We have a three tier implementation strategy…
1) Global Cooperation,
2) Integrated Sustainable Design, and
3) Social, Ethical and Responsible Investment:
The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 acknowledges, for the first time, the key role of culture, creativity and cultural diversity to solving sustainable development challenges, to advance economic growth and foster social inclusion. (2015)”
Dr Irina Bokova, then Director-General of UNESCO
With so much work involved, there’s equally so much information to share as follows:
All international agreements and mandates from the UN Sustainable Development Goals to COP 21 recognise the need for cross-sector global cooperation to combat the global climate change emergency and, more recently, the Covid-19 virus. Our collaboration, began with Professor Liz Greenwell’s film for the new millennium, “No Chance to Paint the Canvas” (1999-2001) which involved participation from individuals in provincial New Zealand through to municipalities, small businesses, large companies, governments across the world. The late Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed Singapore from a Third World country into a First World country within a generation, assessed “No Chance to Paint the Canvas” as offering a “glimpse of the cooperation that can bring about a better world and society.”
Starting with a premise of GOOD WILL without which any real change is impossible, Professor Greenwell wrote in 1994: “Can we all of us together, water the fields of humanity, and bring about a harvest so great, that it will take the world to pick the fruit, a harvest that is civil society? I think we can?” That quote has become a clarion call for organizations, and our affiliates, like Mahdah Urf; Energime University; WE, the World; the Institute of International Peace Leaders and the Global Harmony Association, to name a few, together comprising leading scientists, educators, Nobel Laureates, UN Messengers of Peace, Royalty, former Cabinet Ministers etc.
Taking the principle that “Water is Life, Music is Community” we have an entertainment model in place to raise awareness of Integrated Sustainable Design (ISD) technologies in energy, water treatment and supply, food production, waste management, education, and affordable housing.
We have signed one MoU and are in the process of signing another, in the implementation of these technologies in places of the extreme and urgent need – such as a region with 91% poverty as assessed by the UNDP.
The third tier after global cooperation and ISD, is the process of Social, Ethical, and Responsible Investment to ensure ongoing financing of these projects. We have good relationships with international financiers for this process.
For example, one of our affiliates is partnered with Swiss financiers and is offering 300 million to 5 billion in funding for infrastructure projects that are government-backed and feasible.
Human beings, and other species, have an inherent propensity towards reciprocity of help, altruism, and interdependence. There appears to have been the propagation of a mentality, a culture, that argues that we are basically selfish and should fend for ourselves.
People of my generation have been brought up with an idea of “getting to the top” or “making it” that did not even consider other elements of the planet or society. Now, with displaced persons clamouring to leave war zones and find new homes in Europe, the same virus spreading across the world, the rising of sea temperatures in the coldest continent, Antarctica…we can see in front of us the need to collaborate across sectors, across communities, across the world. That cross-sector cooperation was already called for in “No Chance to Paint the Canvas” by Professor Greenwell at the turn of the new millennium. The political will to realise our proposal thus exists by the nature of this forum and international agreements such as the UN Global Compact, the UN SDGs and COP 21.
In essence, this proposal is about matching those with knowledge, expertise and resources with those in the most extreme and urgent need and, after that, cities and communities worldwide.
One of our technologies is AgriPOD/SolaRoof high-density food production whereby a unit that is smaller than a garden greenhouse, with a very low carbon footprint, can provide food for 20-households. We have a world expert on spring and water catchment protection, which involves planting of vegetation to keep water potable. Smaller waste management mechanisms as opposed to expensive waste-to-energy plants. The application of ISO 26 000 corporate responsibility standards to technologies which may create privacy issues/identification challenges. Basically ensuring that nobody is left behind with the closure of some industries, and ready to meet the skills challenges of the new technologies. We will pay attention to “Some Brief Reflections on Digital Technologies and Economic Development” -Jeffrey D. Sachs: The greatest challenge will be to finance and implement this broad-based and interconnected investment agenda. Development institutions such as the IMF, multilateral development banks, UN development agencies, and key private-sector leaders should undertake concerted efforts to transfer digital skills and technologies as rapidly as possible to the low-income nations to enable them to build digital-based industries, skills, and jobs of the future.
This proposal will highlight the empowerment of women by aligning the notion of Mother Earth with the needs and strengths of women – the mother nature of women- and the connection between the exploitation of our Mother Earth and the exploitation of women. By hearing the combined voices of Professor Liz Greenwell, Onika Best, Jennie Yeung and Jenny Carrington four women from diverse points of the world, we will be introduced into the realms of finance, education, entertainment and sustainable technologies – with more examples of female initiatives to alleviate poverty and inequality.
New Zealand has a unique role to play amongst small island states as one of the first countries to pass legislation, in 2019, to become “carbon neutral” by 2050.
Bermuda and New Zealand share a mutual interest in the America’s Cup sailing legacies of AC35 (2017) and AC36 (2021) while Barbados and New Zealand share a mutual interest in the “blue economy”. Together, we can use our combined influence to “water the fields of humanity” with enduring virtues that were espoused by Saint Francis now espoused by Pope Francis, who has followed the example of St Francis with Laudato Si – love of nature and love of our neighbours.
We have adopted the Just Stop Campaign by Onika Best in Barbados as part of our humanitarian strategy to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are respected by global powers. As the daughter of the late iconic Barbadian maestro, Vernon Best, we feel that Onika is in the ideal position to represent our planned work throughout Caricom. Her campaign has already been embraced by COSCAP and the National Cultural Foundation in Barbados and we have now ourselves officially to the Prime Minister of Barbados, The Honourable Mia Mottley QC MP E.G.H.
We are dealing with financiers willing to fund government-backed projects and we are dealing with regional governments in areas where communities lack the basic essentials of life. The overview perspective of our combined experiences is globally rare, if not unique. As a result, we are in an ideal position to transfer ideas/solutions, resources and policy developments to those who may not be aware of how they can be assisted and by whom.
In New Zealand, a Suicide Prevention Office was established in late 2019 to address critical mental health challenges, such as youth suicide. An international group represented in 56 countries has expressed its support to the New Zealand Government through our group: Their CEO’S words were conveyed to the Prime Minister of New Zealand: “The unprecedented position that we are in that is only dawning on authorities around the world is that it is not just music that relieves so much of societies social woes but all forms of creativity. Music, Art and dance are the three most important forms of universal communication.The facilitation of introductory workshops for educators and volunteers with strategic planning for the future would alleviate so many problems. We are not recognising the real problem which is our systematic disconnect from each other. ”
The founder of our affiliate, WE, the World, was involved in peace talks in Rwanda, a now flourishing country which was once afflicted by one of the worst genocides in history. We are connected also with the Secular Franciscan Order, a laity personally established by St Francis nearly 800 years ago, whose core message is to build a fraternal world based on peace and justice together with people of goodwill.
That has led us into an introduction to the first Christian-initiated interfaith group in formal partnership with an Islamic government.
To conclude, shared activities, whether in our “trees of peace and reconciliation” through to Energime University’s Sustainable Planet gaming platform, and our music showcases, all systematically help to reduce conflict and political violence in creative, constructive and enjoyable ways.
MAHDAH URF AND WE ARE MOTHER EARTH WAME ( Pronounced Wah-Mey)