A Brief Discussion of Human Rights Day

Universal Links for Human Rights

Universal Links for Human Rights

Human Rights Day was yesterday on the 10th of December. This is the day The United Nation General Assembly’s proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This global pronouncement of universal human rights was a major achievement of the United Nations and one of their first. This day is normally marked by political conferences and cultural events dealing with human rights. There’s an annual prize given in the field of human rights by the United Nations. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded as well. This year, Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Many NGOs and governmental organizations that are active in human rights commemorate the day in their own ways.

However, Human Rights Day is often also marked by protests and a look into all the the work that still needs to be done in regards to human rights. Massacres by ISIS are a daily occurrence, and world women’s rights are an exception, not a rule. The fight for human rights is an ongoing struggle so yesterday should also a moment to look at some of the issues we are facing today.

Nearly three years ago Syrians left their the country when the Syrian civil war began, over the last three years the number of refugees has increased to over 3 million. And Syria is not the only country where this happening, Ukraine is being attacked by its neighbor Russia and the number of people displaced by that war has increased from 10,000 to 260,000. There are millions of other people from other countries that do not belong to a state. Acquiring citizenship in any country is difficult and often even more difficult if you are coming from war-torn regions. It is estimated that there are 10 million people in the world today that do not have the human rights protection of a nationality and one third of them are children.

It is also estimated that there are up to 36 million people living as slaves in the world today. In India, a country of 1.2 billion, it is estimated that over 1% of the population lives in slavery. In Haiti that number is doubled. 

10 Water Efficiency Tips for Southern Californians

Every summer in Southern California there is talks of a drought, but this year has been particularly bad. Governor Jerry Brown has made helping to remedy this situation the focus of his administration. Brown recently asked residents to cut down on water usage by 20% and the message has been well received. Residents cut down on water usage by 11.5% last month. A far cry from the 20% request but a step in the right direction anyway. Below are some steps you can take to further cut down on water usage.

Make Washing Clothes More Efficient

If you can purchase a water efficient clothes washer, do it. If not, you can still save water by only doing full loads, and washing darks with cold water. These tips will save you cost on energy as well.

Make Washing Dishes More Efficient

Use the dishwasher only when it is full, and purchase a more efficient dishwasher if possible (this will save money and water in the long run). Wash dishes with two reservoirs, one for washing, one for rinsing. If you must let the faucet run, there are inexpensive aerators that will reduce the amount of water flow.

Become a Water Efficient Chef

Generally speaking, don’t let the water run when possible. Wash vegetables in a pan of water and thaw food overnight. Don’t use oversized pans.

Recycle Water

After you wash your vegetables, or rinse your pots, and pans use that water to water your plants.

Install Efficient Toilet, Shower Heads, and Faucets

The bathroom is where a lot of the water is wasted. If it’s in the budget, install new hardware, California will thank you, and it pays itself back.

Don’t Let the Water Run

Shaving, brushing teeth, even washing your hands with soap before lathering can save water.

Water in the Morning or at Night

Cooler temperatures mean less water evaporates.

Irrigation System For Watering

Drip irrigation system can save both time and water, and if it’s in the budget install a smart automatic timer that won’t water when it rains.

Southern California is a Desert, Use Desert Flora

Desert plants are drought resistant, require little to no watering

Use Hose Alternatives for Outdoor Projects

A hose is so useful for cleaning outside and washing cars, but a broom or a sponge and a bucket will suffice.