Policy and Advocacy
Picture above: A close-up of the "Warhammer for Water" tabletop fantasy army. These hand-painted heroic scale miniatures are between 20 mm – 50 mm tall.
After the guys glimpsed the Africa Interactive video of the project, they settled on supporting this Safe Drinking Water & Women empowerment project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, run by Akvo support partner Women for Water Partnership and field partner Soroptimist International of Europe Club.
Since Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake on January 12, killing an estimated 200,000 people, all eyes have been focused on the reeling country and charitable donations exceeded ten million dollars within days of the disaster.
On January 22nd, the entertainment world came together for Hope for Haiti Now, star-studded fundraiser and telethon that was broadcast on all major networks (in the U.S.) and streamed across the internet including here at liveearth.org.
Thousands may be dead after the horrendous earthquake that rocked Haiti on Tuesday January 12 -- possibly more than 100,000 -- according to some early estimates. Many others are left homeless or without adequate food, water and shelter on the island nation of 9 million after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck near the capital city Port-au-Prince.
Disaster relief organizations are rapidly mobilizing aid to Haiti and are asking or help. Funds are needed to provide enough safe water, temporary shelter and vital medical supplies.
Check out this interview by OrganicNation.tv with the one and only Ken Cook, President of Environmental Working Group (EWG) about the challenges of scaling up organic food production while maintaining it's integrity.
During a visit to Organic Valley's Kickapoo Country Fair, OrganicNation asks Cook: "Consumers and activists alike tend to be nervous about big corporations taking over organic brands. How can we make organics available to a larger audience at cheaper prices while maintaining the standards on which organics were founded?"
The Summit on the Summit climb starts tomorrow! Emile Hirsch is joining Jessica Biel, Lupe Fiasco, Isabel Lucas, Elizabeth Gore, Alexandra Cousteau and many others for a week-long trek that will cover over 50 miles as they make their way to the top of the 19,341-foot African peak.
The run-away smash hit Avatar has changed the paradigms of special effects and 3D filmmaking. James Cameron's script, while not critically acclaimed, has also achieved another notable achievement: Delivering a strong environmental message to the masses.
Just as wars over oil played a major role in 20th-century history, a new book makes a convincing case that many 21st century conflicts will be fought over water. China, Egypt and Pakistan are just a few countries facing critical water issues in the 21st century.
In Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization, journalist Steven Solomon argues that water is surpassing oil as the world's scarcest critical resource. "We've now reached the limit where that trajectory can no longer continue," Solomon tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly (listen to the audio below).
If you live in the eastern United States, then you are no doubt dealing with plenty of snow this winter. Ever wonder just how the snow removal systems work that make your life that much easier trying to get to school and work in the morning?
The snow is "removed" by the use of sodium chloride. The melting snow, ice and rain cause salt to run off roads onto nearby vegetation and soil, eventually seeping into streams, lakes and rivers. This is of course very harmful to wildlife and vegetation in the area. This runoff salt has also been found in residential drinking wells in some Northeastern and Midwestern states.
The Copenhagen Climate Conference ended after 2 weeks of intense global negotiations. Although leaders could not agree on a binding climate deal, there was an interim accord. Nations will share information about what they’re doing to reduce carbon emissions, fund climate change mitigation for poor countries, and protect rainforests, but there was no target set for specific reductions. While this is a step in the right direction, we have lots of work ahead of us to achieve a binding agreement in the future.
LiveEarth TV Episode 2 provides a look into the global water crisis as it relates to children in the developing world -- 5,000 die every day as a result of unsafe drinking water.
Musician, artist, and entrepreneur Pete Wentz talks to Shira about why he got involved with Invisible Children, what the Global Water Crisis means to him now that he's a father, and why YOU should participate in the Dow Live Earth Run for Water.
You can make a difference now for the nearly 1 billion people without access to clean, safe drinking water. Give hope for the holidays by donating to a Live Earth Run for Water partner to provide solutions worldwide at liveearth.org/give.