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Fighting Job Loss AND Climate Change In Pakistan

Pakistan is helping create jobs for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19, while also tackling climate change. This has been accomplished through Pakistan’s innovative 10 Billion Tree’s Tsunami Programme.

The program focuses on forest restoration, which is planned to help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Through the implementation of the program, Pakistan has been able to provide tree-planting jobs to those affected by the pandemic.

With the closure of Pakistani cities, it has been reported that many are struggling to earn a daily income. Moreover, Pakistan is predicting to see 19 million layoffs caused by the shutdowns. However, with the help of the program, as many as 63,600 jobs will be created, paying a daily wage of 500 to 800 rupees.

Most of the jobs will be in rural areas and filled by young people returning to their hometowns from shut-down cities. The workers are said to be practicing social distancing, and safety precautions have been put in place through the mandatory wearing of facemasks to ensure the safety of the workers.

Do you think other countries should follow suit and create jobs while also taking a lead on the fight against climate change?

To read more about the program, head to the link below.

Destination Australia

 

The doors of libraries across the country still remain closed, but that has not stopped Perth’s Melville library from providing locals with innovative online services. The library has helped community members stay busy, and provided wonderful learning experiences for kids too. The librarians have recorded online story time videos and baby rhymes to help children keep up with their reading skills virtually. The library even hosted a teddy bear picnic, with all the librarians bringing in their cuddly friends to show the kids at home. Adults have also enjoyed the libraries click-and-collect book service, which saw the library receiving 1,000 orders in one day. Melville library said the renewed interest has warmed their hearts, and with 4,000 new library members since the beginning of lockdown, Melville is excited to welcome a new community of book lovers.

To read more about Melville’s community spirit, head to the link below.

Destination Brazil

The Ashaninka people, living in the Indigenous Kampa do Rio Ammonia Reserve, have won a two-decade long battle against illegal logging. The battle was a result of illegal logging taking place in the Reserve since the 1980s. The illegal logging trade in Brazil has had dire environmental consequences, with numerous other communities experiencing the effect of logging by having their land stripped of trees.* There is further concern that the rate of illegal logging will not slow down, with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in support of the trade. However, with the Ashaninka peoples’ win against the illegal logging company responsible, and receiving monetary compensation along with a public apology, it is hoped the case sets a future precedent for ongoing cases in the Amazon forest.

* https://www.latinpost.com/articles/144942/20200421/amazon-indigenous-tribe-wins-federal-case-against-logging-companies-receives.htm 

Destination Afghanistan

A recent government meeting in Afghanistan has caused uproar on social media due to there being no female participation. The uproar came from Afghan men and women after a photo showing 12 male political leaders in the meeting was posted on Twitter. The post was yet another symbolic representation of gender bias in Afghanistan, which has been exacerbated over the years because of 40 years of war and Taliban rule. These events have seen the removal of women’s basic human rights, such as access to education. However, after the photo was posted, the President’s spokesperson stated that the government has acknowledged the concern of the people, and will ensure participation of women in government affairs in the future.

To learn more about the role of women in Afghanistan, click the link below.

Walnut

 

International artwork can provide a fascinating insight into a country’s culture. Nepalese art showcases vibrant arrays of colour, traditional style and unique techniques dating back centuries. For a window into contemporary artwork created by some of Nepal’s leading artists, follow the link below.

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