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If you pay attention to the news, you might have noticed a slight uptick in the mention of population-related issues and impacts in recent articles.  Perhaps the biggest one was in the New York Times, “No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It.” 
 
Whether or not to have kids is a decision that should not be taken lightly, which is why supporting access to and education on voluntary family planning services and reproductive health is so critical. This article noted how "The people thinking about these issues fit no single profile. They are women and men, liberal and conservative. They come from many regions and religions."  We hope to see future discussions on how people are grappling with this topic.

Upcoming Event!
 
How Integrated Solutions for Planetary Health Empower People and Protect Nature

 
Join Transition Earth for a solutions-oriented workshop with experts in conservation, health and community development at the 36th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon (March 1-4).  This free conference brings together thousands of activists, students, and professionals, from a diverse array of communities and cultures, to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. 
 
Our March 3rd panel – How Integrated Solutions for Planetary Health Empower People and Protect Nature – will focus on the impact of holistic, multi-sectoral approaches to development. Speakers will discuss successful on-the-ground projects and share stories of how linking human rights and reproductive rights & health with conservation can lead to empowered lives and thriving ecosystems.
 
Speakers:
  • Stephanie Feldstein, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Trina Noonan, Health in Harmony
  • Suzanne York, Transition Earth
 Register for the conference here.  
 
When:  March 3rd (panel at 12:20pm - 1:35pm)
Where: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon, School of Law, Eugene, OR
Empowered Women
 
Our time last month with our colleague Evelyn Nassuna from Shared Action Africa in Uganda went by all too fast.  One of the highlights was Evelyn’s talk with a committed group of women activists representing a range of interests.  The presentation and ensuing discussion on women’s financial empowerment, village savings and loans groups and energy saving cookstoves inspired the group and led to new and promising connections.
 
Evelyn Nassuna's talk at the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Transition Earth: Writer’s Corner
 
It’s been a big story recently, how Cape Town, South Africa is close to running out of water.  Some main factors leading to this situation include climate change impacts, poor planning, and population growth.  Fortunately, people are reducing consumption and “D Zero” has been delayed to early July. Still, the world should heed this as a very serious warning. Read more in our blog, “Day Zero’ and the Water Wake Up Call from Cape Town.
Global Voices on Climate

Our multi-talented youth writer Candela Vazquez Asenjo also creates videos!  While we were in Bonn, Germany for the global climate talks late last year, Candela made a short video compilation of speakers at the Development & Climate Days event sponsored by the International Institute for Environment and Development.  Nice job Candela!

Watch below:
 
Capturing diverse voices at Development & Climate Days, Bonn, Germany.
Youth & Conservation: ASRI Kids Update
 
Let's check in on our friends at ASRI and Health in Harmony in Indonesian Borneo.

Last year, a group of 42 ASRI Kids rode their bikes to take a field trip to Mangrove Park, near their town of Sukadana, Kalimantan, led by our ASRI colleague Etty Rahmawati. They learned about the vital importance mangroves play in keeping ecosystems healthy. 

Indonesia has the fastest rate of mangrove destruction in the world – 40 percent of its mangroves have been lost in the last thirty years. It is critical that young people the world over get out into nature and understand how humans are one part of the web of life.

 
Here is a write-up by one student named Khahfi (as it was shared with us), of his experience with the ASRI mangrove trip:

This is my interesting story when I went to mangrove park. That day Miss Etty asked us to find four types of mangrove, five types of animals around mangrove and two benefits of mangrove. The first plant that I met was Rhizopora. After that we found the type of Nypa Fruticans mangrove. The first animal that we found was crab. Guys, here is the best part for me when I did the field trip. I saw the crab stand on a pile of ground in there like the drawing that I was made. Then we continue the trip and found heritiera littoralis, this mangrove have fruit that doesn’t taste good. After that we found the fourth type of mangrove, bruguiera. Guys, this mangrove have beautiful flower. The last mangrove that we found was naras. Then we went home after found all of  types of mangrove. The end.
 
Image of the Month

There is a healthy population of hippos in Uganda. The one here is from Murchison Falls National Park. Here's an interesting fact about hippos - they secrete an oily red substance that acts as a moisturiser, sunblock and protects them from germs.
And lastly, look for us at Population Connection’s Capitol Hill Days annual event (March 16-19) on population, environment and reproductive rights. Follow our posts from the conference on Facebook!
 
In support of people & the planet,
Suzanne
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