How are our causes affected by our money and time?
We are living in a world that is vibrant, rich and beautiful. We are also living in a world that is poor, devastating and chaotic. We would only be living half a life if we chose to see the one and not the other.
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While we take for granted what is vibrant, rich and beautiful, we have not given enough back in return.
Many ancient cultures gave back to Nature what they took. Aspects of our modern lives have forgotten that no man is an island and without Nature, we will die.
We want to leave a world that is vibrant, rich and beautiful for our children.
Not only is the air, mountains, rivers and oceans part of Nature, so are human beings, and every other living organism on this planet.
For these reasons, part of our money goes to projects that help sustain Nature with its conflict against a modern culture that seems to forget that we need to be a team to survive.
And the reason why the slaughterhouses do this, is to save money. If the animal is going to be killed to fill our stomachs, at least give it some dignity.
ANH-Intl is an internationally active non-governmental organisation promoting natural and sustainable approaches to healthcare worldwide. They work to accomplish its mission through its unique application of ‘good science’ and ‘good law’, all clearly explained in layman's language.
We do this every year.
Feed the World has set up the first ever validated glyphosate testing for the general public, which will be provided in the U.S., with the support of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
If you live in the U.S. and would like to test your urine, breast milk or tap water for glyphosate contamination, this is your opportunity.
We have donated to this cause to help them reach out to as many people as possible so that they can be tested and make educated decisions with regards to glyphosate contamination in their body, their water and their environment.
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A letter has just been received from a major corporate agribusiness firm threatening legal action unless Sum of Us stops campaigning to save the bees.
The letter came from a contractor for Bayer, one of the biggest producers of bee-killing pesticides in the world.
We donated to help Sum of Us defend themselves against corporate bullying, intimidation and potentially long drawn out legal battles.
We're thinking ahead for our planet and our children.
If not, you should. There is a design course too.
Permaculture designer, teacher, activist, enthusiast (and whatever else comes to mind), Geoff Lawton brings to life his in-depth knowledge and explanations with his unique style of teaching, accompanied by his distinctive drawing style that he uses whilst illustrating concepts on the white-board.
As with all PDC’s, it follows the curriculum set out in Bill Mollison’s book, “Permaculture A Designer’s Manual.” Geoff has taught Permaculture with Bill Mollison for many years.
We've signed up for this Permaculture Design Course. We look forward to the knowledge to make our world a better place and motivate others to explore their own positive global causes.
The TTIP is being called the world’s dirtiest trade deal. The deal gives big business unprecedented power over decision-making across Europe.
Leaked documents (because the negotiations are being done mostly in secret) show some examples that chlorinated chickens, GMO veggies and chemicals in our food (that can damage the development of our children) will be allowed into the EU food chain.
The European Commission says that EU needs this deal to increase trade and help get the EU economies out of recession.
Should health and safety be sacrificed for trade?
Should standards be dropped in the name of progress?
We think not and it's part of our global causes to leave a better world for future generations! We are supporting organisations that are trying to bring more transparency to this deal as well as seek better ways to boost trade while improve standards and safety at the same time, all in the name of sustainable progress.
EU is a democracy and the people elect officials that write the rules in the name of the people for the people. Corrupted officials and big business (such as Monsanto, Bayer, Exxon Mobil and Nestle) do not write the rules for themselves.
Watch this video, do some research and make up your own mind. Maybe it will be important for you and make your global causes list. We hope it will.
Avaaz is a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.
When 15-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban, the world was outraged. In response, nearly 1 million of us called on the Pakistani government to fulfill her dream of education for all by supporting a national stipend programme to put all of Pakistan’s poor children in school. The UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown delivered our petition directly to Pakistani President Zardari, who signed it himself! On that very day, a month after Malala was shot, the Pakistani government officially launched a stipend programme for 3 million children.
