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5 podcast episodes every activist should be listening to

30 April 2019 2:36PM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER


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Chances are, you know someone who’s obsessed with podcasts. You might even be that person. Podcasts have exploded into popularity in recent years. In fact, there’s over 500,000 on Apple Podcasts alone!

Whether you’re a long-time listener or looking for a place to start, we’ve got a great list of podcast episodes for you. What makes these so great? Each one of the episodes listed below covers an important issue, so you can learn something new while you listen!

Sooo Many White Guys

In case it wasn’t clear, we love Phoebe Robinson. The best-selling author, podcast queen, and ONE and (RED) ambassador uses her influence to talk about important issues, always mixing in a few laughs. Phoebe began her podcast Sooo Many White Guys as a way to push back against the predominance of white men in comedy. Her podcast often features guests who are women and/or people of colour talking about race, feminism, and social issues.

We recommend: Phoebe, Javier Muñoz, and Gayle Smith Fight the Good Fight!

Her most recent episode features none other than our own CEO, Gayle Smith, and actor Javier Muñoz, who’s also a (RED) ambassador! They discuss how Gayle and Javier got to where they are today, and give some important insights into the HIV/AIDS crisis.

African Tech RoundUp

African Tech RoundUp covers everything digital, technological, and innovative coming out of Africa. This organisation, based in Johannesburg, produces podcasts, op-eds, media projects, and more. Their podcasts dive deep into the growing tech scene with guests who are working in the industry.

We recommend: Wajenzi’s Alain Nkurukiye on Galvanising Diasporans to Back Economic Growth in Africa

This episode features guest Alain Nkurukiye, the founder of tech startup Wajenzi. When he worked in the Netherlands, he wanted to give back to his home in Burundi. Now, his mission is to give the African diaspora a way to invest in entrepreneurs in their home nations.

Sincerely, Hueman

Sincerely, Hueman tells stories about everyday people who are changing communities. Each episode features leaders that spark social good through local and global movements. They share a diverse array of stories, showing that everyone has the ability to create positive change for people worldwide.

We recommend: 2018 Year End Special (Part 2)

The second part of their 2018 end-of-year special features Ashaba Faridah. Ashaba, one of the few female pilots in Uganda, is the founder of Bambino Life Foundation. Her organisation encourages girls to get an education, creates awareness for children living with a |disability, and donates needed items to orphanages.

The Guilty Feminist

The Guilty Feminist is a comedy podcast that balances hilarious wit with smart discussion. Hosts Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen invite guests to go in-depth on all things feminism.

We recommend: Period Poverty with Gemma Cairney, Amika George, Grace Campbell

This episode is about period poverty. Their guests are activists who tackle period taboos and work to make sanitary products accessible. The discussion highlights the global issue of period poverty and how we can stop it. Of course, some tongue-in-cheek comedy about menstruation is also in the mix.

Pod Save the World

There’s tons of political podcasts out there, but few can break down big issues like Pod Save the World does. This foreign policy podcast makes global issues relatable and easy to understand. They also focus on how people can get involved.

We recommend: The Worst Humanitarian Crisis since WWII

This episode dives deep into the current refugee crisis, how it happened, and how it affects us all. The guest, David Miliband, highlights how the circumstances for displacement are often man-made. But, there is a silver lining — everyone, particularly young people, can help solve this crisis.

Do you have a favourite podcast? Share it with us in the comments below!

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These letters are calling on leaders to fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, a program that has helped save the lives of over 27 million people. The Global Fund provides the life saving medication for those who need it. This is essential work but the Administration has proposed to cut the program and kick 1.5 million people off treatment. 

We just need your help to transfer names, phone, email and address of folks who took action with us so we can keep them active with us in the future. We'd ask that if you come to please bring a laptop. Think you can help with this? We're getting together next Wednesday at 6. Want to help us #stepupthefight? Sign up now!

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Meghan Markle Gives Sneak Peek of UK Charity Clothing Line to Help Women Looking for Work

She's a patron of a charity that provides high-quality interview clothes and training.

