Art Exhibit at the Church of Scientology Promotes Peace

Erica Rogers, National Director of Youth for Human Rights International, describes the group’s education initiative at the Peace Day celebration at the Church of Scientology in Washinton, D.C.

Erica Rogers, National Director of Youth for Human Rights International, describes the group’s education initiative at the Peace Day celebration at the Church of Scientology in Washinton, D.C.

Peace Day art exhibit at the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C.

Peace Day art exhibit at the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C.

Human rights was the theme of the art exhibit at the Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C.

Human rights was the theme of the art exhibit at the Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C.

Guests signed a petition to mandate human rights education in schools.

Guests signed a petition to mandate human rights education in schools.

An exhibit at the Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C., showed that students from around the globe share the common dream of a world at peace.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Office of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) celebrated International Day of Peace with an interactive pop-up art exhibit at the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C., highlighting the history and importance of human rights. The exhibit featured student artwork from 13 countries.

“Touring through the exhibit was really moving,” said one visitor. “It inspired me to want to do more human rights activism in my community.”

Another said, “Art is powerful stuff and when you combine it with a message as powerful as basic human rights, that is life-changing.”

“We wanted to expand upon last year’s exhibit focus,” said Erica Rodgers, Director of the National Office of Youth for Human Rights International and organizer of the exhibit. “We curated an art exhibit that showcased beautiful artwork from students around the world that gave a powerful message of the pressing human rights issues that face our society globally. Understanding human rights in today’s political climate is vital. A more peaceful society will only happen when all people treat one another with respect and decency.”

Each year Youth for Human Rights International hosts global competitions for art, essays and poetry on human rights themes. The works of the winners and finalists of the 2019 art competition will be featured at the 2020 Peace Day Pop-Up Art Exhibit in Washington, DC.

Sylvia Stanard of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office said that protecting the basic human rights of all people has been one of the core values of the Scientology religion since its founding in 1954. “L. Ron Hubbard was a humanitarian and firm supporter of human rights and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He believed that human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream, and as a natural result, the Church of Scientology sponsors human rights campaigns such as Youth for Human Rights International to help fulfill his vision of a better world where human rights are a living reality.”

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings such as through art, concerts and other interactive community events. To learn more, visit the Youth for Human Rights website or watch The Story of Human Rights documentary on the Scientology Network.

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Oklahoma Public Schools: The Increasing Sexual Assault Issues

Not everyone shocked by sexual abuse allegations against Peckham superintendent

Former Peckham Superintendent: Gary Young

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Are children safe in Oklahoma schools?

The Question Must Be Asked

#MeToo in Schools?

#MeToo in Schools?

The frequency of sexual crimes by Oklahoma teachers is on the rise! What you need to know.

Is your little girl safe at school?”

— Paul Walker

TULSA, OK, USA, September 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The issues of sexual assault that involve teachers, coaches and administrators make many citizens of Tulsa, OK very nervous. This issue appears for be on the rise. Recently, multiple sexual abuse allegations surfaced against former Peckham County Superintendent Gary Young. According to several parents and other teachers there was always suppression that Mr. Young's behavior was questionable. It is time that everyone listens to the voices, concerns and issues of our children.

According to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, “every person having reason to believe that a child under the age of eighteen (18) years is a victim of abuse or neglect shall report the matter promptly to the Department of Human Services.” 10A O.S. § 1-6-102. Reports shall be made to the state toll free hotline at 1-800-522-3511. This is a personal obligation, and no school official can in any way prevent any person from making this report.

OK Truth News strives to provide information on topics that matter to our viewers. The request over the past three months have highlighted that a number of cases are not taken seriously by the schools. One parent indicated that they their child had been abused by a coach and the school did not reflect this allegation in the teachers personnel file. This makes many parents and concerned citizens ask why. The favoritism or desire to not ruin a person career is not a exception to the mandatory reporting requirement set out by the Oklahoma state laws. This is an issue that everyone who has a child needs to fight for transparency.

Does reform of the process for investigations into sexual abuse need to be reviewed at a higher level? The need for a movement for transparency needs to be formed in Oklahoma. This is a major area for sex trafficking and exploitation of the next generation. Now is the time to start the conversations with our children about what is right and wrong as it pertains to these types of issues. We need legislators on the Senate Education Committee to step in and listen to the voters to make laws that really make a difference.

The question of children being safe is public schools have never been more important than right now. The number allegations of sexual misconduct against teachers, administrators and leadership continue to come to the surface in Oklahoma. This is not just in one area but across the most counties. One must ask why these allegations are coming out now. The fear is that the issue has always been present in the public schools! The National Center for Educations Statistics' (NCES) annual "Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools" report reveals 5.2% of the 2,762 K-12 schools completing the survey for 2017-18 reported at least one incident of sexual assault other than rape, compared with 3.4% in 2015-16, Education Week reports. While the number of reported sexual assaults other than rape increased significantly, from roughly 6,100 in the 2015-16 school year to roughly 7,100 in the 2017-18 school year, the number of reported rapes or attempted rapes did not increase.

