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This is me at the age of 2. The picture was taken 2005 in France.
Since then about one third of ALL the world’s fossil fuel CO2 emissions have occurred. Over half of our CO2 emissions have taken place since 1990.

That sort of gives you an idea of how fast we’re racing in the wrong direction. Our annual emissions are now so high that every single year of Business As Usual will impact future living conditions for countless generations. Join us this Friday, September 25th for the global climate strike.


Please help the millions affected by the flooding in India and Bangladesh!
Countless people, particularly in the Global South, are already suffering the devastating impacts of the climate crisis.

Millions of people in South Asia have been severely affected by recent flooding, at a time when many had already lost so much from Covid-19 and Cyclone Amphan.

In India, more than 6.8 million people have been affected by recent severe monsoon floods. Meanwhile, close to one third of Bangladesh is already suffering flooding, with 2.8 million people affected. Although floods occur annually in these areas, the climate crisis is increasing their frequency and intensity, with current flooding among the worst in years.

This flooding has also come during a period of overlapping crises facing communities in India and Bangladesh. In March, Cyclone Amphan destroyed crops, infrastructure and more than 260,000 homes in both countries, while a Covid-19 lockdown has contributed to over a third of Bangladesh's population dropping under the poverty line.

My foundation will therefore donate €100.000 (from the prize money received from the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity) to these NGOs - working tirelessly and in desperate need of funds for flood relief work in India and Bangladesh - BRAC, Goonj, Action Aid India and Action Aid Bangladesh.

International media are largely ignoring this devastation, but we must do everything possible to directly support those suffering on the ground, who are in desperate need of resources. I am incredibly privileged to be in a position to be able to donate such sums of money through my foundation, and we are supporting these organisations to make sure it reaches communities affected by the flooding as soon as possible. If you are able, please consider donating to the relief effort. Visit their websites for details. Even the smallest amount can help.
(Photo: Al Jazeera )


Let's revolutionise addiction-healthcare in Canada
𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 - 𝗙𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗿𝘀

Last Door Recovery Society
TELUS Health
Gilead Sciences
Global BC
Westminster House Society
Cedars at Cobble Hill
Aurora Recovery Centre
Recovery Counselling Services Toronto
Turning Point Recovery Society
Scientific Supplies Centre
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba
Alberta Health Services
Orchard Recovery Center
Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
Calgary Homeless Foundation
Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center
Peoples Pharmacy
Edgewood Treatment Centre
Canadian Centre on Substance Use / Centre canadien sur les dépendances
CARF International
YourAlberta (Government of Alberta)
Government of British Columbia

I Am Willing 15/07/2020

Timely song

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“I’m a missionary in Guatemala and Covid has wrecked the economy. I met this man a few days ago rummaging through the trash. I wanted to take a photo that showed his beauty and dignity. (I also gave him enough to buy food for the week.)” — George Sisneros


Well done!

Timeline photos 10/07/2020
Timeline photos 26/06/2020

Justice William H. Hastie was the first African American Federal judge and the first African American governor in the nation. He is also the author of one of my favorite quotes: “Democracy is a process, not a static condition. It is becoming rather than being. It can easily be lost, but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.” It always feels relevant, but especially now.

Why I nearly turned my back on feminism 23/06/2020

"If I asked too many questions, raised too many concerns, if I had my freak out moments where I began to feel insecure and those voices from my past began sneaking in, if I communicated in a way unacceptable to others, if I spoke out of turn, if I said what was on my mind, if I said what I felt, if I didn’t fit into their square box, if I didn’t do as others expected, if I didn’t play by their rules, if I didn’t conform, I was immediately cast out. No explanation, no reason, just dismissed – as my family, and men, had done all my life."

