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My Name Is Salman Khan & I am Crowd Funding So That I Can Travel to a Climate Change Training Event In Miami, Florida http://igg.me/at/ktyiiC3ZqBQ.

August 27, 2015

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I’m reaching out to ask for your support for my online fundraiser: “Help Salman, Travel to Climate Training In Florida.” This fundraiser is benefiting me so that I can fun my travel and acomodation expenses.

There are two ways to help:
1. Donate – even small donations raise our popularity and give us more visibility on the site.
2. Post to Facebook – in the end, the more people hear about us, the more likely we are to meet our target.

Kindly go through my campaign link mentioned below and details about who I am, why I seek funding and why is this important is mentioned in detailed paragraphs further below.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER SITE

Who Am I:

My name is Salman Khan and I am an environmental and human rights blogger from Pakistan who happens to be pro-gay, pro-feminist, pro-vegan, pro-humanist advocate for climate change solutions and tech for good initiatives.

Read my about a brief introduction about me here – Who Is Salman Khan

What Situation Prompted Me to Start Fundraiser?

I have quit my job recently as there is a higher calling for me to work on social good and environmental initiatives that can bring about the change I wish to see within my community and country. In order to pursue my life’s mission I must receive certain training and education for which I will be able to complete by traveling to the US. In addition to funds I saved before leaving my job, I still need financial assistance in achieving to my goal.

Your donations will help me with my travel and accommodation expenses for an education and training event to be held in Miami, Florida in September. Because the Climate Reality Project suggest their chosen leaders to go forward with crowd funding for funding our travel and accommodation expenses.

How Your Donations Help Me In What Ways:

To breakdown the figure for you, I am raising around $2900 (USD) for my round trip flight (around $1600 USD or more), accommodations for 3 nights (likely on Air B&B would between $300 or $400 USD), Non-immigrant Visa Services fee is approx $160 USD, plus additional funds would be utilized for transportation, and a few snacks/meals (most will be provided at the conference). The surplus would be donated to charities that are working on distributing renewable technology like solar lamps or fuel efficient cook stoves that I would be writing about on my blog.

Your donation money will be used to pay for my complete travel expenses that includes plane tickets, visa registration and hotel accommodation. To ensure and guarantee this your money is going towards the cause, I have attached the copy of the official letter of invitation from the Climate Reality Project that I have send to my embassy too.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT INVITATION LETTER
What Will Be The Impact And Why This Is Important:

The potential impact of attending, networking and working for climate change solutions are huge, some people talk about changing the world. Climate Reality Leaders are doing it every day.

The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of over 7,500 activists working to educate and empower communities in more than 125 countries to take action on climate change.

Climate Reality Leaders come from all walks of life but all come with the same deep desire to make a difference and help solve the climate crisis.

By attending a focused three-day training with former US Vice President Al Gore and other experts and influencers, you’ll learn:
The science of climate change,
The direct cost of its impacts on communities around the world,
The solutions that are available today,
Storytelling, public speaking, and social media networking,
Media engagement strategies,
Best practices in grassroots organizing,

CLIMATE REALITY LEADERSHIP CORPS TRAININGS FAQ

Your donation is the highest form of support I and this cause could ever receive,
Thank you!

Regards,
Muhammad Salman Khan

P.S.: (1) “Our [Indiegogo] payment processor charges a 3% + 30 cents fee on every donation, which will be removed from the total raised before the funds are disbursed.” (2) Indiegogo charges $25 (USD) in Bank Transfer Fees per monthly transfer of funds raised up until that point.

‘Let Love Be Free’

June 30, 2015

This Is A Poetic Tribute To The Gay Community & Their SupportersLoveW

We hide from the world,

We fear for our lives,

and never shall we be truly free.

Love is love,

Let love be free,

A kiss won’t be the end of the world by me.

If you fear my love, 

You fear yourself not me,

What we only wish in this life is to love as we please.

