Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Australian Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd initiates a 12-year, US$816 billion project to minimize homelessness and
provide accommodation for all seeking shelter.
Paris Club The 19-nation Paris Club of
creditors agreed to waive a remaining US$7.8 billion owed by Iraq.
European Union Throughout 2008, the European Union has
provided €230 million to meet the monthly payroll and pension payments for
nearly 78,000 Palestinian public sector workers.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy French President Nicolas
Sarkozy announced a US$224 million initiative to improve existing homeless
shelters as well as construct many new ones; US$28 million will be allocated to
enhance the management and distribution of food aid.
Germany Germany forgives Pakistan’s
debt of approximately US$50 million in exchange for the country’s investment of
half of the amount in national health programs.
European Commission The European Commission will provide
an additional €40.5 million, totalling €57.5, in humanitarian assistance to
Myanmar, most of which is to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
The Irish Development Aid Agency The Irish Development
Aid Agency pledges to donate €30 million to Program 135, designed to help people
living in the remote and mountainous areas in Âu Lạc (Vietnam).
George Clooney, Roger Jenkins Hollywood actor George
Clooney and businessman Roger Jenkins sponsored a “Not On Our Watch” charity
event and raised almost US$15 million for two million displaced people in
India India donated US$12 million
through the United Nations World Food Program to help provide fortified biscuits
to Afghan children.
Atlantic Philanthropies The US-based Atlantic
Philanthropies organization donates US$12 million for the establishment and
refurbishment of medical stations across Thừa Thiên, Huế province in Âu Lạc
Russia Russia has donated US$11 million
to the United Nations World Food Program’s projects this year, and provided
emergency assistance to Guinea, Bangladesh, and Azerbaijan.
OPEC Fund for International Development The OPEC Fund for
International Development provides US$3 million to the United Nations Relief and
Works Agency for emergency aid in to the Gaza region.
Italy Italy has created a
debt-for-development program in which half of Kenya’s debt to Italy, US$53
million, will be forgiven to be used for health, education, sanitation, etc.
Germany Germany pledges to donate
nearly US$4.1 million to Tonga as part of a regional project to help Pacific
island communities address climate change.
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud Saudi Arabian
King, His Majesty Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, is honored with
the Lech Walesa Prize for his charity works and endeavors to foster interfaith
dialogue and international cooperation.
Clowns without Borders International Clowns without
Borders is a non-profit group with 9 independent organizations who have traveled
to over 59 countries to bring joy and laughter to those facing
Circus to Iraq Circus to Iraq is a group of volunteer
performers who pay for their own expenses to travel to Iraq, Palestine, Israel,
Jordan, and Egypt to fulfill its mission of spreading love, playfulness, and
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey, a well known American media
personality, has been named by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) as 2008 Person of the Year for her campaign to raise awareness about the
mistreatment of animals as well as her encouragement of the plant-based diet.
Costa Rica, Austria, Singapore,
Hungary Costa Rica, Austria, Singapore, and Hungary have banned the
use of wild animals in circuses.
Bulgaria, Four Paws Bulgaria becomes the
first nation in the European Union to officially sign a contract with the animal
welfare organization Four Paws to ensure humane treatment of
Spencer Brodsky Seventeen-year-old Spencer Brodsky from
Maryland, USA raised over US$12,000 to send 420 fuel-efficient stoves to Darfur,
Sudan to protect women from the often-dangerous task of collecting
Taipei County Animal Protection
Association The Taipei County Animal Protection Association is
Formosa’s (Taiwan’s) first dog shelter to transition all 300 dogs in their care
to a vegetarian diet.
