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FEB. 18, 2019



What's Next for the Climate Activists Who Skipped School to Protest?

Four pieces of advice for what's to come.

By Marc Hudson, PhD Candidate, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester

School students across the UK (and the world) went on strike on Feb. 15, leaving their lessons to protest the lack of effective action on climate change. Coordinated school strikes may be a novel tactic, but mass environmental activism isn’t. So will things be any more successful this time around?

The first big global wave of ecological concern began in the late 1960s and involved fears of overpopulation, air and water pollution and the extinction of species. It peaked with the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, which kicked off international environmental politics.

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The next mass movement began in the late 1980s with concerns over the ozone hole, Amazonian deforestation, and newly-voiced fears of climate change — then known as the "greenhouse effect". That wave peaked with the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, which sought to tackle both global warming and biodiversity, and marked the beginning of coordinated climate action through the UN. That conference was addressed by a passionate and articulate young woman representing “ECO” — the Environmental Children’s Organization:


From about 2006 to 2010 there was another, climate specific wave, beginning with Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth documentary, and groups like Climate Camp in the UK. It climaxed (or fizzled out) with the 2009 UN climate summit in Copenhagen. This wave saw the creation of various “Youth Climate Coalition” organisations in Australia and the UK.

In academic terminology these periods of concern and relative indifference are known as the “Issue Attention Cycles”.

A new wave of activism

This latest wave of climate action emerged in 2018, in the shape of Extinction Rebellion and its French cousin (or inverse) the gilets jaunes. Earlier in the year, Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg had begun her solo “school strike” in Stockholm while, more or less simultaneously, activists in America launched the “Zero Hour” youth climate march.

Alongside this activism, the IPCC released its report on what it would take to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and Mother Nature lent a hand with blistering hot summers in the UK, California, and (more recently) Australia.

Previous bursts of environmental activism occurred before climate breakdown had been quite so obvious and severe. This time around, the heatwaves, hurricanes, and floods will keep coming, perhaps making the latest wave of enthusiasm last longer.

Related StoriesFeb. 15, 2019Young People Are Ditching School to Protest Climate Change. We Asked Why They Care.

Maintaining momentum

But what goes up must come down, and the students will find that it is very hard indeed to sustain emotional and physical mobilisation for a prolonged period. Right now, this issue is roughly where the Parkland shooting protests were last year — newsworthy for now, but the media caravan will inevitably move on.

That has consequences: When protests and actions stop getting the same amount of attention, and it seems that momentum is stalling, internal disagreements as to what is the best way forward, beyond a cycle of marches and symbolic strikes, will emerge, and will need to be managed skilfully. Some will want to work “within the system” and get invited onto advisory panels and into consultative processes. Others will have to get on with real life (university, paying the rent, working on, ah, zero-hour contracts).

On one front, the young are lucky – their age means it is hard to see any direct infiltration and “strategic incapacitation” by undercover police. But the flip side is that social media offers virtually limitless surveillance possibilities.


Heroic students all over the country just skipped school to protest climate change! ✊🌍 So we talked to a few of them to ask them why it's so important.

(Wait until the end — it's worth it we promise) 💕#YouthStrike4Climate #SchoolStrike4Climate #ClimateStrike


One possibility is an attempt to discredit and demoralise those who seem vulnerable. Elements of special interests like the oil and gas industry often try to “pick off” individual scientists or activists rather than take on a whole field — climate scientist Michael Mann has dubbed this the Serengeti Strategy as it resembles lions hunting the weakest zebras. We are already seeing this strategy in the latest wave of climate activism: recently Greta Thunberg had to address some rumours being circulated about her.

Youth activists also face the problem that they may annoy their parents and grandparents. Yet before offering advice to the young, we older people have to ask ourselves, why should they listen to us? We’ve known about the problem and either been ineffective or done nothing. It is children who are owed an enormous apology and expression of humility.