Written By

Salman Khan as a tribute to all those who love and support the LGBT/ gay community.

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Support Manifesto for Secularism

October 10, 2014

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Our era is marked by the rise of the religious-Right – not because of a “religious revival” but rather due to the rise of far-Right political movements and states using religion for political supremacy. This rise is a direct consequence of neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism and the social policies of communalism and cultural relativism. Universalism, secularism and citizenship rights have been abandoned and segregation of societies and “communities” based on ethnicity, religion and culture have become the norm.

The Islamic State (formerly ISIS), the Saudi regime, Hindutva (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) in India, the Christian-Right in the US and Europe, Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka, Haredim in Israel, AQMI and MUJAO in Mali, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria are examples of this.

For many decades now, people in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the Diaspora have been the first victims but also on the frontlines of resistance against the religious-Right (whether religious states, organisations and movements) and in defence of secularism and universal rights, often at great risk to their lives.

We call on people everywhere to stand with us to establish an international front against the religious-Right and for secularism. We demand:

  1. Complete separation of religion from the state. Secularism is a fundamental right.

  2. Separation of religion from public policy, including the educational system, health care and scientific research.

  3. Abolition of religious laws in the family, civil and criminal codes. An end to discrimination against and persecution of LGBT, religious minorities, women, freethinkers, ex-Muslims, and others.

  4. Freedom of religion and atheism and freedom to criticise religions. Belief as a private affair.

  5. Equality between women and men and citizenship rights for all.

Reposted blog from http://www.freethoughtblogs.com by Maryam Namazie

Holy Massacre

October 6, 2014

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My heart bleeds to bare witness to the gruesome sight of this massacre of all that is innocent and pure in this world,

What isn’t holy from the start must not be revered for eternity; let it fade away into the oblivion,

My only wish is to see such pagan massacre be turned into ancient history once and for all,

But my wish would stay a wish forever if there isn’t room for enlightenment amongst the darkened hearts of such lost souls,

Let peace and love for all prevails into the hearts and minds of souls lost into the dark side.

Written by Salman Khan in the protest of all that is inappropriate.

The Little Tiger of Sindh

July 21, 2014
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Once upon a time there use to be vast swaths of marshes and wetlands across Sind, Pakistan that was home to an amazing diversity of fauna and flora but now what remains is landscape that is plagued by human agricultural intensification and hunting pressure that threatens some of the world’s most endangered species with extinction.

 

One such species is the Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus), that is now an endangered species threatened throughout its old haunts from Pakistan to island of Java in Indonesia. Once common around the marshes, wetlands and mangroves of Southern & South-east Asia, widespread destruction and fragmentation of its habitat, pollution and hunting has pushed this species to the edge of extinction.

 

In Pakistan, Fishing cats were found along the wetlands and marshes of river Indus but since the past few decades this species has almost gone extinct from its entire range. The remnants of the population that survives in Sind province are now under pressure from urban development, deforestation, agricultural conversion, pollution and climate change. To add further with the list of threats this incredible species is ruthlessly hunted for its prized skin that fetches high price in the black market.

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Recently in the Dawn News an article was published erroneously headlined, ‘Indian’ cheetah cub shot dead’. But Indian Cheetah aptly known as Asiatic Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) are long extinct from India and only a small and precariously declining population of 40-70 individuals survives in Iran’s vast central desert. The medium sized cat that was killed was a Fishing cat that crossed over from India to the district of Badin in Sind. Sind offers the last refuge to this endangered cat before it goes extinct forever from Pakistan.

Social media and newspapers are filled with photographs of hunters posting pictures of endangered wild cats like Common leopard, Fishing cat and other species either hunted as trophy, pest or captured as pets. If the Government of Pakistan does not takes tough action to put a full stop on this massacre then it won’t be long that we would be losing our wild cats like the Asiatic lion, Bengal Tiger and possibly the Asiatic Cheetah lost from Pakistan.

