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MAY WE KNOW YOU?
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
WHAT IS YOUR MUSICAL BACKGROUND?
It saddened my heart when I listened to the news few days ago to hear that the United States (US) will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Although, we all know that China has recently surpassed the United States in annual greenhouse gas emissions, the US on its own has produced 27 per cent of the total carbon dioxide emissions of the world as at 2011. The worry thing about carbon dioxide is that it stays up in the atmosphere for a very long time. Enough time to cause the damage we all try to avoid for ourselves, our families and our countries.
Hence, the US is a very important country when it comes to reducing CO2 emission, protecting the environment and as a hegemony, take the lead in the movement of saving the world from itself in this discourse.
Indeed, for many years, the US has continually reaffirmed its leadership in promoting peace in the world and specifically promoting the need to safeguard our environment against global warming.
So, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a mistake and I pray Donald Trump recants his earlier your statement on the issue, because of its likely consequences on oil-producing communities and regions, where American oil firms already have investments like the Niger-Delta.
Apart from the Kyoto Protocol, a pivotal moment was reached in Paris in 2015 when 196 member states reached a consensus to adopt the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement is an agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aimed at getting countries of the world to work together to mitigate global warming. Particularly, focused on enhancing implementation, Article 2 of the UNFCCC aims to:
(a) Hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;
(c) To Make finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, once said: “For the first time, every country in the world pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause for the common good,”
Nigeria, through President Muhammadu Buhari and the former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, signed the Paris Agreement in 2016.
Whilst climate change is still far from the consciousness of the typical Nigerian, it is a step in the right direction which social actors like me keep support and promote. It is my dream that Nigeria becomes “greener conscious” and that citizens work hard to preserve our beautiful country.
The social movement in the US has been a shining example and I really call on the government of Donald Trump to uphold the positive identity of the US as the world sees it – a super power and a role model.
Through the Green-Girl Project, I have tried and still try to bring the issues of the environment to the consciousness of the Nigerian People especially seeing the degradation we experience.
The Niger Delta – a crucial area in Nigeria that requires significant attention – is one of my main focuses. I am indeed happy about projects like the Ogoni Clean-up and related restoration projects.
However, I fear that President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement as already signed by 196 countries will affect the involvement of American companies like Exxon Mobil who should be crucial to promoting the clean-up and other climate change issues in Nigeria.
Exxon-Mobil is at the heart of Nigeria’s economy as a major manufacturer and marketer of commodity and specialty petro-chemicals in Nigeria. I want to see Exxon-Mobil increase its commitment to safeguarding the environment in Nigeria through its social investment projects and funding.
According to NASA, earth’s temperatures in 2015 were the hottest ever recorded. Rising temperatures and changing patterns of rain and sunshine are changing where plants grow, and in the case of our oceans, encouraging the proliferation of species that impact native ocean habitat.
As ocean waters along the Niger-Delta region where several American Oil firms have on-going operations warm, they expand; causing sea-levels to rise. Those living in the Niger-Delta coast are at an increased risk of storms and floods as well as the risk of losing their communities, life and livelihood. Climate change is all over the news every day and it is by no chance “fake news”.
For that reason, I urge US to take a bolder step towards showing its commitment to protecting the environment in the US and the world. I look forward to better action from Trump’s government, moving forward.
At the same time, I continue to urge people especially in Nigeria to do their own bits to promote and safeguard the environment through little actions they can practice in their living space.
Climate change is already beginning to transform life on earth. We cannot change global warming in terms of where it is today but we can stop from getting worse, because of the importance of its likely consequence on our existence.
I agree with Former President Barack Obama when he said, “This is national security issue, it is not just an the US commitment to the Paris Agreement and other related commitment is not just about the environment, it is about ‘putting American first’ and it is about saving the world… especially poor communities like the Niger-Delta where gas flaring and other environmental degradations are a common sight..
The US should be the super power and ‘Big Brother’ it claims to be and walk its talk.
Chioma Obiadi is the 40th Miss Nigeria and the Coordinator of the Green-Girl Project
Only great changes can show us how strong and hardy we are. Only changes are able to prove who is our real friend and who is a fake. So don’t be afraid of changes – they are painful, but you’ll see who is who, after all.
Willing to fight for your happiness is half the battle. First of all, you should listen to your heart and try to find what really makes you happy.
Life will drag you down, because it makes the strongest people fight. There is a saying I believe: “Life only makes the strongest soldiers fight, because it knows that everyone else is already crawling on their knees”. Continue reading
Life is just a roller-coaster filled with ups and down, and even crashes, but everything is meant to be, live to see your amazing future, and never give up!
