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Renewing the hope of dissolute vine

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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.

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People’s March: Young Call on Climate Change

We had awesome discussions during the just concluded 3rd Young Earth Scientists (YES) Congress  in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Bringing together more than four hundred delegates and over forty countries represented. Congratulations to the Tanzania team for hosting a wonderful Congress.

Everyone was interested in Paul’s poster from India. He did enormous work to present a poster on the diversity of Indian climate and its effect on Indian Music. The main objective was to assess spatial change of climate  and its effects on musicals forms in different parts of India. We would compare this to story of Bongo evolution in East Africa. His work captured our eye on how climate variations adversely affected the number of new musicals in different geolocations. Regions with high rainfall and humidity recorded more new musicals compared with low rainfall areas. This earned Paul, the best overall poster on climate change during the YES Congress.

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It is encouraging at the rate young ambassadors are engaged to send the message of climate change home. As we had opportunity not only share our green stories of Nairobi but shade light on climate change impacts on Horn of Africa’s economy. The question of mitigation vs adaptation should be addressed by Africa Leaders. Let us move the discussions on climate change from boardrooms, scientists conference to the grassroots. As we head to New York City on 21st September – for Peoples March – let us boldly call for actions by our leaders that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilise their political will for a meaningful Climate Action post – 2015.

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“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” By Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai

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