GreeND hosts marchers for climate action

first_imgIn conjunction with the arrival of forty marchers, who stopped at Notre Dame on Saturday as part of the Great March for Climate Action, GreeND hosted a panel discussion and film screening in the Hesburgh Auditorium.Garrett Blad, president of GreeND, said the movie, titled “Disruption,” was great in describing the history and science of climate change.“It really goes into the interconnectedness of the issue and how the People’s Climate March is really trying to get a broad array of groups involved,” he said.Following the screening of the film, two professors and one marcher discussed the short- and long-term implications of climate change.“The film is very impressive, in the historical sweep of the view that it’s giving and looking back at previous attempts to engage issues that can really be so punishing … as well as the attention to the emotional component and how they kind of mobilize the grassroots here to build towards a global movement, which leads to an impressive intersectional approach,” sociology and peace studies professor Ann Mische said.Saint Mary’s political science professor Sonalini Sapra organized a screening of “Disruption” last week at the College in preparation for this week’s event.“The focus on not just a climate treaty, but a just climate treaty is really something the documentary seems to emphasize,” she said. “And so what does a just climate treaty look like? Who gets to be part of those conversations? I mean, I know that India and China, their leaders, have already said they are not going to come to the climate meetings on Sept. 23 that [United Nations Secretary General] Ban Ki-Moon has organized. So one of my questions is what would a just climate treaty even really look like?”The Great March for Climate Action began in March, when forty people from all over the United States left Los Angeles, hoping to arrive in Washington, D.C. by November 1st.“One of the reasons I’m doing this, and I think we’re all doing this, is because climate change really is one of the largest issues facing our world today,” marcher Jimmy Betts said.Born in South Korea and raised in Nebraska, Betts has walked with the march since it started in Los Angeles and was included as one of the speakers on the panel.“This is a huge mobilization that will officially last,” he said. “But the real work is going to come after the march. That’s where all this uniting is going to really come to this political will, this power that we essentially created, and we have to take it.”All of the marchers shared the similar sentiment of an increasingly pressing need for climate change reform.“We have to do this as a collective society, it can’t just be two outspoken environmental organizations, that’s way too narrow,” he said. “It affects far more people than just environmentalists, but unfortunately that’s sort of how it’s been polarized in the past.”Tags: Climate change, climate treaty, Disruption, environment, Great March for Climate Action, GreeND, People’s Climate March, reformlast_img read more

Narine stars for Devonshire Castle in T20 competition

first_imgFORMER national T20 all-rounder Ramesh Narine exhibited a fine display with both bat and ball in the first round of the Motie Lall, Jai Lall and Praboo Lall T/20 cricket competition played on Sunday for teams in North Essequibo.Despite initial poor weather conditions,two matches were played at the Walton Hall ground.In the first encounter which had to be reduced to a 12-over affair,Devonshire Castle humbled Sparwin by 72 runs .Batting first,Devonshire Castle amassed 135-4 from their 12 overs with Narine stroking an unbeaten 87 including 8×6 and 5×4,to pulverise his opponents.In reply,Sparwin were reduced to 63-7 when their overs expired. Narine was again destructive,this time with the ball,claiming 3-12 from 2 overs of leg-spin to enjoy an excellent match.In the second game, Police ‘arrested’ Walton Hall to claim an emphatic 10 wicket victory.In a game also reduced to 12 overs, Walton Hall was scuttled out for a meagre 40 in the eleventh over as Delon Parris was impressive,claiming 5-14 from three overs of controlled off-spin.In response,Police raced to 42 without loss in five overs with Ravindra Ramnarine scoring a brisk unbeaten 32 containing 2×6 and 3x4s to lead the Officer’s discharge of duties on the field.Meanwhile, the competition will resume this weekend with several matches to be played at various grounds across the Essequibo Coast. The competition is being coordinated by the North Essequibo Cricket Committee and it is being played in memory of the Lall Brothers of Walton Hall.It is the second year of the competition with Devonshire Castle being the defending champions. Monetary incentives, trophies and other memorabilia will be presented at the completion of the tournament. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

TED Talk speaker Ron Finley visits Annenberg

first_imgRon Finley, co-founder of the nonprofit L.A. Green Grounds, visited the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Monday night to speak to students about his rise in nonprofit organizations and how his movement could change living in South Central Los Angeles.Food talks · Ron Finley is a founder of L.A. Green Grounds, which aims to advance urban gardening in South Central Los Angeles. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanIn 2010, Finley looked around his neighborhood, which was filled with liquor stores, fast food and vacant lots. He described it as a “food desert” on TED Talks.“South Central Los Angeles, home of the drive-thru and the drive-by,” Finley said on the TED Talk. “Funny thing is, the          drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys. For instance, the obesity rate in my neighborhood is five times higher than, say, Beverly Hills.’”One of Finley’s missions in his nonprofit is to help break the obesity cycle for future generations.“ [The children’s] palate has been raised by those types of food,” Finley said. “You are what you eat, it has been proven. If you get these foods in your body in an early age, that is what you are going to eat.”Finley explained how the improvement of nutrition in South Central could change the future with his nonprofit on TED Talks.“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale,” Finley said in the talk. “If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, if they’re not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever the hell you put in front of their mouth.”He continued to explain how that even in a part of town that lacks fresh produce, it is not impossible to eat healthy.Adjunct professor Gary Wexler, who first noticed the urban gardener on TED Talks, hosted Finley in his class. Wexler previously met with Finley at the Goldhirsh Foundation and is now helping Finley expand his nonprofit organization.Impressed by his mission and determination, Wexler invited Finley to speak to his nonprofit marketing class to empower them to work with nonprofits.“Ron Finley is taking a risk,” Wexler said. “He is putting himself out there in a way that social entrepreneurs are putting themselves out there. He is a wave of the future. He’s different because he is willing to take a risk.”Finley acknowledged several challenges in creating an urban garden. He explains that it is not easy to have everyone understand and support his mission. In addition to getting people involved, he understands that not everyone has time to cook.His revolution goes further, however, than just establishing an urban garden.“It is about allowing people [to have] healthy food in neighborhoods — in food deserts,” Finley said. “It’s about getting kids who have been involved in gangs and giving them something to do and change things that they do and the way that they live.”During the Q&A session, a student asked Finley where the inspiration for his nonprofit came from.“You have looked at someone who has never been high, drunk off coffee and never smoked,” Finley said. “I never wanted to be drunk. I never needed to be an altered state. If I was with somebody last night, I can remember what I did. I know that I was different.”Finley revealed to the class that he started the garden to get kids out of jail. He believes that schools are similar to a prison system and children need to be taught how to think instead of what to think.“And I want to change that. As a matter of fact, I am changing it,” Finley said.last_img read more

Gold Fields PGA Championship: Kojo Barnni retains title

first_imgTarkwa-based golfer Kojo Barnni produced a splendid performance to win the 2018 Gold Fields PGA championship held at Damang Golf Course last week. Barnni, a pro teaching golfer at the Tarkwa golf club, retained the title he won last year with a total gross score of 279 in 72 holes over four days. Former champions Amos Korblah and Vincent Torgah finished second and third respectively. Barnni was given GHS 35,000.00 and also decorated with a jacket symbolizing the reigning Champion of the biggest professional golf tour in Ghana. Speaking to the media after being crowned champion, Barnni expressed his excitement at finishing the year with a trophy. “This is my fourth competition of the year and I managed to become third, fourth and fifth in all of them. So my target was to finish first in this competition and I am happy I was able to achieve it,” he said.  —last_img read more