Dos Winkel Dos Winkel, a renown underwater photographer,
sheds light on the current state of the seas in his book “What’s the Catch with
Fish?” and encourages the adoption of the vegetarian diet to preserve our
Patrick Reynolds Patrick Reynolds, the grandson of a
tobacco company’s founder, spoke in Congress for a complete ban on tobacco
advertising and travels all over the United States to advocate a smoke-free
Zhenya Tabakov Eight-year-old Zhenya Tabakov of Noginsk,
Russia rushed to the aid of his 12-year-old sister at the cost of his own life,
scaring off an intruder who entered their home while they were home
James Lewin Retired firefighter James Lewin’s quick
thinking saved his 12-day-old granddaughter from being hit by a pickup truck
while he himself was seriously injured.
Merlin Ham and James Carpenter Merlin Ham, who rescued a
3-year old boy from an oncoming train, and James Carpenter, who entered a
neighbor’s burning house to save a young girl, were awarded the Carnegie Hero
medal for their heroic acts.
Carolyn Watson and Marie McKenzie Carolyn Watson and her
sister, Marie McKenzie, rushed to the aid and saved the life of a two-year-old
boy who was stuck under a mini train at Queen Elizabeth Park in New
The Thorpe family’s puppies The Thorpe family’s two
puppies kept 3-year-old Jaylynn Thorpe of Halifax County, Virginia, USA, warm
and safe in the freezing temperature when he was lost for 21
D-Boy the dog D-Boy the dog saved his human family when
he ran toward an armed intruder who had entered the Trawick family’s home in
Oklahoma, USA, and chased the man away even after he was struck by bullets three
Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service A crew of
firefighters from the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service went room to room
to locate and rescue a number of cats from a burning house and revived them with
infant-size oxygen masks.
Dr. Madan Kataria Dr. Madan Kataria developed laughter
yoga to help people resolve problems and find happiness within themselves; he
also promotes the vegetarian diet as a compassionate way of living.
Elizabeth Anile and Andrew Glove Eighteen-year-old
vegetarian Elizabeth Anile established the Australian Teens Against Animal
Cruelty with her friend, Andrew Glove, to promote the vegetarian diet and raise
awareness for the compassionate treatment of animals
THANKS of the MONTH
United States Agency for International Development The
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated US$57 million
to fund the Flagship Project, a five-year plan to enhance the Palestinian health
sector in the West Bank and Gaza.
Queensland and Australia The State of
Queensland and the national government of Australia are sponsoring a five-year
US$47.5 million initiative to buy approximately 150 homes for families at risk
European Union The European Union has donated
approximately US$24 million in humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka to help the 300,000
people displaced by the flood in the Wanni region.
European Union, United Nations Children’s Fund, International
Committee of the Red Cross, US Agency for International Development, United
Kingdom, South Africa To provide urgent relief for the cholera
epidemic in Zimbabwe, the European Union donated US$11.4 million to contribute
to the emergency response carried out by the United Nations Children’s Fund; the
International Committee of the Red Cross distributed 13 tons of medical supplies
and cholera kits; the US Agency for International Development (USAID) donated
US$4.6 million; the United Kingdom pledged US$14.7 million in emergency aid; and
South Africa is sending doctors as well as clean water and other supplies to the
Hong Kong Hong Kong donates US$11.2
million to 12 non-governmental organizations for various projects to rebuild
areas of the quake damaged province of Sichuan, China.
European Union The European Union donates €2.5 million,
in addition to a previous €7 million support, to assist over 300,000 displaced
persons in the Mindanao region in the southern Philippines.
IKEA Swedish home store IKEA donates nearly US$7 million
from toy sales to the United Nations Children’s Fund and the US charity, Save
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation The
US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation have donated US$3.2
million to the University of Oregon, USA for research on how to best protect
ecosystems from the impacts of climate change.
World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) World Wide Fund For
Nature sponsored a US$2 million project to protect 134,000 hectares of primary
forest in Âu Lạc’s (Vietnam’s) Thừa Thiên-Huế province, while at the same time
improving the quality of life of the residents.