Is this a by-product of Oklahoma’s Me Too movement? After talking with over 25 graduates of the Tulsa Oklahoma School system, the answer is very clear. The problem has always been known, even as far back as grade and middle school. The need to speak out still has its risk because of the fear the adults not listen to them. Some advocacy groups like the American Association of University Women, however, feel incidents of sexual assault are still under-reported, as some school officials still lack the training or the will to distinguish sexual violence or bullying from reports of bullying in general. Though the #MeToo movement has drawn attention to the issue of sexual harassment, especially in colleges and the workplace, the issue is also a growing factor in K-12 education.

The lack of listen can be seen across multiple geographical locations and predator rich environments that range from the Olympic Gymnastics Team doctor to coaches and even principals. Is there a bias within the school system to not take allegations seriously because of the person in question? We must take a stand against the lack of transparency in the Oklahoma School System. Our children depend on our support at all cost. These are the next generation and our lack of staying silent will only prolong the damage of other children who our voices could have saved from these actions.

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Shumake Family and Friends Foundation Aims to Feed the Largest Group of Homeless Individuals in the U.S.

Robert Shumake Detroit, Michigan

DETROIT, MI, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In lieu of continuing its tradition of feeding record-breaking numbers of people in need in Detroit, MI, with the Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ, this year Robert Shumake and the Shumake Family and Friends Foundation will be participating in the nonprofit initiative called Home By The Holidays on December 20th at Second Ebenezer Church.

The Detroit Red Carpet Backyard BBQ catered to what was possibly the largest group of homeless individuals in the U.S. At each barbecue, over 5,000 people are fed in a single day, with some cookouts feeding up to 10,000 people.

There are over 20,000 homeless people in the city limits of Detroit, MI, many of whom report being hungry on a regular basis. Robert Shumake and a dedicated group of volunteers are hoping to chip away at that hunger and set an example for the kinds of philanthropic efforts that could ease the pain of need in the city.

“Detroit is home to thousands of people in need, all of whom deserve the fullness of human dignity and respect,” says Robert Shumake of the project. “Hunger is a communitywide problem with severe consequences for public health and wellness. Many of the individuals in Detroit’s homeless population are children, struggling single parents, disabled or sick people, or military veterans. Others have simply fallen on hard times. The Shumake Family and Friends Foundation is proud to serve the Detroit community with thousands of hot meals to nourish ourselves and one another.”

Robert S. Shumake is a business leader and entrepreneur with a long history of community service and philanthropy. Robert Shumake serves as the CEO of Shumake Global Partners, an L3C enterprise that works in a diverse range of sectors across technology and innovation, education, housing, community development, and financial services. Through his charitable nonprofit, the Shumake Family and Friends Foundation, Robert Shumake has sponsored the Robert Shumake Sponsorship Relays, serving over 25,000 youths thus far and providing over 100 college scholarships. Robert Shumake is dedicated to the betterment of the community via quality education, academic and athletic opportunities, and mentorships for youth.

The Shumake Family and Friends Foundation also supports global humanitarian efforts in Botswana, Ethiopia, and elsewhere. These fundraising efforts have helped over 3,000 students and HIV-positive orphans access education and training, in addition to providing business mentorship and opportunities for young adults.

To support Robert Shumake in his community development and philanthropic efforts, contact the Shumake Family and Friends Foundation to volunteer your time or make a donation.

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Letter to future Prime Minister of Canada from Canadians with disabilities. Assistance in Living: not Assisted Suicide

Lisa wants assistance in living, not suicide assistance.

Two Canadians demand the future Prime Minister of Canada to appeal the recent Quebec ruling that allows people with years to live to prematurely end their lives

Our Canadian and provincial governments are more interested in legislating death than in promoting better health care and life assistance for all its people.”

— Dr. Paul Saba

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, September 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Two Canadian living with disabilities are appealing to the future Prime Minister of Canada during the upcoming elections to appeal the recent Quebec Superior Court judgement which allows people with disabilities who have many years to live to prematurely end their lives. This judgement highlights the dangerous expansion of euthanasia and assisted suicide that currently has killed approximately 7000 Canadians from 2016-2019.

Lisa D’Amico now in her 50s was born with cerebral palsy. She is President of Victims of Medical Errors which defends the rights of people with disabilities.

She lives in extreme poverty with an annual income of about $12,000 CDN yearly from the government’s social programme. Often she cannot afford more than one meal a day. She cannot afford, physical and hydrotherapy that would help improve her physical condition. Moreover she is unable to significantly supplement her income by part-time work ($2400 CDN yearly) or accept donations of more than $200 CDN to improve her quality of life. She is not even allowed to accept an airplane ticket to go South in the winter. Even when given an opportunity, the government forbids her from leaving the province for more than 7 consecutive days to travel within Canada or abroad, even in winter.

According to Lisa “you have a situation of perfect distress for wanting to choose euthanasia."