By Megan Davies

LONDON, Aug 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Meghan Markle has made a surprise appearance at a fashion shoot for her new clothing line with the London charity Smart Works, which helps long-term unemployed women look for jobs.

The American former actress, who is married to Britain's Prince Harry, is a patron of the charity that provides high-quality interview clothes and interview training.

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Earlier this year, it was revealed she would oversee a clothing line in collaboration with the charity, to be sold in British stores.

A video clip posted on the royal couple's Instagram account on Wednesday showed the 38-year-old meeting the models as they arrived for the shoot of the new workwear range — offering a sneak preview of the clothing.

Markle, who became the Duchess of Sussex when she married Prince Harry, is already widely recognised as a champion of women's equality and empowerment.


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A self-declared feminist who has previously campaigned for the United Nations on gender equality, she promised last year that women's rights would be a focus of her charity work as she joined Britain's royal family.

She has also won praise for her own fashion sense — People magazine named her the best dressed woman of 2018.

Women are still at a disadvantage in the workplace and a study by the Young Women's Trust this week showed that one in 10 employers would be reluctant to hire a woman who they thought might get pregnant.

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Smart Works, which operates in six cities, helps women referred from prisons, care homes, homeless shelters, mental health charities, and job centres. A third of the women have been turned down from more than 50 jobs.

Markle, who starred in television legal drama Suits, has helped pick outfits for women who had just secured jobs and needed a basic wardrobe to see them through to their first paypacket.

(Reporting by Megan Davies, Editing by Tom Finn and Claire Cozens. Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)

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Esta mujer indígena luchó contra las poderosas compañías mineras de Perú y ganó

"Estaban destruyendo los árboles porque no vivían aquí. Este no era su hogar".

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Cuando las compañías mineras llegaron y comenzaron a destruir los bosques alrededor de Tres Islas, la ex presidenta de Tres Islas, Juana Payaba Cachique, comenzó una batalla legal épica para defender los medios de sustento y la forma de vida de su comunidad.


"Los mineros no solo destruyeron el territorio comunal, sino que también trajeron un aumento en los bares e introdujeron la prostitución infantil en el área", dijo. "Estaban destruyendo árboles porque no vivían aquí. No era su hogar, y no les importaba la tierra como lo hacemos nosotros".


Las vastas selvas tropicales en la comunidad de Madre de Dios, en el corazón de la Amazonía andina, proporcionan a muchas comunidades indígenas sus medios de subsistencia. Por ejemplo, los lugareños en Tres Islas, una de las comunidades socias de Rainforest Alliance, utilizan métodos sostenibles de recolección de madera, nueces de Brasil y frutas de palma.


La nuez de Brasil es uno de los productos forestales más consumidos en el mundo. También es uno de los relativamente pocos productos comercializados a nivel mundial que ayuda a salvar los bosques amenazados. Cosechada de los árboles gigantes de Bertholletia excelsa, la extracción de castaña implica poco más que una colección de vainas ('cocos') que caen del árbol al suelo del bosque, una práctica que realmente extiende los árboles de castaña a través del paisaje. A diferencia de otras nueces bien conocidas, como las almendras o los anacardos, las nueces de Brasil no se pueden cultivar en plantaciones; la cosecha solo puede mantenerse en la selva amazónica intacta.

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Pero la selva tropical intacta en Perú, y especialmente en Madre de Dios, está amenazada por la minería de oro legal y no legal. Tras la crisis financiera mundial de 2008, el precio del oro se disparó: como resultado, la extracción de oro en la región de Madre de Dios se generalizó, dejando atrás la contaminación extrema, las vías fluviales envenenadas con mercurio y miles de acres de tierra despoblada y deforestada.


Entonces llevó su lucha a la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos y finalmente a la Corte Constitucional peruana, que falló a su favor contra las compañías mineras. Hoy, las comunidades de Tres Islas continúan construyendo una economía indígena sustentable, basada en el uso responsable de los bosques que son su hogar.


