EU_ Up to 25 million more Europeans are at risk of poverty by 2025 if the austerity policies are left unchecked. Oxfam’s report, “A Cautionary Tale“, underlines the true cost of austerity and inequality in Europe, that have dismantled the mechanisms of an equitable growth. “The European Union is in a…Read More
EU-Greater Manchester-based (UK) recycling project, Life+ Up and Forward, working to increase waste prevention and recycling in low performing urban areas, held its first seminar on 3 September 2014 at the central location of Bridgewater Hall (UK), with the aim to provide information about the project’s experience that could be adapted to other areas.
The aim of the project (LIFE11 ENV/000389) is to “demonstrate how waste policy can be more effectively implemented by municipalities through changing behavior” (UP&FORWARD COMS), using targeted communications in specific low-performing areas identified by waste collection data and local demographic statistics.
Manchester has been taken by storm by a social media recycling campaign aimed at students which is being led by Recycle for Greater Manchester’s Up and Forward team. The project, which runs until June 2015, will cover 9 of the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. Based on the innovative use of communications media and processes, to gain a wider audience, using the platforms of gaming and filming and working with young people, the media project is involving students from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Bolton and it it an opportunity for young people to gain valuable work experience. Specifically, the project will demonstrate the innovative use of communications media and processes to increase participation in waste prevention and recycling in deprived urban areas in communities with a high proportion of youth, transient, student residents and people from different cultures.
The current campaigns are:
- Rubbish Selfie
- Getting Wasted
- Beat the Bin Men
- Recycling Films
- Community events
All the campaigns will provide opportunities for young people to gain employment and training in community engagement and media. The first one, Rubbish Selfie, want to get as many students in the Fallowfield, Rusholme and Longsight areas and beyond aware of the importance of recycling, finding ‘the bin of the week’ and take a picture (selfie) of themselves recycling. The Recycling Films project, produced by students at the University of Bolton, with the help of production company Bellyfeel, have an important recycling message: to recycle more and recycle better. Environmental education is a necessary transition to a green economy and is a core element of all environmental projects. This project is a contribute to a sustainable future, wants to develop information and awareness raising activites for the public, to make people understand how to respect the planet.
You can watch all the movies on Up and Forward web site and you can connect with them or you can get involved becoming a young recycling Ambassador.”The Recycler”, for example, is a comedy drama about woman who is confused about her household recycling until a local ‘ambassador’ comes to her ‘rescue’ in the style of an action film.
EU – The final draft of Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 (IPCC), that looks at the most recent physical science of climate change, has demonstrated that climate has changed beyond historic variability and humans are the main cause. In these months we are reading many…Read More
According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests already have been destroyed at the rate of 20,000 hectares per day and the main report Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) has examined the status and trends for more than 90 variables…Read More
EU_Three upcoming trade deals: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) according to digital rights activists, development NGOs, environmental groups, farmers’ organizations, consumers group, trade campaigners, health activists, political groups and concerned citizens, are paving the way for an attack on the environment, health system, food, jobs, public services, digital rights and much more. On Stop TTIP, CETA, TiSA website, they are telling us that is necessary to stop the agreements who threaten our already weak democracies. The decentralised European Day of Action is, October 11 2014, is the international day of protests against fracking: civil society, trade unions, farmers and grassroots activist groups from all over Europe have called for this Day of Action to stop the ongoing free trade negotiations.
The coordination proposal is People Against Free Trade Agreements (PAFTA) with the intention to to join people from all continents currently fighting their respective “free trade agreement” in their own country, because while corporate lobbyists are playing an integral role in negotiations, the public have been shut out. With the excuse of improving trade between the countries, they want to reduce the already lower financial regulation in the US and already lower standards for food safety or use of chemicals in the EU.
The idea is to bridge the struggles and coordinate for better pressure impact of the citizens against Free Trade Agreements currently being negotiated worldwide and the objective to research active citizens, grassroots movements, associations, NGO’s, Activist, leakers, interested to provide best documents, video, workshops, articles that would push for more awareness about the implications of the “agreements”. Under the motto : “It’s imminent, it’s urgent, Resistance is Creation, Creation is Resistance”, the policy of the website is to select the best information by country to raise awarness about these invasion of corporations into our Democracy.
TTIP (also called TAFTA – Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement) is being negotiated between the US and the EU since July 2013. It aims at removing trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US. According to the “resistance” the problem is that the beneficiaries of these agreements are not in fact citizens but big corporations, increasing the power of multinationals and the negotiations are conducted in secret. Even our public representatives know little if anything about their progress.
CETA has already been negotiated between the EU and Canada and is now being finalised. According to European Commission, once applied, it will offer EU firms more and better business opportunities in Canada and support jobs in Europe and it will tackle a whole range of issues to make business with Canada easier and according to Prime Minister Harper CETA is a “next generation” free trade and investment pact. According to PAFTA they tell us that CETA will have everything that NAFTA has, plus more but the reasons to be very concerned about it is that it’s about adding to the list of things that governments can’t do if they interfere at all with the corporate sector’s unfettered right to make a profit. Furthermore CETA, if ratified, will unfairly restrict how local governments spend money and ban “buy local” policies, add hundreds of millions of dollars to the price of drugs in our public health care system, create pressure to increase privatization of local water systems, transit and energy, and much more.
TiSA is now under negotiation involving 23 WTO members, including the EU, who together account for 70% of world trade in services. According To European Commission TiSA aims at opening up markets and improving rules in areas such as licensing, financial services, telecoms, e-commerce, maritime transport, and workers moving abroad temporarily to provide services. Like any other trade negotiations, the TiSA talks are not carried out in public and the documents are available to participants only, but the EU, however, has been keen to be as transparent as possible. According to “public resistance” this trade covering 50 countries and 68,2% of world trade in services would severely limit the ability of the US to regulate the financial sector and will impact their economy limiting the government ability to respond to future financial crisis.
The only way to deeply understand what’s going on and be part of awarness isto follow the real time on PAFTA website.
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Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland have released the 2013 report of the world’s polluted places: the result of 2,000 risk assessments at contaminated sites in 49 countries. The horrible top ten list covers a wide range of polluted places: from industrial plants and mining facilities, through industrial estates and SME…Read More