Jonathan Marchand is President of Coop ASSIST (Quebec Cooperative for Independent Living).

Jonathan is in his 40s and has lived with a form of muscular dystrophy since the age of 15. After a bout of severe pneumonia, he was hospitalized in the intensive care unit and required an emergency tracheotomy to help him breathe. He is now ventilator dependent and needs assistance. Previously Jonathan worked as a senior computer network engineer in Quebec and overseas in Australia.

Jonathan has been forced to live in a government run institution against his will since 2012.
Nearly 70% of people with disabilities who need help like Jonathan are institutionalized in Quebec due to the lack of adequate support services in the community. This numbers around 15,000 people in Quebec and 60,000 people in Canada.
According to Jonathan "Many doctors offered me euthanasia, which they call "comfort care” to end my life.
Because there is no support services to live outside hospitals for people like me in Quebec, I have to choose between death or live in a hospital or a nursing home for the rest of my life."

According to Jonathan this situation exists despite the fact that governments can save millions of dollars to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities (figures available).

"I have never been offered the possibility of being able to continue my life at home with the help I need. In institutions, you lose autonomy and control over your life.

I never asked for help to die, I was getting better.

They were ready to help me commit suicide and not provide assistance for me to live. It's not a real choice. "
Despite this, he refuses to give up his life, his wife, family and friends.

According to Lisa and Jonathan, how can we talk about “assisted suicide and euthanasia” for people with disabilities when they do not even have help to live.

What they are asking for is not to die, but rather the support to live in the community to participate and contribute actively to society.

In the end, Dr. Paul Saba who has been a leading advocate for patients’ rights to live, states that Canada's assisted suicide and euthanasia laws have created an open door for abuse and harm for all Canadians, who will one day in their lives face health challenges that will require health and life assistance. "Our Canadian and provincial governments are more interested in legislating death than in promoting better health care and life assistance for all its people. This is extremely unfair.”

Information:
Lisa D'Amico T: (514) 593-2927 E: lisadamico2@gmail.com
Jonathan Marchand T: (418)-627-3757 E: jmarchand@coopassist.ca
Dr. Paul Saba T: (514)-886-3447 E: pauljsaba@gmail.com

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Deux Canadiens vivant avec un handicap demandent au futur premier ministre de l'aide pour vivre, pas de suicide assisté

Lisa veut de l’aide pour vivre, pas de suicide assisté.

Le récent jugement de la Cour supérieure du Québec permettent aux personnes handicapées avec de nombreuses années à vivre de mettre fin prématurément à leur vie

Nos gouvernements s’intéressent plus à une législation faisant la promotion de la mort qu’à la mise en place de meilleurs soins de santé et d'une aide pour vivre pour tous.”

— Dr Paul Saba

MONTRéAL, QUéBEC, CANADA, September 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Deux citoyens canadiens vivant avec un handicap font appel au futur Premier ministre du Canada pendant la période électorale en cours pour faire appel du récent jugement de la Cour supérieure du Québec permettant aux personnes handicapées qui ont de nombreuses années à vivre de mettre fin prématurément à leur vie. Ce jugement met en lumière l'expansion dangereuse de l'euthanasie et du suicide assisté qui a déjà tué presque 7 000 Canadiens entre 2016 et 2019.

Lisa D'Amico est née avec la paralysie cérébrale. Maintenant dans la cinquantaine, elle est présidente du Fonds d'aide aux victimes d'erreurs médicales (FAVEM) qui défend les droits des personnes handicapées.

Elle vit dans une extrême pauvreté avec un revenu annuel d’environ 12 000 $ (CAD) provenant du programme de la solidarité sociale. Souvent, elle ne peut se permettre plus d’un repas par jour. Elle ne peut pas non plus se permettre un traitement physique et aquatique qui l’aiderait à améliorer sa condition physique. De plus, pour améliorer sa qualité de vie, elle est incapable d’augmenter adéquatement son revenu par un travail à temps partiel dont le maximum est fixé à 2400 $ (CAD) ou d'accepter des dons ($200 CAD), annuellement. Elle n’est même pas autorisée à accepter un billet d’avion pour se rendre dans le Sud en hiver, même si elle a une occasion de voyager. Le programme de solidarité sociale lui interdit de quitter la province pour plus de sept jours consécutifs pour voyager au Canada ou à l'étranger, et ce, même en hiver.

Lisa D'Amico rapporte que sa situation économique et sociale lui crée une détresse extrême qui la pousse vers le précipice de l'euthanasie.

Jonathan Marchand est Président du Coop ASSIST (Coopérative québécoise pour la vie autonome). Dans la quarantaine, il est atteint d'une forme de dystrophie musculaire depuis l'âge de 15 ans. Suite à une pneumonie grave, il s’est retrouvé aux soins intensifs avec une trachéotomie d’urgence pour l'aider à respirer à l'aide d'un respirateur artificiel. Auparavant, il travaillait comme ingénieur réseau principal en informatique. Il a travaillé longtemps au Québec et outre-mer en Australie.

