The Answers Are In NatureFatal illnesses from water-borne bacteria claim millions of lives in developing countries each year. But with cooperation from Mother Nature, losses are becoming increasingly preventable. A recently discovered process effectively uses seeds from the native Moringa oleifera tree to eliminate up to 99.99% of the harmful microbes in previously untreated water.
"Moringa oleifera grows in Africa, Central and South America, the Indian subcontinent, and South East Asia. It ranks among the world's most useful trees, according to a Current Protocols in Microbiology report at ScienceDaily.com. Not only drought resistant, it also yields cooking and lighting oil, soil nutrients, as well as valuable foods derived from its pods, leaves, seeds and flowers. “Most importantly, its seeds purify drinking water at virtually no cost," says researcher Michael Lea of Clearinghouse, a Canadian organization dedicated to investigating and implementing low-cost water purification technologies. Kudos to everyone responsible from the global family of Universal Peace Plan.
UPP Global Solutions NetworkUniversal Peace Plan, a 501c3 non-profit, set out to create a global solutions network that unites people in pursuit of peace with causes to eradicate hunger, poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental abuses, tyranny and violence. UPP welcomed your participation & ingenuity in creating a multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-lingual initiative that delivers a better world with respect for all. And you have delivered! By comparison to the earth with its 7 continents and 196 countries, UPP reaches 6 continents and 92 countries speaking in 20 different languages. Our newest friends come from: Mozambique, Slovenia, Dubai, and French Polynesia. UPP is just 99 countries short of the whole enchilada! UPP salutes our Facebook friends for building this success story and bridging cultural barriers. Please tell all your FB friends that UPP created Universal Peace Plan –Too because we exceeded our 5,000 friend limit.
Here’s our current FB population: Friends: 5,000 Fans: 4,576 Group: 5,890
North America: United States, Mexico, Canada, Barbados
South and Central America: Anguilla, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
Europe and Eurasia: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Herzegovina, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Macedonia, Moldava, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain, Ukraine, Russia
Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Macau China, Bangladesh, French Polynesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Africa and Middle East: Algeria, Bahrain, Botswana, Chad, Dubai, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Palestinian Territory, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Uganda
Oceania: Australia and New Zealand
Many solutions to our causes of: hunger, disease, poverty, human rights, economics, literacy and the environment are starting to flood through our site. Check out our wall to read all about the exciting new opportunities for bringing forward correction.
“GETTING IT DONE!”
APRIL’S CLOSE UPP: POSITIVE SOLUTIONS SHOWCASE
Shout Out Goes To: The Transition Town MovementThe Transition Town Movement is sweeping like wildfire across the world. This movement is preparing for energy descent and climate change by addressing the relationship between both issues.
The Transition Town Movement
Contributing writer, Susanna Lepianka
The Transition Town Movement, TTM, is an organic global movement that primarily campaigns to raise awareness about climate change and peak oil. TTM recognizes the need to adapt to the challenges that face us through dwindling oil supplies by exploring and embracing new ways of being in the world. Loosely structured local steering groups are created to get ideas off the ground then later disbanded to preserve the integrity of the organic nature of the movement. Each community responds to its own needs. By holding workshops and a variety of events to encourage everyone to participate and take responsibility for the way they live, the whole are encouraged to work together to produce truly sustainable communities fostered by the need not greed ethic. By adopting practices which utilize and share a variety of skills, knowledge, experiences, insights and visions of all the individuals within a community, a whole range of initiatives are springing up from a grass roots level and feeding into the whole creating more all-encompassing, satisfying ways of being in the world that, at the same time, respect the environmental forces of nature. Some examples are: farming co-operatives to help fund ways of producing food at a local level thereby reducing the reliance on oil. Sharing land and supporting local businesses. One way of doing this is through the creation of a local currency which acts as a voucher system helping to keep money circulating within the community which in turn helps to create jobs for local people and fosters cohesiveness. All in all it makes sense to reduce our carbon footprint and create more caring, sharing, accountable communities in tune with nature which, after all, we are not separate from.
BE ENCHANTINGLY ENTERTAINEDApril’s Feature:
DJANGO REINHARDT and The Hot Club of France
Enjoy hot, sexy jazz from 1920s French Club Scene.
UPP-BEAT ABOUT THE FUTURENon-profits and other research institutions are at the heart of creating solutions for sustainability. As these advancements in the fields for social and environmental security are made known to UPP, we’ll post the great news on our FB wall for all to read. Some will even make it to the UPP Positive Solutions Showcase.
If you now of other organizations that are making a positive difference or if you have proposals to deliver the same, we have an audience eager to discover them. Use UPP to get the word out. Tell us about great work through CONTACT US @upp.org. Great ideas have only come from great minds. The solutions are out there. UPP hopes to reel them in.
In the event that you haven’t read GREATEST 21ST CENTURY EXPERIMENT, click here. It’s worth the read!
UPP’s SUMMIT’S COMMUNITY FORUMS are your opportunities to be heard! Don’t be shy. Loud is good and highly effective! Have a “say so” on UPP’S Cause Topics or start your own. Respond to others and have them respond to you. It’s all about connecting and driving momentum. UPP needs you to become a member and participate in constructive brainstorming @upp.org.
A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
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Michael Best and Friedrich LLC – Legal Services
ONCALL Interactive – Site Development
Hawk & Dove Creators
UPP Content Development, Writer
UPP Social Network Administrator
Little Green Cube – for preliminary development and ongoing support of UPP.
DePaul University’s Peace, Conflict Resolution and Social Justice Program
Harris Realty Group - for initial funding and facilitation.
Thomas Hinkes, Richard Harris, Fr. Dennis O’Neill, Matthew Maday of UPP’s board for unconditional devotion and sacrificing many long evenings.
We’ll keep you posted on progress and developments. Thank you all so much!
Patty O’NeillPresident and Founder