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The U.S., followed by China, India, the Philippines and Indonesia, have experienced the most disasters since 1995 - more than 1,600, or once every five days, according to the UN Secretary General.  With the exception of the Philippines, the other four are the world’s most populous countries. 

As we witness devastating floods, hurricanes and droughts, we can clearly see how everything is connected – overdevelopment, environmental and social justice, poverty, health, conflict, and population growth. 

Our world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, up 31 percent from today’s 7.5 billion people.  Transition Earth is working diligently to promote solutions that support both people and nature on a growing planet.

Uganda Report-back: The Connection Between Conservation, Health & Development
 
Join us September 27th for a presentation sponsored by the Population, Health and Environment Committee of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. We’ll discuss how linking conservation, health and development is changing lives in Uganda, and helping protect some of the country’s most iconic species.  Transition Earth will be joined by conservationist and filmmaker Chris Austria, who will discuss his work filming population, health & environment (PHE) projects.

Download the event flyer here.

This event will be filmed and posted at a later date.  We are also hoping to test out Facebook Live for this event, so look us up on Facebook!
 
When: September 27th at 7pm
Where: SF Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2530 San Pablo Ave # I, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free!
 
Food and drinks will be provided!
Transition Earth: Writer’s Corner
 
Our youth blogger Candela Vázquez Asenjo is back!  Candela is not only a student of Environmental Management at the University of Manchester, but she is also completing an Environmental Law degree at Nebrija University, in Madrid. Candela spent part of her summer in Indonesian Borneo and she is excited to share what she saw and experienced during her time there.

Read her blog on the exploitation of forests, Deforestation: The Problem that Affects Everyone.
Checking in on Youth: From Borneo to the Bay Area
 
The ASRI Kids and Teens program that we've been reporting on in past newsletters, is spearheaded by an incredible woman, Etty Rahmawati.  If you get the chance to meet Etty, you will immediately understand why this program is so successful.  She brings a passion and dedication to her job that we wish more people had.

 
Etty is the ASRI Conservation Education Coordinator, but she is also a cheerleader for fostering youth interest in the environment.  She spent this past summer in Phoenix, Arizona with the Building Bridges Program where she is learning about diversity in education. When Etty returns, she will use this training to enrich the ASRI Kids program and build a more international curriculum.
 
We look forward to hearing what Etty learned during her time in the U.S. and how we can share this with youth and other interested persons in our network.

On a related note, ASRI Teens was featured in a Malaysian radio program, The Bigger Picture, in a segment called Earth Matters. The episode is called "Nurturing the Future Guardians of Gunung Palung National Park." You can listen to the program here.
Image of the Month
 
If you’re on Facebook, please check out our Transition Earth page and share with friends and family!  And take a look at our recently posted Uganda & East Africa photo album of our amazing trip to this beautiful region of the world.  Here’s a sample:

Look for Us in Bonn at COP23!

Transition Earth will be in Bonn, Germany in November for the Conference of Parties 23 (COP23), aka the UN climate talks.  We’ll be working within the Population & Sustainable Development Alliance to bring attention to the links between climate change, reproductive health and women’s rights, particularly via the population, health and environment (PHE) approach.

Stay tuned.

In Solidarity,
Suzanne
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