PROTECTING THE BIODIVERSITY OF OUR PLANET – LET’S DO SOMETHING.

 
 
“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” ~ Carl Sagan (1934–1996) American astronomer, cosmologist, author.
 
“Toward a Cognitive Shift in Perspective“
 
Purple Rain by Gulfoss 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CARING FOR LAND, WATER, AND AIR – Wangari-Maatha.

 
 
Wangari-Maathai-Muta“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace..”
 
“Through my experiences and observations, I have come to believe that the physical destruction of the earth extends to us, too. If we live in an environment that’s wounded—where the water is polluted, the air is filled with soot and fumes, the food is contaminated with heavy metals and plastic residues, or the soil is practically dust—it hurts us, chipping away at our health and creating injuries at a physical, psychological, and spiritual level. In degrading the environment, therefore, we degrade ourselves.”
 
Wangari Muta Maatha MSc, PhD (1940-2011) – political and environmental activist
First African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize [2004]
 

STAND UP FOR TREES – PROTECT A FOREST.

 
www.standfortrees.org
 

INSTITUTE TERRA – 2.700,000 TREES PLANTED.

 
www.institutoterra.org
 

RALLY FOR RIVERS – SAVING INDIA’S WATER OF LIFE – SADHGURU.

 
Sadhguru (1957) Indian Yogi, mystic, and visionary.
 
‘Many of our rivers are depleting fast.Ganga, Krishna, Narmada and Kaveri. If we do not act now, the legacy we hand over to the next generation will be one of conflict and deprivation. These rivers nurtured and nourished us for thousands of years. It is time we nurture them back to health.’
 
 

 
 
www.isha.sadhguru.org

(born February 8, 1944) Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist.
 
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‘The Salt of the Earth/Genesis.’

 
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© 2017 SEBASTIÃO SALGADO.
 

 
LOVE LIBERATES – REMEMBERING THEM WITH REVERENCE AND HUMILITY – TEACHERS, GIVERS, EDUCATORS…
 
Maya Angelou (1928–2014) – American author, poet, and civil rights activist.
 

 
 
Michael Joseph Jackson (1958–2009) – American singer, songwriter, and activist.
 

 
 
Daniel Robert Eldon (Dan) (1970–1993) – English photojournalist, artist and activist.
 
 

 
 
Dan and three press colleagues, met their tragic deaths in Mogadishu in July 1993. Dan, aged 22 at the time, was working as a freelance journalist for Reuters. He had been sent to investigate the aftermath of a bombing raid by UN troops, which had targetted what was believed to have been the headquarters of a local warlord. On arrival at the scene, Dan and his colleagues were met by a hostile mob, who attacked the journalists and stoned them to death.
 
 

 
A-jolieJane Goodall talking TEDOprah Winfrey arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtAyaan Hirsi laughing

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ALAN TURING

 
“I PROPOSE TO CONSIDER THE QUESTION, CAN MACHINES THINK.”
 
Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (1912-1954) English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist.
 
Sherborne School Archives
 
In 1936, he put forward the concept of a universal machine that would have sufficient complexity to be able to handle the intricate processes of the human mind.

His publication in 1950 entitled: ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence,’ laid the foundation for the theory of artificial intelligence. Turing proposed that the human brain functions as a discrete state machine that can be emulated by a computer. He predicted that ‘at the end of the century, the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.’

Alan Turing played a key role on the course of World War II through his work at Bletchley Park – the secret location in Southern England dedicated to cryptoanalysis or code-breaking. He was able to unravel the workings of the German U-boat communication system known as Enigma.

In 1951, as a result of a casual sexual relationship with a young male, he found himself subject to potential blackmail. He reported the situation to the police and as a result, was arrested as, at the time, all homosexual activity was deemed a criminal offence. At the subsequent trial, he was found guilty and given the choice of prison or chemical castration by hormone injections. He chose the latter.

As a result of his conviction, he was considered a security risk and was barred from further governmental intelligence work with which he was involved at that time.

He died in 1954; it was concluded after an autopsy that he had committed suicide by cyanide poisoning.

In December 2013, Alan Turing was granted a posthumous Royal pardon by Queen Elizabeth II on the basis of which, Turing’s criminal conviction was formally cancelled. The President and Vice-Chancellor of Manchester University, Dame Nancy Rothwell, has said of him: ‘His legacy will live on as one of the most significant scientists of his or any other generation.’

 
Dr._Bhim_Rao_AmbedkarNELSON MANDELAMartin Luther Kingvaclav-havelHnnH ARENDT ON TIME, SPACEMikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (/ˈɡɔrbəˌtʃɔːf, -ˌtʃɒf/; Russian: Михаи́л Серге́евич Горбачёв, tr. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachov; IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ɡərbɐˈtɕɵf]; born 2 March 1931) is a former Soviet statesman. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991 when the party was dissolved. He served as the country's head of state from 1988 until its dissolution in 1991.Eleanor-Roosevelt-in-1908Malala YousafzaiShirin
 
 
 

DOING SOMETHING – Jaha Dukureh.

 
Jaha Dukureh (1989 or 1990) is a Gambian women’s right activist and anti-female genital mutilation campaigner. Dukureh, was subjected to female genital mutilation in Gambia when she was a little more than a week old. She is the founder and executive director of Safe Hands for Girls, an organization working to end FGM, and is the lead campaigner in The Guardian’s End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign.
 
 
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CATE BLANCHETT – NICOLE KIDMAN.

 
 
(below L-R) Cate Blanchett, AC (born 1969) Australian actress and theatre director. Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR.
Nicole Kidman, AC (born 1967) Australian actress, and producer. Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006.
 
 
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THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… Education of women and girls.

 

In the mid-1970s, female students were a common sight at Afghan institutes of education such as Kabul’s Polytechnic University (pictured here are female students at this institute from this era). Some 20 years later, women’s access to education in the conflict-ridden country was completely shut down.

In 2013, the right to education for both men and women was enshrined in the Afghan Constitution.
 
 
Afghanistan's modern past
 

(below L) Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) South African engineer, and inventor. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.
 
(M) Leila Janah (born October 9, 1982) American Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need.
 
(R) Jennifer Anne Doudna (born 19, February 1964) American biochemist, and Professor of Chemistry.
 
Elon MuskleilaJennifer Doudnaj
 
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(above L-R) Dr Shane Legg Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Mustafa Suleyman Co-Founder Head of Applied AI, Demis Hassabis Co-Founder & CEO DeepMind.
 
 

(below) Tu Youyou (born 1930) Chinese Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, and the first female citizen of the People’s Republic of China to receive a Nobel Prize in any category. She is best known for discovering artemisinin (also known as qinghaosu) and dihydroartemisinin, used to treat malaria, and which has saved millions of lives.
(R) Women scientists working on India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, 2003.
 
 
Tu YouyouIndia’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) at ISRO in 2003
 
 
(below) Janna J. Levin (born 1967) American theoretical cosmologist.
(R) Masayo Takahashi (born 1961) Japanese medical physician, ophthalmologist and stem cell researcher.
 
 
janna LevinMasayo Takahashi
 
 
(below) Tsion Behailu American computer scientist, software engineer.
(R) Victoria Chibuogu Nneji (born 1993) Nigerian robotics research scientist.
 
 
Tsion Behailuvictoria-nneji class of 2014
 
 
(below) May-Britt Moser (1963) Norwegian psychologist, neuroscientist.
(R) Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell, (born 1943) Northern Irish astrophysicist.
 
 
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(below) Valentina-tereshkova (1937) Russian cosmonaut. First woman in space.
(R) Ľudmila Pajdušáková (1916-1979) Slovak astronomer.
 
 
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(below) Rita Levi-Montalcini, OMRI, OMCA (1909 – 2012) Italian Nobel laureate, neurobiology.
(R) Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920 – 1958) English chemist and X-ray crystallographer.
 
 
Rita Levi-Montalcini, circa 1975. Image courtesy of the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of MedicineRosalind Franklin
 
 
(below) Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) Polish and naturalised-French physicist and chemist.
(R) Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935) German mathematician.
 
MarieCurieEmmy Noether
 

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