La gente de Tres Islas recolecta y procesa nueces de Brasil para producir aceite, dulces y otros productos de valor agregado vendidos bajo la marca de lujo OHEE, que fue creada por una asociación de comunidades locales. El año pasado, las empresas comunitarias de Madre de Dios exportaron más de 4,000 toneladas métricas de nueces de Brasil sin cáscara, lo que representa un valor de casi US$ 31 millones.

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Además de estas iniciativas, la gente de Madre de Dios también posee negocios de turismo sostenible, así como la cosecha de frutas de palma usadas para productos de cuidado de la piel y el cabello. Con el apoyo de Rainforest Alliance, la gente de Madre de Dios ya ha accedido a más de $1.8 millones en ventas y financiamiento, y están manejando de manera sostenible más de 80,000 hectáreas de bosque.


"El bosque es nuestro hábitat", dijo Juana. "Si mato a este árbol, no habrá más de este viento, no más de este aire puro que nos llega. Dejo algo que será valioso para otros, para mis nietos que están creciendo tan rápido", dijo.


"Esto es a lo que siempre me he dedicado, para que las futuras generaciones comprendan que este bosque es una maravilla, una cultura y una cosmovisión que tienen las comunidades indígenas".

Traducción: Erica Sánchez


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Indonesia Is Moving Its Capital to Avoid Sinking Into the Ocean

The move could unleash rampant deforestation in a vital rainforest.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Megacities around the world are being forced to contend with rising sea levels, extreme storms, and sinking infrastructure. By 2100, billions of people could be displaced by climate change unless governments meaningfully address the environmental crisis. You can join us by taking action on this issue here.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced on Monday that the government will begin relocating its capital from Jakarta to eastern Borneo to avoid unmanageable and rapidly escalating environmental problems, according to CNN.

The new location will be hundreds of miles to the northeast in the East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, a region of dense jungle that will have to be cleared to accommodate potentially millions of people and massive industrial activity.

The administration of President Joko Widodo, widely known throughout the country as Jokowi, chose the new location partly because it’s less vulnerable to natural disasters, he said in a statement.

"As a large nation that has been independent for 74 years, Indonesia has never chosen its own capital," Jokowi said in a televised speech, CNN notes. "The burden Jakarta is holding right now is too heavy as the center of governance, business, finance, trade, and services."

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Moving the capital will take around 10 years and could cost an estimated $34 billion, financed through a public-private partnership. Failing to take action, however, would likely cost the country far more over the next several decades, NPR reports.  

In recent years, overcrowding, poor urban planning, and rising sea levels have turned Jakarta into bureaucratic quicksand — the faltering landscape swallows all expenditures meant to ensure it stays a viable place to live in the future. 

The city’s ever-swelling population now totals more than 10 million, with an additional 20 million people in the surrounding metropolis. The surging population has strained the city’s resources and made everyday life difficult.

Read More: Venice Faces Its Worst Floods in 10 Years — and Climate Change Could Cause More

Groundwater supplies have been so overdrawn that parts of the city are now sinking into the hollowed out ground. Air pollution has reached new heights, and plastic pollution fills the city’s landfills and waterways. Overcrowding has made road traffic some of the worst in the world, and spurs the expansion of slums that have little access to quality water and sanitation. 

Jakarta has also become an early case study in how climate change can destabilize a coastal city. Scientists predict that rising sea levels and coastal erosion will submerge 95% of North Jakarta by 2050. 

Globally, more than 2 billion people could be displaced by climate change by the end of the century. 


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Many citizens worry that, in addition to becoming the new capital, eastern Borneo will become a site of rampant deforestation and ecosystem destruction. In recent years, large parts of Borneo, which is home to one of the largest rainforests in the world, have been razed by industrial interests. These extractive efforts could increase as the relocation begins.

"I hope the city will develop and the education will become as good as in Jakarta," one high school student told the BBC in April. "But all the land and forest that's empty space now will be used. Kalimantan [the Indonesian portion of Borneo] is the lungs of the world, and I am worried we will lose the forest we have left."

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Viral Photo of New Zealand Politician Cradling Baby Shows Need for Gender-Equal Policies

"Today a VIP took the chair with me.”