So for the latest generation of climate campaigners, my top four pieces of advice (see here for a longer list), based on both my activism and my time in academia, are as follows:

  • Be aware of emotions. People won’t be persuaded just by being given more information on global temperatures or carbon budgets – psychological skills will matter, too.
  • Your parents are probably wrestling with fear (aren’t we all?) and guilt for not having sorted this out before you had to. Fear and guilt make can make people oscillate from action to inaction, pessimism to optimism.
  • Traditional “social movement” activities (marches, petitions, protests, camps) have a short shelf-life. The media gets bored and stops reporting. Meanwhile, those in power learn how to cope with the pressure. Be very careful about getting drawn into the Big Marches in London syndrome. You’re going to need to innovate, repeatedly.
  • Even though time is short, this is still a marathon, not a sprint.

But what would you say? How should we older people offer advice, when, who to, and about what? Suggestions in the comments please.

This article was originally published in The Conversation. Read the original article here.

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Esta granja de piñas en Colombia podría convertirse en un ejemplo para la paz

Esta fruta es la ganadora.

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¿Alguna vez tuviste una pelea importante con un buen amigo? Hay gritos y maldiciones... ¿tal vez incluso un golpe o algunas lágrimas?


Por lo general, en algún momento, independientemente de qué tan explosivo haya sido el argumento, hay una "resolución". La gente se disculpa, murmura "lo siento" y la pelea termina.


Pero realmente no ha terminado.


Como probablemente recuerde cualquiera que alguna vez ha estado en una pelea real, que una "buena batalla haya terminado" en realidad no significa que todo vuelva a ser color de rosa. La transición lleva un tiempo. Persiste el resentimiento y la ira después de la "resolución".


Imagino que los distintos grupos opuestos de un conflicto armado deben tener esta sensación multiplicada por un millón.

Pero, sinceramente, cuando das un paso atrás y lo piensas, es una locura cómo los países se mueven más allá de una guerra civil. ¿Cómo después de años de hacer estrategias contra el enemigo, de odiarse mutuamente, de matarse unos a otros, de repente se firma un tratado de paz y se supone que todos deben volver a vivir pacíficamente en el mismo país? Es bastante loco. Si a los estudiantes de secundaria de dieciséis años les toma un tiempo hacer la transición, seguro que a los ejércitos también les lleva un tiempo.


Tampoco es difícil imaginar momentos en que los soldados simplemente se derrumban. A medida que pasa el tiempo, su hostilidad se disipa. Se dan cuenta de que no quieren contribuir a más dolor y sufrimiento. Y aunque desearían poder comenzar de nuevo, no tienen idea de cómo hacerlo.


Esta es la situación que enfrenta Colombia a medida que se acerca a un acuerdo de paz después de 50 años de conflicto civil. Es un conflicto que involucra a miles de personas que lucharon entre sí durante décadas y ahora, de alguna manera, necesitan aprender a seguir adelante.

Colombia's army .jpgImage: Wikimedia Commons- Mrnico1092


Se siente como una tarea imposiblemente difícil. Pero puede haber un modelo para la paz, un ejemplo de esperanza, en un lugar inesperado: una granja de piña.

Colombia ha estado involucrada en un conflicto extremadamente complicado y prolongado. Aunque actualmente es de baja intensidad, en sus cincuenta años de duración, el conflicto se ha cobrado más de 220,000 vidas(80% de ellas civiles) y ha desplazado a más de 6 millones de personas.


Hoy, Colombia tiene la segunda población de desplazados internos más grande del mundo. Solo Siria, un país que ha estado dominando los titulares internacionales, tiene más.


Como la mayoría de los conflictos globales, este se reduce al control del territorio y el poder. Los muchos actores involucrados -el gobierno, grupos paramilitares, guerrillas de izquierda- todos creen que sus intereses son más importantes y deberían ser dueños de la tierra. Pero todas las partes han sido acusadas de abusos contra los derechos humanos. Tanto los grupos guerrilleros como los grupos paramilitares que luchan contra ellos han sido acusados de participar en el tráfico de drogas y el terrorismo.


En pocas palabras: nadie tiene las manos limpias y son incontables las vidas inocentes que se han destruido en el proceso.

Colombia's internally displaced people.jpgImage: Flickr- Sally

Afortunadamente, en 2012, Colombia dijo basta y el gobierno comenzó las negociaciones de paz. Hubo altibajos, y muchas promesas incumplidas. Las conversaciones continúan hoy en La Habana.


