Monday, 5 March 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
Step this way...
...and be one of the very first to make your step for Fairtrade count by adding it to our marvellous Step-o-meter below! We’re aiming for 1.5 million steps for Fairtrade by the end of 2012. Each one supports farmers and workers take their own steps towards a brighter future. A step can be anything you do to support Fairtrade, from swapping your sugar to Fairtrade, to hosting your own chocolate tasting event!
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
What is Micro Finance?
Story of Pedro and his family
A fistfull of dollors
Desk to door:
Friday, 13 January 2012
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
A special issue of the Guardian helped to win this year's Steve Sinnott award for young campaigners:
article from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/dec/19/global-campaign-for-education?newsfeed=true by Alice Woolley
How about these for a few headlines that nobody would complain about: "Malaria wiped out"; "World population levelling off"; "Last shanty towns demolished in Mumbai"; and even: "Everyone in the world now earns at least $5 a day". These were the stories in a special issue of the Guardian – dated 31 December 2025 – created by Eilidih Naismith and Billy Davidson, students at Hutchesons grammar school, Glasgow.
Their vision of how the future could look by 2025 if all children in the world were receiving a primary education by 2015 helped to win them the Steve Sinnott award for Young Global Education Campaigners of the year. They had identified universal primary education as the most important of the eight millennium development goals agreed by world leaders back in the year 2000 – and they were buzzing to spread the message.
"Education is the key to all the world's problems", said Billy, and his T-shirt backed him up. The judges were unanimously convinced by Eilidih and Billy, both 15, who showed that they had researched the issues meticulously, as well as demonstrating real passion for the cause.
The two students had also dreamed up some imaginative ways to spread the message in the UK about the importance of the millennium goals, including a schools advertising competition in which famous company slogans could be hijacked for the Send My Friend to School campaign: "Because we are worth it" and because "Every little helps".
"Eilidih and Billy were so passionate, innovative, enthusiastic and knowledgeable in making their presentation that they stood out in a very strong field," said Mary Sinnott, one of the judges. "I believe they will be tremendous ambassadors."
The award was set up in memory of Steve Sinnott, Mary's late husband, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, who died in 2008. He had been a passionate advocate of the Global Campaign for Education, which is supported by an umbrella body of charities including ActionAid, and by the NUT.
In February, the two students will travel to Malawi with ActionAid and the Global Campaign for Education to meet children who do not have a place at school, or who struggle to attend. When they arrive home, they will speak in the House of Commons and to the teaching unions, and create films and blogs, all as part of their new job as young ambassadors.
The runners-up were Tanisha Patel and Jasmin Sahota, of Soar Valley college, Leicester, Alexander Cotter and Bobo Kalungu-Banda, of Blessed George Napier school, Banbury, and Hannah Copeland and Reece Beale, from The King John school, Benfleet, Essex.
Next year, Send My Friend to School is inviting UK pupils to take part in a special Olympic-themed campaign. More information at sendmyfriend.org
• Alice Woolley, editor of Education Guardian, was on the judging panel for the Steve Sinnott award
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Monday, 31 October 2011
The World at 7 Billion
The world’s population will top seven billion people in October 2011. This unique moment in human history represents both an achievement and a challenge, and will have an impact on every single person on the planet. A world of seven billion has implications for sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment – however, it also offers a rare call-to-action opportunity to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world.As the United Nations agency responsible for marking this milestone, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is leading an innovative global campaign—7 Billion Actions—to build awareness around the opportunities and challenges of a world of seven billion people. UNFPA has enlisted a wide group of corporations, organizations, and individuals to deliver this unique initiative, using online, mobile and offline actions to tell the story of the people behind the number.
The initiative – Objectives7 Billion Actions aims to achieve two key objectives:
- Building global awareness around the opportunities and challenges associated with a world of seven billion people.
- Inspiring governments, NGOs, private sector, media, academia and individuals to take actions that will have a socially positive impact.
ThemesThe campaign will build awareness around seven key issues, then count the activities the campaign stimulates to address them. The issues are:
- Poverty and inequality;
- Women and girls empowerment;
- Reproductive health and rights;
- Young people;
- Ageing population;
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Saturday, 22 October 2011
A world of 7 billion people poses many challenges – and countless opportunities to make a positive difference. 7 Billion Actions, established by the United Nations Population Fund, inspires change that will make a difference by highlighting positive action by individuals and organizations around the world.