Singapore’s PSB Academy Singapore’s PSB Academy is
granting 40 scholarships and 20 tuition grants worth almost US$680,000 in 2009
to Aulacese (Vietnamese) students seeking higher education.
His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud His
Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has gifted four mobile medical
clinics to Sudan to provide healthcare to regions affected by
Formosa (Taiwan) Formosan (Taiwanese)
government’s “10 Energy Saving & Carbon Reduction Measures” has inspired the
Tainan City Environmental Protection Bureau to declare that every Monday is
“Veggie Day” and every Friday as “CO2 Reduction Day” to help safeguard our
Carter High School After vegetarians
Devan and Alexandria Quintana expressed their desires for vegetarian options at
their school, Carter High School now offer more vegetarian food choices to their
Ma Wen-Jun Chief Magistrate of Puli, Nantou County,
Formosa (Taiwan) encourages and promotes the vegetarian diet to halt global
warming during a unique Taoist festival that takes place once every twelve
Irish TV3 The main Irish television station, TV3,
broadcast on nationwide news the message of “Be Veg, Go Green, Save the Planet!”
that was on display during a parade organized by animal rights
Rhett Butler Science and environment writer Rhett Butler
founded the green Mongabay.com website to raise the urgent awareness of
preserving the rainforests, wildlife, and natural areas.
Ace the dog & Ray Lau Ace, the police search dog, and
his human partner Ray Lau, found and rescued Donna Molnar who was buried in a
snowy field for three days.
Thanks to animal behavior expert Gill Hodge of the Royal Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), United Kingdom, Zoe the Dalmatian who
was born without the ability to hear is now able to understand several words in
Professor Tim Lang Professor Tim Lang of the United
Kingdom’s Food Council calls for a new method of attaining a sustainable global
United Nations The United Nations General Assembly
approved a nearly US$700 million increase in the 2009 budget, to a total of
US$4.86 billion that will go toward supporting the organization’s work in 27
BBC One, Justin Kerswell, Vegetarians International Voice for Animals
(VIVA!) British television channel BBC One’s segment “One Minute on
The One” recently featured Justin Kerswell, campaign manager of Vegetarians
International Voice for Animals (VIVA!), who promoted replacement of meat with
vegetarian options for a compassionate Christmas
South Africa South Africa allocates
US$1.3 billion to improve and develop education for children with special needs
over the next three years.
Formosa (Taiwan) Formosa (Taiwan)
allocates US$8.5 million for the Bureau of National Health Insurance to
subsidize health insurance premiums for the less fortunate, including foreign
The United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) The United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) announces a US$6.2 million donation to Zimbabwe for cholera medicines
and other emergency aid.
US Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human
Trafficking US Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced
Labor and Human Trafficking fund a US$3.5 million project in Yemen with the aim
to withdraw 4,100 youth from child labor, while protecting 3,000
Australia Australia announces a
donation of nearly US$3.5 million to help in the upcoming elections of
China China donates millions of dollars
in equipment and training to improve the livelihoods of Africans in
telecommunications and agriculture.
UNICEF and the World Health Organization UNICEF and the
World Health Organization initiate a multimillion dollar campaign to improve
survival rates for 1.5 million young children in Somalia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Equatorial Guinea The
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Equatorial Guinea delivered €2 million to Cuba
for relief efforts following the country’s three hurricanes this year.
Italy, United Nations The Italian
Embassy's Development Cooperation Office and the United Nations Relief and Works
Agency (UNRWA) organized a day of sports competitions for Palestinian youths
living in refugee camps in Lebanon; Italy will also donate almost US$600,000 to
the UNRWA to promote peace and dialogue through sports.
United Nations World Food Program The United Nations
World Food Program provides US$500,000 in food aid to 30,000 Colombian people
who were affected by floods and landslides following the volcanic eruptions and
heavy rains last month.
China and Tanzania China donates
US$500,000 while Tanzania sends 40 tons of medical supplies to Zimbabwe to
assist in the efforts to stop the cholera epidemic.
