This is not goodbye

Howdy World!

As you know, I’ve been absent since June. Holidays, changes in my life, new people have left a mark in me. That’s why I’m going to change, but not change the content, we’re going to have two other blogs. Both are mine, both are based in the main topics of Greening.

One of my passions is healthy cooking. So, one of them is about cooking. The other is about phytotherapy mainly, but there will be more themes such us music, art, photography, travelling… Moreover, they will sometimes work in conjunction making post of health in food.

I’m going to be closer to you than before. But I follow the same philosophy, with less time because I’ve started a difficult year, but I’ll try to make it the best I can. This means posts with less frequency. Sorry :(

I only hope you don’t forget Greening because it’s been very important for me. Now, it’s time to look towards the future. It’s time to look towards “Green your mind” and “Between stoves”.

http://greenyourmind.wordpress.com

http://betweenstoves.wordpress.com

Thank you for all this four months and see you in my new blogs!

Smile and be happy, life is too short :D -Leo

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30/09/2012 at 09:50 3 comentarios

Rio+20: Food

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment.

But right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 925 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050. The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a Zero Hunger Challenge, inviting all nations to be boldly ambitious as they work for a future where no one goes hungry. The Zero Hunger Challenge has five objectives:

– 100% access to adequate food all year round.

– Zero stunted children under 2 years, no more malnutrition in pregnancy and early childhood.

– All food systems are sustainable.

– 100% growth in smallholder productivity and income, particularly for women.

– Zero loss or waste of food, including responsible consumption.

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households. 500 million small farms worldwide, most still rainfed, provide up to 80 per cent of food consumed in a large part of the developing world. Investing in smallholder women and men is an important way to increase food security and nutrition for the poorest, as well as food production for local and global markets.

Since the 1900s, some 75 per cent of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems. 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity worldwide – most of which live in rural areas of the developing world. Energy poverty in many regions is a fundamental barrier to reducing hunger and ensuring that the world can produce enough food to meet future demand.

Here you are three videos:

– 1st: it’s in English and is about the food crisis is living Niger.

– 2nd: it’s in Spanish and is about the agriculture in the Mauritanian desert.

– 3rd: it’s in French and is about the sustainable agriculture in Vietnam and Senegal.

24/06/2012 at 22:45 2 comentarios

Rio+20: Cities

Two Italian friends are at home now! They come from Firenze (Toscana). I’ve already been three times in Firenze and I really like it. One day, I’ll make a post with photos and useful information about this marvellous Italian city.

And now, let’s start with the post: cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.

However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities in a way that continues to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Common city challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure.

The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty. The future we want includes cities of opportunities, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more for all.

I’ve only found one video that is in English and subtitled Spanish and is about the sustainable development analysed by Ban Ki-moon. 

English/Spanish – Sustainable development

23/06/2012 at 22:24 1 comentario

Rio+20: Energies

Happy birthday Diego! Hope you’re having fun in your birthday. Some things don’t go as well as we would want, but that’s life: happiness and sadness. Don’t worry and enjoy with your family this day. And think we’re on summer holidays! :D

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is an opportunity to transform lives, economies and the planet.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a Sustainable Energy for All initiative to ensure universal access to modern energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources.

One in five people still lacks access to modern electricity. Moreover, 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating. Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. So, reducing the carbon intensity of energy is a key objective in long-term climate goals.

Sorry, but the post is not too long today because I’m not well. I’ve had some personal problems and I only want to think and think about it, trying to find the solution. Right now, the solution doesn’t seem good.

I’ve also found some interesting videos:

– 1st: it’s in English and is about an initiative in countries that were once part of the soviet bloc whose houses were destroyed and now are being rebuilding ecologically.

 English – Buildings and climate change

– 2nd: it’s in Spanish and is about the use of water to obtain electricity in Rwanda.

 

– 3rd: it’s in French and is about the use of renewable energies in Pakistan.

22/06/2012 at 19:20 Deja un comentario

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21/06/2012 at 23:04 Deja un comentario

Rio+20: Jobs

Post of Rio+20 Week, but first a fantastic news: I’ve won a competition because of my academic and personal transcript so I’m very, very happy and proud. But above all the prize, this has shown me a really useful lection for my life. I didn’t want to enter the competition because a friend (also congrats to you Juan) had a better transcript and thought mine wasn’t going to win… and what surprise when this morning my wonderful teachers told me the news! My friend also has won. So, try to do all you can in your life, don’t be afraid of lose! And finally…

More than 1’3 million of people live with 2 dollars per day in a poverty situation. Bearing in mind the actual situation, economic and politic measures are very important for the future of a equilibrated society. Labour markets are vital not only for the generation of wealth and its equal distribution.

Ecological jobs are being introduced in agriculture, industry and services that care nature. Green sustainable jobs are being developing to the environment needs because they help to keep biodiversity, reduce energy consume and pollution. In this way, environment will have health, a health the human being has stolen to Mother Earth and her family children.

In recent years a lot of ecological jobs (more than 2 millions) have been created in the field of renewable energies. However, agriculture continues being the field that creates more jobs.

Some examples of this are:

– In Cape Town there have been a lot of jobs created.

– There are more businesswomen.

– Jamaica creates jobs in agriculture that go to youth.

– In Georgia a new age after a war begins thanks to microcredits.

– The famous microcredits in developing countries are bringing benefits.

– Panama offers new fishing jobs.

– China is investing in renewable energies, although I think it’s for an economic reason, not ecological.

Here you are three videos of several activities that create a lot of jobs:

– 1st: it’s in English and is about the future green jobs for women in Bangladesh.

English – The future of women in Bangladesh

-2nd: it’s in Spanish and is about the South African companies and their campaigns of recycling electronic material.

– 3rd: it’s in French and is about the transformation of paper in carbon.  

21/06/2012 at 21:24 Deja un comentario

Sunshine

Happy summer to everybody!

Right now, at 0:09 a new season begins… Here in Spain it’s going to be a lot of hot and drought! What a horrible weather forecast!

And for those who live in the southern hemisphere and the weather is cold, don’t get ill and look after your health! :)

This reminds and takes me to the past, to three months ago, when spring began and Greening did it too. Thank you for these three months.

Remember that today there’s another post about Rio+20 and one theme of the Sustainable Development Conference. This is the Rio+20 Week!

Have a nice day! -Leo

The photo was taken in El Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz), next to the Atlantic Ocean.

21/06/2012 at 00:09 2 comentarios

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