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August 05th, 2015

Kodaikanal won't

type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Indian rapper Sofia Ashraf campaigns against Unilever claiming that the British-Dutch „multi“ poisoned the soil and water of her town Kodaikanal with mercury. Mercury is a poisonous metal and India has no way of processing it.

The workers of Unilever’s local thermometer assembly plant in Kodaikanal did not get any protective equipment or information about the disastrous impact that mercury has on health. The factory owned by Hindustan Unilever also dumped toxic mercury around their plant, and this has not been cleaned up in the 14 years since this plant was shut down. The contamination continues to impact forests and groundwater.

The workers cannot afford private healthcare. They have been fighting for Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination and compensate them for their medical expenses as a result of mercury for many long years. Unilever denies responsibility, dismissing scientific papers and the experiences of people from the area.

Now activists from Koidakanal urge Unilever to finally take responsability for the damage caused by their greed of profit. Support their demands by signing the petition!
August 03rd, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The safety of children in war is being ignored when they need us most. Right now, world leaders are preparing for the UN World Humanitarian Summit, which is only a few months away. The future of humanitarian action will be determined at this meeting.

As one of the world's leading contributors, the UK Government can help drive the UN to make the changes that will protect children from unimaginable horrors. This is a chance to change a system that currently neglects the needs and rights of children in war.

Please sign the petition to Justine Greening, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, asking her to champion the protection of children affected by conflict. The fate of millions of children in war can be changed if you add your voice to this petition.
cleaning rags_shell
August 01st, 2015
type:NGO, Project, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move. The drillship, Noble Discoverer and the oil rig Polar Pioneer are on their way to the Alaskan Arctic via Seattle. We aren’t going to allow them to slip into the far north unnoticed.

The company that operated the Noble Discoverer and the infamous Kulluk oil rig for Shell, pleaded guilty to 8 environmental and maritime felonies in 2014.

Other oil companies have stated that Arctic drilling is too risky, and have even allowed their own permits to expire. Does that sound like a company that should be trusted with the future of the Arctic?

Since the drillships are on their way and are going to leave a huge mess to clean after themselves, let's put the biggest cleaning rag together and send it to Shell with a clear message. Create your own rag with an individual message on it to the ones who make decisions about our planet's future without asking us!
July 30th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

CuriousWorks' is an enterprise based in Australia that grew out of a vision to give those in marginalised communities an opportunity to tell their stories.

CuriousWorks' focus lies in building cultural leaders who are taught the skills to document their lives through arts and the use of digital media.

Founder and Creative Director of CuriousWorks is Shakthi Sivanathan who explains the urgent necessity of media produced by and about people from different cultural backgrounds, especially in times of a globally spreading racism:

“The Australia in which our diversity of our cultures classes, geographies is represented through the main way that we share our stories through our media and advertising, tv, papers and at the moment that isn’t the case…those systems don’t reflect the diversity on the ground.” Sivanathan believes in ‘unlocking a cultural captial’ through the sharing of stories.

Support CuriousWorks by sharing and liking their projects, films, blogs an art and help spreading the stories of the unheard!
Bees on Blossoms in GermanyBiene auf einer Bluete
July 29th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Bees are vital. They pollinate many of our crops and flowers. Without bees, growing apples and plums as well as the humble cabbage and cauliflower would become almost impossible! But our precious bees are struggling to survive. Their numbers are falling due to the use of bee-harming pesticides, lack of food, disease and climate change.

And again bees are the target of an irresponsable shady decision made behind closed doors: environment minister Elizabeth Truss has just allowed farmers to start using a banned bee-harming pesticide again this autumn.

Neonicotinoids have been shown to cause harm to bees, so their use as a seed treatment is currently banned in Europe. But Elizabeth Truss went against growing scientific evidence and accepted a request made by UK farmers to use the bee-harming pesticide.

Tell Elizabeth Truss to follow the evidence and keep bee-harming neonicotinoids out of our fields!
July 24th, 2015
type:Petition, Protest
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The US government is about to let a giant international mining company dig up a beautiful stretch of national forest held sacred by the Apache tribe.

