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Hello,

I’m Greg Bowen, the founder of “Geofile,” a social media platform dedicated to celebrating world cultures and supporting environmental conservation efforts. In an era where the major social platforms are all controlled by profit-driven billionaires, we offer an open-source, non-profit alternative. We understand your frustration with intrusive ads, and that’s why Geofile is different. Our only advertisements come from vetted aid organizations and NGOs committed to improving our communities.

At Geofile, accessible at https://geofile.org, we provide a safe and reliable space where you will have access to donation portals, a place to find events and protests, and a networking hub for individuals dedicated to positive change. With Geofile, you can connect with like-minded startup entrepreneurs and change-makers, all while championing cultural diversity and environmental causes.

Social media for change.

Here’s what Geofile offers:

  1. Cultural Celebration: Immerse yourself in the beauty of global cultures. Geofile is your passport to connecting with people who share your passion for cultural exploration.
  2. Environmental Advocacy: Join hands with environmental champions. Geofile is where activists unite to make a real impact on our planet.
  3. Non-Profit, Open-Source: We’re driven by a commitment to non-profit values and open-source principles, ensuring our platform remains free from profit-driven agendas.
  4. Community Resources: Access donation portals, event calendars, and networking opportunities to further your causes and projects.
  5. Advertising with Purpose: Our advertisements come from verified organizations dedicated to community improvement and environmental protection.
  6. Startup Networking: Connect with startup entrepreneurs and individuals focused on positive change.
  7. Long Format Content: Not only can you interact with people in your timeline, but we also offer tools to create long-format articles to share with the community.

We know you might wonder how Geofile sustains itself without corporate ads. It’s simple:

  1. No Large Advertising Budgets: We don’t have large advertising budgets, instead relying on grassroots efforts and word of mouth.
  2. Niched Space: We are niched and put all of our energy into our users.
  3. No Large Salaries: As a non-profit organization, we don’t have inflated salaries, nor do we need to answer to corporate interests.
  4. Donations: Part of our funding comes in the form of donations from vetted organizations and individual donors. These contributions enable us to continue championing cultural diversity and environmental awareness.

I invite you to explore Geo at https://geofile.org and join us in fostering a world where cultural appreciation and environmental protection flourish. Your feedback, engagement, and voice are instrumental in shaping the Geofile community.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, ask questions, or connect with us on our platform. Together, we can create a meaningful and lasting impact on the world.

Thank you for your time and support.

Warm regards,

Greg Bowen Founder of Geofile

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Date: September 14, 2023

In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Eastern Libya has been plunged into an unprecedented disaster, as torrential rains unleashed chaos and devastation. This story highlights the need for global solidarity and immediate action in the face of climate-induced catastrophes.

The Human Toll

As the dust settles, it has become tragically apparent that the damage is staggering. The official death toll currently stands at 5,300, with 20,000 individuals still unaccounted for and over 7,000 injured. However, the true extent of this catastrophe is far from clear, given the sheer scale of destruction caused by Mediterranean storm Daniel.

Local ambulance service spokesman Osama Ali paints a grim picture of the situation, and Mayor Abdel Moneim Al-Ghaithi of Derna speaks of the city’s unpreparedness for such a disaster. This grim reality is one that exposes the vulnerability of communities facing the brunt of climate change impacts.

Global Response

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working tirelessly to manage the crisis, confirming the recovery of 3,460 bodies. However, even WHO’s representative, Ahmed Zouiten, acknowledges the challenges in obtaining precise figures. What is irrefutable is that thousands have lost their lives, leaving a trail of heartbreak and despair.

Infrastructure in Ruin

This disaster has not only claimed lives but has also decimated the region’s infrastructure. The collapse of two dams sent walls of water surging through the city of Derna, washing away entire neighborhoods. The images are haunting and serve as a stark reminder of the catastrophic potential of climate change.

A Plea for Help

Libya’s eastern-based government, led by Prime Minister Osama Hammad, has called for urgent assistance from specialists to recover the casualties. The fear of decomposing bodies exposed to the elements is a grim reality that necessitates immediate action.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has stepped in, providing 6,000 body bags to ensure the dignified handling of the deceased. Yet, confirming the exact number of casualties remains a formidable challenge, as buildings and infrastructure have been swallowed by the sea.

A Call to Action

The tragedy unfolding in Eastern Libya is a painful reminder of the urgent need to address climate change and its devastating consequences. As activists and global citizens, it is our duty to demand immediate climate action from our leaders. Climate disasters, like the one in Libya, are costing lives and causing immeasurable suffering.

