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Service Civil International

6th May 2016

Hello SCI family and welcome again to this weeks newsletter,

Here we explore some fascinating articles on ways to enrich your soul by becoming more earth conscious. Becoming aware of the path we are on is a great start to seeing the world we want for our children and their children. This week we have included our list of workcamps where you can find out all the projects taking place around the world. Building peace is a method of becoming non violent in our nature. Which will reflect outwards in society and have a ripple effect.

We hope you enjoy the articles we have chosen this week. You can find out more info on sci.ngo Feel free to share and discuss with your loved ones and have a peaceful weekend!

The environmental impact of the Palm Oil industry
Hundreds shut down UK's largest open coal mine
Temperatures in N.Africa and Middle East could make land uninhabitable
Explore exciting opportunities in 2016 at an SCI workcamp
A fundamental change is needed to see a climate for peace


The environmental impact of the Palm Oil industry

Palm oil is a vegetable oil taken from the palm fruit grown on oil palm trees. These trees are native to Western Africa. Because of the demand for palm oil, which is used in a variety of food products, it is now grown throughout Africa and also in Asia, North America, and South America. There is, however, a devastating cost to feeding the demands for palm oil that comes in the from of climate change, animal cruelty, deforestation, and human rights violations.Read more here

Hundreds shut down UK's largest open coal mine

Ffos-y-fran, south Wales – Several hundred people have halted operations at the UK’s largest opencast coal mine, using their bodies to form a massive red line across the mine. The mass civil trespass by climate action network Reclaim the Power began at 5.30am this morning and is the largest ever action in a UK opencast mine. The activists, who have travelled from across Britain and beyond, continue to peacefully occupy the site. Mining work has now been halted. Giant inflatable “cobblestones”, red boiler suits and umbrellas are among the creative tools being used to stop mining operations. Nine people, including an 80 year old from Penarth and members of Christian Climate Action, are locked to each other, blocking road access to the mine. Read more here

Temperatures in N.Africa and Middle East could make land uninhabitable

The Middle East and North Africa are already some of the hottest places on Earth. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia daily high temperatures can exceed 40°C (104°F) for the entire summer. Unfortunately, it’s about to get a whole lot hotter. A paper from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia today warns that by the end of the century parts of the region could be too hot for humans to survive. The authors examined the possible impact of climate change using two different projections of greenhouse gas concentration. The first assumes that carbon emissions will be curbed by mid-century while the latter assumes that they will continue to increase. Both projections predict that by 2050 the global temperature will be close to or have already exceeded the 2°C (3.6°F) target set last year in Paris.Read more here

Explore exciting opportunities in 2016 at an SCI workcamp

You can register online at workcamps.info, create an account and then feel free to explore our many workcamp opportunities. You never know you may fall in love with what your heart has chosen. It opens in many ways a path to new adventures, new challenges and creative tasks. We have well over 700 projects to choose from. From sustainable cultures to art projects and from children and youth to poverty and social justice. There will surely be something that excites and inspires you. Read more here

A fundemental change is needed to see a climate for peace 
credit: philosophersforchange.org

"You cannot solve a problem using the same thinking we used to create them" Every generations there are heroes that rise that sing to us this is the way to greater freedom. To more abundance and peace. Yet all the major problems of humanity is increasing. Capatilism breads division and on a finite planet it is simply madness. The military budget,just wars,homelesness and disease on the increase,terrorism which creates fear and divisiveness between our neighbours. Our society from birth is a very visual one yet we fail to see our interconnectedness of all of life. To see more about why a radical change is needed read here

 

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