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Gender equality will not be realized while unequal parental leave exists. When parenting responsibilities fall on women, it makes it harder for them to participate in the workforce and fuels outdated gender norms. Global Citizen campaigns on the United Nations’ Global Goals, which include action to ensure men and women can be both leaders and parents at the same time. You can join us by taking action here.


The Speaker of New Zealand’s Parliament, Trevor Mallard, has fed and rocked a legislator’s newborn child while presiding over a debate in the House of Representatives. 

Video and images of the heartwarming moment from the chamber have since gone viral — subsequently raising much-needed awareness about investing in family-friendly policies and promoting shared parenting responsibilities as a way to advance gender equality. 

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Labour MP Tāmati Coffey and his newborn son Tūtānekai Smith-Coffey were welcomed back into parliament Wednesday following Coffey’s paternity leave. Coffey and his partner Tim Smith welcomed their child via surrogate in early July. 

Coffey said bringing his child to work was met with nothing but support from his colleagues.

"I've felt really supported by my colleagues from across the House," he told Newshub. "Babies have a way of calming down the intense environment of Parliament, and I think we need more of them around to remind us of the real reason we are all here."


Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family.

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It was clear Mallard was thrilled to have Smith-Coffey in the chamber, as he posted pictures on his Twitter account.

"Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by presiding officers, but today a VIP took the chair with me,” Mallard wrote. “Congratulations Tāmati and Tim on the newest member of your family.”

Other MPs and people around the world likewise tweeted their support.


Who needs to see this today? Every single last one of us, that’s who. Here’s a brand new papa holding his new born in our House of Representatives right now 😭❤️

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Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family.

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This is sending a great message that men👏can👏take👏care👏of👏babies👏 too. There's no need to be afraid of holding and feeding a baby. He looks so comfortable. Wonderul! 💖




Normally the Speaker’s chair is only used by Presiding Officers but today a VIP took the chair with me. Congratulations @tamaticoffey and Tim on the newest member of your family.

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Smith-Coffey isn't the first baby to enter New Zealand’s parliament.

In 2017, Mallard amended rules to make the parliament more open and sensitive to the needs of lawmakers with young children. New Zealand’s own Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has also long brought her baby, Neve, to work. Ardern even made history by bringing Neve along during her speech at the United Nations last year. 

While it seems New Zealand is impartial to emergency child-care occurring in parliament — the same cannot be said for many nations around the world. 

Earlier this year, a legislator in Denmark’s Parliament was told by the Speaker she “was not welcome” with her baby in the parliament chamber. Just weeks ago, Kenyan lawmaker Zuleikha Hassan was forcibly driven from parliament for bringing her baby daughter to a legislative session. 


While we are kicking babies out of Parliament, a politician in New Zealand showed up in the House with his toddler and the Speaker temporarily took up babysitting duties.

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The viral footage has also raised awareness about the global gender imbalance in regards to paid leave.

A 2013 report into parental leave found that out of 186 surveyed countries, 96% offered leave for mothers — while just 44% offered paid leave to men. Men are also often discouraged from taking the available leave due to stigma or the threat of being demoted or fired.

Activists have long claimed paternity policies aimed solely at women fuel outdated domestic norms and hinder gender equality. Until progressive and equal paternity leave is available for all, they argue, most families will be forced to put the bulk of caregiving responsibilities on women. 

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New Zealand offers partners just two weeks of paternity leave — while mothers, as of next year, can access 26 weeks.

The gender pay gap in New Zealand is around 12%.


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Did leaders deliver progress, not promises at the G7 Summit?

28 August 2019 5:43PM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER


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World leaders gathered in Biarritz for the G7 Summit, and our team was on the ground with them. Did you miss our last call to action for progress on gender equality? Catch up on all the exciting action here!

After months of activism, thousands of actions taken, and the end of the Summit, where did we end up? In short, not quite where we wanted.

Incredible Progress

France’s leadership remained bold and ambitious to the very end. The nation has made commitments to gender equality, education, and connectivity in Africa. On top of that, they are launching an independent way to monitor the progress they make on those commitments.

