Be the change you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi
I am taking on the challenge of Living below the poverty line for 5 days (24th Sep to 28 Sep), where I will live under $2.25 a day.
Live Below the Line is challenging individuals and communities to see how much change you can make out of $2.25. By living off just $2.25 per day for food for 5 days, I will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change.
I would like your support to collect $500 (my target) which will go towards the Global Poverty Project. This is one of the numerous projects that I am supporting. Please click on this link to donate, read about the project and you could also register to do what I am doing https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/seemasingh . I took up this challenge at the last minute but I am quite positive that I will be able to collect $500 with all your support.
Will be sending an update on the project every now and then.
Thanks for reading so far and thank you in advance for your support.
Flood intensity and related costs have been growing year by year but unfortunately people are not able to take action against the continuous environmental degradation .. it is very clear that we need to subside our unemployment rates but not at the cost of deforestation which has led to increased runoff along the nadi river catchment areas leading to loss of crop land, water and nutrient retention, increasing erosion leading to higher sedimentation rates causing more damage when the water levels increase in case of flash floods .. in the desperate desire for economic stability we are destroying our natural capital by building hotels and infrastructure which are not sustainable in the long run .. our natural environment is the basis for our tourism industry .. we are at a stage where we can rectify the damages done and then move ahead with caution .. if we dont, then there is a possibility of no return .. .. we dont want that to happen!!! .. Nature Fiji (online) reports that we are surrounded by sea and ocean, and our marine biodiversity is very rich and diverse, we share nearly all our marine biodiversity with our neighbours, in most cases, with tropical islands. Our terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems are not only biodiversity rich but also contain a very large number of endemic species, over 946 are currently known. Our endemic populations are important for the richness of our natural environment ..
We need to change the ways we do things .. we have to aim for sustainability considering the environment, the people, and the economy .. we have to change attitudes of people and the government as well .. What we need is an overarching sustainability framework that protects our environment from the greedy investors who are cashing in from our weak governance mechanisms/ frameworks. Lack of waste disposal guidelines would contaminate our waterways endangering the ecosystems that we Fijians are dependent on .. our neighbours are not so economically developed as us, therefore the result of our weak frameworks would impact their livelihoods as well .. we need an integrated framework that looks at our problems in a more holistic way (development, waste management, infrastructure, jobs etc). We also need to strengthen our educational frameworks which would make our young people more environmental conscious. This has to be done now! or else we would also be a nation who would just be listing endangered or extinct species on a website and the list would continue as time passes ..
am hearing ‘scary’, ‘wth’, ‘i cant believe the extent of destruction’, ‘sorry for the loss’, ‘sorry to see distress and devastation’ etc etc etc .. what next? what will we do about this loss, distress, devastation? stand up and get your voices heard .. write to those in power .. let them know of your opinions, stand against improper use of resources, stand against improper developments. Get together, join hands .. call meetings .. work together, work out an emergency plan within your own communities.. take precaution now!! natural disasters do not take into account how rich u are, how much assets you have, how well off you are, if you are a farmer or a shop owner etc .. when it destructs it destructs!! currently, everyone who has left their house is a temporary evacuee? do we want to spend the rest of our lives evacuating to safer places when disaster strikes? what if those safer places become no longer safe? then!! what will we do? was it this way 20 years ago? what things have contributed to the situation we are in today? Think about it .. are these changes worth the chaotic/ stressful/ unsteady lives we have at the moment? When will we put our foot down and say ‘stop it’?
Another one bites the dust .. many of us believe in fate .. so see how glorious our fates will be .. !!! atm its Tuvalu and Kiribati .. our small islands will be next to follow .. whether volcanic or coral .. we will also get a brunt of the climate chaos .. at least we have an island to give to the people of Kiribati .. who will give us shelter – 900 000 of us in Fiji? NZ, AUST, USA, who will? Put your thinking caps on immediately .. think about the attitudes of the economically rich nations when they will be asked to take us into their countries? Most carbon emissions are caused by the economically rich nations .. we get hit hard in the face .. we take their s**t .. will they take us when our culture and livelihood is endangered by the rising waters, deforestation etc which they are mostly responsible for ..? What will happen to our identity and geneologies? it beats me to think that we let other people control, our governance structures, our resources and our minds ..