Archive for 1. Disaster Risk Reduction and Water

Belo Monte, Pará. Canadian company disembarks from mining company Belo Sun

The Canadian company Agnico said it will sell its shares of Belo Sun miner in Pará . The statement was made after Avaaz , an organization that organizes virtual undersigned, sent the miner a petition with more than 700,000 accessions against gold exploration on the site.

Use of clean technologies in housing to live with dignity

This project was developed as a strategy to adapt to climate change in the face of water scarcity and rationing in popular urban neighborhoods in the cities from La Paz and El Alto.” 40 baths and laundries were built by implementing rainwater harvesting systems and re-utilization of gray water which, through a pumping system supported by solar panels, are distributed in toilets and laundries, saving the use of drinking water.

Planetary Boundaries and Disaster Risk Reduction with Fr. Pedro Walpole

The following is from a presentation by Fr. Pedro Walpole at the College of Micronesia-FSM on the 19 of February. The presentation was my own first personal contact with the social justice imperative of planetary boundaries. The presentation included the role of personal responsibility in caring for planet earth and was filled with challenging statements such as “global economic development” is not the same thing as “global human development” and at time the former worsens the state of the latter.

Water use has grown six times in the last century; twice as fast as world population

According to José Graziano da Silva, water scarcity is already a challenge for the human race due to factors such as climate change and pollution.

According to FAO Director-General, two-thirds of the planet’s inhabitants live under severe water shortages at certain times of the year; conference in Brasilia debates lack of water as a factor for migration.

At global forums, church leaders advocate for safe water for all

Access to clean water is a fundamental right must be a global priority, said Catholic leaders present at the 8th World Water Forum and the Alternative World Water Forum. Catholic representatives spoke about the need to find ways to create a sustainable supply of fresh drinking water for all, especially the poorer populations around the world.

Development and Peace and Caritas Nepal provide assistance to Nepal earthquake victims

Development and Peace, in partnership with Caritas Nepal, provided emergency assistance and shelter to disaster victims of two violent earthquakes in the Nepalese districts of Gorkha and Sindhupalchok.