We must push for policies that prioritize climate mitigation, resilience, and disaster preparedness. It’s not just Libya’s problem; it’s a global crisis that requires a united response. Let this tragedy serve as a wake-up call, urging us all to work towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

The world cannot afford to stand by while our planet and its people suffer. We must act now to prevent such heartbreak from becoming the new normal.

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The U.S. Interior Department recently canceled seven oil and gas leases in Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that were hastily sold during the final days of the Trump administration. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated that with the cancellation, “no one will have rights to drill for oil in one of the most sensitive landscapes on earth.” However, a 2017 law requires another lease sale by late 2024, which the Biden administration says it intends to comply with.

The Arctic Refuge’s remote 1.5 million-acre coastal plain along the Beaufort Sea is considered sacred to the Indigenous Gwich’in people, as it is where the caribou they rely on migrate and give birth each year. For decades, Alaska politicians have pushed to open the area up to oil and gas drilling, and in 2017 they succeeded in getting language inserted into a federal tax law that mandated two lease sales in the region before 2024.

In 2021, the Interior Department under President Biden issued an executive order to pause the leasing program so it could conduct a new rigorous environmental review, arguing the Trump administration’s rushed process had “multiple legal deficiencies.” Earlier this month, a federal judge upheld the delay for further analysis as reasonable (Washington Post).

While Alaska leaders aim to allow oil and gas extraction in the refuge, conservation groups and the Gwich’in Steering Committee see the area as sacred and ecologically fragile. The coastal plain provides important habitat for polar bears, migratory birds, and the Porcupine caribou herd.

The fate of the Arctic Refuge remains unsettled. For now, the Biden administration has pushed the pause button on drilling, but may be required to hold another lease sale in the coming years. Environmental advocates continue to urge permanent protections, while Alaska officials want to tap into potential oil reserves. The back-and-forth leaves the future of this sensitive landscape uncertain.

Biden Administration to Bar Drilling on Millions of Acres in Alaska (New York Times)

Biden to cancel oil and gas leases in Alaska issued by Trump administration (The Guardian)

Biden cancels Trump drilling leases in Alaska’s largest wildlife refuge (BBC)

Ruling clears Joe Biden’s 2021 pause on new oil, gas leases (NPR)

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Introducing Earthwire

Big Changes Coming for Geo

Geo, the popular website for environmental news and activism, is getting a major upgrade. The company announced today that it will be transitioning Geo from a website to a native mobile app called Earthwire.

Earthwire will be available on both iPhone and Android as a free, open-source, non-profit app. This shift to mobile is intended to make it transparent and more free from profit-driven agendas. Funding will come from .orgs and NGOs, with links to organizations working to improve our planet and communities.

The Earthwire app will maintain all the best parts of Geo while adding some great new features. Users will still be able to post updates to their feeds, create articles, and follow other activists and organizations. With the new updates, they will now be able to connect with sustainability entrepreneurs and read timely and relevant stories about the environment.

Earthwire will also allow users to write full-length blog articles, not just short posts. This will provide activists and writers a platform to share more in-depth content about environmental issues.

In addition to posts and articles, Earthwire will highlight convenient ways for users to donate to environmental causes directly through the app. This will make supporting important green initiatives seamless and simple.

The move to a dedicated mobile app marks an exciting evolution for Geo. Earthwire promises to maintain the community and activism Geo is known for while modernizing the user experience. We can expect the app to be released later this year.

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On Thursday, two former leaders affiliated with the right-wing organization known as the Proud Boys were handed substantial sentences for their involvement in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. These sentences represent some of the lengthiest penalties imposed on individuals connected to the 2021 attack. Joseph Biggs, who previously led the Florida chapter of the group, has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison, while Zachary Rehl, the former leader of the Philadelphia chapter, received a 15-year sentence.

In May, both individuals were found guilty of seditious conspiracy and additional charges, alongside other prominent figures within the Proud Boys, including Enrique Tarrio, the group’s former national chair. Tarrio is scheduled for sentencing in the upcoming week. These severe sentences underscore the viewpoint of the Justice Department and the presiding judge that the Proud Boys played a significant role as organizers, planners, and executors of the events on January 6.

Andy Campbell, a senior editor at HuffPost and author of a book about the Proud Boys, observed that these sentences reflect the recognition that Proud Boys leaders held pivotal positions in orchestrating the riots of January 6. He further notes that the Proud Boys maintained close connections with influential allies of former President Trump. This suggests a level of awareness regarding the potential for violence on January 6 when Trump encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol. In Campbell’s words, “We are confronted with a deeply rooted extremist crisis at the highest echelons of right-wing governance.”

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