Jonathan est maintenant en situation de dépendance vitale pour respirer et a besoin d’assistance médicale. Il est contraint de vivre dans un CHSLD (Résidence des aînés) contre son gré depuis 2012. Près de 70 % des personnes handicapées qui ont besoin d'assistance comme Jonathan vivent en institution au Québec, soit 15 000 personnes, à cause du manque de services de soutien adéquats dans la communauté. Au Canada, ceci correspond à 60 000 personnes.

Selon Jonathan, plusieurs médecins lui ont offert l'euthanasie pour mettre fin à ses jours, y référant comme des « soins de confort ».

« Parce qu’il n’existe pas de service de soutien pour vivre en dehors des centres hospitaliers pour des gens avec sa condition au Québec, je dois choisir entre la mort ou vivre dans un hôpital ou un CHSLD le restant de mes jours » affirme Jonathan.

Selon Jonathan, cette situation existe malgré le fait que les gouvernements peuvent économiser des millions de dollars en favorisant une autonomisation des personnes handicapées plutôt que de les garder en institution (chiffres à l'appui.)

« Jamais on ne m’a offert la possibilité de continuer ma vie à domicile avec l’assistance dont j’ai besoin. En institution, tu perds le contrôle sur ta vie. »

Je n’ai jamais demandé de l’aide pour mourir, j'allais de mieux en mieux.

« On est prêt à m’aider à me suicider, mais pas à me fournir l’assistance pour vivre. Ce n’est pas un vrai choix. »

Malgré ça, Jonathan refusait d'abandonner sa vie, sa conjointe, sa famille et ses amis.

Selon Lisa et Jonathan, comment peut-on parler d’aide médicale à mourir pour les personnes handicapées quand on n’a même pas l’aide pour vivre.

Ce qu’ils demandent ce n’est pas l’aide médicale à mourir, mais plutôt c’est le soutien nécessaire pour vivre dans la communauté pour contribuer à la société.

En définitive, le Dr Paul Saba, un des principaux défenseurs du droit de vivre des patients au Canada, affirme que les lois canadiennes sur l'euthanasie et le suicide assisté ont créé une porte ouverte pour des abus et des dégâts pour tous les Canadiens, qui un jour vivront les défis de la santé qui requièrent de l’assistance en matière de santé et de vie. « Nos gouvernements, tant à l’échelle canadienne qu’à l’échelle provinciale, s’intéressent plus à une législation faisant la promotion de la mort qu’à la mise en place de meilleurs soins de santé et d'une aide pour vivre pour tous les citoyens. C'est extrêmement injuste. »

Information:
Lisa D'Amico Tél.: 514-593-2927, email : lisadamico2@gmail.com
Jonathan Marchand Tél.: 418-627-3757, email : jmarchand@coopassist.ca
Dr Paul Saba Tél.: 514-886-3447, email : pauljsaba@gmail.com

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Church of Scientology Los Angeles Supports March for Tolerance

Youth for Human Rights and Church of Scientology at Institute for Religious Tolerance March of Peace and Justice

Youth for Human Rights and Church of Scientology at Institute for Religious Tolerance March of Peace and Justice

Members of many Los Angeles faiths gathered in the name of religious freedom and tolerance.

Members of many Los Angeles faiths gathered in the name of religious freedom and tolerance.

Institute for Religious Tolerance organized marches in 16 U.S. cities and six other countries.

Institute for Religious Tolerance organized marches in 16 U.S. cities and six other countries.

The Church of Scientology joined religious groups from across the city to march to raise awareness of the state of religious freedom in the world today.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 29, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Youth for Human Rights of California and volunteers from the Church of Scientology Los Angeles joined human rights and religious groups from across the Southland at the Islamic Center of Southern California for the annual Interfaith Solidarity March of Peace and Justice.

The march, organized by the Los Angeles-based Institute for Religious Tolerance (IRTPJ), is part of an international movement. Religious tolerance advocates participated this year in 16 U.S. cities and five other countries including Israel, where advocates marched in Tel Aviv and Bethlehem.

“This is the largest coalition of interfaith marches in the world,” said program organizer, IRTPJ Founder and President Dr. L. Arik Greenberg.

The purpose of the march is to raise awareness of the freedom of religion or belief—the right of people to choose to practice any religion without fear of reprisal, discrimination or abuse. All religions are entitled to equal justice and protection under the law.

The urgency of protecting this right was highlighted recently by Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, who said, “80 percent of people live in places where religious freedom is under attack.” Brownback also emphasized the importance of the “grassroots movement for religious freedom,” that he sees as “beginning to take hold around the world.”

Contributing to that grassroots movement was the IRTPJ march that began in the Wilshire district at the Islamic Center of Southern California, with stops for speeches and presentations at the Founders Church of Religious Science and Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

For the Church of Scientology Los Angeles, this was the final event of a five-part series of activities in support of interfaith understanding and tolerance. For the past four weeks, the Church hosted its fourth annual series of interfaith forums to bridge differences, dispel misconceptions and promote tolerance.

