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Archive December 2019 Environmental Newsletter

We are trying something new with our December Newsletter! We are making it interactive, we hope you will be inspired and participate!

The first 2 weeks of December United Nations Climate Conference will be meeting to discuss the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. 

Groups and individuals from around the globe are joining together on December 6th to make a unified statement.

#6D Is Now is mobilizing as one humanity in the largest chain of climate actions in history.

We want to make it clear to leaders of the world that we demand action now, and to recognize that we are already in a climate crisis.

Here in Northern Thailand Warm Heart is participating with a Community Action Day focused on biochar.

We encourage everyone to participate locally and take action in your own communities.

December 6th is just the beginning!

The #6D Is Now campaign is just the first step towards making a difference, we need to keep taking climate actions everyday!

Not everyone will be able to participate on Dec. 6. That does not mean you do not care, or lack the power to take positive steps with your own climate action!

Throughout the month of December we will be adding stories of groups and individuals that have grown tired of just talking about the problems of climate change.

People who take action and “Do Something”. No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, when a lot of people take action it has an impact!

We hope you will join us and share a photo of your commitment to change with whatever action you choose to do.

Your climate action may inspire others around the world to join in.

Where are all the photos of taking climate action? ???

Submit your photos!

Just fill out the form and submit, your photo will be added to our gallery highlighting climate actions from around the world!



Tuvalu Named the Worlds’ First Ambassador for Climate Emergency” in the COP25

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Taiwanese Artist Vincent J. F. Huang Speaks Out for the First Countries Falling Victim to the Climate Emergency. 

In view of the exacerbating global climate change in recent years and the imminent threat of inundation brought by the rising sea level, the Cabinet of the South Pacific country Tuvalu has recently named Taiwanese artist Vincent J. F. Huang its Ambassador for Climate Emergency. In order to highlight the urgency of the matter, the Hon. Kausea Natano, Tuvalu’s Prime Minister, chose to confer credentials on Mr. Huang at a ceremony held in lapping waves in the Pacific Ocean near the capital island of Funafuti. This is unprecedented not only because the title is the first in the world, but also because a national government has entrusted an artist with such responsibilities.

With an average elevation of just one meter and its highest altitude four meters above sea level, Tuvalu is at the very forefront of climate emergency as the rising sea level erodes its land. UN General Secretary António Guterres has drawn global attention on several occasions to Tuvalu’s imminent crisis of submergence because this crisis is very well on its way to affecting the entire world.

       The world has seen more extreme weather events recently: July 2019 is the planet’s hottest month on record since 1880, with a peak temperature of 46 degrees Celsius registered in Europe. Bush fires go on the rampage in Amazon Rainforest, California and eastern Australia. Venice in Italy was flooded by rising water levels as high as 187 cm. However, the Trump Administration turned a blind eye to all these and started the process of exiting the Paris Climate Agreement in early November. There is no doubt that such action undermines the international solidarity in coping with the climate emergency.  

       In a nod to the eco-meltdown and imminent extinction of species triggered by dangerous climate change, the UK Parliament took the lead in declaring a climate change “Emergency” in May this year, calling on all countries to take “practical actions”. Countries including Ireland, France, and Canada as well as hundreds of cities very quickly came onboard, making “Climate Change” a global movement. The Guardian also updated its style guide to recommend “Climate Emergency” over “Climate Change”. 

The Hon. Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Tuvalu since September this year and current Rotating Chairperson of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), has been deeply concerned over climate breakdown. He believes that Tuvalu is in need of more urgent concrete measures coping with the climate emergency because it is fighting at close quarters against extreme weather. The PM has high regard for Mr. Vincent J. F. Huang’s commitment to the cause as demonstrated by his foregrounding not only Tuvalu’s specific crisis, but also the general severe ecological plight soon to confront the entire world, at UNFCCC COP25 and the Venice Biennale since 2010. Tuvalu hopes to encourage more positive actions by appointing the world’s first Ambassador for Climate Emergency.

 Ambassador Vincent J. F. Huang is mandated to diversify international climate actions with a special focus on innovative collaborations with UN Secretary General António Guterres and Prince Charles of the UK. He will also attend the UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid, Spain and meet UN General Secretary António Guterres among others.

       As extreme weather becomes the new normal, the existing models of communication or education must update, and more creative formats are called for in soliciting action across the global community. Taiwanese artist Vincent J. F. Huang, whose works have long evolved around environmental issues, points out that climate emergency cannot be neglected! Social sculptures can evoke more practical actions. It is high time to steer away from protests and lip service. Mr. Huang also plans to call on more global influencers to create a new green sustainable model starting from assisting Tuvalu.

       For example, Hon. PM Natano recently proposed a land reclamation project to counteract the loss of human habitat to rising sea water. More importantly, this proposal may grow into a national-level climate positive initiative for green sustainable development, an antidote to the global fossil fuel dependence since the Industrial Revolution, a reference model for green circular economy, and a rethinking and relearning on Man-Nature harmony.  

H.E. Ambassador Huang praises Tuvalu’s role as a forerunner in the fight against climate crisis. As this sovereign state explores ways to survive the climate emergency, it goes to the heart of sustainability. Like the Limits to Growth, an idea first put forward by the Club of Rome in 1972, its valor leads us to question whether the prevailing economic growth model of “draining the pond to get all the fish” will propel the world towards a bright future or a gloomy end of destruction.

