Archive | April 2016

Join with Oxfam to make tax fair

 

What’s happening?

Extreme inequality is one of the defining issues of our time, and it is getting worse. Today, just 62 individuals have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. The richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Power and privilege is being used to skew the economic system to increase the gap between the richest and the rest. A global network of tax havens further enables the richest individuals to hide $7.6 trillion. The fight against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is tackled.

Tax is one essential tool to ending extreme inequality, and could help lift millions of people out of poverty. Tax revenues collected by governments here and around the world are key to providing public services like healthcare, education and transport infrastructure for everyone – we all rely on the public services funded by tax.

Yet tax dodging by big business and the mega rich is driving this extreme inequality, costing developing countries at least $100 billion every year.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam is calling on leaders to take action to show they are on the side of the majority, and to bring a halt to the inequality crisis by ending tax dodges and sharing the tax burden fairly to level the playing field: by shifting the tax burden away from labour and consumption and towards wealth, capital and income from these assets; increasing transparency on tax incentives; and introducing national wealth taxes.

Join with Oxfam in calling on our government to end tax dodging by big business, starting by demanding transparency from companies about how much they make and where.

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

To turn back the tide of extreme inequality, we must end the tax dodging of big business and the mega rich. Join with Oxfam in calling on our government to end tax dodging by big business. Sign the petition to Make Tax Fair.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/inequality/maketaxfair/?utm_source=MTF&utm_medium=home-slider

 

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Join with Animals Australia to stop koalas becoming industry casualties

What’s happening?

Logging companies that export timber and woodchips for paper production overseas have been exposed for recklessly felling the homes of vulnerable wildlife. When footage of maimed and dead koalas was aired on television in 2013, one of the companies involved denied any animals were being killed — before ultimately being forced to make a public apology. Now, new footage has emerged that has once again exposed the grave risk to koalas when the self-regulating logging industry is left to its own devices.

Koalas have become the silent victims of international paper production. In July 2013, ABC’s 7.30 exposed the maiming and killing of countless koalas on plantations in Victoria and South Australia. With dwindling natural habitats, some koalas turned to Blue Gum plantations for refuge. But when logging began in these plantations, an animal welfare disaster unfolded. With no apparent plan to relocate the local inhabitants, and without any government monitoring, trees were simply being cut down with animals still in them.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Volunteer wildlife carers struggled to keep up with the number of casualties — koalas suffering from broken limbs and backs, severed arms and impact wounds. Many more don’t even survive the fall. Witnesses described injured koalas still on the felled trees as they were pulled through the shredders. Following the flood of complaints after the 7:30 report, the Environmental Auditor for Australian Bluegum Plantations launched an investigation and subsequently released a damning report, citing “major non-conformances”, and removed their FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) license. Harvesting operations were also suspended in in large areas of koala habitat.

The Victorian Department for Environment & Primary Industries has since admitted that they rely on timber companies to self-report wildlife issues. And yet one of the major companies responsible continued to deny there was anything wrong until this cruelty was publicly exposed. What’s clear is that self-regulation is failing, and stronger protection for wildlife is needed. At a minimum, the detection, capture and relocation of koalas (and other at risk wildlife) needs to occur under government supervision before forest areas are logged.

Supporting Animals Australia

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

Be a voice for koalas and other wildlife. Please call on the Victorian Ministers responsible to introduce stronger protection for wildlife, so that this never happens again.

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/koalas-under-threat/

 

Join with Amnesty International to help refugees stuck in Greece

 

What’s happening?

Greece’s capacity to respond to this humanitarian crisis is at breaking point. Exposed to the hostile winter weather, thousands of people, including families with small children, are stuck in Greece. Women, men and children are sleeping rough or in make shift tents, with little food and filthy conditions at the Greece-Macedonia border. And at the port of Pireaus, Athens, they sleep on the floor of the passenger’s terminals.

Many have been there for weeks, enduring the cold and rain, with no idea of what will happen next. The recent deal to return refugees to Turkey has done nothing else than increase uncertainty to their future. The majority of people are fleeing violence and conflict. They have become trapped in Greece because instead of supporting refugees, the rest of Europe is shutting its borders without offering any real alternatives.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Greece can’t cope on its own. Asylum in Greece, already stretched by the sheer number of people stranded, is not a realistic option for many. Yet EU states are failing to relocate refugees in other European countries.

How many children sleeping in the cold does it take for Europe to finally grasp that it has to take refugees from Greece? Safe and legal ways into Europe are vital if refugees and asylum-seekers are to get the protection they so desperately need.

Supporting Amnesty International

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

Join with Amnesty International and call on Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, to take action on the humanitarian crisis in Greece and to push Heads of State and governments in the European Council to:

  • Use all available means to urgently accept asylum-seekers from Greece – including relocating a large number of persons without applying restrictive selection criteria, easing family reunification and allowing asylum-seekers to obtain visas from member states’ representations in Greece for onward legal travel.
  • Open up more safe and legal routes for people in need of international protection to ensure refugees do not need to embark on dangerous sea crossings to reach protection in Europe.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/refugees-trapped-in-greece/

 

 

Join with Avaaz to help save the Amazon

 

What’s happening?

The Amazon provides 20% of the planet’s oxygen, 10% of our biodiversity, our best defense against climate change and is home to unique indigenous peoples. The Amazon is vital to life on earth. 10% of known species live in this magnificent rainforest, and its billions of trees play a key role in mitigating global climate change. The fate of the Amazon rainforest is dangling by a thread. After declining for a few years, deforestation rates started rising again last year, and shot up in Brazil by 190% in August and September 2014. Current laws and enforcement strategies are failing to stop the loggers, miners and ranchers. The best way to regenerate the forest is by creating large reserves,

Avaaz’s efforts

Here’s the idea — the world’s first, international, fully protected, incredibly massive, reserve park! A million of us have already backed this idea and the Colombian government supports it! Now we just need to win Brazil. Experts say this reserve would be a total game-changer for stopping rampant deforestation.

The Avaaz community has fought for our forests before, helping to face down threats to the Amazon in Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.

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 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

This park will be twice the size of France. We are within striking distance of winning — one of the best things we ever did. But as soon as it gets close to a win, the ranching and mining lobbies will come hard at it with fistfuls of corrupt money. This is an opportunity to win a tangible and vital project that could help guarantee all of our futures. If it works, this could be replicated in all the world’s most important forests. Together, this could plant a seed that helps look after the whole world.

You can join with Avaaz to help make the Amazon the world’s largest park:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_amazon_fr_rb_loc/?fp