Read This before you make a Donation to the Victims of Nepal Earthquake – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

This is the right time if you have been thinking of making a donation to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake. The University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign has put together the following important things that you need to do before making a donation to the Nepal Earthquake victims.

The spokesperson from the Center of Global Development has said that the victims of the Nepal Earthquake need your help right now as the first few weeks are the best time to make a donation. The aid that reaches the victims in the first few weeks is life-saving in nature since the local aid capacity at this time is near to zero.

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It is a common practice that after every disaster there are a sheer number of organizations that come around asking for charity, but you need to select the right organization so that your donation reaches the victims. Here is what you need to do!

First of all you need to look at the organizations web presence. Check if it has a designated web page for Nepal Earthquake, check if there is some information available online about their previous relief campaigns and if the organization is allowed to spend money for the Nepal victims.

You also need to ensure that the organization you are making a donation to has a presence in Nepal and it is preferable that the organization has a ground presence along with good relations with the government and community as well as it should have some prior experience of disaster relief management.

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If you are still confused you can pick out any organization from this list originally published by the New York Times about the groups that are seeking donations for relief efforts in Nepal:

  •  American Jewish World Service
  • AmeriCares
  • The Salvation Army
  • International Medical Corps
  • Handicap International
  • Unicef
  • PayPal
  • Mercy Corps
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • Global Giving
  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  • Oxfam
  • World Vision
  • Red Cross
  • United Nations World Food Program
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • CARE
  • Save the Children
  • Lutheran World Relief
  • The Jewish Federations of North America
  • SOS: Children’s Villages International
  • MAP International
  • International Relief Teams
  • Project Concern International
  • Operation Blessing International

Moreover, It is advised that you avoid making any direct payments to personal bank account numbers and always ask questions if there is not enough information available on the organization’s website because it is your right to know where your money is going, how it is going to be spent and whether it is reaching the victims or not.

Lastly, we will advise you to be patient as the situation in Nepal is quite chaotic. On media it may feel like nothing is being done but it doesn’t mean that donations are not reaching the victims because the destruction is massive and it will take years not months to have things come close to normal.

The University of Atlanta wants you to keep these things in mind before making a donation to help the victims of the Nepal Earthquake. You can follow us on FacebookGoogle Plus , Pinterest and Twitter to stay updated.

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Diseases Caused by Earthquake in Nepal

After rescue operators are eventually able to reach the victims of the Nepal earthquake and address their damages, health care workers will be attending carefully for two diseases that crop up later: “crush syndrome” and “compartment syndrome.”

The related difficulties, which are life- and limb-threatening, result from hours of compression of arm and leg tissues by rubble in earthquakes and building collapses. But doctors also see them in drug addicts and others who pass out with their heads on their arms, and surgical patients who aren’t placed properly.

 Crush Syndrome

“Crush syndrome” is the more critical of the two; it can result in death. When earthquake victims with arm or leg injuries are removed from the rubble, releasing the weight on crushed muscles, blood begins to flow through the area again.

As it circulates, it brings the byproducts of that damaged tissue to other parts of the body, which aren’t prepared to handle the toxins, according to Mark Pearlmutter, vice president of emergency medicine for the Steward Health System near Boston.

Compartment Syndrome

In “compartment syndrome,” the infection of a crushed muscle causes so much puffiness that the blood supply is cut off in the area around that muscle. Within hours, that muscle can expire if doctors don’t release the pressure by cutting open the fascia, the thick lining that surrounds the muscle.

Victims also may go into shock in the first few hours after they’re pulled from the rubble, often because of reduced blood capacity as a result of their wounds and dryness.

University of Atlanta urges everyone out there to step up and help the people of Nepal. Your contribution may just save an innocent life. To get more details and learn how to help. Follow UofA on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter

What Can You Do To Save The Earth? – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

Every year there are some specific days in our lives that call for reflection. Those days may include your birthday, a certain holiday, an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s day or any other. It is at such days that we think about how had we celebrated, what had we done and what we could had done. The University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign similarly wants you to reflect what you had done about protecting your environment on the Earth Day. So here are some things that you can start doing today as an individual to protect your environment.

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Carpooling

The extra room in your car can be put to good use by ride-sharing or car pooling. If you are carpooling just twice a week you are keeping out 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gases of the air each year. Carpooling not only reduces the carbon dioxide emissions but it can save you big bucks too.