As a whole, the G7 also made financial commitments towards digital inclusion, women’s economic empowerment, and combatting sexual violence. For the first time, leaders took legislative and policy commitments to support gender equality.

Crucially, President Macron announced the formation of an accountability mechanism on gender equality. That means that France is not only committed to achieving equality, but they are holding themselves accountable to make change happen.

Plus, Canada, the EU, Germany, and Italy committed US $2.6B in total towards the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria ahead of the replenishment in October.

Unfulfilled Promises

While all of these are important victories, they are not enough to ensure the vital progress required to end inequality. Although leaders made legislative and policy commitments, it is unclear what countries are heading the charge to implement them.

Financial commitments also fell short. No new money is going towards the Africa Partnership, which is a crucial development partnership. The US also did not make a single financial commitment at the G7.

“Declarations are great, but they’re just declarations absent (of) the resources needed to realise their aims,” says Gayle Smith. “We welcome the progress the Summit has made, but we know that the G7 can do more, and we expect it to do more. The challenge now is to build on the steps that have been taken to secure bold action at scale at key events later this year and throughout 2020.”

The fight for gender equality will continue after this year’s G7 Summit. In fact, the fight will continue until we achieve equality for everyone, everywhere.

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‪“Think for a minute about what life in the U.S. would be like if 72 million people had H.I.V./AIDS instead of the current 1.2 million. Nothing else would matter.” Tom Freston in Air Mail https://airmail.news/issues/2019-8-31/kazungula‬

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JUNE 7, 2019



Indian Schoolgirls Turned These Aquatic Weeds Into Sustainable Period Pads

They’re an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to plastic products.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Many people who have periods around the world lack adequate access to water and sanitation to dispose of their sanitary products. When people can’t manage their periods safely and with dignity, they miss out on school, work, and opportunities to overcome poverty. Resourceful teens in India made sanitary products that are less harmful to the environment, and the people who use them. You can join us and take action on this issue here

Students in Kerala, India, found a creative way to turn weeds into sustainable sanitary pads this school year.

In October 2018, 10th-grade girls from Ahammed Kurikkal Memorial Higher Secondary School entered the National Children Science Competition. The competition asked participants to consider science, technology, and innovation for a “clean, green, and healthy nation.” Under the mentorship of biology teacher Sarath KS, the students created a sanitary pad that can absorb water 12 times more than a regular sanitary pad. 

Following the competition’s “waste to wealth” theme, the students are awaiting a patent for their products, and plan to sell them at an affordable price: 3 rupees ( about 4 cents USD). They’ve since won several accolades at various national science fairs.

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“With this one innovation, we are solving two problems – managing water hyacinth waste and providing eco-friendly solution to women and girls,” Sarath told Banega Swachh India.

In India, only 12% of people who get periods have access to sanitary products, leaving the rest to use unsafe materials like rags and sawdust as an alternative, the Indian ministry of health reported. With their affordable sanitary pads, the girls at Ahammed Kurikkal Memorial Higher Secondary School are hoping to change that.

To make the pads, the students decided to use water hyacinth, an invasive plant that multiplies rapidly and forms a dense layer over the aquatic surface of ponds, lakes, and rivers, making it impossible for aquatic life to thrive. Students Henna, Aswathi, and Sreejesh worked with environmentalist Khadeeja Nargees to find the weeds in nearby ponds and test them back at their school lab.

Suhani Jalota, the founder of Myna Mahila Foundation, a Mumbai-based women empowerment NGO, is excited by the prospect of sanitary pads made of water hyacinth. Jalota’s organization trains women to manufacture and sell affordable sanitary pads. She’s found that in urban slums, disposable sanitary solutions are more feasible than reusable ones. People who have periods in this community may not have water access to wash reusable pads regularly, and stigma around periods prevents them from drying the products in public.

