.een.edu.com   Especially children with good self-esteem become adults with good resilience to overcome the obstacles they will encounter throughout life. Therefore they can develop a constructive way of dealing with life situations positively. In addition to this, parents and children should understand the impact of resilience and how this helps society in general.   [caption id="attachment_6160" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://www.wikipedia.com Humans and nature are one. Resilience starts with the belief that humans and nature are one. For psychology, the problems are addressed and overcome by people, thanks to the resilience in different circumstances that favor or not development in all men as education and social context. Humanity must understand the importance of establishing a good relationship with family and friends....
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