Germany Germany donates US$300,000 to
Uganda for the construction of a 120-bed health center at the Pentecostal
Assemblies of God Hospital in Lira.
Japan Japan pledges US$256,000 to three
grassroots medical projects to improve healthcare in various areas of Âu Lạc
African Union The African Union donates US$100,000 to aid
in treating cholera for the people of Zimbabwe.
Cyprus Cyprus donated €100,000 to China
for reconstruction efforts in Sichuan province following the earthquakes there
Volunteer heart specialists from USA, Australia, and
Belgium A medical team of volunteer heart specialists that includes
doctors, nurses, and laboratory personnel from USA, Australia, and Belgium
provide heart surgeries to twenty-three Rwandans at King Faisal Hospital in
Vietnam Fund for Children, Vietnamese Industrial and
Commercial Bank The Vietnam Fund For Children and the Vietnam
Industrial and Commercial Bank annually donate wheelchairs to children with
disabilities in different cities in Âu Lạc (Vietnam).
Missouri’s Secret Santas Two persons known only as
“secret Santas” handed out US$20,000 in US$100 bills to individuals in the US
cities of Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri to spread the Christmas
Venezuela Venezuela sent a plane filled
with 14 tons of food and drinking water to aid the rain-affected people in
Egypt The Egyptian Foreign Ministry is
coordinating donations and humanitarian aid from countries and organizations for
delivery to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
Iran, Egypt, Qatar, Qatari Red Crescent Society, Spain, Israel,
Turkey, Jordan, UN agency for Palestinians refugees, Indonesia, United Arab
Emirates Assistance to Palestinians in Gaza: Iran has sent a
shipment and plane of humanitarian aid via Egypt Qatar has sent 90 tons of
supplies; the Qatari Red Crescent Society has sent five ambulances; Spain sends
two trucks filled with medical aid; Israel authorized passage of 109 trucks
provided by Turkey, Jordan, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and others;
and Indonesia and the United Arabs Emirates pledged to send humanitarian
Cheng Yung-chin County Magistrate Cheng Yun-chin of
Hsinchu, Formosa (Taiwan), has decided that Hsinchu County will provide at least
one vegetarian meal a week in public schools for children in an effort to
conserve the Earth’s resources and reduce carbon emissions.
USA The United States welcomes 60,000
Nepalese refugees in Bhutan over the next few years to settle in the
Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'adua Nigerian
President Umaru Musa Yar'adua is providing humanitarian supplies to South Africa
to assist the nation in helping cholera-affected Zimbabweans.
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia sends urgent
aid for Palestinians in Gaza by bringing all possible medical supplies to Gaza
and transporting all injured Palestinians to Saudi Arabian hospitals for
Red Cross Society, Save the Children, Oxfam, UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs The Red Cross Society, Save the
Children, Oxfam, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs are providing relief to the people of Papua New Guinea who
are affected by the flooding caused by strong storms and unusually high
Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), New Zealand
Agency for International Development, Japan, Japan International Cooperation
Agency Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), New
Zealand Agency for International Development, the Japanese embassy and the Japan
International Cooperation Agency are providing financial aid to the flood
victims of Papua New Guinea.
Red Cross The Red Cross has united a number of parents
and their children in the Democratic Republic of Congo after they were separated
during recent unsettled conditions in the country.
The Smile Train The Smile Train was founded in 1999 by
Charles Wang and Brian Mullaney and has provided free cleft lip surgery to over
350,000 children worldwide.
Cuban doctors Cuban doctors perform free eye surgeries in
Uruguay to remove cataracts and restore vision to approximately 5,000 people.
Revel Consulting and Save the Children’s Clean Water
Project Revel Consulting, a leading American consulting firm,
donates to Save the Children’s Clean Water Project for the provision of water
filters to 3,200 Sudanese households.