Pero aún queda una pregunta importante: ¿qué pasará con todas las ex guerrillas y paramilitares de Colombia? ¿Cómo se convencerá a las personas de que dejen sus armas y vivan pacíficamente?


En la granja de piñas La Fortuna ha surgido una fuente de inspiración.


"La Fortuna", ubicada en el este de Colombia, está a cargo de 100 ex combatientes que, debido a sus antecedentes, deberían estar matándose unos a otros. Algunos pertenecían a las FARC (el principal grupo guerrillero de izquierda), otros al ELN (otro grupo guerrillero) y otros a dos grupos paramilitares. Son todos hombres que, en esencia, fueron entrenados para odiarse y sabotearse mutuamente, pero han encontrado la manera de ir más allá y trabajar juntos.


La granja comenzó a funcionar en 2005 cuando se ordenó a un grupo paramilitar, las AUC, que se desmovilice. Las AUC habían estado luchando contra los grupos guerrilleros y otros rivales por el control del territorio durante más de una década, y el número de víctimas estaba aumentando. El gobierno le pidió a todas las partes involucradas que detengan la violencia. Ellos lo hicieron, pero luego encontraron que era extremadamente difícil reintegrarse a la sociedad. El estigma también alcanzó a los rebeldes y los paramilitares. Las víctimas los querían muertos. Y era muy difícil encontrar trabajo para estos ex soldados.


Todos estos ex soldados, independientemente de su afiliación, se sentían como parias, que eran odiados o juzgados por el resto de la comunidad.


Fue desde este lugar de exclusión que nació “La Fortuna”. Al principio, todos los soldados desmovilizados se reunieron en un gimnasio de la escuela y realizaron talleres. Un día, a alguien se le ocurrió la idea de pedirle fondos al gobierno para comprar una granja.


Ahora 100 socios, todos ex combatientes, comparten la propiedad de 635 acres. Han plantado 500,000 piñas, además de maíz y arroz. Cualquiera que tenga algo de dinero en efectivo puede trabajar la tierra por un día de salario, pero los ingresos se destinan a mantener la granja a flote.


En lugar de pelearse, ahora se están ayudando unos a otros. Cambiaron la batalla por la labor en la granja. En lugar de imponer miedo en la sociedad, están plantando esperanza.

Colombia pienapple smiles.jpgImage: Flickr- castigatrote


Estos ex soldados dicen que la granja les ha ayudado a hacer la transición de regreso a la sociedad. Se ha convertido en un proyecto compartido, un proyecto que motiva a todos.


Un agricultor dijo que esperaba que La Fortuna fuera una fuente de inspiración para sus antiguos amigos de las FARC.


"Creo que mostrarles esto les dará la idea de que 'sí, podemos hacerlo'. Sabemos que no todos quieren estar asociados con personas como nosotros, y no todos quieren apoyar a personas como nosotros, pero estamos tratando de dejar de lado ese estigma. Todo lo que queremos hacer es trabajar ".


Aunque los agricultores de La Fortuna probablemente no lo piensen, su granja podría servir como modelo para el mundo en general. Su proyecto es una prueba de que incluso las personas menos esperadas pueden convertirse en aliadas en una causa compartida. Una prueba de que cuando te tomas el trabajo en conocer a alguien, en sentarte y hablar, a menudo descubres que hay más terreno común de lo que imaginabas.


Es un mensaje que los Global Citizens pretenden lograr incluso en los momentos más simples de la vida cotidiana. Nuestro objetivo es encontrar siempre una manera de cerrar las brechas, comunicarnos y conectarnos. Ya sea a través de una actitud compasiva hacia los refugiados o simplemente tratar a un vecino con un carácter difícil con amabilidad, ser un Global Citizen implica esforzarse por ver más allá de la superficie y creer que tus acciones pueden hacer la diferencia. Es ahí donde se encuentra el verdadero progreso.