The students needed to look into how sanitary pads are used to move forward with the process. They surveyed 100 households and found that 97% rely on plastic-based sanitary pads, according to Sarath. Their research revealed that 48% of people burn used pads and 11% flush them. Burning sanitary pads exposes people to toxic chemicals that negatively affect their health and the environment.


Eco-friendly #sanitary napkins made from `Kulavazha', world’s worst aquatic weed—water hyacinth !! Students from Kerala are all set to make a revolution by making eco-friendly sanitary napkins. Dried water hyacinth fiber and cotton are used to make the napkin. 1/2 #MakeInIndia

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“The findings made it more crucial for us to produce biodegradable pads and make everyone switch to it,” Sarath told Banega Swachh India.

Conventional sanitary pads contain as much plastic as about four plastic bags. One plastic that is industrially manufactured for disposable sanitary pads requires about 500–800 years to decompose, according to Medium. In India 432 million sanitary products are generated annually, with the potential to cover landfills spread over 59 acres that contribute to harmful pollution and drive climate change

Local health experts and sanitary pad manufacturers advised the students on how to construct more sustainable alternatives. They started out by collecting, cleaning, cutting, and sterilizing water hyacinth stalks. To create an absorbent layer, they then blended the water hyacinth with cotton and sealed everything together with beeswax and UV sterilization. 

“While the current absorption capacity of pads is already very high and leakage in modern napkins is not as much of a problem, the benefits around managing disposal and cost seem to be the biggest advantages of this product,” Jalota told Global Citizen.

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The young scientists are just starting to make an impact on the environment and the menstrual equity movement. Kerala’s government asked them to be a part of Kudumbashree, a three-year startup entrepreneurship program where they’ll continue finding innovative ways to support their community.

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JULY 29, 2019



Ethiopia Just Planted 353 Million Trees in 24 Hours

Reforestation could be the best way to stop climate change.

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Reforesting the planet could be the best way to combat climate change and protect the planet. Trees also restore ecosystems, provide food, and preserve water sources, making them a key part of sustainable development. You can join us in taking action on related issues here.  

Volunteers, government officials, and aid workers planted more than 353 million trees in Ethiopia on Monday, according to the BBC

The massive undertaking, if confirmed by outside auditors, shatters the standing world record for the amount of trees planted in a country over the course of 24 hours. The previous world record took place in India, when people throughout the country planted 50 million trees in a single day in 2016. 

Ethiopia’s tree-planting campaign is part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Green Legacy Initiative, which seeks to revitalize the country’s environment and take steps to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. The initiative aims to get 4 billion trees planted in the years ahead by encouraging each citizen to plant 40 seedlings, the Guardian reports.  

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Ethiopia’s environment has been heavily degraded over the past few decades. In the early 20th century, trees occupied 35% of the country’s landmass. Since 2000, tree coverage has dropped to around 4%, according to the BBC. 

In addition to rampant deforestation, soil throughout the country has eroded to an alarming extent, according to the non profit International Development Partnerships

As a result, desertification — when once fertile land turns to desert — is overtaking large parts of the country. 

To make matters worse, climate change is hitting Ethiopia especially hard. Extreme droughts over the past few years have devastated farming communities, causing widespread food shortages

Read More: Arctic Fires Haven’t Been This Bad in 10,000 Years

Trees can help soil recover, mitigate droughts, purify and store water, clean the air, protect against storms, provide sources of food, and more, according to the United Nations

A recent report argues that planting trees is also the best way to combat climate change, but it would require a shift away from the prevailing trends of deforestation. 

Globally, the world lost 29 million acres of trees in 2018, the fourth highest amount lost in a year since the Global Forest Watch began monitoring worldwide tree coverage in 2001.  



With 2.6 billion plants planted, the target of 4 billion trees is already achieved by 65%. Launched by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed 2 months ago, this reforestation plan aims at the plantation of 40 trees per inhabitants. #Ethiopia #Environmenthttps://www.journalducameroun.com/en/ethiopia-plants-2-6-billion-tree-seedlings-as-part-of-national-project/ 

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Read More: Brazil's President Is Making It Impossible to Fight Deforestation, Activists Say

Planting trees through volunteering campaigns is one way to reforest the planet. Another way would be to stop letting industries such as agriculture, livestock, mining, and fossil fuel development cut down forests.  