Never give up and always remember that the most difficult roads often lead to the most amazing places.
People have to admit that there’s no unified happiness for everybody. People are different and their ideas on what happiness is are also different. And that’s okay, because it means that the world is full of things that can make us truly happy.
Life is just an amazing book that we all write ourselves. Some chapters are sad, and some are really great, but they all are emotional and inspiring. That is the thing. Try to live your life at full and you’ll never regret a single chapter of it.
These days, people are so afraid to be different, to change something in their life, because they are afraid to be judged by other people. But you should learn that everyone goes through changes. It’s okay to change something that doesn’t work for you.
Happiness is something not everyone has, but it’s the thing that everyone wants,
Once you have it, never take it for granted.
Never waist it and forget about it, because some people would kill to be happy!
Inspiration comes in many forms and can strike randomly. Some days we have an abundance of creative energy which comes naturally, other days it’s not so easy. Writing, music, art and design all help me foster internal creativity, and I know you probably feel the same way.
There are a ton of blogs dedicated to inspiration, and while that is not the main theme I write on here, I do enjoy sharing some of my philosophies on life with you from time to time.
I find it extremely useful when other bloggers write quick lists highlighting articles they enjoyed writing because it is pretty easy to miss a post if you follow a lot of blogs.
The importance of keeping your mind sharp cannot be overstated. We’re all part of a fantastic intellectual and information economy, which thrives on ideas, creativity and intelligence. Keeping your mind sharp is sure to give you the edge over the competition, and more importantly lead to your own higher levels of happiness.
When your mind is in top shape, you will:
- Have greater motivation and focus
- Get more done
- Come up with more creative ideas
- Find inspiration more often
- Remember more
- Experience a better life
I’d like to share a few practices I’ve found are extremely beneficial in keeping my mind sharp and can help you as well:
1) Continue reading, absorbing knowledge and experiencing culture
Sorry to use a clichéd quote, but education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.It should be something pleasurable and done for intrinsic reasons above all else. Read blogs on subjects both within your field and in new fields you know nothing about; read books; watch lectures on fascinating new subjects; read about ancient societies; take in a new form of art you’ve never experienced; you get the idea. Challenge your mind to continually broaden your horizon and soak up new information like an infinite sponge (that’s pretty much what it is, you should use it to do just that).
2) Learn a skill or craft you’ve never tried before like playing an instrument, composing music, painting, building a model airplane, or even coding computer programs.
Engage your mind in learning a new skill. You’re never too old to do this, but this is definitely something you should start as young as you can. I started composing my own music at around 17, and in retrospect I wish I had started even younger. You’d be surprised how much learning a new skill will open up many new paths in your mind and help you become even better at whatever you are already an expert at. You’ll also open yourself up to tons of new connections and intellectual social circles by engaging yourself in a new hobby, form of art, or trade.
3) To improve memory don’t write everything down
If you can, try this for a week: write down everything you need to do at the beginning of the week, as you normally would, but take your list and put it out of sight. Instead of keeping that list visible at your desk, internalize your projects and simply remember and know what needs to be done, prioritize it in your mind, and do it. Your brain is extremely powerful and you’ll find that, in time, you may not have to write anything down to remember everything (you can still keep a list for reference, but it’s great not to need it).
4) Give your mind time to assimilate knowledge
We live in a culture where we are constantly experiencing and learning new things and taking in new information. This is a great thing, I’m not going to go into the information overload spiel, I don’t really believe in that anyway (you are in total control over how much information you take in at once). But in your process of absorbing new skills, knowledge and life experiences; internal analysis of yourself, what you have learned and where you are going is vital to put everything in proper perspective. Some people do it well during running, others through listening to music, and some people through making art. Find your own place that allows you to assimilate all you have learned and frequent it often.
5) Eat well, sleep well and exercise often
Giving your mind the proper rest and energy is essential to getting the best performance out of it. This one is pretty self explanatory, but people often forget that you need proper fuel and proper rest to function optimally. Also, putting your physical body through the paces is a surefire way to rejuvenate yourself mentally. If you’re ever feeling stressed, out of inspiration, or depressed, a few days of nutritious food, good sleep and vigorous exercise will put you back to your full self soon enough.
Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man. He is sure to find an easy way of doing it.