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These Zambian acrobats are flipping HIV taboos on their head



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This post was originally written by Emma Batha. Editing by Claire Cozens for Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Zambian slum of Chibolya is notorious for crime and drugs, but acrobat Gift Chansa wants to get the township’s youth hooked on a very different high – circus.

Chansa is co-founder of Circus Zambia, the country’s first social circus, which provides disadvantaged young people with education and job opportunities while teaching them everything from unicycling and fire-eating to tumbling and juggling.

The circus also runs a “Clowns for Condoms” project to help tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia, where myths persist that the disease is linked to witchcraft.

Set up in 2015, Circus Zambia has already gained international attention, performing in Britain, the United States, Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands and across Africa.

Chansa grew up in Chibolya, a poor Lusaka township which one Zambian journalist recently likened to Sodom and Gomorrah.

It is an image the charismatic acrobat is keen to dispel. He says young people are discriminated against and refused jobs simply for mentioning they come from Chibolya.

“When you grow up there, no one takes you seriously,” Chansa told the Thomson Reuters Foundation during a tour of Britain this month.

“So we wanted to say, ‘Look, not everybody is a criminal. There are young people coming up that are knowledgeable … young people that are ready to take over the world’. And that’s why we created the platform Circus Zambia.”


Source: BBC What’s New? Circus Zambia UK Tour, August 2018


While in London, Chansa met Queen Elizabeth to receive the Queen’s Young Leader Award which recognises “exceptional people” from across the Commonwealth who are transforming lives in their communities and beyond.

Drink & drugs

The eldest of six children, Chansa never knew his father. He was raised by his mother and grandparents, who provided him with his distinctive name, calling him a “a gift to the family”.

There were no parks, libraries or youth centres in the township so Chansa and his friends, including Circus Zambia co-founder Benard Kaumba, amused themselves with acrobatic contests in the street.

In 2014, Chansa and Kaumba were invited to train at a circus school in northern China under a scheme sponsored by Beijing after their talents were spotted by a Chinese circus troupe visiting Lusaka.

Chansa, 27, and Kaumba, 28, say if they had not discovered circus they could have easily been dragged into a world of drink and drugs.

“Things were hard for me. Circus kept me busy and helped me stay away from bad influences,” said Kaumba, dressed in his brightly coloured African-print tumbling costume.

“When you go back and see your friends, you see their life is just drugs,” he added, reeling off a list of illicit substances available on the streets of Chibolya.

Today the circus boasts 15 performers and works with 80 children. It has new premises which include a library, class room and training room and is raising money to finish building a theatre.


Source: Circus Zambia

Circus Zambia is part of a growing global movement of social circuses including Circus Kathmandu in Nepal, created by survivors of trafficking, and Circolombia in Colombia, which works with children from areas where gangs and drugs are rife.

Through circus skills, marginalised young people learn self-esteem, discipline, trust and team-work as well as physical fitness and creative expression.

Social circuses also use entertainment as a tool to engage communities on social or health issues such as alcohol abuse or HIV/AIDS.

Juju myths

Two years ago, Chansa watched a young friend die of HIV/AIDS after he refused medicine, believing he had been cursed. Chansa is now determined to help tackle widespread ignorance around an epidemic that has left one in six people in Lusaka HIV positive.

“In Zambia it’s hard to talk about sex, nobody talks about sex,” said Chansa, who believes the HIV rate is even higher in Chibolya.

“A lot of people will say (HIV/AIDS) is witchcraft, it’s juju, and then they won’t take their medicine – and then they die. We want to say it’s not juju.”

Last year Circus Zambia launched Clowns for Condoms, an initiative that uses circus to bust taboos around HIV, increase awareness and distribute condoms.

Chansa says their colourful wigs and costumes help overcome barriers.

“It’s easy to attract people when you go into the community and people see you dressed as clowns,” he said. “You can (talk to) them just there and then, so that’s why we use circus.”

Chansa wants to expand Circus Zambia to other regions and ensure it has a secure future for the next generation of performers.

He is also dreaming big for his own future.

“I want to be a politician,” Chansa said. “That’s my ambition – because people don’t understand what young people are going through, especially in communities like mine.”

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How you can get ready for International Women’s Day!