Los Angeles is a cultural tapestry whose residents practice more than 100 religions or denominations, hail from some 100 countries and speak twice as many languages. The Church of Scientology Los Angeles celebrates the ethnic diversity of the city with programs that promote communication and understanding among all who call Los Angeles home.

For more information on the Church of Scientology Los Angeles and its many community programs, watch Inside a Scientology Church on the Scientology Network.

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SROCC AUTHORS AND ICELAND PM DISCUSS CLIMATE REPORT

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Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, IPCC Author and Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School

No Silver Lining Without Dramatic Changes in Policy on a Global Scale

You can hear movements within receding glaciers when you stand on them, and these desperate murmurings should not be witnessed idly. Nature is giving us a very clear message.”

— Rt. Hon. Katrín Jakobsdótti, Prime Minister of Iceland

NEW YORK, NY, USA, September 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (“IPCC”) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (“the report”) made international headlines when it was released Wednesday at 5 am EST. The report reveals the extent to which climate change has already affected the world’s oceans and the cryosphere, which is defined in the report as “the components of the Earth System at and below the land and ocean surface that are frozen, including snow cover, glaciers, ice sheet, ice shelves, icebergs, sea ice, lake ice, river ice, permafrost, and seasonally frozen ground.” The report also provided myriad projections that reveal the probable effects on the oceans and the cryosphere if the world’s nations either fail to or fulfill their duties as established by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement—namely, to keep the average global temperature increase to well below 2 ̊C above pre-industrial levels.

The report is clear: Failure to meet the bar set by the Paris Agreements will be catastrophic for humanity, as well as species that lack the ability to quickly adapt to dramatic changes in their ecosystem.

To better understand the report, three of its authors—Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Dr. Ben Orlove, and Dr. Robert DeConto—as well as two additional scientists, Dr. R. Max Holmes and Dr. Jennifer Francis, to speak before an audience at The Explorers Club on Wednesday evening. Following presentations by Drs. Oppenheimer, Orlove, DeConto, and Holmes, Dr. Francis joined the other four scientists on stage for a panel discussion that was moderated by host Dr. Philip Duffy, the Director of the Woods Hole Research Center and a former White House senior advisor on climate and science in the Obama administration. The event was part of The Explorers Club’s week of programming based around Climate Week.

The evening’s event began with opening statements from the Rt. Hon. Katrín Jakobsdótti, the Prime Minister of Iceland, who spoke passionately about not only the report, but some of the more salient effects of climate change, particularly how glaciers are disappearing from Iceland. She also spoke about climate change’s effects of the ocean waters surrounding her homeland. “The impact on the ocean is less visible, but no less profound,” she said, before relaying reports from several Icelandic fisherman, who claim to be seeing new species of fish that have migrated north because of warming waters. In her closing statements, she noted that you can hear movements within receding glaciers when you stand on them, and that these desperate murmurings should not be witnessed idly. “Nature is giving us a very clear message,” Ms. Jakobsdótti concluded.

Following the opening statement by Ms. Jakobsdótti, Monica Dean, a Senior Associate with the United Nations Foundation who works on Energy, Climate, and the Environment, provided the audience with some preliminary information about the immense scope of the research required to produce the report, describing it as “the most ambitious report cycle the IPCC has ever undertaken its 30-year history.” To draft the report, Ms. Dean said it required 104 authors from 36 countries, who worked for two years and assessed over “6,000 different sources of literature” and reviewed “31,000 government and expert comments.” After completing the report, the authors spent five days with delegates from 195 countries to approve a 42-page summary for policymakers.

The first of the presenters, Dr. Ben Orlove, was one of the lead authors for the report’s section on mountains. He described how mountain glaciers in low- and mid-latitudes of the Earth are shrinking due to warmer air temperatures. Dr. Orlove also detailed how these glaciers and the usual runoff they produce from seasonal thawing contribute to rivers that are then used as a water source for peoples living in high altitudes. Increased runoffs due to warming temperatures, however, can lead to damaging floods and landslides. Should the process of deglaciation progress more rapidly, the results will not only be more flooding and more landslides, but the eventual disappearance of the glaciers. This will devastate communities in proximity to these rivers by severely restricting their water sources. Warming temperatures may also mean less snow in mountain regions, further denuding water sources during the spring thaw and threatening local economies, especially if they are based on agriculture or tourism.

Dr. Orlove added that the disappearance of glaciers has altered the topography of mountainous regions, thereby making some areas impossible to traverse. This can have a cultural—as well as an economic and environmental—impact. Many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and mountains that are sacred to mountain cultures may be damaged or become inaccessible. France’s Mount Blanc, for example, may cease to be white.

The next presenter, Dr. Rob DeConto, was one of the lead authors for the report’s section on polar regions. Dr. DeConto presented a sobering look into how climate change is affecting glaciers in the Earth’s polar regions. He focused most of his attention on a series of graphs included in the report (see page 6 of the summary) that paint a picture of two vastly different scenarios.

