At the apex of the American Civil War, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation effectively setting 3.5 million American slaves free. By July, the Battle of Gettysburg had created a “turning point” for the belligerents, and on October 3, 1863 the president issued an executive order to both from the White House. “A Proclamation for Thanksgiving” begins;
The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
Over 90 heads of state and 35,000 representatives from 190 countries around the world attended the UN Climate Change Conference this week in Egypt. Called the COP2 Summit, the United Nations reports the planet warmed 1.8 degrees between 1900 and 2020. Carbon Dioxide levels have increased 40% since the Industrial era, and the planet is on track to warm another 3 degrees Celsius this century.
According to the UN, the effects of global warming have and continue to unfold in ascending order including; heat > drought > storms > rising ocean > food shortage > health risks > poverty > displacement > loss of life > extinction.
The international community became concerned about the earth’s sustainability in 1992 and gathered for the first time at the Earth Summit to discuss the co-dependent relationship between earth’s societies, economies and shared environment.
For 30 years, wealthy countries have admonished developing nations to phase out fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy. Tensions between richer countries and poorer nations, the latter of which bear the brunt of climate impacts, over climate finance remain in dispute and unresolved among developed countries.
Moreover, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's 2022 Global Report on Food Crises estimates 193 million people in 53 countries were food insecure in 2021. The World Health Organization reports 34,000 children around the globe have been hospitalized due to severe malnutrition this year. Lincoln continues;
In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on Tuesday said, “I have no doubts the Ukraine was not to blame for the missile strike that killed two people in Poland.” He’s called for Ukrainian officials to be allowed to access the blast site and to be part of the investigation, but Polish authorities will not include Ukraine, according to a senior Polish official. Warsaw believes the strike was most likely caused by Ukrainian air defense attempting to intercept a missile fired by Russia.