See What Canyon Life Is Like for a Navajo Pageant Winner

Posted on 23. Jul, 2017 by .


From National Geographic –

Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly National Monument is a place where many Navajo families come to reconnect with their roots. The area was once inhabited by Ancient Puebloans and some believe that the ancestral spirits still remain. Every year, sisters Tonisha and Tonielle Draper spend time in the Canyon learning about their Navajo heritage from their father and grandmother. In this short film from the National Park Experience, watch Tonisha share her knowledge in the Miss Central Navajo Pre-Teen pageant and continue the tribe’s traditions for another generation.

For guided tours of Canyon de Chelly National Monument, contact Daniel Draper by phone or email. Credits: Directed and produced by Dana Romanoffand Amy Marquis; edited by Greg Snider (Blue Chalk Media); cinematography by Dana Romanoff and Jason Greene (Blue Chalk Media); audio mix by Mike Cramp (Postmodern Company).

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

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Climate change could create up to 2 billion refugees

Posted on 23. Jul, 2017 by .


By the year 2100, rising sea levels could force up to 2 billion people inland, creating a refugee crisis among one-fifth of the world’s population. Worse yet, there won’t be many places for those migrants to go, with obstacles such as drought, desertification, and other climate impacts that decrease the habitability of inland regions. Too much of the conversation is focused on measures that allow us to co-exist with higher sea levels, potentially leaving countries woefully unprepared for a mass migration that could dwarf the current refugee crisis in Europe. The US is particularly at risk. Millions of mainland Americans could be forced to flee inland, and Texas alone could have as many as 2.5 million internal migrants. (Link)

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Resources for helping the Homeless

Posted on 07. Jul, 2017 by .


Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.), there are an estimated half a million people on any given night without a bed to sleep in? Homelessness is a circumstance that nearly everyone thinks could never happen to them — and yet, there are hundreds of thousands of men, women and children with nowhere to call home.

Here is the silver lining: we can all do a lot to help those less fortunate than us, and no action is too small to make a difference. The following are great resources to help you find a way to help:

What’s the best way to help the homeless? Former homeless people share their advice

Runaways and Drug Abuse: 15 Ways to Reach Out and Make a Difference

Homeless Shelter Directory

Declutter Your Home Through Philanthropy

13 Essential Items You Never Thought to Donate to Those in Need

The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Home’s Yard into a Community Garden

10 Incredible Ways To Help Homeless Animals Without Adopting Them


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Trump pulls out of the Paris agreement: Catholic leaders respond

Posted on 10. Jun, 2017 by .


Taken from americamagazine.org –

Just last week President Trump told Pope Francis that he would read “Laudato Si’,” Francis’ encyclical on the environment and climate change. Based on today’s events, it is clear that the president either has not yet read it, or he simply disagrees with what the pontiff said.

Today in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, which virtually the entire world had joined in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. The United States joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not committed to the voluntary restrictions outlined in the agreement.

Around the United States and the world, Catholic leaders quickly voiced their concerns through statements, emails and tweets.

Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, who is the chairman of the USCCB committee on international justice and peace issued the following statement: “The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), along with Pope Francis and the entire Catholic Church, have consistently upheld the Paris agreement as an important international mechanism to promote environmental stewardship and encourage climate change mitigation. The President’s decision not to honor the U.S. commitment to the Paris agreement is deeply troubling.

“The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in solidarity. The Paris agreement is an international accord that promotes these values. President Trump’s decision will harm the people of the United States and the world, especially the poorest, most vulnerable communities. The impacts of climate change are already being experienced in sea level rise, glacial melts, intensified storms, and more frequent droughts. I can only hope that the President will propose concrete ways to address global climate change and promote environmental stewardship.”

Read more here

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Urban trees as solution to address air pollution and extreme heat

Posted on 03. Jun, 2017 by .


Trees are one of the single best infrastructure investments cities can make – in fact, a major report by the Nature Conservancy concludes trees are the only cost-effective solution addressing both air quality and rising urban temperatures. Some of the world’s largest cities could dramatically improve public health by investing just $4 per capita in their canopies.

Tree plantings can reduce downwind particulate matter concentrations by 7 to 24 percent, and temperatures by 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Trees can also cool urban temperatures by 1.5C. “Cities often think about tree-planting budgets totally separate from their health budgets, said lead author Rob McDonald. “We want cities to see the link between the two.”

These report offers guidelines and strategies to maximize the effectiveness of urban trees: NatureCity Lab

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