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Monkey And The Cookie Jar

The melting ice age; Kyoto protocol; Copenhagen….name it! This is one side of the “melting” equations. On the other hand we need to learn, with maximum speed possible, how to brave the unforgiving “Katrinas”, the earth tremors with sweeping tsunamis…
Am hereby reminded by a once upon a time African childhood Tale-tale: where the kids came to the river, bathed and played. And they caught a fish. The river said: Nay they murdered a fish! They were six kids. They were mournful when five of them returned to their respective homes, for the river said, “they carried away one of mine: I carry away one of theirs…..”

About 100 million years ago, massive forces shuttered the super continents of Laurasia and the Gonduana. For Gonduana the birth of Africa, South America and Australasia was witnessed, with empty space between them filling with water.

With a population of about 330,000 persons, Maldives is an island within the Indian Ocean. A few weeks ago her government held a cabinet meeting under sea water to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation. The president with his cabinet here signed a document calling for global cuts in carbon emissions. Ministers spent half an hour on the sea bed, communicating with white boards and hand signals.

The Maldives stand an average of 2.1 meters above sea level, and the government expresses the threat of being wiped out if oceans rise.

57 million tones of rain fall on the African continent everyday. As much as 80% of it is lost by evaporation or absorbed by the ground-the rest for quenching animals’ thirst.

Let’s plant Bamboo to supplement timber, for soil detoxification as well as boost transpiration.



jadefrank's picture

change the way we live

Hi Laura,

This is a wonderful submission for My Story. A call to action for preserving the environment and a tie to your homeland of Kenya. I love the childhood tale-tale. It's always interesting to hear what children in different cultures grow up hearing and using as a guide through life.

Thank you for sharing!


Nusrat Ara's picture

We cannot sit idle, we need

We cannot sit idle, we need to do something to save our planet. Planting bamboo can be a good start for some.



JaniceW's picture

Call to action

Each day we do nothing is another day where we contribute to the warming of our planet and the destruction of our resources. If we do not do something today, when will we? Thank you for calling us to action and making us think about what we can do to save what is left.

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