Archive | May 2016

Join with Greenpeace to save the Orangutans and their habitat

 

What’s happening?

As much as 80 per cent of the world’s forests have been destroyed or irreparably degraded. Our ancient forests are looted every day to supply cheap timber and wood products to the world. The price we pay for this destruction is escalating climate change, biodiversity loss and community dis-placement. Indonesia has lost 72 per cent of its ancient forest, Papua New Guinea 60 per cent and the Solomon Islands is predicted to lose all of them by 2014.

Last month, Greenpeace volunteers dressed as Orangutans decided to pay PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson a little visit to their Australian headquarters in Sydney. Their plan was to deliver the 30,000+ Australian signatures calling on each of these brands to come through on their “no deforestation” promises and to show those companies that Australian consumers demand better, adding pressure on global executives to take the urgent action required to break the link between deforestation and palm oil.

The forests are home to millions of people and around two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land. Our remaining ancient forests are some of the most diverse ecosystems known to science, but ancient forests around the world are under attack. Without healthy, thriving forests, planet Earth cannot sustain life.

Greenpeace’s efforts

The Indonesian forests are in desperate need of our protection and brands like PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson who use palm oil must start delivering real change. Together, Greenpeace has put pressure on these brands and held them accountable – which as citizens, consumers and activists, is exactly what we need to do.

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

Greenpeace is campaigning to save the last remaining ancient forests and end illegal and destructive logging in our region. Join them in their goal to reach zero deforestation by 2020.

http://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=78

 

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Join with Avaaz to help the Maasai protect their land

 

What’s happening?

The iconic Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania have been fighting for decades to survive and defend their environment. Lately, they’re losing the battle: besieged by shady poachers, billionaires who want to buy up their traditional lands for safari lodges, and sketchy government officials.

But now a Maasai community in Kenya has had a killer idea to fight back — pool their own land and form a new kind of reserve, run by them. This will not only ensure they protect their home and the customs of their ancestors, but will create a new wildlife passage — a crucial corridor where elephants, lions, and wildebeest roam free.

This could become a shining example for conservation and for our campaigning. Normally if we want to protect a precious ecosystem, we have to campaign for years to get a government park set up, and then all too often officials fail to protect it. This time, the Maasai could establish their own reserve, and manage it themselves!

Avaaz’s efforts

With a number of foreign buyers eager to take their land, the tribe needs funds fast to get the reserve up and running, take down fences, then train and pay young people to become wildlife patrollers. They’ve turned to the Avaaz community with an urgent request for help. You can do your part to help the Maasai. Chip in now — let’s throw them a lifeline, then campaign to help the Maasai, and indigenous communities under threat around the globe.

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

Join with Avaaz and donate now to the campaign to help the Maasai, and indigenous communities under threat around the globe. You can help them in their fight for their land.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/maasai_lands_loc/?slideshow

 

Join with Amnesty International to speak up for Congolese youth

 

What’s happening?

In the lead up to the 2016 elections, Congolese authorities have increasingly suppressed freedoms. The security forces have violently repressed debates on President Kabila’s silence about whether or not he will run for a third term. They have also repressed criticism of the ruling party’s attempts to change the constitution to allow the President to run for another term or extend his current mandate beyond the constitution’s deadlines.

On 16 February, six youths were arrested in Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu. Authorities forced their way into a house where the six Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) activists had spent the night preparing messages for the general strike, called for by the opposition and civil society. The general strike was in protest against attempts to delay preparations for the 2016 general elections, which would extend President Kabila’s rule beyond the timeframe outlined in the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

On the same day, two other LUCHA activists were arrested in Kinshasa. On the eve of their arrest, another youth activist was arrested after meeting the two LUCHA activists. The trial of the three is ongoing. The nine youth activists are prisoners of conscience.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International are putting together a campaign to ask the Minister of Justice to release the youth detained in Goma immediately and unconditionally.

“I write to express my concern about the detention of six young people arrested on 16 February 2016 as they were preparing for a general strike called by opposition and civil society organizations.

The six youth, namely Rebecca Kavugho, Serge Sivyavugha, Justin Kambale Mutsongo, Melka Kamundu, John Anipenda, and Ghislain Muhiwa, were convicted to six months in prison for inciting public disobedience by the appeal Court in Goma on 4 March 2016.

I ask you to release the six young activists immediately and unconditionally. They are detained solely for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. I urge you to respect the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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

Sign your name to the campaign to help free these Congolese youths.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/repression-on-rise-against-youth-movements-in-drc/

 

Campaign with Avaaz and help power their plan to make 2016 unforgettable

 

What’s happening?

Avaaz is working on many issues this year and rely on your help and people power to push their campaigns through to becoming successful. This year, the issues they most want to work on include;

  • Save the Seas – push to secure large-scale marine reserves and a treaty to protect the high seas, both necessary to stop the plundering of our oceans and allow for regeneration.
  • Drive the Paris Climate Agreement Home – campaign to end public subsidies to dirty energy, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and push for urgent investment in renewables.
  • Break Monsanto’s Grip – investigate, expose, and take on the corporate capture of our food and agriculture regulatory systems to ensure our health and the environment are put before profits.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz’s top organisational priorities for this year include;

  • Let our light shine – build the profile of our movement in the media, to be better-known with the public and decision-makers.
  • Impact – focus on campaigns that have a chance this year for clear impact on pressing global issues.
  • Growth – focus on growing our community to be even bigger, and in more countries, so we are able to hit heavier on the issues we campaign on.

They are taking their movement in new directions this year, and this includes;

  • Direct action / Civil disobedience – build our capacity to do sit-ins or occupations to capture the public imagination around issues like climate change, corruption, poaching of endangered species, or oppression of vulnerable groups.
  • Take Avaaz to the streets – following the success of our Global Climate Marches, organise more distributed actions across the world to show our numbers on key global issues.
  • Deepen online community engagement – launch new online tools to allow Avaaz members to assist with advocacy and media on every campaign we run, and suggest, rate, and create global campaigns for our whole community.

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

All Avaaz’s work and campaigns are funded entirely by small donations from this movement. Their highly-skilled team ensures all contributions go a long way.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/poll_results_2016/?slideshow

 

Join with Avaaz to help save the 500 year old ancient forest in South Korea

 

What’s happening?

Right now, Olympic organisers in South Korea are developing part of an ancient forest, half a millennia old, into ski facilities for the 2018 Games. It’s shortsighted, illogical and worst of all, irreversible. Once the precious forest is gone, it’s gone forever.

The International Olympic Committee laid down a mandate that this event should be a “Green Olympics” built and operated by principles of sustainability. Let’s launch an enormous global outcry from every country participating in the Winter Olympics, and shame the International Olympic Committee to live up to their ideals.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz launched a petition and when it reached 1 million signatures, they took out massive ads in front of the Korean Environment offices and on the subway so that they were overwhelmed by the message and would be forced to stop the destruction. Despite this public pressure, Olympic organisers cleared a portion of Mt. Gariwang for a ski slope. Avaaz are pushing the IOC to commit to upholding principles of sustainability so that this type of devastation never happens in the name of the Olympics again. The Korean government has steamrolled through this plan, including rejecting an offer to host some events in Japan to stop the destruction.

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

The Environment Ministry has never experienced anything like the global outcry that Avaaz can unleash. If we launch an enormous campaign from every country participating in the Winter Olympics, we can shame the Korean authorities so that this never happens again.

“We call on you to show leadership for environmental protection and ensure that all measures are taken to save Korean forests. We call on you to deny permits to clear old growth forests, which cannot be replaced or restored.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_ancient_korean_forest_6/?pv=72&rc=fb