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Rethinking Earth Day, supporting youth from Borneo to the Bay Area, and quality time in the "pearl of Africa"
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Taking a New Look at Earth Day 

Despite all of the Earth Days since 1970, the planet is still facing a crisis.  What is needed is a shift in thinking – this is why Transition Earth believes rights of nature is a game changer for our world. 

It’s clear that most environmental protections today are only short-term solutions and not long-term answers to saving the planet.  By building upon the global movement on rights of nature, Transition Earth works to address ways to shift consciousness on nature's rights as the path to protecting ecosystems (and people) around the world.  More to come!
Launch of Youth and Conservation – from Borneo to the Bay Area

As mentioned last month, Transition Earth is excited to start an initiative to foster a partnership with the ASRI Kids program in Indonesian Borneo to follow the lives of local youth and exchange stories with audiences here about the many similar issues affecting our communities around the world and how we can work together.
 
We’ve learned that when we talk to youth at schools in the Bay Area about how climate change and environmental problems are affecting people in other places, they have lots of questions. We see a great opportunity to build real connections to youth in other parts of the world who are protecting their local communities to help our youth (and all ages) better understand how our actions impact the planet and how we can make a difference in our daily lives.
 
We’ve had a generous donor commit $500 to kick off this initiative to help promote and share stories between Borneo and audiences here.  And with a contribution from you, you can help us make even more of an impact on youth and create a ripple effect from the Bay Area to Borneo and beyond!
 
 
Help Us Support Youth from Borneo to the Bay Area!

Here are some photos from an ASRI Kids activity where they planted trees near the new ASRI hospital. In the picture they are holding an ironwood seedling - this is a tree that is often targeted and exploited by loggers because it is one of the strongest and most durable trees in the world. Ironwoods are very valuable, so planting these trees is an important step in regenerating the species and protecting the local biodiversity.
 
ASRI teens proudly showing off an ironwood tree they are about to plant.
 
The hardy ironwood tree.
All Eyes on Uganda in May
 
Next month Transition Earth will be in Uganda for the African Great Lakes Conference, which is focused on environmental solutions in a rapidly growing and changing region.  The conference will include a theme on Population, Health and Environment (PHE).  We’ll be working with other PHE organizations to create a PHE poster session as part of the Population & Sustainable Development Alliance, which will highlight successful PHE projects in East Africa and the importance of linking sexual and reproductive health services with environmental and climate change efforts.
 
While in Uganda, we will also be involved with a new documentary on conservation, health and development projects that is being produced by Chris Austria Productions.  We’ll be joining the film crew on a site visit to Conservation Through Public Health, founded by Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, which is having great success with the PHE model in empowering communities and protecting nature (especially the endangered mountain gorilla). 

Follow us on Facebook for inspiring stories and photos from Uganda, the “pearl of Africa!”
Mountain gorillas [photo credit: Creative Commons, CC-BY-SA-3.0]
Making the Connections – Our New PHE Factsheet
 
In case you missed it, we have a new factsheet out on the Population, Health and Environment approach.  It gives a short overview of this integrated development model and some on-the-ground successes around the world.  Download the factsheet from our Resources page on the Transition Earth website.

Onward!
Suzanne 
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