Fighting these entrenched financial interests will be more challenging. 

In Brazil, the main home of the Amazon rainforest, deforestation has increased by 80% over the past year, and Indigenous leaders who have historically protected the forests are being killed. 

In Ethiopia, the prime minister’s focus on revitalizing the environment is a step in the right direction.  

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"We have the opportunity to see rare diseases, in other places, and I can tell you that in no other place in the world that we travel do we see the number of cases of Ebstein's Anomoly that we see here in Ukraine and Belarus" 
- Dr William Novick, CCI USA Board Member.

Little Millana was born with a life-threatening condition known as 'Chernobyl Heart'. Three generations after the accident, Millana has unwillingly become a 'Grandchild of Chernobyl'. The victim of a disaster that happened long before she or her parents were born.

Continuing low dose exposure through the food chain remains a huge risk for the populations: Some areas of land will be radioactive for 24,000 years, as much as 1 million hectares cannot be farmed for 100 years.

CCI continue to be on the front line supporting Chernobyl's victims. Your support helps us to save the lives of innocent children like Millana, who was treated during one of our most recent Cardiac Missions.


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OCT. 10, 2018



This Woman Raised $15,000 for Cancer Research by Recycling for 21 Years

Gia Tran turned recycled trash into thousands of dollars one bottle at a time.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Over more than two decades, Gia Tran collected recyclable materials worth $15,000, which she donated to the BC Cancer Foundation, proving that recycling can have a positive impact on more than the environment. Approximately 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, much of which ends up in the ocean. You can help fight against plastic pollution and climate change by taking action here.

Almost every day, 62-year-old Gia Tran goes to the BC Cancer Foundation's Office in Vancouver to hand over a wad of cash and a lot of love.

Tran has spent the past two decades collecting cans, plastic bottles, and other recyclables around the city, which she takes to recycling centers in return for deposit refunds, CBC reported. Tran then donates that money to the center, which funds cancer research and patient care. The foundation estimates that Tran has donated around $15,000 in total, and her 21-year commitment has made her a familiar face amongst the office staff.

"She comes in with a big smile, and she always says, 'I love everybody here, and I want to help people,’” said Dianne Parker, the receptionist at the foundation’s office, told CBC.

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The foundation’s workers look forward to seeing her infectious grin and kind contribution every weekday.

“She's just here because of the kindness of her heart, and that then spills into our whole office and it makes everybody smile and it makes everyone feel good," said Sarah Roth, CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation. "She is like the joy of our day when she comes, absolutely."



Gia Tran has been collecting bottles and cans in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for more than 2 decades, raising over $15K for B.C. Cancer Foundation! Read more about this amazing woman in the linked article ♻️ (Rafferty Baker/CBC)http://ow.ly/wZra30mbevR 

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Tran collects bottles and cans on foot while walking around the Hasting-Main area. If she’s lucky it only takes 45 minutes, she says, but in the winter she’s traveled  up to an hour and a half.

"I walk. On the bus I only get one bag, not two bags," said Tran, adding that buses can be slow and drivers limit how many loads they’ll allow her to take onboard.

It doesn’t matter how far the walk or how intense the weather is — Tran is committed to helping others and cleaning up the environment.

The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year according to DoSomething.orgThe Aluminum Association reported that each year, Americans throw away about $1 billion worth of aluminum cans.

Read More: Simple Recycling Rules to Live By

"My kids say, 'Mom, I don't want you to go outside. It's too cold,'" Tran said. "I say: 'No, I go. I want to help people. I want to go to the hospital. Cancer. I help people.'”

Her love and passion for helping others motivates her to collect recyclables every day.

When asked what pushed her to do this for more than 20 years, Tran said, "I don’t know. People happy, I'm happy, too."

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Meet our volunteers: Obinna, Nataly and Laura!

19 August 2019 2:42PM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES


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Welcome to the July edition of our Meet Our Volunteers blog series. This month, we sat down with volunteers from Nigeria, Germany and Canada!