Using public transportation

You can completely cut down emissions from your car by using public transportation for commuting. Moreover, by using public transit you would not have to waste time and energy looking for a parking spot and can save your parking money plus the time spent driving can also be put to good use.

Get a bike

You can get yourself a bike to run nearby errands without any emissions. With a bike, you would also get a quick exercise and you would easily avoid the traffic too.

Conserve energy

The main reason of our environmental problems is our need of energy. The population of the United States is about 5 percent of the population of the world, but the U.S. alone is responsible to consume 25 percent of the energy of the world. You can conserve energy by turning off unused electronic devices.

Conserve water

According to recent news some places in the United States including California are running out of water. Keeping in mind that only 1 percent of the water of the world can be used because 97 percent is sea water and 2 percent is frozen you should use it wisely and should protect your water environment.

One more “R”

You should start to use another ‘R’ of ‘repair’ to reduce, reuse and recycle when you think of the environment. If something is broken most of the times it can be repaired thus cutting down on waste.

Stop wasting paper

Though everything is going digital these days but paper is still extensively used. Every day only the businesses in America are generating enough paper to circle the Earth 20 times. So next time just think before you print something and cut down excessive paper use to help save trees and contribute in protecting your environment.

We at University of Atlanta believe that the Earth Day is not just about saving the Earth, but it is about saving yourself. Follow our campaign on FacebookGoogle Plus , Pinterest and Twitter to stay updated and keep protecting your environment.

A Call to Help the Victims of Nepal

Every penny counts and goes to help, Nepal needs us, our little contribution may just save an innocent life.

We were saddened to hear of the more than 5,000 innocent lives killed and the numerous more harmed in Saturday’s devastating 7.8 magnitude tremor. We wish to help, and we know you wish to help, too.

After calamities, the best way to help is generally to donate money to effective and efficient charities that have a recognized presence on the ground. Charity Navigator is one of the leading resources for assessing the work of nonprofits, and the organization has posted a list of highly-ranked charities that have mounted help operations in the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude temblor that originated outside the capital, Kathmandu.

Aftermaths of this tremor caused numerous damages.

  • More than 5,000 people have been confirmed dead.
  • About 500,000 people have been left homeless.
  • Nearly half a million in Nepal are displaced from their homes.

How Can You Help?

University of Atlanta wants to share the grief of these innocent lives, we are calling everyone to come out and help these victims. People send out clothes, water and medicines. But what really could be helpful is find and trusted non-profit organization.

Here are some of the most trusted organization who can take your donations and make the right use of it.

AmeriCares

AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organization. They have sent an emergency response team from their offices in Mumbai to Nepal and are currently preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors.

“Our emergency response team is in Nepal with critical medicine and medical supplies for survivors.”

  • Michael J. Nyenhuis, AmeriCares President and CEO

To get in contact for donation, visit http://www.americares.org/

UNICEF

The U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, says nearly 1 million children in Nepal need support. UNICEF says it is preparing two cargo flights with a combined 120 tons of humanitarian supplies including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets, for urgent airlift to Kathmandu.

To get in contact for donation, visit http://www.supportunicef.org/site/c.dvKUI9OWInJ6H/b.9274583/k.FBFF/Help—Children—in—Nepal—Donate—for—earthquake—response.htm

 

Save the Children

Save the Children says it has staff in 63 districts and emergency kits, hygiene materials and tarpaulins already in Nepal and ready for distribution. Additional supplies and emergency recovery teams are being flown in.

To get in contact for donation, visit https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9274575/k.FD90/Nepal—Earthquake—Childrens—Relief—Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp

OXFAM

Oxfam says its team in Nepal is assessing needs and it is sending emergency food, water and sanitation supplies.

“Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off.”

 – Cecilia Keizer, Country Director

To get in contact for donation, visit http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what-we-do/countries-we-work-in/nepal

These are just a few non–profit organization working every minute to rebuild Nepal. Let’s contribute, Let’s save Nepal!

Saving the Earth with Solar Energy

On this 45th Earth Day, we are facing severe climatic changes which have exposed our economy, health, safety as well as the safety of our future generations to a great risk. Our planet is suffering from our own neglect and with every passing year the condition is becoming severe.

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Since the very first Earth Day in 1970, the United States has been making consistent efforts to improve the climatic conditions of our planet which have resulted in the implementation of several much needed environmental legislations.