As a global citizen, I urge you to ban all ivory trade in Thailand. I find it shocking that Thailand -- the host of the UN summit on endangered species -- is also the world’s largest unregulated ivory market and a top driver of the illegal trade. Criminals smuggle in illegally obtained African ivory, mix it in with legal Thai sources so no one can tell them apart, then get away with selling it on the open market. You can stop this by banning the Thai ivory trade now.
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Campaign: Stop Monsanto
Date: 04/11/2013 02:53
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See how Bill Gates benefits financially from organisations like Monsanto
To Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and State Secretary for Economic Affairs Sharon Dijksma:
As a signatory to the International Convention to Regulate Whaling, we call on you to immediately prohibit the transit of whale meat through Dutch ports and to help end the global trade in whales. Your decision will set a precedent that could save the Fin whales and help stop whaling in Europe.
A 2012 study by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini’s team at the University of Caen, France showed that eating GM maize and low doses of the Roundup herbicide (glyphosate) with which it is grown damaged the health of rats over the long term. Other studies on GM foods also show toxic effects.
GMO supporters, big agriculture and many others say that this study is inconclusive.
Those bulging tumours look very conclusive. This is why we need proper, transparent, long term and independent studies to be done to accurately determine the effects of GM foods and their associated chemicals.
Still think that we are wasting our time by adding pesticides/herbicides to our list of global causes? Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an environmental epidemiologist at the MIND Institute at University of California, will disagree with you. This is according to a study that is linking pesticides to autism.
There will always be critics objecting to this connection. We say to these critics, pesticide (and any other contamination) free food, air, soil, water, environment does not cause autism and one less pesticide is a step in this direction.
Our global causes are all orientated in this direction - we don't need to be scientists to understand this.
Jumbo Foundation Elephant Orphanage - Your continued support of this website goes a very long way to keeping our animal world as beautiful, and alive, as you are.
A volunteer making bricks for the new elephant barn. Behind the volunteer, you can see all the bricks that have already been made. This is our machine that we loaned to Jumbo for the purpose of making bricks for the new barn.
If you would like to, you can view more pictures here (Jumbo Facebook Photo album).
Our global causes, such as these, are having real life and visible effects to our world. Support us and these wonderful volunteers that are putting their "muscle" behind their words.
We did it in 2012 and 2013 and we will keep on doing it.
This event attracts approximately 84,000 participants throughout Europe - apparently, the largest women's sporting event in Europe.
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In April 2013, we bought all our farm staff in Malawi these fuel efficient stoves.
Take a few minutes to watch the video and see the benefits of these stoves for yourself.
Coca-Cola is running a misinformation campaign against the ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme and are taking the Northern Territory Government to court for introducing this proven and popular recycling scheme (also known as the Container Deposit Scheme).
The company is telling the public - through social media and elsewhere - that the scheme is an expensive and ineffective tax. Corporate tactics like these are not uncommon.
Already tens of thousands of Australians have gotten behind the campaign to protect wildlife, and keep rubbish out of the oceans and off the beaches.
Global causes, like this one, are really important because the pollution from this product affects everyone in the world - it is not only a "Australia" problem.
These global causes are important What happens in Australia will have an impact on our environment throughout the world.
Please share this to add pressure to the Coca-Cola bosses to come clean and take responsibility for their products packaging.
Plastic is an amazing discovery and has made a powerful impact in our lives. But its power is not restricted to its convenience, it is also an effective environment killer and humans are the only ones that can take responsibility for that.
We are against the creation of debt when there is no immediate, direct and real long term benefit for the specific individual. There is nothing more demoralising for an ordinary human being than being in debt without sustainable and wholesome benefit.
People kill themselves because of it. Why on earth would we want to support debt?
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The U.S. government doesn't review the safety of products before they're sold. EWG's staff scientists compare the ingredients on personal care product labels and websites to information in nearly 60 toxicity and regulatory databases.
Environmental Working Group (EWG), based in the USA, uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG's Skin Deep database provides practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to chemicals.