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Put Food First - Every day nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry. Rising and volatile food prices are causing pain and suffering for poor people around the world, driving 44 million people into extreme poverty in recent months. We need to find solutions to ensure everyone has enough nutritious food now and in the years to come.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Video from: UNDP website: http://www.beta.undp.org/undp/en/home/mdgoverview.html
The J8 Group Booklet
Monday, 19 September 2011
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
update on 14th April:
"International Citizen Service (ICS)
For volunteers wanting to go overseas in the summer, many of the participating programmes are closing applications in the next week, starting from today. Look under discussions for closing dates... but don't worry, applications will still be open for placements after the summer period."
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Part of that debate focuses on One Water, the non-profit ethical bottled water brand created by Global Ethics Limited.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Firstly a huge thank you for helping us to change lives – 1.4m to date. In fact thank you for helping us to fund 742 water projects, 153 HIV clinic days, 36 community veggie gardens and - most recently - 4 school loo block projects in Malawi. And you have achieved all this just by changing your everyday grocery purchases to One branded water, loo roll, soap, snacks, condoms and shopping bags. Simple, life-changing stuff...
One Toilet Tissue
Unlike other loo rolls, One Toilet Tissue doesn’t just take care of your bum. It also helps thousands of people in developing countries who don’t have access to basic handwashing facilities, as we give away all our profits to fund hygiene and sanitation projects.
Did you know that over 5,000 children die each day from waterborne diseases? This is such a shocking fact that we decided to do something about it. Which is why when you buy One Toilet Tissue, you are directly helping to improve the lives of people who really need it.
All our profits from sales of One Toilet Tissue fund:
•Education in basic hygiene
•Teaching in the safe handling and storage of food, including education on preventing the spread of diseases
•The creation of local hygiene and sanitation committees to ensure sustainable solutions
•The training of people in good siting and maintenance of sanitation facilities
•Building of latrines
You can find One Toilet Tissue in most Sainsburys, Waitrose, The Co-Operative and Morrisons stores around the UK.
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
(North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN, Phone: 0141 287 2999, Fax: 0141 287 2815)
This year’s conferences will lead to a better understanding of global poverty and its links to climate change, and will inspire and engage young people to take action for a more just and sustainable world.
Here is a short video about what they did last year at the conference.
Friday, 22 October 2010
Just to let you know that ticket sales for Africa United brought in £610. We had to pay Pathe/the cinema £300, so we made £310 for the school charity. In addition S5j8 sold pick 'n' mix to the pupils going to the cinema at £1 per bag. They managed to make £265.08 in about 15 minutes.
Thanks to everyone for their support.
The film is on general release today.
If you want to know more about the film go to: http://www.africaunitedmovie.com/
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Here's a copy of the assembly PPT and copy of the video.
Introduction and Instruction
Introduction to KIVA
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Stills from the film can be found on:
If you want to know about the film makers:
Monday, 20 September 2010
Millenium Development Goals for 2015
In the year 2000, 189 leaders from around the world met at the historic Millenium Summit in New York.
According to the then Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, the UNs role for the next millenium will be crucial; making it a focal point for joint efforts in a world that presents worrisome statistics that endanger the perpetuation of generations to come.
• 1.2 billion people live with less than US$1.00 per day.
• 800 million people are malnourished.
• 153 million children are below their ideal weight.
• 115 million children are not enrolled in school.
• 97% of these children are in developing countries.
• 64% of the worlds illiterate population are women.
• 80% of the worlds refugee population are women.
• 60% of children not enrolled in primary school are women.
• Every year 10 million children die of preventable diseases.
• 30 thousand deaths per day.
• Anually, 500 mil thousand women die when giving birth or during their pregnancy.
• In Africas Sub-Saharan region 1 in 16 women die in these conditions.
• In countries of the OCDE this same proportion is of only 1 in every 2800 women.
• In the year 2000, 22 million people had died of AIDS.
• 13 million children lost their parents to the HIV virus.
• 40 million people live with the virus.
• Anually, 300 million cases of malaria are detected.
• Anually 60 million people are infected by tuberculosis.
• In the year 2000 1 billion people in developing countries didnt have access to drinkable water.
• 2.4 billion people didnt have access to sanitary services.