Her Highness Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak of the United Arab Emirates
Her Highness Shaikha Fatima bint Mubarak of the United Arab
Emirates has been commended by Eritrean Health Minister Dr. Saleh Makki for her
Giving Hands humanitarian mission to assist those less fortunate.
The Bath Activist Network The Bath Activist Network, a
British advocacy group, has succeeded in getting a second restaurant in Bath in
the United Kingdom to remove foie gras from its menu.
Sri Lanka, Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Athens
Network of Collaborating Experts Sri Lanka, with the assistance of
the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the non-profit Athens Network of
Collaborating Experts and a Sri Lankan youth organization, is implementing a
solar energy project in Monaragala district with the goal of bringing
electricity to 10,000 homes.
Soil Association Soil Association in the United Kingdom
released a report that proposed a six-point plan for the national government’s
consideration that includes organic farming, sustainable energy use in farming,
and consuming more fruits and vegetables and less meat.
Democratic Republic of Congo Families in the Democratic
Republic of Congo opened their homes to provide shelter for displaced fellow
citizens despite their scant resources.
Nigeria and Agridev Nigeria announced
the implementation of the Desert-to-Food program with the Israel-based
agricultural organization, Agridev, to help transform the arid soil in 19
Nigerian states into arable land through reforestation and other
Perkins School for the Blind,
International Relief Development Perkins School for the Blind in
Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and International Relief Development donated
learning aids and sunglasses to the Al Noor’s Institute for the Blind to help
the visually impaired children in Baghdad, Iraq.
Dhinu Dhanveer Singh Twenty-four-year-old Malaysian
Indian Dhinu Dhanveer Singh and his family established Science of Life Systems
24/7 to provide training and life skills to disadvantaged youth in countries
including Cambodia and East Timor.
Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo of Brazil, and other football
playeres Football stars, Zinedine Zidane of France and Ronaldo of
Brazil, along with many other footballers, participated in a United Nations
Development Program charity match to raise funds for the less fortunate and to
promote the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of eliminating poverty.
Leah Green, the Compassionate Listening Project Leah
Green founded the non-profit Compassionate Listening Project based near Seattle,
Washington, USA, in 1997 to encourage peace building and reconciliation by
teaching individuals the skills for peacemaking in the families, communities,
and at work.
Bolivia Bolivia has completed the
country’s 30-month literacy program through which as many as one million
Bolivians have learned to read and write.
23 international scientists A research team of 23
scientists from five research institutes report the discovery of more than 1000
species, including five new species, around the South Orkney Islands near the
tip of the Antarctic.
India’s Forest Department The Forest Department in India
declared the villages Konkadasa and Chimti as part of the Dalma Wildlife
Sanctuary in which the villages are responsible for wildlife
India India has declared Ousteri Lake,
the largest in India’s Puducherry Territory, a bird sanctuary where motorboat
use and fishing will be banned.
League Against Cruel Sports and the people of North
Ireland A poll by League Against Cruel Sports found that 70 percent
of the population in Northern Ireland feels that the endangered Irish hare
should be granted permanent protection status, and seventy-five percent said
that the cruel dog sport against these rabbits should be banned.
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe planted 140 million
trees across the country since the launch of the National Tree Planting Day in
Brazil, Environment Minister Carlos
Minc Brazil’s Environment Minister Carlos Minc announced plans to
reduce the rate of deforestation in the Amazon by 70 percent within the next
decade, thus reducing 4.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide emission.
Georgina Downs Georgina Downs campaigned
for seven years to protect residents from pesticides based on health problems
and finally won a case in London’s High Court that establishes precedent for a
new evaluation of their potential harm.
USA A newly passed US federal law
requires ships to travel at reduced speeds when within 20 nautical miles of
major ports to avoid collision with the rare North Atlantic right
Irish Parliament The Irish Parliament is considering a
proposal to ban the use of circus animals to protect their
European Union The European Union has passed the
Renewable Energy Directive that mandates a reduction of greenhouse emissions by
20 percent and ensuring that 20 percent of the energy comes from sustainable
sources by the year 2020.
Bank of America Bank of America announced that it is
phasing out financial support of companies engaged in environmentally
destructive mountaintop mining.
European Union The European Union agreed to adhere to the
United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System, which is intended to protect
workers, consumers, and the environment through clear labeling, classification,
and packaging of chemicals.
The House Rabbit Society of Singapore The House Rabbit
Society of Singapore is a non-profit association devoted to finding good homes
for rabbits, with foster care, medical care, healthy food, and toys.
New York Times Building owners and Lutron Electronics The
New York Times Building in New York City, USA has lowered its energy
requirements by 70% by employing the Pennsylvania-based Lutron Electronics to
install its Quantum lighting management system.
Cameroon, Nigeria, US-based
Wildlife Conservation Society With technical assistance from the
US-based Wildlife Conservation Society, the Cameroonian government has
established Takamanda National Park, which is being combined with Nigeria’s
neighboring Cross River National Park, to offer sanctuary to 115 of the rare
Cross River gorillas.
Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation The Ethiopian
Electric Power Corporation distributes four million energy-saving light bulbs
free of charge to help reduce power outages.
Pete Kadens Pete Kadens, a Chicago-based entrepreneur,
raised over US$10,000 for a homeless man, Troy McCullough, to secure housing and
basic living expenses for the next year, and has worked out a plan that will
enable Mr. McCullough to become self sufficient for the following year
Joan Jett Joan Jett (American singer, songwriter, and
actress) of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts promotes the vegetarian diet by
pointing out the benefits of a meatless diet in reducing the effects of global
Animal Board Germany Animal Board Germany begins to
provide meals for the canine companions of people without homes or
Angel Animals Network US-based Angel Animals Network,
founded by Allen and Linda Anderson in Minnesota, offers many ways to appreciate
our animal companions’ spiritual side and how to bond with
SALUTE of the MONTH
European Commission The European
Commission presented a €5 billion European green cars initiative to assist auto
manufacturers in producing safer and more Earth-sustaining
Zhejian province in China Zhejiang province in China has
invested US$261 million so far this year to ensure that all rural citizens will
have access to clean drinking water in 2009.
Âu Lạc (Vietnam) Aulacese (Vietnamese) Prime Minister
Nguyễn Tấn Dũng has announced a US$135 million national action plan to address
the short and long term consequences of global warming
Nicaragua Nicaragua implements a US$90
million wind power project to provide six percent of the country’s energy
requirement with the goal of reducing fossil fuel use to three percent by
South Africa South Africa sends US$30
million in humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe.
China China purchases US$1 million in food from local
farmers in Lesotho to be distributed by the United Nations World Food Program to
75,000 HIV and tuberculosis affected people.
Ireland, Norway, Spain, Laos, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and other
countries Ireland, Norway, Spain, Laos, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and
nearly 100 other countries signed the international Convention (Ban) on Cluster
Munitions in Oslo, Norway.
European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on Climate
Change The European Parliament’s Temporary Committee on Climate
Change is asking that climate change concerns be integrated into all policies
and areas to avoid a two-degree Celsius increase in average global
Global Zero The group Global Zero, headed by Richard
Burt, US chief strategic weapons negotiator, proposes a phasing-out of all
nuclear weapons over the next 25 years.
Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, South Korea,
Tonga and Ukraine Coalition countries’ troops from Albania,
Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan,
Lithuania, Moldova, South Korea, Tonga, and Ukraine will depart from Iraq on
December 31 as a result of the conclusion of an original United Nations
directive and the increased stability and security of Iraq.
South Korea South Korea concluded the
country’s four-year humanitarian mission in Iraq with the remaining 519 troops
return to Seoul.
Angola The Angolan National Commission
for Civilian Disarmament’s objective is to raise awareness and further peace
through the removal of illegal firearms in Angola, and since its inception in
March, over 52,000 firearms and 48 arsenals have been collected.
His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco His Majesty King
Mohammed VI of Morocco announced the withdrawal of reservations regarding the
Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), a move
that allows for more equality in women’s rights.
CNN CNN’s award-winning “Planet in Peril” broadcasts its
second annual documentary series with the focus on ecological degradation and
threats to the planet.
Cuban Doctors Brigade and Guatemalan specialists The
Cuban Doctors Brigade and Guatemalan specialists will provide training
assistance to Guatemalan medical personnel at 5 hospitals in
Mexico Mexico has been named by the
Protected Areas National Commission (CONAP) as one of the top five countries for
European Union Member states of the European Union have
agreed to ban 22 toxic or carcinogenic substances from being used in herbicides
Iraq Iraq announced plans to resume a
project to remove excess soil salinity and restore the water quality by pumping
groundwater of approximately 2.5 million hectares of affected soil.
European Commission The European Commission proposed a
co-financing of national, regional or local programs for thermal window glazing,
wall insulation, and solar panel installation to boost energy efficiency and
sustainability in low income homes.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Australian Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd formally includes global warming in Australia’s national
Ecumenical Program for Peace, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation
(PAREC) The citizens of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo
participated in the weapon-collection campaign launched by the Ecumenical
Program for Peace, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation (PAREC) in which
firearms are exchanged for US$100 and a length of
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Department The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Compton,
California hosted its third annual Gifts for Guns program in which residents are
encouraged to turn in firearms for a gift card valued up to
Bolivia With 35,000 Bolivians in the Tarija Department
who have just completed courses to learn to read and write, eight out of nine
national territories are now restored to literacy in the Latin American nation.
European Commission, India’s Puducherry territory A
six-year collaborative project between the European Commission and India’s
territory of Puducherry has been successful in helping 80 percent of the
region’s villages to remain flood-free this monsoon season.
France French President Nicolas Sarkozy
announced new measures that promote education and employment equality for lower
income families and immigrants.
Australia Australia has initiated an
international aid program, “Development for All,” to assist people with
disabilities in developing countries.
10 African gorilla range states All 10 gorilla range
states in Africa pledged action plans to safeguard gorillas from decline in
population at a United Nations Convention
China China’s Health Ministry has banned
17 substances as food additives to enhance food safety.
The Philippines Philippine President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 for wider
development of sustainable goal of 60 percent energy independence by
Israel & Denmark Israel and Denmark
are set to support the introduction of electric cars in 2010 and 2011,
respectively, by employing US-based Project Better Place to install recharging
Dr. Christian Marois, Dr. Paul Kalas, and participating
scientists Dr. Christian Marois, Dr. Paul Kalas, and participating
scientists have taken an image of another solar system and a photograph of a new
planet called Fomalhuat b.
MicroPro Computers MicroPro Computers, an Irish company,
has developed a line of computers called Iameco that is made of from recycled
natural materials, which uses 30 percent less energy, and can also have seeds of
native plants embedded in its wood panels so that when the components are
buried, they easily decompose and allow new plants to grow.
Nippon Nippon, a Japanese company,
unveiled the Auriga Leader, the world’s first car freighter to employ a
solar-based propulsion system, enabling it to transport up to 64,000
BYD China’s automaker BYD begins sales of the world’s
first mass-produced, plug-in hybrid car, the F3DM.
Los Angeles, CA, USA The city of Los Angeles, California, USA passes a broad range of
firearm laws, including a complete ban on Internet sales.
Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias Greek
Cypriot President Demetris Christofias stands down as leader of his political
party to focus fully on reunification talks with the Turkish Cypriot community.
United Nations, Australia, the Netherlands, and the
United States The United Nations is sponsoring a partnership with
the military personnel of Australia, the Netherlands and the United States to
help countries safely dispose of ozone-damaging chemicals.
