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Tiemens Foundation Spotlight

In the coming weeks, we want to highlight a few of our many contributors. This week, we want to say thank you to the Tiemens Foundation! The Tiemens Foundation is funded by members of the Tiemens family. The foundation wholeheartedly believes that arts, culture, and education have an impactful way of inspiriting people to think differently, unleash passions, and to celebrate diversity. Thank you Tiemens Foundation!

WAC Colleagues

WAC Colleagues is a members-only group that meets monthly and exists to participate in discussion of international relations issues. Under the leadership of Larry Barrett, WAC Colleagues will begin meeting again IN PERSON this fall.  The location will be La Bella Vita Ristorante on the third Wednesday of each month. 
Join us September 15th for what will no doubt be a riveting discussion led by Dr. Sky Foerster entitled, “The Biden Administration and the World”.

Local Civic-minded Community Impresses IVLP Delegation

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPROEM) virtually met with International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants to talk about Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). The group was impressed that over 32% of the local population is involved with Pikes Peak CERT and had many questions on how to recruit, train, and retain volunteers. We thank PPROEM for taking the time to help shape volunteer teams around the world. Find a photo of the conversation on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.

It’s #WorldPopulationDay!

Did you know there are 7.9 billion people in the world today?

World Population Day is all about raising awareness of controlling the population, and the risks and consequences of a disproportionate population-to-resources ratio.

Here are a few reasons why World Population Day MATTERS:

* POPULATION AFFECTS EVERYONE.
If you live in a first world country like the United States, you probably don’t think of population issues having that much of an effect on your life. However, the more people are added to the population, the more power and food is needed to sustain all of them. It’s hard to keep up that food and power production at the rate that the population is growing, and efforts to do so are contributing greatly to climate change, which affects you no matter where you live.

* IT ENCOURAGES US TO LOOK TOWARD THE FUTURE. World Population Day obviously reminds us to look at the current population and population issues that influence how people live now. However, it’s really focused on the future, and what efforts it will take to slow population growth. The most important thing to think of is what the world will look like for your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, etc. if the population continues to grow at this rate.

* IT DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCES IN HOW POPULATION ISSUES AFFECT VARIOUS COUNTRIES. Population issues disproportionately affect people in developing countries. For instance, did you know that people in very poor countries have a life expectancy that’s about 20 years shorter than people in rich, developed countries? How about that 1/3 of population growth is due to unplanned pregnancies, which often happen when people are lacking education and family planning services? World Population Day is a good reminder to step outside ourselves and focus on these important issues.

Central Asia Virtually Visits COS

Budding and professional filmmakers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met with leaders of the Pikes Peak Region’s film scene. Directors of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film and the Youth Documentary Academy shared their efforts and long history creating a community for filmmakers in Southern Colorado. The #IVLP delegation expressed their interest submitting films to the annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival and possible future collaborations with the two organizations. Find a snapshot of the conversation on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.