Obinna, a ONE Champion, lives in Abuja. Originally from Imo State in the south-eastern part of Nigeria, Obinna’s been a ONE volunteer for 2 years now. Nataly, a ONE Youth Ambassador in Germany, has volunteered with ONE since March 2018. Laura, a ONE Volunteer from Canada has also been a volunteer with ONE since 2018.

Read on to learn more about these inspiring individuals and find out how you can get involved too.


Obinna (right), ONE Champion, Nigeria.

How did you get involved with ONE?

Obinna: I first got involved with ONE when I participated in marking the success of the #MakeNaijaStronger (MNS) campaign. I contributed to the MNS campaign through the Health Sector Reform Coalition (of which ONE is a member) and the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage. Our ask to the Nigerian government was for them to allocate at least 1% of its Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) to the national budget, for the implementation of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF). After that, I felt motivated to identify with ONE since my aspirations were in line with ONE’s work.

Nataly: During a voluntary year with the Red Cross in Uganda I came to realise how privileged I am to have been born into a life that never had me struggle with extreme poverty or insufficient health care. While I can’t change my status, I decided to use those privileges to speak up. Together with millions of action takers worldwide, ONE strives to raise public awareness and pressure political leaders to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Such a huge number of young people have the power to initiate real change.

Laura: I got involved with ONE during the #GirlsCount campaign. I think educating girls is really important to helping families and communities get out of the cycle of poverty as well as improving health.


Laura, ONE volunteer, Canada.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Obinna: I believe youth involvement in activism is essential because when we talk about demographic dividend in Nigeria, the youth are at its core. In order to reap the benefits of demographic dividend, I believe the youth must play an active part in the discussions and policies that concern them – including education, health (especially sexual and reproductive health), employment, and the safeguarding of the environment. I believe the voices of youths must be heard and channeled in a constructive and synergistic way in order to ensure inclusiveness, active participation and accountability in governance

Nataly: I am striving for gender equality and quality education for girls and women. With the organisation my partner and I founded in Uganda, we are supporting girls and women with menstrual hygiene management and the skills to make reusable sanitary pads. But that’s only a small step. We need to get to higher levels to empower women and ensure gender equality. Nowhere in this world women hold the same rights as men. And the more a country is affected by poverty, the harder it hits women and girls. Poverty is sexist. And there is still a lot to be done, until we achieve comprehensive gender equality.

Laura: I would ensure every child, girls and boys, have access to quality education that includes true inclusiveness and equality. We cannot have gender equality without educating boys as well.


Nataly, ONE Youth Ambassador, Germany,

What’s been your proudest moment as a volunteer with ONE so far?

Obinna: My proudest moment was when I became a ONE Champion in 2019. I was so excited to have been selected as one of the 50 Champions for the 2019 cohort of the ONE Champions program, from over 2500 applications received across Nigeria. It made me realise that I was noticed and that the work I do really matters.

Nataly: During our welcome days for the Youth Ambassador program 2018 in Berlin, we coincidentally met the former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan. He emphasised how important it is to have people – youths – to get out and fight for what they believe in. Maybe this was not the best moment to be proud, as it was just the beginning of my journey with ONE. But it was a huge motivation. And it made me feel very proud: I am proud to be part of ONE. A movement that speaks up and acts, rather than just accepting injustice and enjoying privileges.

Laura: So far, my proudest moment was during a Doors Open with my MP. In a small office, packed with constituents during one of our lovely Canadian blizzards, I was the only attendee advocating for an increase in Canada’s Official Development Assistance. After explaining my positions and asking my MP to bring up the recommendation during his next caucus meeting, I was pleasantly surprised by their support for my request, which was expressed by everyone else in the room. Volunteering with ONE has led me to meet caring and inspiring people. It has reminded me that every single time we dare to speak up for what we care about, we can have an impact. What you stand for and what you do about it, has a ripple effect that makes a difference.

Want to get involved too? Sign up to become a ONE Member now!

ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.

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