6 March 2019 6:20PM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER


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International Women’s Day is fast approaching! On March 8th, we’ll celebrate the strides and accomplishments of women worldwide, while also taking a critical look at the barriers that millions of women still face.

No matter who you are, what gender you are, or where you live, you have a part to play. When women are given equal opportunities to success, everyone is empowered. When half of the population is held back, the whole world is prevented from moving forward. We all have the power to help create an equal world, but we need to step up to the challenge. International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to learn, spread awareness, and figure out what actions to take next.

Here are five ways you can prepare for International Women’s Day:

1. Get informed about the issues women face.


First thing first: you can’t be part of the solution if you don’t know the problem. Information is a friend to equality, and there’s plenty of it out there. These five fact-based blogs will get you caught up on the obstacles women and girls still face:

2. Learn about the accomplishments of incredible women.


Wherever an obstacle exists, chances are you’ll find someone who’s facing it head-on. Celebrating the successes of women and girls reminds us that amazing things happen when everyone is given equal opportunity. There’s an outstanding number of women who deserve recognition, but we’ll start you off with just a few:

3. Support female artisans.


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that good jobs lead to economic empowerment. Women should have fair access to jobs, and they should have fair pay for the work they do. You can support female artisans by buying products from sources that are committed to women’s economic empowerment! You can even find some products that directly support African female artisans in our ONE shop.

4. Show your support with these stylish wallpapers.

Use your screen to make a statement with an inspirational wallpaper! You’ll get a motivational message every time you look at your phone, and it’ll serve as a reminder of the fight ahead.

5. Keep your eyes open – there’s way more to come!

There’s always more knowledge to gain, women’s stories to share, and ways to support the fight for gender equality. Something big is coming on International Women’s Day, so be on the lookout!

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Dear World Leaders,

We are the women at the frontlines of the fight against gender inequality and global poverty.

Every day we see the determination and dignity of girls and women facing down the toughest challenges. We see real advances and the power of people to achieve change. We won’t surrender this fight, but we need you to play your part.

You promised to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030, but at the current rate of progress, this will take 108 years. This is unacceptable. We need genuine progress, not grand promises.

We want implementation and accountability at every level - from this year’s G7 Summit to the Global Fund Replenishment; from our African Union leaders to our community leaders. We will be looking for your actions not your words; for funding to follow promises; and policy to turn into practice. It’s both the right and the smart thing to do for everyone.

To accelerate progress men must demand change with us so that we rise united not divided. And women must have a seat at the decision-making table – because you can’t change what you don’t see.

We’re not looking for your sympathy, we’re demanding your action. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.


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These young girls already know it's hard being a girl in this world – but they're not letting it stop them. Happy International Women's Day to women and girls everywhere!



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8 Photos of Badass Women Who Made Hatred Shrink in Their Presence

Inspiration to keep smiling in the face of hatred.

An image of Saffiyah Khan, a young woman from Birmingham, made waves as it reminded the world of the power of peaceful resistance in the face of grotesque hatred. Stepping into a circle of supporters from the English Defence League to defend a woman wearing a hijab, her expression is rebellious and dignified at the same time. Laidback and seemingly happy — everything the EDL assumes Muslim women not to be — her smile and her stance are the ultimate revenge to the pillar of rage in front her. 

Captured by photographer Joe Giddens, in her denim jacket and Specials t-shirt, Saffiyah has become a symbol of resistance in the 21st century (let’s hope Pepsi have learned their lesson). The moment it has immortalised is powerful in itself, representing the clash between a multicultural and a racist vision, but also because it offers a refreshing picture of a human being who simply has no more time for bigotry. It’s a reminder that hatred shrinks in the face of true humanity. 

Read More: This Woman Stared Down a Far-Right Racist With the Ultimate Act of Defiance

It goes without saying that the internet swelled with hope at the viral photo. After Twitter user @_Xas_ launched a thread labelled "Just a a wee thread of women who truly don't have any time for your sh*t," the Twittersphere responded in kind. Here's a selection of iconic women like Khan who have chosen to step out and bravely stand their ground. 

