Archive | October 2014

Help ban the production and sale of plastic microbeads

The world’s water is awash with tiny bits of plastic. A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme estimates that this plastic waste damages marine ecosystems every year to the tune of $13 billion, and freshwater species are just as threatened. It’s been known for years that the world’s oceans teem with masses of floating plastic. But microplastics in the Great Lakes were discovered only when scientists dragged the surface of all five lakes in 2012 and 2013 with specially designed nets and found the specks everywhere. Research from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science has found, in 27 sites across Sydney Harbour, up to 60 microplastics per 100 milligrams of sediment.

Animals can mistake microbeads for food and end up with a belly full of plastic, causing blockages and even starvation. What’s more, the microbeads can attract harmful, free-floating chemicals such as the pesticide DDT. There is also a risk to us – when they are eaten by small fish and other sea life, the plastic contamination enters the food chain, potentially releasing toxins which would likely concentrate as the food chain progresses, eventually contaminating seafood which may be eaten by humans.

What can we do?

There is no excuse for polluting our waterways, especially when there are clearly smarter and environmentally friendlier options.  Some companies have already made the switch to safer exfoliants or removed the exfoliants from their products, but many have yet to follow suit; the best way to ensure we stop the pollution is to stop the product, especially as there are natural alternatives that are safe that can be used.

All over the world, there are renewed calls for bans on microbeads, and with Australia’s unique marine wildlife and fisheries we too must act on this irresponsible pollutant. We can lead in the call to send a clear message that this is not acceptable. It is our duty to stop polluting our waterways!

Supporting Greenpeace

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Add your voice to the fight to ban microbeads and sign the petition now:

https://www.change.org/p/the-honourable-greg-hunt-mp-please-ban-the-production-and-sale-of-plastic-microbeads-in-australia

Clean water saves lives – support Oxfam’s efforts

Dirty water is a killer and a leading cause of poverty. Every twenty seconds a child under five dies as a result of poor sanitation, by exposing them to diseases like typhoid, dysentery and diarrhoea. According to the United Nations, 443 million school days and 20 billion working days are lost each year due to water-related diseases alone. The enormous loss of income and education stops people from lifting themselves out of poverty. In developing countries, the burden of water collection almost always falls to women and girls. Collection and transportation of filthy water can take several hours every day, keeping women out of the workforce, and out of schools.

Almost 900 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion live without basic sanitation. Across the globe, more than 6,000 people die each day from diseases caused by dirty water — two-thirds are children (World Health Organisation).

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in some of the world’s poorest countries. When disaster strikes, Oxfam acts quickly to saves lives by delivering clean water and sanitation — from simple solutions like distributing buckets, jerry cans, soap and water purification tablets, to building and rehabilitating water supply systems, providing tanks, delivering clean water and constructing toilets.

“Clean water, sanitation and hygiene promotion are the most important elements in controlling the spread of infectious disease following a humanitarian disaster.” – Praphulla Shrestha, Oxfam Australia’s Water and Sanitation Technical Advisor.

Supporting Oxfam

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Clean water means so much more than clean water. It’s the gift of better health; more time to earn an income; more money to educate their children; and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty.

Donate now:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/clean-water-saves-lives/

 

This climate petition could save the world

Scientists warn us that climate change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening our survival and everything we love. One top scientist just warned that we are all in major trouble if global warming releases gigantic amounts of methane gas from the arctic tundra. The UN knows this is one of several catastrophic climate threats we’re facing, and is bringing world leaders to New York for a major summit on this global emergency.

Climate change red alert

Climate change is the greatest threat facing our world today–and we are almost out of time to stop it. Humankind has the technology to stop a climate catastrophe–but only with bold government action. Now it’s up to the world’s people to demand that their leaders listen to the scientists.

What can we do?

Avaaz is sending its global petition to national leaders around the world–along with personalized messages from citizens of every country on earth.

“Hundreds of thousands of us will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March just before the summit.” – Avaaz.org

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Welll recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Avaaz will be sending our messages to national, local and international leaders.

“We call on you to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 2 degrees C, by phasing out carbon pollution to zero. To achieve this, you must urgently forge realistic global, national and local agreements, to rapidly shift our societies and economies to 100% clean energy by 2050. Do this fairly, with support to the most vulnerable among us. Our world is worth saving and now is our moment to act. But to change everything, we need everyone. Join us.”

Send your message that asks for a commitment to bold domestic efforts and a new international agreement to avert climate disaster and move the world economy away from carbon fuels.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final/

Support World Animal Protection in their campaigns to protect all animals

The World Animal Protection campaign

Animal cruelty and suffering is a global issue. Animals are sentient – they feel pain. Together, we can end their suffering.

“A sustainable future for the planet can only be achieved if both animals and people are part of the solution.”

World Animal Protection

World Animal Protection is working to get the rights of animals recognised, globally.

They recognise that animals have a right to live free from pain. They are helping the world see how important animals are to us – because millions of people depend on animals.

“Today we’re campaigning for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and over 2 million people, 330 animal groups and dozens of governments have already pledged their support.”

World Animal Protection

Supporting World Animal Protection

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Welll recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

There are many ways to help

Donate: Your gift will bring positive change for millions of animals in desperate need.

Fundraise: Share your passion for protecting animals with others and have some fun raising crucial funds.

Volunteer: Volunteer your time to make a difference for the world’s animals.

You can find other ways to help at the World Animal Protection website:

http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/support-us

Take action

“Whether it’s the millions of animals forgotten after natural disasters or the 1 billion stray cats and dogs at risk of being needlessly culled, animals need our help.”

“Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we’ve already changed the lives of millions of animals for the better. All over the world we’re bringing positive change to mistreated and abused animals in the wild, in farming, in communities and caught up in disasters.

But there are still many millions of animals that need help and support. Join us and together, we’ll bring an end to animal suffering.”

Donate now and help animals everywhere:

https://donate.worldanimalprotection.org.au/campaigns/animal-protection/#.VCpZDVf6u70