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Posts Tagged ‘Activism’

International Day of Peace - 21 September

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Tevents_photohe International Day of Peace (Peace Day) provides an opportunity for individuals, families, classes and communities to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by the United Nations and the first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

Get involved and organise your own peace day event. It can be as simple as lighting a candle or as complex as organising a peace concert for thousands of people. To find out what’s going on around the world on peace day, or for ideas on how to get involved go to:

Also the United Nations is looking for stories from young people around the world who are working for peace. Send your stories to Anna Fritzsche at and Eleonore Kopera at

The girl affect

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Girls living in poverty are uniquely capable of creating a better future. But when a girl reaches adolescence, she comes to a crossroads. Things can one of two ways for her, and everyone around her…..

Check out the Girl Effect website for more information about this awesome campaign and how you can get involved.

International Year of Youth has begun - August 2010

Friday, August 13th, 2010

On 18 December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year commencing on 12 August 2010 as the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. The year coincides with the 25th anniversary of the first International Youth Year in 1985, on the theme Participation, Development and Peace.

Check out the official International Year of Youth website. Here you will find information on events planned throughout the year, as well as suggestions on how YOU can get involved!

Coalition of the willing

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Coalition of The Willing is a film that discusses how we can use new internet technologies to leverage the powers of activists, experts, and ordinary citizens in collaborative ventures to combat climate change

For more information about the who, the how and the why, check out the Coalition of the Willing website.

Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity - 2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010


Over the next three months young people throughout New Zealand can write messages about biodiversity and attach them to a giant kākāpō.

This is a chance for New Zealand youth to let world leaders know how they feel about biodiversity and what needs to be done to protect it. All the ‘feather’ messages collected through Words on a Wing will be taken to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 10th meeting in Japan in October.

For more information go to the Department of Conservation website.

Also, UNESCO, DOC, NIWA and Forest and Bird are running a biodiversity photo competition and there is a youth category (with cash and other prizes). Visit to learn more. Entries must be received by 30 July 2010.

More info about the International Year of Biodiversity here.

The G8/G20 meetings - what are they and why should I care?

Friday, June 25th, 2010
Protesters face off against police at the 2007 G8 summit

Protesters face off against police at the 2007 G8 summit in Germany

What is the G8/G20?

The G8 is an economic and political organisation designed to bring about discussion and effect change among the world’s most powerful nations. The G8, which stands for Group of Eight, includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Although the leaders of these countries keep in touch to varying degrees anyway, they meet as the G8 once a year in order to discuss the state of world economics and politics, and global issues in general.

The G20 is effectively the ‘new G8′. Its a group that includes an additional 12 countries, and was created to acknowledge that the increasingly interconnected nature of the global economy meant that there were many more industrialized and developing states who needed to bring their perspectives on key issues in the global economy to the table.

What’s happening this year?

Both meetings are happening in Canada in June this year. The G8 meeting will happen first on June 26-27  in what is dubbed ‘the Muskoka Summit’ for about a day. Then the G20 will meet in downtown Toronto for another day and a half. The G8 has a broad agenda of issues they will cover such as maternal health, security, terrorism etc. The G20 will focus on finance and global economic recovery.

Why should we care?

G8 leaders meeting in Canada this week must face the fact that collectively their countries have failed to deliver on the promises made to the world’s poorest five years ago. Had the promised aid been delivered it would have had a dramatic effect on the lives of poor people. Where aid has increased it has made a massive difference. The number of people receiving HIV treatment, for example, has increased tenfold in recent years.

Now recent gains in reducing poverty are under attack from the economic crisis, climate change and food shortages. That is why the G8 club of rich nations must look beyond their own economic struggles and set out how they will fulfil the promises made in 2005.

The G20 must also step up to the plate. When considering how the financial sector should repay the costs of the economic crisis, they have an opportunity and a duty to help poor countries hit by a crisis they did nothing to cause.

How can I take action ?

  • Learn more:

Follow MY SUMMIT 2010, where youth delegates from the G20 countries will discuss, debate and negotiate the same themes that will be considered at the G-8 Leaders’ Summit.

Or do some more reading on the G8/G20 in general at these links:

Oxfam policy advisor Claire Godfrey’s blog

Oxfam Climate Change campaigner Frida Eklund’s blog

The G8 information centre

The G20 information centre

  • Follow the action:

  • Make your voice heard!

Oxfam have a particularly strong presence at the G8/G20 meetings this year, so you could lend your voice to their campaigns…

Help Oxfam stop catastrophic climate change: Join their petition to get a fair, ambitious and binding deal

Join Oxfam in demanding that world leaders keep their promises on aid: Join their Health & Education For All Pledge

A few other NGO’s with statements you can sign are:

  • Search the Internet!

There are many more NGOs running campaigns around the summits. