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On April 23rd, Tent of Testimonies (TOT) Agreed to Accelerate Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

From a list of nominees, RaHa selects for UHC. Selectees get medical covers that RaHa pays premiums for –– the covers are provided by various companies, including Insurance For All (IFA). RaHa also  builds rainwater harvesting systems and toilets and gives reusable sanitary towels to  villages and schools in rural and peri urban areas that get nominated for the same.

TOT’s Pst. Dr. Fred Akama and RaHa’s Titi Kadu signed an MOU where TOT vets and nominates its members UHC. TOT want their nominees to get AfyaPoa, a Micro Insurance Product initiated and sold by IFA, designed for the less fortunate in the community. IFA’s C.E.O, Mr. John Paul Otieno, was present during the signing.

Using their Testimony Tv for publicity, TOT will then start vetting and nominating members of other churches  –– these are members that are excluded from quality health care coverage.

On April 6th, activists on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior took the first-ever action at sea against companies preparing to mine the Pacific Ocean’s seabed. The ship in the background is owned by DeepGreen — a Canadian mining company that’s spearheading the drive to mine the biodiverse, barely understood deep sea ecosystem.

And for the first time ever, major companies like BMW, Volvo, Google, and Samsung have pledged to exclude ocean-mined minerals from their supply chains until the associated risks are better understood.

The pledge serves as a direct counter to mining companies’ claims that kick-starting this whole new ocean-destroying industry would help meet demand for minerals.

Greenpeace is celebrating this news with … friends at the WWF, who prepared the pledge in question. At the start of … campaign against deep-sea mining last year, Greenpeace called on Google to swear off ocean-mined minerals for good.

We know more about the surface of Mars than the deep ocean, and both governments and corporations have a role to play in preventing a literal race to the bottom!

Last month in Paris, Greenpeace France activists entered the Charles De Gaulle airport to paint a plane green and deploy banners to shine a light on greenwashing in the aviation industry.

To protest the French government’s most recent weak climate bill, Greenpeace activists did what lobbyists wish they could do — ‘greenwash’ air transport.

Over the past several months, the French government has been pushing the narrative that carbon compensation and hypothetical “green planes” could be the solution to minimizing aviation’s role in the climate crisis. The proposed law also aims to limit airport expansions, but contains so many loopholes that it allows all current expansion plans to continue. This despite a recent public consultation that found substantial public support for air traffic reduction to curb emissions.

Around the world, Greenpeace is demanding that governments step up their climate ambitions and build back fossil free. That will mean reducing short-haul flights, cancelling new airport extensions, and developing sustainable transportation alternatives. Onwards!

One Less Excuse Decision-makers can use to Stall Transition to a Green Economy

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the use of federal power to impose a carbon tax across Canada is, in fact, constitutional. This is fantastic news for …[Canada, and the world]…, and it means [Canada’s] provincial governments can accelerate, but no longer impede, federal action to deal with the climate crisis. 

Over the past three years, the carbon tax faced bitter opposition from provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Now that Ottawa has the constitutional authority to decide on the issue, let’s make sure our governments put their energy into more constructive things — like putting a greater price on pollution and exploring other policy options to further address the climate emergency.

With one less barrier to passing strong, Canada-wide climate legislation, there’s one less excuse decision-makers can use to stall the transition to a green economy.

WHAT ABOUT OUR FUTURE

Here’s some good news if you’re looking to feel hopeful and inspired.

On Thursday, April 29th, you’re invited to an online screening of the new, award-winning short film ‘What About Our Future?’. Featuring Greta Thunberg and David Suzuki, this short doc follows young environmental activists, the Sustainabiliteens, as they organise the largest protest in Vancouver’s history. This is not to be missed.

We are happy to inform you that Kenya Urban Roads Authority responded positively, regarding building toilets on roads in Kericho County (see self explanatory twitter conversation above).

Public toilets that are poorly located generate a sense of neglect, attracting vandalism, anti-social behaviour and social disorder. And lack of available and appropriate facilities at the right time encourages fouling, and treating diseases associated with open defecation such as typhoid, dysentery or cholera is a significant and costly task.

These issues, if not tackled effectively, can generate a cycle of decline, leading to more entrenched social problems, and seriously impairing quality of place and quality of life for local people.

Others have seen this reality before. HIGHWAY ACT 1980 Part VII Provision of Special Facilities for Highways states that “…112 Provision of picnic sites and public conveniences for users of trunk roads (1) The Minister may provide on land adjoining, or in the vicinity of, a trunk road that is not a special road a picnic site for motorists and others likely to use the road with space for parking vehicles and a means of access to and from a highway. An area of any such land as aforesaid in which there are, or are to be, provided such a picnic site, parking space and means of access as aforesaid is in this Act referred to as a “trunk road picnic area “.

“(2) The Minister may erect buildings and execute works on a trunk road picnic area for the purpose of providing all or any of the following:— (a) parking places for vehicles, (b) a means of access to or from the area from or to a highway, (c) public sanitary conveniences (including lavatories), and…”

“…(5) The Minister may provide public sanitary conveniences (including lavatories) in proper and convenient situations on or under land forming part of a trunk road that is not a special road, or adjoining, or in the vicinity of, such a road and may manage such conveniences…”

The extent to which people have easy access to good quality toilets affects their general health and well being – and that of the whole community. Enabling different people, with different needs, to make use of public toilets at different times can have a significant impact on issues like public health and exercise, public behaviour, use of public transport.

A lack of clean, accessible and safe toilets impacts on some people more than others. Some people may feel unable or reluctant to leave their homes and visit areas where they fear they will not be able to find a public toilet. Older people, mothers, fathers, and carers with young children, disabled people and people with chronic health problems – all need easy access to suitably equipped public toilet facilities.

Lack of toilet facilities at the right time in the right place contributes to dirty water and farms that are unsanitary, unpleasant and can spread infection. Farmers will fall sick and they will not be able to work and meet their obligations.