I am not sure how you feel about global warming. I’m not even sure how you even feel about the environment but I am asking you to participate in Earth Hour.
Earth Hour was founded by the WWF in Sydney in 2007 and has now been embraced by 7001 cities and 152 nations across the globe.
Tonight at 8.30pm is your time to help save the Great Barrier Reef.
It is a pretty simple concept that only takes an hour of your time.
All you have to do is switch off the lights.
You can find more information here -> www.earthhour.org.au
How about you use 60 minutes of your time to make a difference?
It can affect anyone. It doesn’t discriminate. Teachers. Doctors. Cleaners. Judges. It doesn’t care.
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It can eat you up. It sleeps with you. It follows you.
It affects everyone around you.
3 Million Australians are living with depression and anxiety.
THREE MILLION! I say that again because it is 3,000,000 Mums. Sons. Fathers. Friends.
According to Beyond Blue, on average, 1 in 6 people – 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men – will experience depression at some stage of their lives.
Literally Darling has published one of the most insightful pieces I have read. It tells what it is like watching someone close to you live under the cloud of depression.
Here is the link -> ‘Loving someone with depression’ Please read it. Please take the time.
What makes it worse is that people living in rural areas have an increased risk of developing mental illness. The Central West is rural. Our nests are rural. Your loved ones are rural.
If you, or someone close to you need help please contact your local GP or Beyond Blue. Don’t hide in the shadows. Ask for help. Seek assistance.
In some parts of the world things are different. So very different.
In our little nest we try to believe that just because people believe things and do things differently than us, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is wrong.
BUT this is wrong.
Actually, wrong does not even begin to describe what is happening to these little girls.
According to CARE.org there are 67 million girls forced into marriage before the age of 18.
Let that sink in. That is three times the amount of people who live in the entire country of Australia.
It is estimated that there are almost 39,000 who are forced into marriages EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Girls who should be treated better. Girls who should have childhoods. Girls who need time to grow up.
Mamamia has published this article. Read it. Read about this little 8 year old girl who died. Read it.
We need to save these little girls, because if even their own parents aren’t protecting them who do they have left?
We need to help. We need to protect them. We need to save these little girls.
Faiz, 40 (left), and Ghulam (right), 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Damarda Village, Afghanistan on September 11, 2005 (Image: used for illustration purposes – Source National Geographic & Stephanie Sinclair )