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April 22 2016

Welcome SCI family to another weeks Climate for Peace Newsletter.

Explore our favourite articles this week in many diverse topics. Our MicroGrants Programme is now available for projects and ideas you may have and inspirations that might come to you. Sustaining the planet and our growth is more important now than ever. When we come together in our community this is a great victory for the planet. 

Enjoy this weeks articles and keep peace in your heart. It's always more fun when we break down the barriers that seperate ourselves only to see that we are not seperate but one species on this planet.

Explore our workcamps.info and see lots more information at sci.ngo

GAIA MicroGrants Programme
Earth Day
More than half a million could die as a result of climate related food supply
Kirabati president: Climate induced migration could be 5 years away
Tracking the Paris agreement

Gaia MicroGrants Programme

GAIA MicroGrants is a source of funding for SCI branches and local groups for activities focusing on sustainable living and climate justice. If you are planning a weekend workcamp at a local organic farm to improve access to local and seasonal food in your area, or thinking of planting mangroves or to do some other activities to prevent coastal erosion, you want to create a community garden in your area or do some improvements in an already existing one or maybe you want to raise awareness of climate change impacts and what your community can do to prepare for it. This year the GAIA MicroGrants Programme is testing a new format and will focus entirely on the practical support that SCI branches provide to local communities, mainly through workcamps. We want to challenge branches to show us how they can make a positive impact and if it can be sustained after or between workcamps (e.g. by involving and training local people through SCI activities). We want to bring the SCI motto "Deeds not words" to climate change and sustainability.See here

Earth Day

Today we celebrate earth day. All around the world we people are coming together for communities and to sustain life on this beautiful planet. Sustainability is our right to action. When we begin a friendship we want it to last. When we start a goal we want to see it through. So in the same way we begin our journety on this blue and green planet. Our time here is our gift to give back to others and the earth. Just as the earth sustains our life here we choose every minute to sustain or continue to take from the earth. As we come together as a community and raise our children in a sustainable culture we can see the world change before our eyes. Read here

More than half a million could die as climate change effects diet

Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet. The research is the first to assess how the impacts of global warming could affect the quality of the diets available to people and found fewer fruit and vegetables would be available as a result of climatic changes. These are vital in curbing heart disease, strokes and diet-related cancers, leading the study to conclude that the health risks of climate change are far greater than thought. Read here

Kirabati president: Climate induced migration is 5 years away

The government has built coastal walls and floating islands but they won’t be enough to stop emigration, he told a climate change meeting in Wellington, Radio New Zealand reported on Tuesday. “People are getting quite scared now and we need immediate solutions. This is why I want to rush the solutions so there will be a sense of comfort for our people,” Tong said. Kiribati, a string of 33 coral atolls dotted around the international dateline in the Pacific, purchased land on nearest neighbour Fiji in 2014. It’s a three-hour flight away from overcrowded capital Tarawa. Read here

Tracking the Paris agreement

CAIT is one of the most trusted sources of climate data available. It is a free and open source for comprehensive and comparable climate and emissions data. CAIT is made up of a suite of tools that allow users to utilize the data to understand considerations of equity in climate negotiations, see transparency and available information in country climate action comitments, interact with historical emissions data, and dive into the methodologies behind future emissions projections. CAIT allows national governments, international organizations and independent researchers to perform relevant analysis and promote efficient action on climate change.Read here


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