United States and US schools The United States federal
government allocates US$49 million in 2008 to support the Fresh Fruit and
Vegetable Snack Program, in which schools bring fresh fruits and vegetables into
the classrooms for kids to try.
Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse Marguerite "Maggy"
Barankitse has been awarded the US$1 million Opus Prize in recognition of her 15
years of selfless service in establishing the Maison Shalom, or “House of
Peace,” to provide a safe haven to 300,000 orphaned Tutsi and Hutu children in
Life for Relief and Development Life for Relief and
Development (LIFE) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates travels to
flood-affected regions of Yemen to help in rehabilitation efforts.
Wei Te-sheng The 2008 award-winning Formosan (Taiwanese)
film director Wei Te-sheng donates almost US$55,000 to a Christian charity that
will assist indigenous families in Pintung County and central Formosa
The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment The
Philippine Department of Labor and Employment supports organic farming by giving
US$9,200 to organic farmers in Tublay and US$14,600 to organic orange growers in
the Bontoc mountain province to increase food security and improve employment
opportunities in those areas.
Dr. Margit Mueller, Fahad Abdullah Jaber, Cameron
Oliver Honored with Abu Dhabi Awards: Dr. Margit Mueller, a German
veterinarian and director of a hospital that cares for birds in the Emirate,
Fahad Abdullah Jaber, a United Arab Emirates developer of mobile phones for the
hearing impaired, and Cameron Oliver, a 12-year old South African youth who has
organized a nationwide anti-littering campaign
Carla Bruni, France’s First Lady France’s First Lady,
Carla Bruni, celebrated her birthday in a less fortunate neighborhood of Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, lending her support to various charities.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) The British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) raised awareness for the environment and
appreciation of nature by launching the animal-friendly video “Do One Thing for
Nature this Christmas, on Youtube, “Breathing Places” website.
Minnesota’s high school teens High
school teens in the state of Minnesota, USA walk almost two miles in the snow to
school daily to raise awareness and funds for children in the Philippines who
have to walk miles to fetch water.
Friends without Borders Friends without Borders, a
pen-pal initiative started by John Silliphant and Mark Peters, connect thousands
of school children in India and Pakistan with the spirit of respect and
understanding through letters of friendship.
Trung Lê Canadian-Aulacese (Vietnamese)
inventor Trung Lê created a robot that can read documents, repeat directions,
and recognize faces to assist the elderly.
James Oliver and Sue Thornton Deputy curator James Oliver
of London Aquarium saves the life of Carla, an angelfish with a hernia, by
asking veterinarian Sue Thornton of International Zoo Veterinary Group to help
Carla with a medical procedure.
Anonymous dog A dog was spotted on a camera monitor in
Santiago, Chile as he moved through fast-approaching vehicles to pull the body
of another motionless dog to a median strip, and prompted their rescue by
Simba the dog Simba, the Leonberger dog from North
Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, was honored with the Pets as Therapist dog of
the year prize for his kind personality and work as a pet
30 dolphins and 2 whales A pod of thirty dolphins came to
the assistance of Ronnie Dabal, a volunteer dolphin warden struggling on his
Styrofoam board after his boat overturned, by taking turns to nudge the board to
shore while two ten-meter-long whales stayed on each side of Mr.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals The
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ program, Operation Baghdad
Pups, has been reuniting American servicemen and women with the once-stray
canines that came under their care while in Iraq.
Germany Germany developed a new
architectural technology that uses only 5 percent of a conventional heater’s
Mexico City Mexico City, listed in 1990
as the most polluted city in the world, is now viewed as exemplary in improved
air quality through the city's ongoing efforts to reduce emissions.
Stella McCartney Stella McCartney, daughter of vegetarian
activists Sir Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney, is honored with the
Green Designer of the Year award for her vegan fashion