Friday, 28 November 2008

A Voice For Earth

I've just come across this great book - A Voice For Earth - which is a collection of poems, essays, and stories that together give a voice to the ethical principles outlined in the Earth Charter.

The book hasn't been officially launched yet, but the authors will be speaking about it at the upcoming Miami Book Fair International.

Peter Blaze Corcoran, who is one of the editors of the book, is a professor of environmental studies and environmental education and director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The Earth Charter, which was adopted in 2000, is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. It has been endorsed by thousands of organizations and institutions.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

This holiday season, YOU are the perfect gift!

This holiday season, the UN World Food Programme are inviting people to feed a child in honour of someone you love and join their interactive Wall Against Hunger. Your gift will "Fill the Cup" for hungry children and provide them with the nutrition they need to learn in school.

Joining the Wall Against Hunger can be done in 3 easy steps -

1. Fill the Cup! Make a donation to WFP.
2. Upload a photo of friends or family and send a personalised message.
3. Share it with loved ones and spread the word.

To find out more, click on the banner below.

WFP's Wall Against Hunger

Thursday, 20 November 2008

CERES Launches New Climate Policy Coalition

Five leading U.S. corporations joined with Ceres today to announce the launch of a new business coalition calling for strong U.S. climate and energy legislation in early 2009 to spur the clean energy economy and reduce global warming pollution. The group’s key principles include stimulating renewable energy, promoting energy efficiency and green jobs, requiring 100 percent auction of carbon allowances, and limiting new coal-fired power plants to those that capture and store carbon emissions.

The founding members of Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) are Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Starbucks, Sun Microsystems and The Timberland Company.

BICEP members believe that climate change impacts will ripple across all sectors of the economy and that various new business perspectives are needed to provide a full spectrum of viewpoints for solving the climate and energy challenges facing America.

For more details on BICEP and the BICEP priciples visit here.

Ceres is a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest groups working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change.

View this short video on the Investor Summit on Climate Risk that Ceres organised earlier this year at the United Nations.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

World Food Programme Delivers Food for 50.000 in Congo

The trucks loaded with 100 tons of food, encountered no problems on their journey on Friday morning from Goma, 75 kilometres south and 50,000 people have been registered to receive food, of whom 12,000 were due to receive rations on Friday.

Malnutrition rates among children under the age of five are above emergency levels in some parts of Rutshuru district, where the distribution took place. The entire population in the area has suffered because of the upsurge in fighting in recent weeks. Many people were unable to plant their fields for several successive seasons and prices of basic food items have risen sharply.

For more details of the World Food Programmes's work, please visit their site.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Environmentally Friendly Holidays

More and more people are becoming tired of mass tourism and as well as relaxing on their holiday, would also like to learn and to benefit the local people and the environment whilst they are doing so.

Responsible Travel has been helping people to do just that. Since 2001 they have been "handpicking inspiring holidays from all over the globe to give you a fantastic experience and make a real difference to local people and the environment." They link up travellers with the operators and destinations which provide responsible holidays.

They now offer 3000 holidays in 160 countries with 250 activities. Through the website you can search for the type of holiday you would like and then get in touch directly with the tour operator or the owner of the accommodation. You can feel safe in the knowledge that all those listed on the site have been screened as being 'responsible'.

The operators and accommodation owners are screened for their social, environmental and economic policies before their holidays can be promoted on the site. Travellers also give feedback and reviews on the holidays that they have been on.

The whole idea of responsible tourism, as I mentioned at the beginning, is to bring the travellers in contact with the local people and culture. Groups tend to be small, rather than a faceless mass, and people employed as guides and escorts are local so that there can be real contact between the cultures and local income can be generated.

Responsible travellers are people who are interested in the authenticity of the experience and not in a 'packaged experience'. They want to really learn about the local people and way of life and, in turn, give something back, economically, socially and environmentally.

If this interests you in any way, then a visit to the Responsible Travel site is well worth it, where you can also subscribe to their newsletter. On the site, their is a comment from Michael Palin which I think puts it quite succinctly. "Getting to know more about each other remains one of the most important hopes for the peaceful future of the planet. If we are really to understand each other better, then we need to be reminded to travel carefully and thoughtfully, listening to people along the way and respecting the world we are privileged to travel through."

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