Adults Helping Kids

Monday, May 13, 2019


Are you a parent? Or a grandparent? Or an uncle or aunt?   Even if none of the above, would you help a little girl on the other side of the world if you had the chance?

Marta is an 18 month old baby girl in Serbia. She has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Marta Maja Maksic is a baby girl, born in the small town of town Sabac , Serbia to parents Marijana and Milos Maksic February 5th, 2018. She was just 6 months old when diagnosed with brain cancer.

To date, she has had  5 surgeries and chemotherapy treatments and is waiting for the 6th one. Marta's mother is not working and her father's income is not enough to cover the cost of her medical care. They now have to sell their family home to pay for the ongoing medical treatment. Economic conditions in Serbia are not good and medical care is very expensive.

 I learned about Marta's plight when I dropped into the bakery of Rod and Daniela Gavric on Edmunds Road in Burnaby for a coffee while waiting for a nearby tire store to install my summer tires. Rod and Daniela met the Maksic family when they bought an adjacent property. Their granddaughter is the same age as Marta and when they heard she was very sick, they pledged to help. It came to my notice when I saw a poster of Marta on the wall in Daniela and Rod's store, The Rustic Bread Bakery.

Having two very healthy grandchildren ages 13 months and 4 months, my heart went out to this family, hence my decision to help. 

No Child  Should  Left Behind  should be the mantra of  the governments of all countries around the world. Every adult alive today was once a child but only few of them remember it. Children from birth through to late teen years are wholly dependent on adults to guide, teach, instruct and be an example.  This planet is the home to all of us humans; it is truly a global village with everyone who has attained adulthood assuming responsibility for the raising of the next generation. That, in a perfect world is what it should be.

Children require universal health care, education, nutritious food, clean water and caring adults around them. 

Marta and her parents.

Friday, May 3, 2019


Every day on this planet, there are people flying all over the world, visiting here, visiting there just because they can. They are called tourists. 

Every time one person flies from where they live to somewhere they want to go (not where they HAVE to go) that person generates more than 20% of the greenhouse gas in that one flight than their internal combustion car emits in one year. This number is based on a North American based average.  Keep in mind, even if you own an electric car, you are still generating greenhouse gases, this gas created through the manufacturing of your vehicle and from the generation of the electricity used to power the car, particularly if this electrical power is generated by coal or natural gas powered power-plants. Even hydro electric dams create greenhouse gases through their building process. Materials like concrete, earth moving machines, trucks, portable generators, burning, etc.

According to some estimates, there are roughly 20,000 planes in use around the world, serving three billion passengers annually. By 2040, more than 50,000 planes could be in service, and they are expected to fly more often. The total worldwide ocean cruise capacity at the end of 2018 was 537,000 passengers and 314 ships. Annualized total passengers carried worldwide was 26.0 million passengers (a 3.3% increase over 2017) and almost 6 times the population of New Zealand or equivalent to the population of Australia. 

However, I digress. My curiosity is aroused by what I perceive to be disinterest by what seems to be a majority of people in the dire warnings of impending climate doom by climatologists, environmentalists and scientists.

I think people who choose ignorance fall into 5 categories in regard to warnings of future global calamity for the last remaining homo race on this small planet:

  • People who just choose to ignore these warnings as not having credibility. IE Climate change deniers.
  • People not wanting to know or pretend that everything really is OK 
  • People frightened of these warnings and choosing not to believe them? 
  • People who believe an invisible man who lives in the sky is going to save the pure of heart and thought so why bother doing anything.
  • People with plenty of money who just want to enjoy all the earth has to offer with little to no thought of their effect on the planet; IE cruise ships, constant overseas vacations, unlimited consumerism and so on.
Most people in the western world are very comfortable in their own little worlds. If retired and with money in the bank, they think very little of the environmental ramifications of the cruises they go on or the extended travel trips to exotic parts of the world they undertake.