In one, we continue on our current trajectory. If we follow this path, changes will become more pronounced in the future as the forces contributing to climate change compound and the effects (temperatures, sea acidification, ocean heat waves, etc.) become exponential in nature. Dr. DeConto, an expert on ice sheet dynamics, also noted that sea level rise could exceed previous projections because of changing dynamics within the Antarctic ice sheet system. Scientists did not fully understand the dynamics of this system until relatively recently. However, Dr. DeConto said the report shows that “Antarctica has the potential to contribute much more to sea level than we were thinking just five years ago.” Particularly after 2100, this could mean several meters in sea level rise. This will have a tremendous impact on existing coastal communities, especially small island nations.

The other path, which is more likely if we comply with the conditions of the Paris Agreement, shows these negative trends slowing or stopping entirely. In attempting to strike an optimistic tone, Dr. DeConto concluded, saying, “Even though there is going to be an ongoing increase in sea levels…you don’t turn the ice sheets around in decades or even centuries, but you can see it’s a much, much rosier picture with perhaps less than a meter of sea level rise even centuries out into the future, and that’s something that I think we can all probably deal with and tolerate.”

Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, the next presenter, was one of the lead authors for the report’s section on sea level rise. Dr. Oppenheimer opened his remarks with a call for hope, but tempered this by admitting that his initial response to the findings was, “There’s a lot for us to do.” This especially pertains to adaptions and emissions reductions that can mitigate the effects and acceleration of sea level rise. Unfortunately, he noted that, “We’ve fallen further and further behind.”

Dr. Oppenheimer focused on a future in which sea levels continue to rise unabated. In this scenario, storm surges “will be riding on top of a higher sea level, so…the storm surge goes further inland.” Consequently, flooding in coastal areas becomes more common and so-called 100-year weather events become relatively common occurrences. By 2050, in many places around the world (including the East Coast of the United States), these storms may become annual events. Without adaptations and attempts to curb emissions, many coastal areas and small island nations will cease to be inhabitable without tremendous amounts of capital to either rebuild structures to accommodate frequent flooding or create barrier systems that keep sea water out.

The final presenter, Dr. Holmes, is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Director at the Woods Hole Research Center. Dr. Holmes spoke about the section of the report that focused on permafrost. “Permafrost is frozen ground,” he said. “It’s technically defined as ground that’s at or below the freezing point of water for two or more years consecutively, but in practice it’s ground that’s been frozen for hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of years.” Permafrost can be found underneath approximately 25 percent of the land area in the northern hemisphere.

Dr. Holmes said that as much as 70 percent of the near-surface permafrost in this region may be lost by 2100 due to rising air temperatures. On top of potentially damaging animals and people who rely on ecosystems underlaid by permafrost, thawing permafrost may release a great deal of carbon into the atmosphere, thereby contributing even more to climate change. To put into context just how much carbon is locked in the artic, Dr. Holmes explained that there are currently 850 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere; that there is approximately 500 billion tons of carbon stored in the vegetation around the world; and that there is 1,200 billion tons in existing fossil fuel reserves. In permafrost, “the thing that doesn’t get much attention…there is around 1,500 billion tons of carbon,” he said.

As permafrost thaws, bacteria begin to consume the organic matter that both contains the carbon and has been frozen, thereby releasing both CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. By 2100, Dr. Holmes said the report estimates that, in the best-case scenario, this will translate into “tens of billions of tons of carbon released.” If we do not act, he said, “We’re talking something over one hundred billion tons.”

The subsequent discussion began with a remark by Dr. Francis that seemed to capture the mood of the audience: “Thanks everyone for all that terrible news.” She added that, though the report does paint a ominous picture of the future if we fail to act, “One of the things this report does really well, and one of the reasons it’s so important, is because it’s really highlighting the changes that are going in two really important parts of the climate system: the oceans and the polar regions.”

Dr. Francis then emphasized that there is a vicious cycle in these parts of the climate system, wherein phenomena associated with global warming amplify one another. She used the melting of arctic sea ice as an example: “So far, we’ve seen the artic sea ice disappear by 75 percent in only 40 years.” As temperatures warm, more sea ice melts; as more sea ice melts, less solar energy is reflected back into space and is instead absorbed by the ocean; as the ocean absorbs more of the sun’s energy, temperatures warm; and so on, ad infinitum. According to Dr. Francis, this positive feedback loop “is causing the arctic to warm two to three times faster than just about anywhere else on the planet.” Additionally, this contributes to the thawing of permafrost and the melting of glaciers, particularly in Greenland.

