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Before and After.

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U2 Invisible (RED)

“All proceeds from each sale of the song featured […] will be donated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – the charitable recipient for (RED). Although the single is no longer available for free, the song is still available for purchase, with proceeds going toward finding a cure for HIV and AIDS. (RED) was founded to get people and companies involved in the fight against AIDS. The world is facing a major opportunity in the fight – the goal of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. Supporting this goal is easier than you might think. Download today.”


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Update on Ben & Jerry’s

ice-cream-fair-trade-cocoa-600-93572A while back, we did a post on Fair-trade ingredients used within Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt. We are pleased to post, they have increased their use of Fair-trade ingredients within many new and old flavors. They have over 50 flavors that contain mostly Fair Trade ingredients. They use Fair-trade cocoa, vanilla, coffee, bananas, and sugar. “Ben & Jerry’s is committed to sourcing Fair-trade certified ingredients for all of our products. Throughout 2013 we are transitioning all of our products globally to use Fair-trade ingredients.”

Coffee: Using Fair-trade coffee and helping to improve the lives of the farmers with their partners at Coffee Extracts and Ingredients, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, and the Huatusco Cooperative. They have also provided i-Pads to help speed the production process and have personal face-to-face interviews with the actual farmers.

Sugar: This year ALL Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt will use Fair-trade sugar.

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“Fair-trade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of fair trade goes to the heart of our values and the sense of right and wrong. Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting somebody else.” Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Jerry Greenfield.

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Connecting Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation

8723613155_04c07f0b9b_bPlant With Purpose shares the connection between Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation. Read the article and check out their video below.

“While studying the natural environment, systems, cycles, and rhythms reveal themselves as their building blocks—the living and nonliving components that interact to form ecosystems, habitats, and our surroundings. In the United States, many of us appreciate a good hike or a weekend spent in the wilderness enjoying the diversity of Creation. For Plant With Purpose partnering farmers, they are dependent on these building blocks for their livelihoods. A greater number of “blocks” means a more robust and healthy system supporting them.

Over the past two decades, global conversations linking biodiversity and poverty alleviation have found a voice in the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Millennium Development Goals, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. As Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity states, “Evidence suggests that not only do the poor depend on biodiversity for their subsistence needs, we all do. The rural poor depend disproportionally on local ecosystems for their survival however, while the rich can access vital ecosystem services through different markets. When the circumstances are right, biodiversity conservation can be a route both out of poverty and away from unsustainable development.

These sentiments have long been a part of Plant With Purpose’s understanding of development work. And as we’ve worked to restore the environment over the years, we’ve seen birds return to nest in pine trees in Mexico, forests protected in Thailand, and a general understanding of Creation Care increase in partnering communities.

This month, we are setting foot in new territory to do a baseline biodiversity study of the Nyakazu Watershed in Burundi. This area has been protected since 1980 and is a region of great natural beauty, with waterfalls and rivers that have carved out caves and a deep gorge. It is home to mammals, birds, and many native plant species. As we monitor the diversity of this area, our ultimate hope is to see these native species begin to take back poorly managed land bordering the Nyakazu Watershed. And as the health of the native ecosystem increases, we expect to see a decrease in poverty.”

This information was taken from Plant With Purpose. To learn more, click here.

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human rights day 2013

Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the 20th anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

Human Rights Day is celebrated globally, at the headquarters of the High Commissioner’s office in Geneva, in New York and in more than 50 other countries.

This post was taken from United Nations Human Rights. To learn more information, click here.

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