Too many of our governments have a shameful history of abusing indigenous peoples. But when US lawmakers with links to mining interests used devious tactics to grant permission for the mine, the Apache fought back. It’s starting to work -- right now Congress is considering whether to stop the project.
Apache leaders will meet lawmakers in hours. If enough of us back their courageous call today, our mass of voices can build their strength to save their heritage, and send a message to governments around the world that indigenous lands and culture are not for sale.

Sign the petition and help saving the Oak Flat!
July 21st, 2015
type:Donation, Project, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The need to remember often competes with the equally strong pressure to forget. Even with the best of intentions, erasing the past can prevent new generations from learning critical lessons while forever compromising opportunities to build a peaceful future.

Without safe spaces to remember and preserve these memories, the stories of elderly survivors of atrocity can vanish when they pass away; societies that have overcome conflicts may never seek justice for fear of re-opening old wounds; and the families of the disappeared may never find answers.

But these memories belong to us all. Their stories are our stories and their history is our history. This is why the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives connecting past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice, exists.

Support the work of Sites of Consience by donating, volunteering or organizing an event in your local community.
July 20th, 2015
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

Commemorative culture is an unpopular term in Serbia: According to the feminist and anti-militarist network Women in Black Belgrade (Zene u crnom Beograd), Serbian society has still not dealt enough with its recent national history including military violence and state organized war crimes during the Balkan Wars.

Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. From the beginning of their work in October 1991, Women in Black Belgrade have made visible non-violent resistance to militarism, war, sexism and nationalism by organizing around 700 peaceful public actions on the streets and squares of the Serbian Capital and beyond, built a women's network of solidarity in a male-dominated culture, organized peace education and demanded demilitarisation and disarmament.

A permanent confrontation with the past is a great focus of Women in Black Belgrade: They were one of the first and loudest groups in Serbia commemorating the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, committed by Serbian paramilitary groups in July 1995 in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. They demand a public debate about Serbia's responsability in this and many more cases.

Support this great collective of brave women fighting for a different perspective! Help them to establish a commemorative culture in Serbian society and provoke necessary public debates around violence and war!
July 17th, 2015
type:Donation, Volunteering
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

During the Balkans conflict of 1992-1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was declared a "UN Safe Area" in 1993, under the watch of the United Nations Protection Force.

In July 1995, General Ratko Mladić and his Serbian paramilitary units overran and captured the town, despite its designation as an area “free from any armed attack or any other hostile act”.

In the days following Srebrenica’s fall, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves. Thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported and a large number of women were raped. It was the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War (!).

The International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ruled that the mass execution of Bosniak men and boys in Srebrenica constituted genocide.

Remembering Srebrenica is an initiative with the aim to encourage everyone in society to learn about the consequences of hate and discrimination. They organize events commemorating the genocide of Srebrenica by working with local organisations in different cities and towns throughout the United Kingdom.

Support this more than necessary project by donating, volunteering or organizing a memorial event and help future generations to be informed and fight against blind, racially motivated violence!
July 09th, 2015
type:Crowd Funding, Donation, Project
by:Deniz Zehra Tavli

The shoe is one of the most environmentally damaging items we wear due the raw materials used and intensity of manufacturing processes. According to an MIT study, a typical shoe has a carbon footprint of 30 pounds of CO2. 25 billion shoes are sold in the world per year - the carbon footprint of the global shoe industry is close to that of the entire country of Italy!

So UNDO Labs created a product to "undo" the damage of the shoe industry. How do they achieve that? A shoe is meaningless without its laces. So why not buy a pair of undo laces? UNDO Labs offsets the carbon footprint of a pair of shoes by purchasing carbon offset credits from a wind energy, solar energy or reforestation project on the customer's behalf. They do this by going through 3rd party carbon offset vendors. If everyone in the world had an UNDO Lace for every shoe they owned, the carbon footprint of the entire shoe industry would be offset!

Help the creators of UNDO laces in reducing the environmental damage on or planet through the shoe industry and be part of a smart project promoting sustainability and environmental responsability - one shoe at a time.