Getting kids out of the mines A model of “radical inclusivity” has been put into action to address household poverty and ensure child protection in artisanal mining communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bon Pasteur (Good Shepherd) Kolwezi, the Good Shepherd Sisters’ operation based there, recruits children from the mine sites to attend […]

“What we have done is totally wrong. We think we can use concrete to channelize a river. We think we can use dykes to protect the city from being flooded.” According to Professor Kongjian Yu, a Chinese ecological urbanist, draining all the water away from cities is a bad idea and not effective in containing […]

Bhutan – the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” (or Druk Yul in Bhutanese) – is a small landlocked country in Eastern Asia, on the edge of the Himalayas. The kingdom’s government, presiding over about 770,000 people, has but one aim – ensuring that its citizens are happy and well. To do so, it has created […]

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On today, June 5, World Environment Day, the United Nations reminds us that “the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. “Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must […]

People helping each other Ever heard of “caremongering”? News is circulating about this new term and what’s behind it. The trend began in Canada and is spreading fast. The caremongering movement identifies the acts of kindness triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. And there are lots. According to a BBC article, they range from “delivering soup […]

April 22nd is Earth Day. Join the festivities wherever you are in the world, without leaving your home. The theme of the event’s 50th anniversary is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change has distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for this milestone […]

Combating COVID-19: The Tale of a Silent Warrior in India By Pankaj Adhikari – The media across the world are covering stories highlighting celebrity donations amid the COVID pandemic. But there are few stories about the real heroes who are battling on the ground and fighting silently behind the scenes, away from the media glare, […]

Media company Forbes had the good idea to publish ways to stay positive in a coronavirus world. And as the March 13, 2020 article by Benjamin Laker mentions, “Focusing on positive emotions is more than smiling: it is the ability to remain optimistic and view one’s situation from a constructive perspective.” Here are the recommendations […]

First, the world moved to plastics for anything and everything as it was a cheap alternative to other materials. Then, once we understood that petroleum-based plastics are bad for the environment – companies had unleashed more than 8 trillion kilos of the stuff on the world by 2018 – on came the advent of bioplastics. […]

There’s much good news to be happy about, even related to the coronavirus. Measures to curb the coronavirus are having a positive effect on our planet. Shut factories and clear streets have dramatically reduced nitrogen dioxide emissions. Satellite pictures by NASA and the European Space Agency show that these emissions from vehicles, power plants and […]