Today on this 45th Earth Day, we can say that we have found better and more efficient sources of energy, but we still have a long way to go. Scientists are now focusing on environment-friendly energy sources and they believe that solar powered energy is one of them. Solar energy is not only an efficient alternative to other carbon-emitting energy sources but it is a source to provide clean energy consistently. Top scientists and researchers believe that the use of solar powered energy can play an instrumental role in protecting our planet’s environment.

Solar energy is obtained from the radiation from the sun. It is used to generate electricity with the help of solar panels and is an emission-free energy source which is being used to replace other high carbon-emitting energy sources.

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Solar powered energy has made much progress in America as a new solar panel is installed 2.5 minute of every passing hour according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). With each new installation clean and carbon-free energy is produced which is direly needed by our planet’s environment.

There was no concept of solar powered energy on the first Earth Day but today on this 45th Earth Day, the solar energy produced in America only is powering 4 million homes and this number is expected to double by the end of 2016.

Moreover, if the progress continues the solar energy produced by the end of 2016 would be equivalent to removing approximately 10 million carbon emitting vehicles from the roads of United States or shutting down 10 coal powered energy plants that are today’s number one source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.

The solar powered energy has huge potential and we at the University of Atlanta strongly believe that this source of energy will be instrumental in providing clean and emission-free energy in the future.

Few of the Most Breathtaking Places in the World – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve Campaign

Our land is our wealth and to protect it from dangers is our duty. We want you to make smart choices and save the Mother Earth. Our land is too precious and to save it we should do whatever it takes.

To raise the awareness we will explore about the most beautiful places in world. Take a look at the wonders of Mother Nature and rejoice in the true natural beauty.

Aogashima Volcano, Japan

Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea. The island is located approximately 358 kilometers south of Tokyo and 64 kilometers south of Hachijō-jima. It is known for its beautiful scenery, many artist have painted this beautiful piece of land.

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Hiller lake (pink lake), Western Australia

Lake Hillier is a saline lake on the edge of Middle Island, the largest of the islands in the coast of Western Australia. It is particularly distinguished for its pink color. A long and thin shore divides the Southern Ocean from the lake.

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Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautiful crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. These famous pools tempt visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those courageous enough to enter the icy water.

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Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

The Mamanucas are a chain of 20 islands near Nadi and Denarau. One of the most recognized resort areas in Fiji, the Mamanucas provide a spectacular array of activities for all types of explorers.

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Turquoise Sea, Cyprus

This is one of the best beaches in Paphos. The turquoise sea is attractive and it is a gorgeous place to swim and sunbathe.

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Source: www.youramazingplaces.com/the-100-most-beautiful-and-breathtaking-places-in-the-world-in-pictures

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Climatic Change is the Biggest Threat We Face Today – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

Blog This year’s Earth Day was an important point in the history of our Earth’s environment. The increasingly changing Earth’s environment has led the authorities to focus on this issue and this year led to an unprecedented decision by the members of the U.S. Congress who recognized that the climate change is real and the United States President Barack Obama also announced goals that would reduce overall emissions by one-third in the next 10 years. Today, the biggest threat is ‘climatic change’ which we face not as a nation or as an economy but as humanity. The climatic changes pose a great threat not only to our lives, our economies, our public health but also to the lives of our future generations as well. On this Earth Day, the United States President recognized this great threat stating:

“The effects of climate change can no longer be denied or ignored – 2014 was the planet’s warmest year recorded, and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have happened this century.”

The rapidly changing climate has serious consequences. It is changing the way we live. Today we are experiencing more droughts, stronger storms, deadly earthquakes, frequent Tsunamis and hurricanes. Even the air we breathe is by getting polluted because of our own actions. We ourselves are making our planet warmer and warmer and are increasing the risk of dangerous climatic changes. According to scientists, we are crossing serious tipping points in the Earth’s ecosystem which is leading to dramatic and irreversible climate and environmental changes.

The University of Atlanta believes in preserving natural and God-given environment. We love our planet and work to keep it safe for our families. Follow the University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign on FacebookGoogle plus , Pinterest and Twitter to get all the information regarding keeping our planet safe because it is only Earth which we all have in common and it is the only planet we have got.

Four Tips for a Greener Lifestyle- University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve

University of Atlanta not only teaches students to become more responsible but also help them discover hidden realities and make them become a polished individual. With University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve campaign we aim to explore more, educate more and evolve more.

Individual action in one’s community or region is key to reducing all kinds of air quality problems — from neighborhood smoke to global atmospheric degradation. Each one of us plays a part in polluting the air. Equally, there’s so much we can do to become part of the environmental solution.

