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Activists in Antipolo City, Philippines take part in the 10/10/10 climate action event. Flickr photo by 350.0rg.

 

If you read one thing today . . .

It’s appropriate that on Columbus Day we turn our attention to one of the islands in the New World that the explorer “discovered.” Bill Quigley’s article in Truthout is a stark reminder that nine months after the earthquake in Haiti, there are more than a million people still living on the streets, many of them dying from starvation. Quigley writes:

There is no food. The children are terribly hungry. The food aid program was terminated in April and nothing took its place. The authorities cut off the food so people would leave the camps, but where is there to go?

Water is hard to find. For the people in Petion park, water is delivered by truck to a central site a block or two away in the middle of several camps. Thousands of people line up twice a day to get water before it runs out. In another camp we visited Sunday, Camp Kasim, there was no water at all for hundreds of families and none scheduled to be delivered until Monday at the earliest. Boys and girls surged around a pipe several blocks away trying to capture some water in Oxfam marked buckets.

Overheard:

Sen. Richard Shelby on why he is blocking the nomination of economist Peter Diamond to join the board of the Federal Reserve (That’s the same Peter Diamond who today won the Nobel Prize in economics):

“I do not believe he’s ready to be a member of the Federal Reserve Board,” Shelby said, “I do not believe that the current environment of uncertainty would benefit from monetary policy decisions made by board members who are learning on the job.”

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Jason Mark, a co-manager of the 4-acre Alemany Farm in the heart of San Francisco, talks about the work party they are throwing Sunday to send a message to our global leaders that it’s time to get serious about the climate change crisis. On that day, Oct. 10, 2010, people all across the planet will be joining work parties as part of the largest-ever coordinated day of action for climate solutions. Alemany Farm, San Francisco’s largest urban food source, is a great example of sustainable living. What are you doing? Here are some suggestions:

1. Find one of the 6,500 events around the world by visiting 350.org.

2. Create your own event and invite all your friends.

3. Ride your bike or walk to the store instead of hopping in your car.

4. Organize a trash pick-up in your neighborhood.

5. Turn off the TV and spend some time with your loved ones.

6. Switch out the light bulbs in your house for low-energy bulbs.

7. Paint your roof white.

8. Invest in solar panels for your home.

9. Visit a farmer’s market and buy locally-produced, organic food.

10. Invite friends over for a dinner made with locally-produced, organic food.

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