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We live in trying and challenging times, and it is not easy to be hopeful; it only takes a quick glance at the news to understand our rather grim reality. 
While it’s not easy to project positivity, we keep going for the sake of our families, communities, and of course the planet itself.  Yes, we are facing the 11th hour, but at the same time, big changes are happening in the world. Read on for some news and stories of inspiration involving youth, women, men, and nature – in other words, all of us – and how we can face our challenges together and head-on!

Climate: Front and Center

Transition Earth will be participating next month in the climate negotiations, aka COP23, mostly as part of the Population & Sustainable Development Alliance. Our goals include to increase understanding of the connection between population growth and climate change and to advocate for addressing the unmet need for family planning as a critical solution to climate change.
Keep a lookout for our social media outreach and blogs on some of the important happenings taking place, including specific women, reproductive health and climate events, plus Gender Day (November 14th), indigenous rights and happenings with the international rights of nature movement.
Youth Taking Charge

Recently we heard a colleague comment on how this generation coming up today – those in their teens and 20s – has got it going on.  From tackling climate change to social justice to food sovereignty, many young people around the world are fighting hard - and finding success - for a healthy and sustainable planet.

We strongly suggest you check out the recent Brower Youth Award winners (this award recognizes the work of young leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement), who project nothing if not inspiration and the determination to change our current narrative for the better.  They already are changing things, all before they even turn 23 years of age!
Transition Earth: Writer’s Corner
And speaking of youth, we recommend you read the latest blog by our youth writer, Candela Vázquez Asenjo, on her experience working with an orangutan sanctuary in Borneo.  In Candela’s words, “It’s time to stop fighting against the reality that we are part of this planet.”
An orphaned orangutan.  Photo by Candela Vázquez Asenjo. 

Also of note, Transition Earth is honored to have one of our blog articles published by the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB) at Stanford University.  See “Confronting Our Global Growth Obsession” for ways we might alter our current trajectory and change course from business as usual that is harming people and the environment, including supporting the population, health & environment model, advocating for rights of nature, and rethinking economies.
ASRI Teens – Graduating the World’s Next Conservation and Health Leaders
Our colleagues at the ASRI clinic in Kalimantan, Indonesia (Borneo) told us that another member of their ASRI Teens and conservation program has now moved on to college. Earlier this year, Nita left to study Hospital Management in Java.

Nita says "ASRI Teens gave me lots of interesting experience in my life, such as field trips. I also now know lots of things that I didn't know before, for example, making recycled paper. Before I thought that we could not use used paper, but I was wrong.  Used paper can be economically valuable. I also learned about togetherness and kinship (like with family) from ASRI Teens. I was so happy and proud of being part of ASRI Teens."

One of our previous newsletters told of how one of Nita’s fellow students, Dewi, also recently left to study forestry.
Needless to say, ASRI staff are proud of the fact that every one of the ASRI Teens to graduate high school have gone on to continue their education.  For both Nita and Dewi, their involvement in the ASRI Kids and Teens programs influenced the paths they chose. They are setting a great example for the ASRI Teens who come after them!
Nita and Dewi, happy graduates of ASRI Teens.
Uganda, Conservation & Health Report-back:  Repeat Performance
If you missed our presentation on population, health and environment successes in Uganda last month, we’ll be doing an encore performance on November 1st
We’ll once again highlight how linking conservation, health and development is changing lives in Uganda, and helping to 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) and related projects.

(This event will be filmed. We regret we had an issue with the filming of our prior report-back event.)
Download the event flyer here.
WhenNovember 1 at 7pm
WhereSF Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, 2530 San Pablo Ave # I, Berkeley, CA
Cost: Free!
Image of the Month

If you’re on Facebook, please check out our Transition Earth page and share with friends and family!  We’ve posted an East Africa photo album of our recent amazing trip to Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa,” and to Rwanda.

Here’s a photo of a swallow tailed bee eater, taken at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda:

Til next time,
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