• 14% of the worlds population (in the developed world) produces 44% of the yearly CO2 total.
• US$ 100 billion are necessary for acheiving the MDGs.
• 0.5 of the GDP of developed countries is necessary for raising that amount.
The result of this meeting?
A commitment, with a set deadline; 2015.
Erradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Achieve universal primary education.
Promote gender equality and empower women.
Reduce child mortality.
Improve maternal health.
Combat AIDS/HIV, malaria and other diseases.
Ensure environmental sustainability.
Develop a global partnership for development.
I CAN, YOU CAN, WE CAN!
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
GSF and Pathé Productions are offering five GSF partner schools the opportunity to use a local cinema for an advance screening of Africa United. These schools will promote the screening to students and other members of their local communities who can help promote the film and the issues it raises. The schools will set their own admission prices (minimum of £2.00 per ticket), guaranteeing the first £300 raised from ticket sales as a contribution to the costs of the screening, with the remainder going to support a development project of the school's choice.
Screenings will take place at a time and date of the school's choice between Monday 4th October and Thursday 21st October 2010.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
1.Samsung’s Blue Earth
The phone is eco-friendly, with integrated solar panels, a body made from recycled plastic and a pedometer.
The solar panels are on the back, and the front is a full touch screen.
This phone would be ideal for any eco warrior but especially campers, hillwalkers etc as it’s easy to recharge at any point during the day.
To see more go to http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/news/newsIrRead.do?news_ctgry=irnewsrelease&news_seq=14986
2. The sporty green Brabus (by Smart)
Cars aren’t normally perceived as being at all eco-friendly- with the exception of electric cars. Many electric cars seem to be lacking in style but the latest model from Smart has proved an exception to the rule.
Not only does its green and white leather interior look attractive, it's not harming the environment at all as there are no carbon dioxide emissions.
Find more information on the new Smart at http://green.autoblog.com/tag/brabus+smart/
3. The ENVI
The ENVI is an energy monitor connected to your electricity supply to provide you with information on your usage. It allows you to track energy usage up to 30 meters away from it.
It can help you to pick out the devices in your home consuming the most electricity so you can use these less, or upgrade them to more energy efficient models. Through learning more about exactly how electricity is being used within a household you can find ways of reducing your electricity usage and in doing so lower your energy bills.
The ENVI Energy Monitor costs £39.95 – to buy it go to http://www.electricity-monitor.com/wireless-energy-monitors-current-cost-c-37_57.html
4. Eco Showerdrop meter
Official water-meters are expensive to fit, but they do save water. This gadget is far cheaper, and serves the same purpose; it tells you when you’ve got through the recommended amount of water per shower, or each day. It can be bought cheaply at only £12.67.
To find out more visit http://www.naturalcollection.com/
5. Puma Glow Rider
Puma’s glow-in-the-dark bicycle is great for those who want to make their trips to and from work eco-friendly, but are worried about cycling home at night on busy roads. The glow-in-the-dark body (with lights) is more effective than a simple headlight. The bike also folds neatly in half so it can be stored easily.
For more info go to http://www.hanon-shop.com/news/68/Puma-Glowrider.html
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Friday, 18 June 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Did you do your bit? Maybe you swept about the house in true eco-warrior style, switching off sockets and pulling out the batteries of everything you’ve ever owned. Maybe you half-heartedly turned off the TV, the toaster and a couple of lights. Or maybe you forgot about the entire thing and sat back to watch CSI, wondering why all your neighbours were enduring an hour-long power cut.
Maybe you’ve absolutely no idea what this article is on about, in which case I’ll fill you in.
Earth Hour is organized by WWF. It took place on Saturday 27 March, 2010 at 8.30pm and was a global call to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It was a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Important landmarks around the world were dimmed-the statue of liberty, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower, to name but a few. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and joined together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
Because the truth of the matter is that we don’t have long to act. New economic modelling shows that the world has just five years to start a low carbon industrial revolution before climate change becomes almost inevitable. But it’s not too late. We can still make a change.
Even if you missed Earth Hour –out of forgetfulness or maybe even complacency- don’t give upon the idea of taking a stance! Have your own ‘switched-off’ evening, or change to an eco-friendly energy supplier. It might not seem like a big gesture, but it makes a difference.
Let’s make 2010 an eco-friendly year.
For more info on Earth Hour, go to http://www.earthhour.org/