1/ Tess Asplund vs. 300 neo-Nazis 


Just a wee thread of women who truly don't have any time for your shit.

1) Tess Asplund, Borlänge, Sweden - 2016 (Photo - David Lagerlöf)



42-year-old Tess Asplund marched to face off 300 members of the Nordic Resistance Movement in 2016, an avowedly anti-Semitic and racist movement. “It was an impulse. I was so angry, I just went out into the street,” Asplund told the Guardian. “I was thinking: hell no, they can’t march here! I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here, it’s not okay.” 

In tribute to her courage, she was named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in 2016 


2/ Jasmin Golubovska Fighting the Ugly Side of Power  



2) Jasmin Golubovska, Skopje, Macedonia - 2016 (Photo - Ognen Teofilovski, Reuters)



During a protest in Macedonia over allegations that the prime minister hid the circumstances around the death of a 22-year-old, Jasmin Golubovska’s stared straight into a policeman’s shield to… apply some lipstick. In an interview about the image that spread worldwide, she said: "In principle I do not use a lot of make-up, I wear red lipstick only when I need to repair the tired look of the systemic suppression of freedom" — an original response to the ugliness of oppression. 

3/ Ciara for Scottish Independence



Just a wee thread of women who truly don't have any time for your shit.

1) Tess Asplund, Borlänge, Sweden - 2016 (Photo - David Lagerlöf)

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Ciara was just 8 years old when she appeared in this photo on the occasion of a visit from Nicola Sturgeon before the Independence referendum in Scotland. To celebrate her boldness, a Just Giving campaign raised £500 for her 10th birthday

4/ The Woman with the Eagle Feather 



During an intense protest against potential fracking near Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada, 28-year-old Amanda Polchies dropped to her knees in front of a wall of heavily armed police, raised a feather and began to pray. 

The image was shared more than 160,000 times in four hours, and became a symbol of the ongoing battle for Native rights over their home territories. 

Read More: Native Girls Rise — How a Generation of Native Women Are Standing Up and Fighting Back

5/ Ethiopian-Israeli Woman Against State Police 



After a video emerged of an Israeli police officer beating up a soldier of Ethiopian origin, thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest police brutality. More than 135,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel, but integration is a continuous challenge. 

6/ Iesha L. Evans Standing to Show #BlackLivesMatter 


Captured during the #BlackLivesMatter protest in Baton Rouge after the death of Alton Sterling, this image of Iesha L. Evans was celebrated around the world as a symbol of grace and resilience in the face of police brutality. Shortly after the photograph was taken, Evans was arrested, but she did not regret her actions, stating: “this is the work of God. I am a vessel.” 


7/ Two Women Kissing at an Anti-Gay Marriage Protest




Despite protests from conservative sections of society, gay marriage was made legal in France in 2013. However, those still opposed to the law see the upcoming election as an opportunity to repeal it. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has been accused of burying a pledge to  repeal same-sex marriage in her manifesto,  although she has received high-profile support from some members of the LGBT community. Whatever the results, the ongoing dispute is a reminder to persist. 

8/ A Palestinian Girl Who Just Wanted to Go to School 


In this devastating photo, a Palestinian schoolgirl walks past Israeli border police officers on her way home from school — a powerful reminder of the conflicts that prevent 75 million children worldwide from completing their education.

Read More: Millions of Kids Are Stranded Without an Education

A visual reminder of the power of resistance — these images capture the courage and radical charm of a person who stands her ground. 

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Así es como los anti-vacunas dominan las búsquedas en redes sociales

La mitad de los padres con niños pequeños están expuestos a información errónea sobre las vacunas.



Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
Las vacunas salvan vidas y ayudan a promover la salud mundial. La investigación encontró que los sitios web de redes sociales exponen a los usuarios a información errónea contra la vacunación. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí.

Según informó recientemente The Guardian, Facebook y YouTube están dirigiendo a los usuarios a información anti-vacunas errónea, aunque ambos sitios web digan que están trabajando para prevenir la propagación de este tipo de información falsa.


Según los investigadores, ambos sitios web han luchado durante mucho tiempo contra la desinformación, las "noticias falsas" y el fanatismo, pero el problema con el movimiento anti-vacunas es que pone en riesgo la vida de las personas.


