E-NEWSLETTER APRIL 2010

Kia ora JFers,

No time for a detailed update this month, we are too busy!! But check out some highlights from the website this month.

Highlights

Article - Wai Water

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In Aotearoa New Zealand it feels like there is water everywhere. It fills our lakes, courses down our rivers and streams, falls from the sky, and the sparkling Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea surrounds our islands.  We take it for granted that water will always flow when we turn on a tap, or flush the toilet. But it is not like this for everyone, and when we look at the global picture we start to understand how precious water really is.

Pere Wihongi, with the help of the Just Write team, explores the issue of water and asks why 1.1 billion people do not have access to enough safe water?

New library resource - The age of stupidageofstupid

In this documentary Pete Postlethwaite stars as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055. He watches ‘archive’ footage from 2008 and asks: Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? Pete plays the founder of The Global Archive, a storage facility located in the (now melted) Arctic, preserving all of humanity’s achievements in the hope that the planet might one day be habitable again. Or that intelligent life may arrive and make use of all that we’ve achieved. He pulls together clips of archive news and documentary from 1950-2008 to build a message showing what went wrong and why.

You can join our library and get books and DVDs out for Free!


Global Headlines

Hugo Chávez embraces Twitter
Venezuela’s prolix president, a leader who does not speak so much as bathe in words, thousands of them at a time, is embracing the microblogging site, Twitter, which caps utterances at 140 characters.

To find out why check out the full story on the Guardian website.

Coke Clash: Are soft drinks destroying the environment?
On 24 April 2010 India’s southern state of Kerala ordered Coca-Cola to pay 47 million dollars in compensation for environmental damage. The authorities launched an investigation after years of protests by farmers.

You can see the video report at the Real News Network.


Events

Launch of Inkling on World Press Freedom Day
3 may 2010

The Just Write team are launching their new magazine - inkling - at Parliament on Monday May 3, as part of World Pess Freedom day.

For more info about the event check out this post.

For more information about World Press Freedom Day go to wikipedia.

Take Action!

Fairtrade Fortnight
1-16 May 2010

It’s that time of year again, its FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT! There are sooo many ways you can get involved. Check out events and ideas for action from Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (FTAANZ), Trade Aid and Oxfam on our events page.

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