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As an initiative to combat climate change, poverty and increase social cohesion, increase national health and boost education - set up free (or nominal cost) vegan buffet restaurants; and start it in impoverished areas. This provides high nutritional value, lowers carbon footprint and fights poverty. To eat there is a free choice and it starts to change the national taste toward sustainable living. The restaurants can be boosted by volunteers and by community action groups. This can be linked to a local growing initiative to grow vegetables instead of grass lawns.

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When we speak of climate change, perhaps let's think of Earth as a child who is a little too warm. Nearby there are doctors and they are arguing. They agree that the child is getting warmer, but not as to the cause and they focus on if her temperature increasing faster or slower. One says the hospital air conditioning is about to make the hospital cooler anyway, so there is no need to do anything. Most agree on a particular cause, yet not all. Either way, the child gets warmer. One doctor says because the child is getting hotter less quickly that she is "cooling" and the other points out that she is still getting warmer and if she gets much warmer it could be lethal. Still they argue as to the cause of the warmth. Still, the child gets warmer. The parents are alarmed, "Give us the best ways to bring her temperature down! She is hot and getting hotter!! If most of you think a certain treatment will save her we should do it now before she burns up!!"

How can we help Earth as a loved child? We can do this by halting the pollution that is harming air quality, oceans, ground water and soils. We can do this by protecting creation - protecting the forests and natural wildlife populations. The vandalism of Earth is everyone's business and we need to preserve our ecosystems. Money is manmade, creation is god-given, life is sacred.

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The street is covered in the same dusty powder that is in my hair and clothes. Homes line the street like broken teeth, falling down randomly as if they were bombed. Yet the most dramatic thing to happen here in the past twenty years is the ever hotter summers and wind that howls across the landscape unhindered by trees. Graffiti still shows red and blue through the dust, tags from people who fled north with the dying rains, all childish rebellions long forgotten. How all this trauma aged us...aged me. I could be ninety in these teenage bones. I wouldn't come here if it weren't for the resources we now need, stuff that could be lying abandoned behind these sun-baked walls. I would shout to shock this place with the exuberance of life, but then I would have to breath this foul air in more deeply and I don't know how much this old hospital mask will filter.