El movimiento anti-vacunas se basa en la idea de que las vacunas causan autismo y trastornos cerebrales, aunque no hay evidencia científica que respalde esa afirmación.


En realidad, los datos estadísticos estiman que gracias a las vacunas se evitarían más de 21 millones de hospitalizaciones y 732,000 muertes entre los niños nacidos en los últimos 20 años. Las investigaciones muestran que aproximadamente 1,4 millones de niños menores de 5 años en el mundo aún mueren cada año debido a la falta de acceso a las vacunas.


Cuando los padres no vacunan a sus hijos, también perjudican a la población que los rodea, al reducir la llamada "inmunidad de rebaño", que es la que impide los brotes.


La información anti vacunación es especialmente dañina en este momento. Recientemente el estado de Washington declaró el estado de emergencia debido a un brote de sarampión que continúa propagándose.


Nita Bharti, profesora asistente de biología en la Universidad Estatal de Pennsylvania, dijo a The Daily Beast que solo hay una manera de prevenir que la enfermedad viral infecciosa se propague.


"No hay nada en nuestra caja de herramientas que sea mejor que las vacunas", dijo.


Para ver cómo los usuarios se cruzan con la información de vacunación, The Guardian creó dos nuevas cuentas de Facebook y YouTube que no se verían afectadas por búsquedas anteriores. Descubrieron que las búsquedas de "vacuna" arrojaron información falsa contra las vacunas, lo que obligó a los usuarios a buscar términos como "movimiento de verdad sobre las vacunas" y "movimiento de resistencia a las vacunas".


Técnicamente, las publicaciones contra la vacunación no violan las reglas de contenido de Facebook. Pero Facebook sí permite que los grupos anti-vacunas se anuncien en esta plataforma de redes sociales.


"Tenemos más que hacer y continuaremos los esfuerzos para conectar a las personas con información educativa sobre temas importantes como la salud", dijo la portavoz de Facebook, Andrea Vallone, en un comunicado.


Un portavoz de YouTube le dijo a The Guardian que su sitio web intenta monitorear los videos contra la vacunación, categorizándolos bajo "contenido que podría informar mal a los usuarios de manera dañina".


El internet es un caldo de cultivo para el material anti-vacunación. La Royal Society for Public Health realizó un estudio y descubrió que la mitad de los padres con niños pequeños estaban expuestos a información errónea sobre las vacunas en las redes sociales.


Si las plataformas de redes sociales no actúan rápidamente para monitorear los mensajes de vacunación, las consecuencias podrían ser graves. En enero, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) publicó una lista de las 10 mayores amenazas mundiales para la salud. En el informe, la OMS advirtió que el movimiento anti-vacunas podría paralizar, e incluso sabotear, el progreso general que el mundo ha hecho para reducir los casos de enfermedades prevenibles.

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We are hiring! Programmes Administrator

21 February 2019



Music Network is a national music touring and development organisation, passionate about making live music happen. The organisation holds a unique position in the Irish music sector and has been a highly valuable resource for the development and presentation of quality live music in Ireland.  

Working with our Programmes Manager, Music Network is now seeking to appoint a Programmes Administrator to support the effective planning, delivery and management of our programmes.  As well as providing important administrative support, the role focuses on enhancing the participatory and audience development impact of programmes through targeted initiatives and engaging and supporting musicians, promoters and other stakeholders.  

Working as part of a small, close-knit team, this role needs someone who has experience in delivering music learning and participation programmes, a high standard of administrative skills and the personal impact to ensure strong professional relationships with the various stakeholders engaged and supported by Music Network’s funding schemes and other initiatives.

The Programmes Administrator will play an important role in assisting in the delivery of a range of well-organised, imaginative, quality music programmes.  The programmes focus primarily on classical, jazz and traditional music in order to enhance the development of Music Network’s three strategic priorities - Musicians, Audiences and Partnerships.

For a full job description and details of the application process, please contact operations@musicnetwork.ie Tel 01 4750224.

Closing Date: Friday 15th March 2019 at 12 noon.

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