Following the discussion, Mr. Julio Cordano, Chile’s Deputy Lead Negotiator for Climate, provided closing remarks. He noted that, while there needs to be more conversations between nations to address climate change, there is also a narrow window of opportunity. In the near future, he hopes that “we will be able to say we have a very substantial alliance of countries that are willing to increase their ambition and hopefully address the enormous amount of work that we need to do.”
This tone of conditional confidence in humanity’s ability to save itself from its own myopia had resonated among all speakers throughout the night. While the report makes clear that the effects of climate change will be severe if humanity does not work to reduce emissions, each of the scientists emphasized that adhering to the goals of the Paris Agreement will lead to significantly less grim results.

Dr. Oppenheimer described himself as an optimist in his opening remarks, adding: “It doesn’t pay to be paralyzed by gloom and doom.”

“We have the tools at our disposal,” he later added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Orlove claimed: “There’s twice as much glacier loss between now and 2100 with high emissions as there is with low emissions.”

Even Dr. DeConto expressed a hopeful tone while pointing to the two potential trajectories for the Earth’s oceans. Highlighting the projection that does not portend imminent doom, he said, “There’s still a lot of good news in this story.”

Dr. Holmes took a bolder approach: “Best case scenario is a hell of a lot better than the worst case scenario.”

A full recording of the event can be found on The Explorers Club’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheExplorersClubNYC/videos/541713199912369/

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Scientology Assists to Help Overcome Trauma

Scientology Volunteer Ministers served more than 15,000 meals on the first day of two Relief Days in Freeport.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers served more than 15,000 meals on the first day of two Relief Days in Freeport.

Members of the military grasped the value of these tools for helping in the aftermath of a catastrophe.

Members of the military grasped the value of these tools for helping in the aftermath of a catastrophe.

 Volunteer Ministers delivered more than 100 assists their first day in the park.

Volunteer Ministers delivered more than 100 assists their first day in the park.

Local residents of all ages join seasoned Volunteer Ministers who train them to do assist. So simple, yet effective, anyone can learn these techniques and help their friends and families. 

Local residents of all ages join seasoned Volunteer Ministers who train them to do assist. So simple, yet effective, anyone can learn these techniques and help their friends and families. 

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to help another.

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to help another.

Simple Scientology technology called the “assist” is helping disaster victims in the Bahamas cope with their loss and look to the future.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 28, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — While the Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) in the Bahamas continue their work to clear roads, shore up homes and provide food and supplies to those in need, one key element of their outreach is assists—techniques developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that address the emotional and spiritual factors in stress and trauma.

Last weekend, the Volunteer Ministers Disaster Relief Team joined the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army and Air Force of Trinidad and Tobago at Relief Day, a two-day initiative organized by Bahamian Senator Kay Forbes Smith, who was appointed by the country’s prime minister to coordinate disaster response for Grand Bahama Island.

From their bright yellow tent, Volunteer Ministers who flew in from the U.S and new local VMs who recently came on board served more than 15,000 meals and handed out everything from cleaning supplies to hygiene kits, canned food, water, blankets, towels, feminine products, diapers, clothing and wipes.

But their tent was also bustling with another service—one that addressed something far more personal.

Volunteer Minister from Australia, responding to another disaster, once put it, “Have you ever seen someone in shock? Their eyes are sort of vacant like no one’s home. Their ‘lights are out.’ That’s because the majority of their attention is stuck back in time at the point of trauma. These people have seen some nasty things and often that stays in their mind. We do assists to relieve that. Then they can go home, sleep, and they don’t have those pictures stuck in their minds.”

Throughout the ages, religions have attempted to relieve man’s suffering. L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of the Scientology religion, developed numerous applications of his discoveries to address the mental and spiritual aspects of a person’s physical difficulties.

In developing the Scientology Volunteer Minister program, Mr. Hubbard wrote, “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.

“How does a Volunteer Minister accomplish these miracles? Basically, he uses the technology of Scientology to change conditions for the better—for himself, his family, his groups, friends, associates and for Mankind.”

When confronted by someone who has been injured or ill, operated upon or who has suffered a grave emotional shock, Volunteer Ministers use assists. The Volunteer Ministers delivered more than 100 assists to those visiting the tent and trained many others to be able to use these techniques with their families and friends.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Minister program is a religious social service. Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities. The Church provides free online training on the Volunteer Ministers website.

Watch films based on the tools of the Volunteer Minister on the Scientology Network.

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Chinese Peace Dragon presented on UN’s International Day of Peace

Jing Zhao Cesarone (left#5), Sha Zhu(left#6), Dr. Linda J. Stillman (right#2) raise the peace flag in front of the UN Headquarters and celebrate the birth of China. (WPDL)

WPDL hosted a dinner at a Chinese restaurant to wish China a happy 70th birthday.(WPDL)

Master Hong Tai.(WPDL)

–WPDL Celebrates the 70th National Day for China.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, September 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — A group of world peace lovers representing World Peace Development League (WPDL) gathered at the UN headquarters to celebrate the 70th National Day for China on September 21st, the International day of Peace established by UN General Assembly in 2001.