Even though we do not live in the USA and, as a consumer, we are not exposed to the same chemicals as American consumers are, we still donate money to this organisation. The reason is simple ... global causes are slower to create but more effective in the long run.
Why? Because global organisations use the "divide and rule" principle to restrict alliances from being created that may grow to oppose them. Global alliances are far more powerful against global corporates than domestic alliances are.
It is well known that global corporates use different ingredients in different countries for the same products - Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo is an example. How can the same company have 2 different philosophies?
Skin Deep Mobile App
EWG is working on a mobile app project that will let you scan products as you shop, instantly giving you a safety score. This app will take the guesswork, misleading labelling and advertising, and the distraction out of cosmetic shopping so that you get the safest product every time.
You have a right to know!
In the run-up to California's referendum vote on the GMO labelling initiative in 2012, Monsanto alone spent more than $8 million fighting to keep consumers uninformed! And now Monsanto, Kraft and other companies are pouring money into Washington state to fight a similar initiative.
These companies think they can get away with saying one thing and doing another. Is this in your best interest? Click here to take action.
EWG works hard to ensure that we have access to the truth about the food we eat, but they depend on supporters to fund this work. Donate today, even as little as $10, so that EWG have the resources to continue providing important information to us to make informed choices.
We made a donation to continue with our global causes - click here if you wish to donate too.
Tell Revlon and L'Oreal to stop using dangerous ingredients!
Right now, cosmetics companies can put just about anything in their products - even chemicals associated with cancer and endocrine disruption.
Many companies are reformulating their products to remove DMDM Hydantoin, which releases cancer-causing formaldehyde, and four parabens linked to endocrine disruption from their products.
But Revlon and L'Oreal are sticking with their formulations and leaving their customers at risk. We hope our global causes donation goes a long way to successfully pressure these companies to come clean with their ingredients and stop their "slow poison" products.
The destruction of our environment is a crime. A crime for which those responsible should be held accountable. This crime has a name: Ecocide.
Why do we need it?
If you live in Europe, click the image below for the link to cast your vote. It's important to vote so that the politicians know that the issue needs to be addressed.
GMWatch is an independent organisation that seeks to counter the enormous corporate political power and propaganda of the biotech industry and its supporters.
GMWatch isn't funded by big business, government or political parties. It is mostly funded by donations from individual supporters and receives some modest funding for aspects of its work from a small number of NGOs.
By adding them to our list of global causes, we are proud to be one of their modest financial supporters.
GMO Labelling in Washington State, USA - Yes on 522
Right now (mid Oct '13) in the USA, Washington State is on the verge of winning GMO labelling.
Monsanto and the GMA (pro GMO companies like Pepsi, Coke, Kraft, Kellogg's, Starbucks and General Mills) have raised $17 million to kill GMO labelling and now they're suing a group of Washington mom's using a law designed to protect citizens from corporations.
The campaign is called Yes on 522. It is important that the USA wins this battle because the companies that they are fighting against are multi-nationals that, more than likely, have a presence in your country where they are peddling their junk science, highly toxic biocides and GMO laden food products.
We made a donation because these victories are victories for a better world for our children, and our global causes.
Protect Family Farmers
Farmers have a right to farm without threat and intimidation. They should not be sued because Monsanto’s patented genes from a neighbours field blow across their fence and contaminate their organic or conventional, non-GMO seeds.
Food Democracy Now is suing Monsanto to protect family farmers from unwanted genetic contamination of their crops and from Monsanto’s abusive lawsuits.
Every year Monsanto investigates more than 500 family farmers for alleged patent “infringement” by sneaking onto their land. In the past 16 years Monsanto has sued 150 farmers and filed charges against more than 700 farmers who settled out of court rather than face a brutal and expensive lawsuit versus Monsanto.
Inadvertent genetic contamination, through no fault of their own, should not open them up to frivolous patent infringement lawsuits by biotech bully's, such as Monsanto. Every year, Monsanto sends its "seed police" out into the fields of unsuspecting farmers, where they steal farmer’s plants to have them tested in their labs to see if they contain Monsanto’s patented genes.
