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Renewing the hope of dissolute vine

We are all standing on this ice sheet that is susceptible to the weight of over seven billion. The hole up North sends a shiver through our skin. I see twenty five showered in their warm clothing. What about the seventy one of us? Where will our warmth come from?

Down South, the friction crack is deep on this side of film crust. What did they do to expose feeble life to this worrisome and sleep depriving crack? Moreover, she has to worry of where or when her next plate of rice will be found. Forget about disappearing flows of life that nourish this ice sheet. They say the South has surpassed its carrying capacity and they are too many on this side. But they do not have what North has. I walk on bare foot while he drives this monster that guzzles the underneath precious. He prides of his inventions that block the sun shine to our faces. We can’t even recall memories of clear sunrise or set. Why was he created and invented all this blood sucking calculus around us.

I hear him whisper on other side of the fence, “They have too much space, why don’t we exchange our time on our side with theirs”. We can’t pretend no more this hole on our side will swallow us – take our children’s play fields away and next they will be force to live on manufactured ice-lining to cover numerous foreseeable holes.

option1Yes, you see how they are well armed to kill us. Let’s dump this polythene bag here and see if they will cross over to pick. This side of the friction crack is care free – we did not cause the hole and this crack too. I see heaps of rubbish and throat chocking odor. I have stomach upsets due to infiltrated filth in my only cup of life. I take this glass of wine where we all meet. Our social plus spiritual-cultural divide seems to have overtaken our interests to hold this champagne glass on this ecological space. In my eyes it looks like the top – have it, and between stands great narrow divide with wide base of – have not.

I feel some breeze sweeping the snow dust on my worn out feet. I am in a siesta and through this eye I see two inverted glass cups similar to those of champagne glass. Slowly, the dust gathers into the top cup. It looks like one side is full and the other empty. A vine tree with degenerating growth is what I see. Equality my heart jumps, both glass cups are half full but the lower one seems to increase. I can hear a voice whisper through this glass cups let’s pull the curtains down. There will be no moment like this again.

It seems everyone overheard the whisper. Woken up by this confusion, someone stepped on me, they are running and she is crying what we will do. The glasses seem to be getting closer to our helter scepter life. This breeze is gradual pulling my arm up similar to magical robes. I can’t reach the two glass cups. In her little angel strength she tries to hold me up. Where is everyone? I am at the verge of falling through the friction crack. Their mass on one side may save me. It is like a slow heavy jack lifting me and only to about touch this glass cups. The full one tilts to the top and I see snow dust slip to the lower side. I hear a cheer, like a triumphant army trudging through the well cared fields and consciously placed huts.

United they narrate of being sandwiched with these nearly divided ice plates. Imagine being buried within these plates and sink down in this sludge of misconducts. You saved us but I harshly say no – don’t you see the friction crack is now no more. It will recur if we do not take time to take care of it. Let us uphold Una Terra, Una Famiglia Umana spirit – Italian words for one planet one human family.

How Green is your City?

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Green Cities Index

It is all over in meetings and social networks Green Economy or go green. But do you know what it means to go green or simpler How Green is your City? Is it more vegetables for dinner or painting all buildings green? We are not ridiculous to tell you that is not green economy or going green.  I would like to answer but I have already clarified on this blog, please visit the page on About Us.

My intuition leads me to conclude there are masses without knowledge on what is all  about green economy or go green? The report on African Green City Index – Assessing the environmental performance of Africa’s major cities, serves as an eye opener to our humane ignorance. This study conducted by EUI, assesses the environmental performance of 15 cities while discussing green policies and projects other cities can borrow a leaf of.

What makes a city green?

Besides highlighting green initiatives (environmental friendly projects), it rates cities based various categories; energy, carbon emission, water, sanitation, waste, air quality, land use, transport and environmental governance. According to this index, Sub-Saharan Africa cities which constitute near half of cities, all ranked below average except one, Accra.

Likewise, two East Africa cities that were surveyed, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, struggle in the index. This calls us to examine what these cities are doing to reverse the negative score.

Green versus brown is what we seek to clarify. Highly due to the environmental campaign focuses on human health and poverty reduction, this called “brown agenda”. It is different from “green agenda”, which looks to improve the sustainability of ecosystems. We support findings in the report that immediate demands of survival in sub-Saharan cities tend to prevent a focus on sustainability – green economy.

The cities need more people like the late Prof Wangari Maathai. One of the political elites who  prioritized environmental issues and understood sustainability is a long-term issue, requiring investment now for a longer-term benefit in a resource constrained environment.

We call you to join us in the SHIFT of emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards sustainable quality of LIFE and healing of our society, people and eco-systems in cities.

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