This event was organized by Jing Zhao Cesarone, CEO of Global CSR Foundation (GCSRF) and co-founder of WPDL, Sha Zhu, COO of GCSRF and Dr. Linda J. Stillman, Founder and President of Young Global Leadership Foundation. They were attending the UN Climate Action Summit to learn the updates of UN Sustainable Development Goals and to plan the road ahead. The Summit occurred ten days prior to the 70th National Day for China on October 1st.

In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 55/282 to establish September 21st as an international day of non-violence and cease-fire. The resolution 55/282 invites all nations and peoples to cease hostilities on this day, and urges all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st. October 1st happens to be the 70th National Day for China this year . In observance of both important holidays, WPDL gathered its members and friends in front of the UN Headquarters. Later in the evening, WPDL hosted a dinner at a Chinese restaurant to wish China a happy 70th birthday.

Founded in the United States in 2019, the WPDL is a world peace organization that unites the global Chinese, integrates the East and West civilizations, and builds a community of common destiny. WPDL focuses on world peace and the sustainable development of human civilization, advocates universal values which are rooted in the 5,000-year Chinese civilization. This event demonstrates that the Chinese Peace Dragon was born for world peace, and WPDL welcomes people around the world to build "Harmonious World and Joyful Life "together.

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Israel Tennis & Education Centers Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser Brings A Night on Jaffa Road to NYC

ITEC 2019 NYC Gala A Night on Jaffa Road

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 the Prince George Ballroom will be transformed into the festive, lively Mahane Yehuda marketplace on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem

We are re-creating a Shuk marketplace by bringing a piece of Israel to NYC–while showcasing this diverse, inclusive environment where all children are equal. These children represent Israel's future”

— Wendy Slavin, Chair, ITEC Night on Jaffa Road

NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES, September 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Israel Tennis & Education Centers (ITEC) is bringing the sights, sounds and tastes of the Israeli Shuk to NYC. On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan will be transformed into a festive, lively bazaar modeled after the famous Mahane Yehuda marketplace on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem.

This one-of-a-kind event will begin at 6PM. From the moment they arrive, guests will transported from NYC to Jerusalem, under the twinkling lights of the night sky, inside exotic fabric tents lit by colored glass lanterns as they walk across beautiful Persian rugs. There they will be treated to the most extraordinary experience west of The Holy City, including a “Shuk” Style Dinner, Open Bar & Wine Tastings, Unique Treasures from Israel, Live Music, Belly-Dancer, Juggler and a Live Auction.

During this festive evening, guests will have the opportunity to meet ITEC alumni and students currently participating
in the organization’s educational, social impact and tennis programs, and learn first-hand the tremendous impact the ITEC has had on their lives.

All proceeds will benefit scholarships to help vulnerable children at the 14 Israel Tennis & Education Centers that stretch across Israel from Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border in the North to Beer Sheva bordering the Negev Desert in the South.

“For anyone who loves the culture, spirit, sights, sounds and food from Israel, this is a very special treat,” states Wendy Slavin, Chair of this special evening. “We are truly re-creating a Shuk marketplace and are bringing a piece of Israel to NYC – while showcasing the diverse and inclusive environment where all children are equal at the Israel Tennis & Education Centers. These children represent Israel’s future.” Wendy Slavin, Chair, ITEC Night on Jaffa Road

The Israel Tennis & Education Centers (ITEC) was founded in 1976 and over the last 43 years it has grown and evolved into one of the largest social service agencies for children in Israel. ITEC has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children with the goal of igniting hope and opening pathways to a successful future for them and for Israel, now and for generations to come.

ITEC has created a model of ethnic integration through sports in a safe environment where each and every child is afforded the opportunity to play, dream, learn and make friends within a peaceful community. Many see the centers within their communities as a stable, nurturing “second home” that supports them as they develop into productive, healthy, well-rounded adults, with thousands receiving scholarships to university and employment opportunities, as a result of their participation.

The organization is focused on the core values of education, equality, empowerment and well-being. Through its social impact programs, a wide range of children are served, including youth at risk, immigrants from Ethiopian and Russia and children with special needs, from autism and ADHD to Down Syndrome as well as those with developmental and physical disabilities.

The goal of Israel Tennis & Education Centers is to ensure that every child in Israel is healthy, educated, equal and equipped to pursue their dreams, without religious, economic or social barriers, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

For more information or to attend this event, please go to www.ITECenters.org or contact Jacqueline Glodstein, Executive Vice President of Global Development at 212-784-9201 or jglodstein@ITECenters.org . Tax deductible contributions are appreciated.

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About the Israel Tennis & Education Centers Foundation:
The Israel Tennis & Education Centers Foundation (ITEC) is 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that works tirelessly through the mediums of education and sport to enhance the development of Israeli youth. Since opening its first center in Ramat Hasharon in 1976, the ITEC has helped over 500,000 children, many of whom come from outlying and under-served towns throughout Israel. The 14 Israel Tennis & Education Centers stretch from Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border in the North to Beer Sheva bordering the Negev Desert in the South. www.ITECenters.org

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