Food Democracy Now needs financial support. Add it to your list of global causes.
Not everyone may like Wikileaks but shutting them down would be a disservice to the world. The world has learned much from them that otherwise would have remained hidden.
Whistle-blowers are encouraged by this organisation and people with hidden agendas are trying harder to cover up their lies because of them. The truth hurts when you have something to hide - that's life - get over it - stop trying to suppress it - you should not be trying to hide something in the first place.
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement
WikiLeaks has published the text of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement intellectual property chapter. The controversial provisions of this proposed agreement are now revealed for public opinion. The release will help groups that have been campaigning against the TPP to make their case to the media and the public.
You, the consumer, are the target of this agreement - don't be ignorant and add it to your list of global causes. It is in your interest to know what your Government is negotiating on your behalf. Once the agreement is signed, you should not complain if there is something in it that you don't like but did nothing about it when you had the opportunity. Add it to your list of global causes now.
We don't live in any of the countries involved with this agreement - but this does not mean it will not affect us - our global causes do not support hidden agendas. Hidden agendas affect everyone. Our money helped to release the contents of this document so that you, the public, can have a say on what is being negotiated on our behalf.
Since the beginning of the TPP negotiations, the process of drafting and negotiating the treaty’s chapters has been very secret. Access to drafts of the TPP chapters is shielded from the general public.
Members of the US Congress are only able to view selected portions of treaty-related documents in highly restrictive conditions and under strict supervision.
It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 ’trade advisers’ – lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart – are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text.
The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents.
During early December 2013, Bayer could succeed in defeating the bees' best chance of survival -- by overturning Europe's landmark ban on the pesticides that are killing them.
Increasing scientific evidence, including that behind the European ban, shows that Bayer's neonics are behind the global bee die-off.
But despite the evidence and huge public pressure, Bayer is refusing to drop its lawsuit against the European ban saying that the decision was "rushed" and that it that undermines Bayer's "legal certainty".
We are helping Sum of Us campaign against Bayer in their pursuit of profits against the better judgement of all the people behind the European ban.
You too can help in these important global causes.
See how neonicotinoids are killing family businesses. Would you like this to happen to you? Add efforts, such as these, to your list of global causes. Somebody will do it for you one day.
30 Dec 2013
This is so important, we have donated again. Recent studies (by EU's EFSA) are showing strong possibilities that this type of pesticide, neonicotinoids, harms the developing brains of unborn babies.
We believe that prevention is better than cure and this is why we support this ban. But if Bayer is so sure that this poison is completely harmless to bees and humans, they are welcome to use it on themselves.
Steve Marsh was an organic farmer from Western Australia. In 2010, the state government of Western Australia lifted the ban on GM canola allowing for the commercial cultivation of this GM crop for the first time. As a result some farmers, including Steve Marsh’s next door neighbour, began growing GM canola. This resulted in GM canola being blown onto Steve's farm. 70% of Steve’s farm was contaminated and he lost his organic certification.
There is no law, no recourse or any means whatsoever for Steve to recover his financial losses when he lost his organic certificate. His customers will no longer buy what he grows. His farmland is contaminated and even if his neighbour stops growing GM canola, the recovery period to regain organic certification will be around 3 to 5 years.
What makes this case so important is that there is presently no country in the world that legally protects organic farmers from GM contamination. Wind, in natural circumstances, can carry GM pollen up to 800 km making the risk of GM contamination on a global scale, a real problem.
Steve needs money to fight GM contamination, for himself, and for us in the future. Here is the link to help him. Global causes, such as these, are critically important to maintain public sovereignty.
Not everyone may agree with what we do, and we respect that. We enjoy our global causes and the positive impact that, we think, it brings in their own little ways.
And we will keep doing them so that we hopefully leave a better world for our children to inherit.
What are your global causes?