The Frontline of Climate Change: The Heroic Struggle of Anote Tong, President of Kiribati

The Frontline of Climate Change: The Heroic Struggle of Anote Tong, President of Kiribati

With one of the lowest carbon-emission footprints in the world, the Pacific islands nation of Kiribati, is one of the first places to confront sea level rise and other devastating real-life consequences of climate change.

Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, is engaged in a “David against Goliath” struggle, telling his people’s story all around the world and looking for solutions that will allow the survival of his country as a Nation. “Could we live in floating islands? How to relocate people without losing our identity?”.

Listen to Anote Tong, an extraordinary man and leader, in a personal conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Tu y yo

Tu y yo

Una profunda emoción me llena el cuerpo al recorrer esta serie de retratos del joven fotógrafo Gabriel Barceló. La sensación es instantánea, como el clic del obturador de la cámara. Sin embargo en cada una de las miradas que ha buscado transmitirnos, hay un largo camino. Por un lado el camino de la persona retratada, el camino de las piedras secas del Altiplano, el camino ancestral del Inca y de las culturas que ya estuvieron antes de él, el camino de una fortaleza interior que ha resistido siglos de desprecio y asimilacionismo, el camino duro de la supervivencia cotidiana. Por otro lado, hay el camino del fotógrafo, él del descubrimiento del otro. Es un camino que da vueltas y vueltas, durante años de convivencia, hasta encontrar una mirada que no necesita palabras ni en quechua, ni en aymara, ni en castellano. Esta mirada es el lugar donde los dos caminos convergen, y que todos podemos entender sin palabras, porque todos llevamos estas miradas dentro de nosotros, como seres humanos.

Gracias

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Arctic disaster : when video is the most powerful call to action

Arctic disaster : when video is the most powerful call to action

Participants to the the annual meeting of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) last saturday, gasped as they were shown this one minute video compressing 25 years of satellite data of Arctic Ocean ice retreat. When climate change, and as its most severe part of it, Arctic warming and ice retreat, has been a scientific evidence for years, a simple time lapse video is able to provoke a shock in a meeting of people that have probably read loads of reports and are already aware of the situation. This video is powerful call to action and a tool to raise awareness about the real situation of Arctic ice retreat.

More information:
Science : http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2014/02/video-polar-disaster-movie
AAAS : http://www.aaas.org/
NOAA : http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/

Gracias Mandela

“Como dejamos que nuestra luz brille, inconscientemente damos permiso a otros para hacer lo mismo.”
― Nelson Mandela

Merci Mandela

“Si nous laissons notre propre lumière briller nous donnons inconsciemment aux autres la permission de briller eux aussi.”
― Nelson Mandela

Thank you Mandela

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
― Nelson Mandela

“We don’t generate pity, we generate employment!”

“We don’t generate pity, we generate employment!”

In 2010 I created the whole content of a campaign called “Harmony Peoples” for the Red Cross, on economic alternatives of indigenous people in Ecuador and Bolivia. At that time I met in Ecuador Rosa Guaman, an extraordinary woman, community leader and director of Jambi Kiwa, a company that produces, processes and exports medicinal plants worldwide. I was dazzled by Rosa’s words, that expressed the spirit a successful development project must have, but I also felt impressed by her capacity to analyze the effects of consumerism, on our environment of course, but also on our minds.

I have now added English subtitles to the video of Rosa’s interview, so if you are a development professional, or simply a person who has doubts about our own development model’s sustainability, don’t lose a word of Rosa’s interview, she is inspiring! (5 min. video – clic on “captions” icon under the image to activate subtitles).

The business success of a group of women

“We don’t generate pity, we generate employment!”. Rosa Guamán, managing director, Jambi Kiwa.
“We don’t generate pity, we generate employment!”. Rosa Guamán, managing director, Jambi Kiwa.

Jambi Kiwa was born as a cooperative founded by women led by Rosa Guaman, in order to grow, process and sell medicinal and aromatic plants. It brings together more than 600 families in the Chimborazo region that benefit from better economic income from the sale of products in the domestic and international market through fair trade networks. In 2003, Jambi Kiwa won the “Successful women-led ventures Latin American Award” (REPEM, Uruguay).

What has made these women so successful? The use of specific indigenous knowledge, traditional forms of community activity, a strong spirit of resistance and an extraordinary vision.

An economic, social, cultural, health and ecological project.

In the indigenous approach of development, economic benefits are not considered “development” if they imply imbalances in other areas of life and society or in the environment. So the aims of Jambi Kiwa are not only income generation for the families, but also:

Jambi Kiwa's processing factory in Riobamba. The entire process of plant's growing and transformation is natural. The products are made on the basis of Andean medicine recipes.
Jambi Kiwa’s processing factory in Riobamba. The entire process of plant’s growing and transformation is natural. The products are made on the basis of Andean medicine recipes.
– Recovering and reasserting the worth of the ancestral knowledge of plant growing: organic and quality production of endemic crop only.
– Recover and reassert the worth of the Andean Medicine : Jambi Kiwa is also al school of Andean Medicine.
– Educate and alphabetize and train partners coming from rural areas.
– Respect gender equality and children.
– Preserve the environment by eradicating deforestation and clearing by fire.
– Encourage efforts, mutual aid and equitable involvement of its partners in development efforts.