 

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Salman Khan aka “GreenGuru“ is a passionate eco blogger, activist and writer on environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and climate change related topics. A millennial polymath, entrepreneur & visionary that has founded “GreenGuru” – a sustainable media company – “Wild Planet” – as social media for wildlife enthusiasts – and “Natureology” – a new age naturalistic spiritualism.

Satao – a legend

June 17, 2014

GreenGuru:

#RIPStatao How A Legend Has Fallen By Mark Deeble

Originally posted on Mark Deeble:

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When I last wrote about Satao, I felt that I couldn’t use his name. I could refer to him only as a ‘magnificent tusker’ or an ‘iconic Tsavo bull’. I feared that naming him would risk revealing where he lived. Now that I can use it, I wish that that I couldn’t.

On the 30th May, poachers finally caught up with Satao. An arrow smeared with Acokanthera poison hit him in his left flank and penetrated his body cavity. It travelled right through to his vital organs. To begin with, he might have run, to get deeper inside the park, where he felt safe. Running would have made the poison work faster. He didn’t get very far. Eventually he stood still in open ground, not a mile from the park boundary – with the potent cardio-toxin coursing through him. Without any cover to hide his tusks, he’d have felt exposed…

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Climate Change & Corruption Hits Tharparkar Hard Leading To Loss Of Innocent Lives.

March 9, 2014

Tharparkar is a far flung desert region in the south eastern corner Sindh province of Pakistan home to a population of about 1.5 million people , that are well known for their vibrant culture and peaceful existence with nature.

But for the past few days national news coverage is highlighting the plight of the people of Thar as the region is declared to be under severe drought due to climate change and inaction of the authorities has till now caused the loss of innocent lives. Up to 41 children have now died due to malnutrition and hunger, further 100 children have been hospitalized because of the prevailing shortage of food and water within the affected area.

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Climate change is emerging as a lethal threat in exacerbating the drought conditions of the areas especially after months of no rain. The latest report on “State of the Climate” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA – points out to that chance of reemergence of El Niño has significantly increased, leading to an ever increase in drier conditions and failure of winter precipitation that resulted in the drought.
As El Niño developed further, beneficial rains that could have brought much-needed relief to the drought-stricken areas failed, leading to the apocalyptic situation seen now. NOAA’s climate data center has highlighted that the Southern Sindh already was under record driest conditions in January. Based on the current climate model data, it appears that in January, the global average temperature were 4th warmest on record.

The major cause of such calamity is to be blamed not only on climate change, as the negligence of corrupt political regime of the province has added fuel to fire. Till now Pakistan’s People Party – PPP, the main political stakeholder of the region has done nothing to provide relief for the affected victims of their consistency. It has been appalling to witness the sight of dying children in this day and age that in a country that pride itself as a nuclear power with one of the largest armed forces in the world.

The regional government had recently spend billions on extravagant and absurd cultural festival that was intended to portray a softer image of Pakistan but has also to question the governance priorities of the regional government that is plagued by corruption and a tendency to be apathetic towards their own people that is leading to such dire situation of negligence and misery which is responsible for mass starvation and forced migration of the local residents from a region that only months ago had boosted agricultural surplus that it exported to neighboring provinces.

If such situation continues to persists in Pakistan, where threat of climate-fueled droughts and floods is not mitigated, failure of ineffective development policies are not reversed and a cohesive strategy to manage such disasters is not implemented then severe consequence of inaction would be unavoidable as this would eventually lead to a “cascading systems failure” that poses risk to Pakistan’s national security and economic stability.

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Salman khan

Salman aka “GreenGuru“ is a passionate eco blogger, activist and writer on environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and climate change related topics. A millennial polymath, entrepreneur & visionary that has founded “GreenGuru” – a sustainable media company – “Wild Planet” – as social media for wildlife enthusiasts – and “Natureology” – a new age naturalistic spiritualism.

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