After returning from the Annual Meeting, I have been taking care of odds and ends from the meeting but also moving forward. PGJ has signed a Global Frackdown letter and a statement to be submitted to the Commission for Social Development(CSocD) which will be held from January 29-February 7, 2018. Actions against fracking are taking place in many, many countries. The grass roots have been energized.
Of course there have been meetings to attend: RUN monthly meeting and JCoR to mention a couple: Religious at the UN and Justice Coalition of Religious. Some meetings I can attend via Zoom. That saves time, energy and, of course, money.
Two groups from Molloy College will be visiting the UN next week. Those interactions are always invigorating. More so than completing the Department of Public Information(DPI) annual report. But that is one of the tasks that must be completed for PGJ to retain its DPI certification!
Next week Partnership for Global Justice members gather for our Annual Meeting. We will be at the Weber Center in Adrian, Michigan and will review the past year, award the Annual Peace and Justice Award; learn about permaculture, the anti-trafficking movement in Michigan, and the continued difficulties in Flint; view the video After the Flood, and enjoy each other's company. It will be a full day and a half followed by a Board Meeting.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Next Tuesday is the last day of the Season of Creation. Even though I said the prayer for each Sunday, it seems the time has been too short. Of course, I can continue to appreciate creation as we move into the colors of autumn.
Pope Francis has asked us to join in a week of prayer and action for forced migrants. I find their situation one that is painful to consider and prayer is truly my only recourse as I feel quite helpless to change it. God bless those who are in a position to assist migrants -- and who take action to do so.
As I was looking for items related to PGJ I came across the website for Water with Blessings.
Here are some quotes from their page.
"Using technology inspired by our own biology, the Sawyer PointONE filter system functions much like kidney dialysis does to filter out impurities in the water, leaving clean, drinkable water. This amazingly effective filter can be set up in five minutes. It requires only a 5-gallon container and the filtration kit. It is simple enough that adults of all education levels can learn how to use it. No electricity, no complicated maintenance... guaranteed for a lifetime of clean, safe water!"
"We continue to build our core ministry in Honduras, but thanks to our Mission Partners, we are also growing the Water Woman ministry in South Sudan, India, Nepal, Bolivia, Liberia, Kenya, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti... currently 40 countries worldwide and growing! "
"Each filter kit from Water With Blessings is sent off with a little extra love in the form of a crocheted filter 'sock.' We rely 100% on volunteers (like you!) to help us crochet these protective covers."
Follow this link to see how to crochet or knit a "sock." http://www.waterwithblessings.org/crochet-for-a-cause.html
These last days of August are a quiet time at the UN. This gives me time to catch up on some office items, to do a little pertinent reading, to think about our Annual Meeting and to strategize for the future. It also allows me to sit on the back porch and enjoy the backyard with its trees, birds, rabbits and squirrels. It gives me to time to, I hope, grow stronger for the fall trips to the UN. However, this is something that requires work, as do most of those areas of our lives where we want to see positive growth. What are you working to improve in your life?
I find it ironic that President Trump wanted the US to withdraw from the UN, but now that he feels we need action against North Korea he has used the UN to push for sanctions. This is, however, one move in which we stand with all the other nations of the Security Council. It is good to know that we do not stand alone even thought the President's rhetoric is scary. I am glad that the Secretary of State is calmer and seeking to allay fears and impulsive actions.
On another topic, August 9 was the International Day for Indigenous People and the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. Although indigenous people have made progress, they are still "left behind" when it comes to issues such as education, health and land rights. What might you do to help rectify this situation?
July is passing quickly. I am thinking "early July" and it is already July 21!
On July 15, I joined a group of PGJ members at Newman University in Wichita, KS. This gathering was coordinated by Cheryl Golden, a PGJ Board Member and Newman University faculty member. In addition to Mary Ellen Loch, CSJ, a number of Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Father Tom Welk and Cheryl Golden, the two Newman University interns, Linnea and Annie were present. The interns shared their experience at the UN and their plans for the fall. The group also saw the video showing the internship project of Khoi Nguyen.
From July 10, the UN has been hearing reports from countries regarding their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The reports were encouraging but I am wondering if they represent the people or only the governments. Do any of you have comments to share?
On Wednesday I listened to the webcast of the from the UN on Higher education. The panel focused mainly on graduate schools of business. I had hoped for a broader focus but did find the comments of persons from other countries interesting.
So long until next time.
At their recent meeting many mayors of US cities signed a document urging President Trump to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. They also committed to greater efforts on their part to lessen carbon emissions. Link to article:
It seems that human's carbon dioxide emissions have stabilized but the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is still increasing. Scientists fear that this means the natural sponges that have been disposing much of the carbon dioxide are no longer able to keep up. If this is the case global warming will increase at a dramatic rate and cause an increase the natural disasters we are now experiencing. Link to article:
This speaks to the urgency of saving our oceans and other natural "sponges."
The co-hosts of this conference are Fiji and Sweden. The first session of the conference began with a cultural experience. The content of the sessions that followed convinced me that plastics in the ocean are a huge problem. I also learned that personal care products contain micro plastics which are an unnecessary ingredient in those products. The inclusion of micro plastics is something that can be changed. Their removal will help save our oceans.
You can listen to webcasts at http://webtv.un.org/
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