Why I nearly turned my back on feminism In this important post, Ally-Marie Diamond explains how she was introduced to a feminist analysis of prostitution as a form of violence against women, her first tentative steps into the feminist mo…


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Here's a statue we can appreciate: La Mulâtresse Solitude who in 1802 helped lead a slave revolt in Guadeloupe whilst 8 months pregnant and whose last words before she was hanged would be: "Live free, or die".⁠

Solitude, was a slave who was initially freed after the abolition of slavery in the French colonies in 1794 after the Haitian Revolution led by Toussaint Louverture. The French government abolished slavery in order to prevent the revolution from spreading and becoming a generalized slave revolt in all its colonies in the Caribbean. However in 1802, Napoleon wanted to reintroduce slavery on Guadeloupe, so Solitude, now pregnant, joined the rebellion led by mulatto leader Louis Delgrès. ⁠

During the battles, the women showed exemplary courage and fighting spirit. Solitude was said to be a fierce and fearless warrior who pushed herself and her belly into the heart of every battle. From victory to victory, and then from setback to setback, she pushed herself and her womb all the way up into the mountains before the final defeat.⁠

Unfortunately, the rebels would eventually become outnumbered by French troops, so the rebels decided to make one last stand by letting the French advance in their territory before blowing up stores of gunpowder, thereby killing themselves together with hundreds of French soldiers. ⁠

Though most of the rebels died, Solitude survived and was captured and sentenced to death. Because she was pregnant at the time of her imprisonment, she was not to be hanged until after the birth of her child, as her child would become the property of a slave owner. ⁠

The morning after giving birth, Solitude stepped out of jail peacefully while, according to accounts, maternity’s milk stained her nightshirt. ⁠

"Live free or die" would be her last words before being hanged, becoming a martyr and symbol for all women and mothers who have sacrificed themselves and fought against all odds to defend the ideals of freedom and equality. ⁠

Almost 200 years later a statue was placed on Héros aux Abymes Boulevard in Guadeloupe in her memory.

Man shouts racist slurs, hits woman in face after she sneezes while walking dog in East Vancouver - NEWS 1130 17/05/2020

“It’s sad to say that I’m used to these kind of actions. It’s not the first time I’ve been punched in the face, hopefully it’s the last time. But this kind of stuff is just another day. I’m an Indigenous woman who faces this stuff on a daily basis.”

Man shouts racist slurs, hits woman in face after she sneezes while walking dog in East Vancouver - NEWS 1130 VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Dakota Holmes says she was punched in the face several times while having racist slurs yelled at her by a large, white man after she sneezed while walking her dog Friday night. The 27-year-old took her dog, Kato, to the park near St. Catherine’s Street and East 33 Avenue ...

Behind North America’s Lowest Death Rate: A Doctor Who Fought Ebola 17/05/2020

Behind North America’s Lowest Death Rate: A Doctor Who Fought Ebola Virus Fight Behind North America’s Lowest Death Rate: A Doctor Who Fought Ebola By Natalie Obiko Pearson 5:03 Behind North America’s Lowest Death Rate: A Doctor Who Fought Ebola By Natalie Obiko Pearson , Covid-19 was early to land, quick to taper in British Columbia Canadian province prevailed ...

There is no such thing as western civilisation | Kwame Anthony Appiah 08/05/2020

"How have we managed to tell ourselves that we are rightful inheritors of Plato, Aquinas, and Kant, when the stuff of our existence is more Beyoncé and Burger King?" -- Kwame Anthony Appiah

There is no such thing as western civilisation | Kwame Anthony Appiah The Long Read: The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention


“And a man will be already in no mean paradise, if at the hour of sunset a good hope can fall on him like harmonies of music, that the earth shall still be fair, and the happiness of every feeling creature still receive a constant augmentation, and each good cause yet find worthy defenders, when the memory of his own poor name and personality has long been blotted out of the brief recollection of men for ever.” -- John Morley


This is definitely one of those photographs that ends up in history books

Meet the Canadian doctor who prescribes money to low-income patients 27/04/2020

"Seeing patients, it became clear to me very quickly that until we worked on the basic social foundations of health, we wouldn’t be able to do much about traditional medical issues. There’s an incredibly strong body of evidence that proves the link between poverty and poor health outcomes. Most health providers get the evidence, but they pass it off, saying, 'It’s not really my domain to deal with that.'

I disagree. That’s why I went back to the drawing board and said, 'How can I start to insert real action in the front-line practice — and find ways to do that that feel doable for busy front-line practitioners?'" -- Gary Bloch

Meet the Canadian doctor who prescribes money to low-income patients Boosting people’s incomes to help boost their health outcomes — could this model work in the US?

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