Laziness is a fairly underrated virtue. It’s synonym made the short list of deadly sins (sloth) and it is often seen as the major culprit behind a lack of success (he’s smart but he lacks discipline). I happen to think the opposite. Laziness quite often means efficiency and when you combine laziness with a strong drive you end up with the desire to find the most efficient solution possible.
I’ve been called lazy more than a few times. Laziness allows me to ask questions that, “nose to the grindstone,” types would completely avoid. Here is a short list of important questions that lazy people ask of themselves that other people don’t:
I’ve been called lazy a few times by hard-working people simply because I ask those questions when they refuse to. I don’t do tasks that don’t have any apparent value. I’m ruthless in seeking a more efficient method to do something. And I challenge assumptions about what has to get done.
Being slothful in my approach to goal setting allows me to cut away anything that doesn’t have to be done. In working on big goals this is a crucial skill if you want to achieve them. Hard working people can end up spending days, weeks or months on one element of a goal only to realize that there was an available solution that could have taken less than half the time.
When working on my interactive goal-setting program, I started by designing my own interface code. But a few days into writing it, laziness kicked in and I couldn’t help feeling highly inefficient. Sure enough there was a plugin I could buy for a little over twenty bucks that offered the basic functionality I needed.
Lazy people aren’t lazy all the time. Unless the person has extremely low energy, even the laziest people still find time to surf the web, play games or socialize with friends. A lot of lazy people aren’t really lacking willpower, just some motivation.
Without a compelling drive being disciplined just makes you look busy to outside observers when you really aren’t getting anything done. Laziness only becomes apparent because without a strong drive, slothful people stop doing just about anything not necessary for survival or enjoyment.
I’m a lazy person at heart. Even though I woke up a little after five am to write this post and finish another chapter , deep down I’m a very lazy person. I need a compelling drive to keep me busy. Without a strong drive, I’d lay in bed until after noon and watch television all day.
But once you create that drive, either through explicitly setting goals or opening your imagination to new possibilities, laziness becomes a tool not a curse. Instead of using your laziness to avoid work, you use it to maximize your resources.
Willpower has it’s place, but for every drop of willpower you exert there should be a tonne of laziness that has been used before it. If you are having to use excessive willpower to reach a goal, often it is because you either haven’t created enough drive or you haven’t used enough laziness to discover a more efficient path.
I’m using laziness as more than just a synonym for efficiency. Efficiency is good, but often trying to be efficient doesn’t really ask the right questions. Simple efficiency asks, “How can I do this better.” It is true laziness that asks, “Why am I doing this in the first place?”
As a holistic learner I’ve never been big on studying. While everyone around me chastised me for laziness, I didn’t ask, “How can I study better?” I asked myself why I should bother to study at all. If I didn’t need to there wasn’t much point in spending time and exerting willpower for a similar grade.
True laziness takes a bit of courage as well. It can be very difficult for hardworking person to admit to themselves that they just wasted a bunch of time and energy on something that doesn’t matter.
Be really lazy today. Whenever you have to do something, follow it up with the question, “Why?” If you can’t come up with a good answer, don’t do it. If it is a necessity for your job or survival, find the most efficient way to get it off your schedule. Delegate it to someone else. Find a way to get it done as soon as possible so you can move to more important things.
The scary part of being lazy is it leaves you naked. You no longer have your insulating cone of busyness to make you feel productive. The work you do actually has to mean something in order to get done. Instead of relying on willpower you rely on drive. Strip away your delusions of productivity by using this most underrated virtue.
WHAT ! you see right now,what’s going on right now,where you are right now, none of those things represent what you’re truly capable of. whether its the most wonderful time in your life or you’re in the pits doesn’t matter if you’re focused on your destiny
Keep on pushing ahead because there is more inside you than what you are right now. sooner or later,caterpillars turn into butterflies,tadpole turn into frogs,and eggs turn into chickens. let your vision of your destiny draw out of you the person you really are. when the appointed time comes, you will transform into the fullness of what you were created to be.
Remember, keep looking towards whats ahead while you draw on the strength of lessons learned from the past.Have faith in yourself and in God,there is something inside you yet to be discovered,……..FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION ON GETTING IT…..
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What do you do to get unstuck? First,take a good look at your life. you probably have more going on than you realize. your life may be different from what you perceive. you maybe a success and not know it,because you don’t have to be successful.
Distinguish how or where you are stuck and what needs to move from what adds stability and normalcy to your life. don’t start messing with things in your life that don’t need to be messed with right now
Whatever you have going on for you right now should not bury you; instead,use it as a stepping stone to raise you to the next level………gather courage and improve yourself because you can do better,believe in your potentials.