Copy
View this email in your browser

 

Humans, or at least many of us, are extremely disconnected from nature.  We live in a complex world, but understand very little of it, much less that we are part of the web of life. Yet the impacts of climate change are teaching us that we are not separate from, and certainly don’t have dominion over, the Earth. 
 
As Transition Earth looks forward to participating in next month’s Planetary Health Alliance conference (see below), we share here a quote from Dr. Jennifer Cole, Public Health Policy Adviser with The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health. Dr. Cole writes, "Rather than trying to convince the human race to save the environment, convince it that humans & the environment are one. Perhaps then we will have an incentive to end the self-harm." 

We are connected to the planet, whether we realize it or not.

Working On the Ground in Tanzania
 
We are thrilled to introduce you to our new partner and project of Transition Earth, Masaai Harmonial Development and Sustainability – U.S.  While Masaai Harmonial Development and Sustainability, or MHDS, is based in Tanzania, it has also had a U.S. presence, and is now part of our work at Transition Earth. 
 
Pre-school teacher in Emburbul, Tanzania.
The MHDS-U.S. project serves a Masaai community called Emburbul, in the Ngorogoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. The main concerns are population and its impacts - deforestation, livestock competing with wildlife for grassland, water shortage, child marriage, poverty, and famine. MHDS-U.S. supports community-based solutions, including education (especially of girls), family planning, introducing beekeeping as a livelihood, village-based banking, water system maintenance and water conservation, health classes, improvement of health services, and conservation projects such as planting trees.
 
More to come next month on the work of MHDS-U.S.
Let’s Talk Population
 
Last month we introduced this feature on the importance of talking about population and related issues that, though they may be difficult, cannot be ignored.
 
The main solutions are grounded in human rights, especially for women and girls, but often overlooked are rights for nature.  Building on the above comment that humans and environment are one is that a healthy and thriving world depends upon recognizing rights for both people and the planet.  If we woke up tomorrow and discovered that the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights was granted to every person alive today but society continued to degrade the environment, where would we be?  Some 20,000 scientists have signed a warning to humanity stating that "Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course." Getting to a “safe operating space” requires new thinking and bold action.
 
 
Rights of nature supports the concept that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles. It is based on the wisdom of indigenous and ancient cultural beliefs that respect the environment.  

Read more at our blog A True Earth Day is Grounded in Rights for People & Nature
Transition Earth: Writer’s Corner

Transition Earth would like to introduce you to our new guest writer, Josh Mirondo, who has written his first article for our blog. He works with our colleagues at Reproductive Health Uganda as a youth trainer, and is an advocate for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Josh's first post is on Integrating Reproductive Health into Climate Change Efforts.  It’s a great overview on the links between health and climate change, and highlights actions underway to meet the challenges at the local level.
Peer education on condom use in Uganda.
We look forward to reading more from Josh in the coming months, and hope you enjoy his writing as much as we do!
Help Us Advocate for Population & Planetary Health

As we mentioned last month, Transition Earth will be attending the Planetary Health Alliance annual conference. We will be talking with attendees about the population, health, and environment (PHE) development model and related issues.  We will be joined by several of our allies who also work on PHE, and together we’ll explore how we can promote these issues within the Planetary Health Alliance. 

The PHA conference is taking place in Scotland in late May and offers a great opportunity to interact with people who care about people and the planet but may not be looking at population and the links to health, environment and development.

We’re still looking for a little extra support to help cover costs while in the UK.  Any little bit helps and is greatly appreciated!  To donate, please click here.
Image of the Month
 
From our new Masaai Harmonial Development and Sustainability – U.S. project:  a photo of a female beekeeper in northern Tanzania.  Beekeeping is changing lives by empowering women with sustainable livelihoods, which has a ripple effect on their families and communities, as well as the environment.

In support of people & the planet,
Suzanne
Copyright © 2018 Transition Earth, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp