“We are part of a larger ecosystem that includes all life on our planet Earth. Be caring responsible guardians”
Public Food Safety
Earth – the “blue planet” is covered in water. The oceans hold 96.5% of the world’s water. Only 2.5% of the planet’s water is freshwater. More than two-thirds of that water is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. This means that less than 1% of the world’s total water supply is stored as available groundwater for use. Groundwater sources become polluted, further reducing the water available for drinking.
Water is essential for life. That’s why it is a high priority for every living person. Our first need is clean drinking water. While most people can survive weeks without food, an average person cannot survive more than a few days without water.
Here in North America we often take water for granted since it flows out of abundance. We assume we’ll have clean water for drinking, cooking, showers, washing clothes and for watering our lawns. Taking a look at the big picture, around the world the planet’s freshwater sources are being sucked dry. The average person is simply unconcerned about water. More than one billion people do not have adequate amounts of drinking water and sanitation is a problem for 2.4 billion people around the world. This is our hidden global water crisis!
In 1998 the World Wide Fund for Nature noted that freshwater “is now running scarce in many regions of the world.” Recent environmental report from the UN states, “global water shortage represents a full-scale emergency” Freshwater supplies are becoming increasingly endangered and may become in short supply. As global population increases, so does the demand for water.
Lack of clean drinking water is responsible for 6,000 deaths every day.
The P.E.O.P.L.E. Foundation and Social Justice/Social Action people faithfully work to educate and advocate for water preservation, conservation and restoration. Sharing in the continued efforts to preserve the health of our freshwater and restore many bodies of water ie. Lake Apopka right here in Central Florida.
Lake Apopka is the 3rd largest lake in Florida. It is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Orlando, mostly within the bounds of Orange County. A bold, $91 million project to save one of Florida’s largest, dirtiest lakes has become an environmental tragedy. In 1999, more than 450 birds have died. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a news release saying chemicals used as pesticides could be to blame and also warned that people shouldn’t eat fish caught at the lake. Both pesticides and discharges from the land surrounding the lake has been minimized while new, safer and cost effective water may be utilized to restore the lake as well as it’s complex surrounding eco-system.
Food / Nourishment / Environment
Hunger & Natural Whole Foods
The need to aid those suffering from hunger has been commonly recognized. The Global Hunger Index according to the United States Department of Agriculture in 2015, 50 million Americans experienced food insecurity in 2009, including 17 million children. This represents nearly one in four American children. In 2015, GHI scores were calculated for 117 countries. 52 of the 117 countries have alarming and serious hunger levels. However, the level of hunger in developing countries as a group has improved since 2000, falling by 27 percent. With worldwide population of 795 million people, nearly 1 in 9 people still suffer from hunger.
GMO or genetically modified foods are known as “transgenic organisms”. These are living organisms that have been altered by adding and unrelated material or subtracting organism altering its original genetic make-up. Often GMO foods are grown with toxic pesticides. If laboratory mammals have suffered adverse effects and damage to kidneys, liver, adrenal glands, spleen, and heart. Additionally, immune systems are compromised, in some cases brain size was reduced, and ultimately harmful to our soil, water, atmosphere and people. Furthermore, GMO has increased the need for stronger more poisonous pesticides use on “superweeds”. The USDA reported in April 2006 “GM crops do not increase the yield potential”
Realistically, prolonged lack of adequate nutrition causes increased susceptibility to disease and reduced ability for the body to self heal.
Agricultural Self Sustainability
Our objective is to teach and lead by responsible example of meeting our current needs without compromising our future generations. This is vital since the health of our society/world is dependent upon the health of our environment. Self sustainability aims to balance the needs of environment and people. Care about climate change and the imbalances.
With balance in mind we teach, advocate, and re-create self sustainable home and community gardens throughout Central Florida.
Human Dignity & Respect
All of humankind has “worthiness and value” or dignity. In other words by definition, each and every person has an innate right to be valued, respected, and to receive ethical treatment. Respect is the action in which we view and honor a viewpoint or person’s worth.
Domestic Abuse & Violence
“There is no justice until the our Criminal Justice system starts caring about the victims”
Florida Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-500-1119
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Advocating for mutual respect and non-violence with voices of educated awareness that has set aim for zero tolerance to effect change and end the silence of domestic abuse/violence in our homes and world. Keeping silent in a place of abuse is always violence. By speaking out, stopping the silence, you stop the violence and repeat abuse/battering.
These following abuse, violation of human dignity and violence characteristics usually escalate over time: harassment, humiliation, objectification, intimidation, degradation, and dehumanization by insistent power and control, criticism, yelling, outrages, neglect, threats to kill or to inflict harm on ones life, isolation, physical harm, deprivation from fundamental freedoms which causes fear for one’s life, fatigue, emotional, psychological, and financial depression or distress which intends to give the victim a sense of inadequacy, belittling and/or shame.
- 1 in 4 homes experience some form of domestic abuse/violence
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at least 1 time in their life
- 32,000 full time jobs or 8 million days of work are lost in the United States per year alone.
- 12 million women in the US per year experience partner physical assault, sexual, and psychological abuse by a current or past partner. It could be you.
- 40% of all domestic violence victims in the US are men.
- Approximately 1.7 million incidents of workplace violence occur in the US every year, approximately 18,700 (1.1 percent) are committed by an intimate: current or former spouse, lover, partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend.
- Between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually.
Family Life and the Universal Church
The Catechism of the Catholic “Universal” and apostolic Church gives official expression to the ecclesial or Church-like nature of the family when it states, quoting Lumen Gentium:
“The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason it can and should be called a domestic church. It is a community of faith, hope, and charity.” (CCC 2204)
Handicapped and Disabled
Bill of Rights – Original 10 Amendments to the United States Passed by Congress 9/25/1789 Ratified 12/15/1791
Family Day (CASA)
Make it family day everyday! National Family Day is National initiative that reminds and empowers parents that they have the power and responsibility to keep their children drug and substance free. By simply gathering to prepare and enjoy each meal around the table each day, both parents and children are able to intimately connect and bond with one another. A trusting and nurturing relationship helps ward off our young adults from engaging in smoking, drinking, addiction or any other risky behaviors. 9 out of 10 people who suffer from addiction started substance abuse of some sort before the age of 18.
National Good Neighbor Day