The Global Goals

Hi guys,

There is yet again a new plea to help us convince world leaders to make a change with 17 new goals. The Global Goals . So we are asking you to help make a difference.

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.           – From http://www.globalgoals.org/

By sharing this blog, the website, or posting images with the number you support most, we hope to make the goals famous and push for their full implementation.

Please help support these goals to help make a change in the world for good.

Leah — Supporting number 13 —The Global Goal

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The Nepal Appeal

As you know, last week we heard the devastating news that Nepal was struck by an earthquake on the 25 April. This has caused around 5,500 deaths and twice as many injuries, and is said to affect 8 million people.

Can you imagine if you lost your home and everything you own? Losing a loved one? Being afraid to return to your home in case it crumbled over your head? Can you imagine not knowing when you will next have food to eat or water to drink? Worrying about your family and losing faith as you don’t know what has happened to them?

People in Nepal need our help. Emer and I are asking you to help the people in Nepal. You can donate over the CAFOD website. You don’t have to give much, even a few pounds will make a difference, and help save more people’s lives.

UK Search and Rescue teams reach Chautara, Nepal

Leah

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The Othona Community

Recently, we spent a few days in a beautiful remote area in Essex with the Othona community, where we met with other climate bloggers to discuss how we are going to progress with our blog. Whilst we were there we called one of CAFOD’s partners in Bangladesh, Mowdudur Rahman, who works as part of the CCEC (Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation). We asked him many questions and he answered them in great detail, telling us more about Bangladesh. One of the quotes which stood out to us was “Son of the Soil” suggesting the Earth is like our mother, who nurtures and cares for us. Bangladesh is known for flooding frequently, with a monsoon season from June to October. Here are some of the questions and answers: First we asked him about the decreasing wildlife due to the flooding. He told us about how the floods are due to cyclones, and happen about twice a year, causing animals to migrate. We then asked him about how we can make a difference. He told us that by raising money we can help them build more cyclone shelters to provide immediate relief and protect more people when disaster strikes, as well as helping to inspire others to help make a difference and reduce the impact of climate change. We were curious about how crops survive in Bangladeshi conditions, to which he told us that due to the lack of clean water, the crops struggle to grow, so need crops which can thrive in a mix of clean and sea water. We hope to carry on sharing our experiences with the Othona community. Leah and Emer Main Building The Chapel

British Weather

The weather. In England, no weather is good enough for us. It’s either too cold or too hot. Too wet or too dry. Whereas people on the other side of the globe deal with extreme weather conditions on a daily basis, yet don’t complain. And these conditions aren’t just a little bit of rain, or the weather just reaching 30oC on the thermometer. These are serious conditions, which wreck homes and destroy precious crops leaving families with no food.

Now imagine going home, discovering it’s not there and nor is that snack you wanted. Here you would probably be all over the news, and get full compensation. There, it’s no change from everyday life. We spend our money on things we don’t really use, like that T-Shirt, which looked so great on that model, but you never wear. Wasted money like that could change a person’s life when they lose everything.
Emer and Leah
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What is Climate Justice?

Climate change. You probably have heard this before, been taught about the effects in school. But do you actually KNOW what it is? It is an issue that affects everyone, whether we know it or not, though being in a MEDC we don’t feel the effects as much. Therefore this leads to people being oblivious to how it changes our daily lives. We want to change this unawareness by using a blog to voice our thoughts and opinions.

Climate justice? The chances are you probably have never heard of this before. Don’t worry, nor had we. But we are going to try and explain it to you to help you understand this problem. Climate justice is ensuring fair treatment of people and freedom from discrimination with projects and policies to address climate change. Put simply, this is just the unfair treatment of people, and trying to make it fairer.

Leah and Emer