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Hints for Green Lifestyle

Avoid garden tools that run on gasoline

The engine in a gas-powered lawn mower produces eight times the pollution that a car engine does. The best option is human energy: push a hand mower, and use a rake instead of a leaf blower. Your neighbors will appreciate the peace and quiet, and your body will get a free workout!

Buy products with less packaging

It takes a lot of energy to make packaging, and VOCs are generated during the printing process. More packaging also means more solid waste, putting an extra strain on our landfills.

Screen savers use energy

Make sure your computer automatically switches to sleep mode and turn your monitors off if you can.

Check your walls for cracks

Check for holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, lights and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets that can leak air into or out of your home. Caulk and insulate everywhere.

Learn to become environmental friendly and use tips that would save the earth. University of Atlanta Evolve, Educate and Explore campaign wants to spread the message of education and humanity this campaign is an initiative towards a better and brighter tomorrow.

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How Far Have We Gotten From The First Earth Day? – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate & Evolve Campaign

This year was the 45th Earth Day that we all celebrated on 22nd April. Yes! It has been 45 years of celebration of Earth Day so the main question is how far we have gotten from the first Earth Day? Have we achieved the mission we had established for the Earth Day? And most importantly are we doing any better?

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Upon discussing the Earth Day we should remember the fact that although pollution and natural resources are important issues to focus on but these issues are the byproduct of our own need for energy that we require to power essential elements of our lifestyle. So we should remember the main issue is discovering and implementing efficient ways to produce this required energy that leads to impacts like pollution and depletion of natural resources.

Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the United States published its ‘annual energy outlook 2015‘ which is the primary source of energy information in the United States. According to the report, we are doing a little better as the reports say that there has been a decline in energy consumption in some sectors due to the adoption of energy-efficient methods.

Renewable energy production is also doing better and the energy-related carbon dioxide emission are stabilized because of using energy efficient methods and shifting to using renewable energy and natural gas thus decreasing carbon related emissions from energy generation. So overall there has been a reduction in the energy intensity which is the amount of energy an American uses per dollar of the United States gross domestic product and there has also been a decrease in carbon related emissions because of the decrease in energy intensity.

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Looking forward to 2040, it is estimated that the carbon emission would further decline because of our new energy efficient lifestyle which would include using gasoline for transportation, using renewable energy for space heating and lighting purposes and other energy efficient ways. All these factors considered, Yes! we are on track and are moving in the right direction so the answer to the question is we are indeed doing better that the first Earth Day 45 years ago but we still have a long way to go to achieve the goals that we had established for the Earth Day.

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Things You Can Do To Stop Global Warming – University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve Campaign

It’s our duty to take care of Mother Nature and play our part in making this world a better place. University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve Campaign is determined to bring a change by exploring causes behind Global Warming. We invite you to join this campaign by rightly committing to your duty. Every day we are doing things not knowing how badly it is damaging Mother Earth. We ask you to stand up for what’s right and join us for a noble cause.

What is Global Warming?

Global Warming is the increase in Earth’s average surface temperature due to effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth. This is a type of greenhouse effect.

What Can We Do to Stop Global Warming?

Global Warming is an intensely urgent and serious problem. We don’t need to wait for governments to find a solution to this problem: each individual can bring a significant help adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from small, everyday things. It’s the only reasonable way to save our planet before it is too late.

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Clean filters on your furnace and air conditioner

Did you know that cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year?

Do not leave machines on standby

Use the “on/off” function on the machine itself. A TV set that’s switched on for 3 hours a day and in standby mode during the remaining 21 hours uses about 40% of its power in standby mode.

Cover your pots while cooking

Doing so can save a lot of the energy needed for preparing the dish. Even better are pressure cookers and steamers: they can save around 70%!

Take a shower instead of a bath

A shower takes up to four times less energy than a bath. To make the most of the energy saving, avoid power showers and use low-flow showerheads, which are less costly and provide the same comfort.

Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible

Do you know that you can actually save 700 pounds of carbon dioxide when you air dry your clothes for 6 months out of the year?

Plant a tree

A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%.

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Learn to become environmental friendly and use tips that would save the earth. University of Atlanta Explore, Educate and Evolve campaign wants to spread the message of education and humanity this campaign is an initiative towards a better and brighter tomorrow.

Stay connected with University of Atlanta and explore ways to make a difference join us and share your contributions. To get frequent updates don’t forget to follow UofA on Facebook , Google plus , Pinterest and Twitter.