Malaria No More

May 12 ,2008

I wanted to let you all know about an Organization I’ve become involved with–Malaria No More. MNM seeks to eradicate the malaria epidemic in Africa and other 3rd world countries.

Global warming is not some theory played out in Hollywood movies about an Armageddon of ice age — climate change is today. According to the World Health Organization one issue that has been greatly affected by climate change is Malaria. Malaria was an epidemic in the US only 70 years ago and has been all but wiped out. Malaria is carried by mosquitoes who find their homes in pools of stagnant water. Climate change has brought severe droughts and longer rainy seasons, destroying family’s sources of food and facilitating the spread of one of the most lethal yet easily preventable diseases, Malaria.

What is most alarming is that 90% of Malaria deaths occur in Africa and every 30 seconds a child dies in Africa from this fully preventable disease. Malaria currently kills 3000 children a day and more than 1 million people a year in Africa. This easily preventable and curable disease has been allowed to run rampant in Africa because, due to extreme poverty, there are no funds to buy the tools to fight Malaria. The most effective tool in the fight against Malaria are simple bed nets. A bed net can protect a child from mosquitoes that bight at night. For about 10 dollars — treated bed nets can save these kids lives.

There is a real need to protect our environment for future generations, not just our own, but for people living half way around the world eking out their existence in the shadow of the globes wealthiest nations. It is not just enough to talk about social, political and environmental justice, action is needed. If we want to protect this earth that we all hold so dear we must all be good stewards of our environment. As individuals we can do a lot to a lot to lessen our carbon footprint –slowing the process of climate change in countless ways from conservation to recycling. But what is our role across the ocean and what can we do now about the real impacts? The US is 4% of the population, but produces 25% of the earth’s carbon emissions — the major factor in climate change. However, it is the poorest amongst us both locally and globally who are disproportionately affected by climate change. Where is the justice in that? Climate justice is the moral and ethical obligation to help the poor — those directly impacted by climate change — a problem they did not create.

These are the reasons I’ve recently become affiliated with Malaria No More. MNM is an organization that aims to eradicate the mosquito borne disease known as Malaria.

The responsibility of knowing the possible — is to take action and create change. To find out more about what you can do to help please check out www.malarianomore.org

Thanks- G

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