       A Master of Fine Art graduate from Grays’ School of Art, Scotland in 2000, Ambassador Vincent J. F. Huang has devoted himself to environmental art for over 20 years. His works twice constituted the Tuvalu National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and 2015. His international engagement through artistic expression earned him domestic recognition as he received the 7th Presidential Cultural Award in 2013, the most prestigious cultural award in Taiwan.

Video. Tuvalu PM award ACE credential in oceanside



★ NOTE. 

Hon. Prime Minister of Tuvalu is only available to interview by media in the COP25 on 10th Dec. Please contact Ms.Tinapa in advance. =========================█ Media Contact.Ms. Mahu Tinapa, Director of Protocol, Government of Tuvalutinapamahu@gmail.com

Climate Action Heroes

Warm Heart is very honored to be recognized and included as one of the recipients of Global Giving’s Climate Action Fund. We share the honor with 4 other non-profits across the globe that have committed their lives taking climate action solutions. We are proud to be part of this amazing group of climate action activists.

We work in different areas of climate action, but we share the same dedication of time and energy to make our programs work. We are amazed by the work of our cohorts, and share their stories in hopes of inspiring you to take action, in whatever way you can.

Corals for Conservation: Planting second-generation, climate-adapted corals in Fiji  

The rainforests of the sea, coral reefs play a vital role in ocean health. Unfortunately, approximately 75% of coral reefs worldwide are threatened by a combination of local and global stressors. In and around Fiji, more than 90% of the corals have bleached and died. Luckily, Corals for Conservation’s Austin Bowden-Kerby reports that his team has “developed coral gardening techniques that are both effective and low cost.” With support from the Climate Action Fund, the communities Austin works with will restore patches of healthy corals by planting second-generation, climate-adapted corals of diverse species. Villages in Fiji, Vanuatu, Christmas Island, Kiribati, and Tuvalu will benefit. Learn more.

Sadhana Forest Kenya: Bringing forests back to the Samburu tribe

Sadhana Forest Kenya is led by husband-wife duo Yorit and Aviram Rozin. The organization works to sustainably bring back water, forests, and wildlife to degraded lands. The Climate Action Fund will support the Samburu tribe in Kenya in creating forests of indigenous, food-producing trees that will provide long-term food security while simultaneously curbing climate change. Learn More

Instituto Chaikuni: Cultivating regenerative food forests in the Peruvian Amazon

The Chaikuni Institute works to revitalize ancestral practices in rural Amazonian areas, combining permaculture design and traditional knowledge to train local farmers in the indigenous and mestizo communities of the Peruvian Amazon. Executive Director and political ecologist Stefan Kistler says, “The philosophy of Akinananti—working together and unity through thoughtful actions in community—is the motivating inspiration behind this program.” With support from the Climate Action Fund, Instituto Chaikuni will bring communities together to engage in an intercultural learning environment while revitalizing ancient practices. Learn more.

Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P:

Supporting environmental youth leaders to spearhead local adoption of climate solutions in Mexico 

Sierra Gorda is an alliance of organizations working towards conservation, restoration, and sustainable development. Group leader Pati Ruiz Corzo shares that “When youth lead initiatives such as ecosystem restoration and reforestation, they increase community environmental awareness and local resilience to climate change.” The Climate Action Fund will support Sierra Gorda in providing young environmental leaders with training, education, and a community of fellow activists through EcoClubs. “The hope is that, as youth become leaders in their communities, they will guide the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve towards sustainable development, holistic land management, and biodiversity conservation.” Learn more.

Warm Heart Worldwide: Generating economic incentives for farmers to abandon open-field burning in Thailand

Greenhouse gases from agricultural burning is a major contributor to climate change. With support from the Climate Action Fund, a group of villages in northern Thailand will be able to reduce their impact on global warming and improve farmers’ incomes, the soil, and community health through Warm Heart Worldwide’s “Stop the Smoke!” campaign. What excites Evelind Schecter, the project’s leader, is that “this project is globally replicable. It expands the village co-op model producing biochar products, improves health outcomes, reduces global warming.” Learn more.

’tis the season of giving

This holiday season please consider making a donation to Global Giving’s Climate Action Fund and help support all 5 groups in the work we are doing!

Coming soon! Help us fill our gallery of climate action photos. Show us your how you are taking action in your community!

An effective climate action is distributing biochar to plants.

To begin with, the making of the biochar eliminated smoke from open field burning.

Biochar mixed with compost is a great soil additive.

When you put the biochar back into the earth it nourishes the soil, helps retain water, absorbs chemicals, and sequesters carbon.

Using biochar creates a demand for biochar, which encourages farmers to make biochar instead of smoke. Less smoke means less fuel for global warming.

Our Gallery

Restoration and Conservation of Mangrove Forest in Cambodia

There is an activity that we consider our resources which decline every year by humans and nature. The mangrove forest is provided hugely overlooked for environmental health and diversity habitat. This proposed is started in hugely act to replant mangrove in the wetland area. We can restore the mangrove forest by contributing to making up our environment more better. The people who live near the wetland area are the main resources to promote and provide them the training involve with the protection of the forest for their life. So, it is that point that they can contribute to protect and restore with us. We live in this world because of the good health of earth so our goal is to treat the earth’s healthiness. This starts with us.

Distributing biochar
Feeding biochar to plants

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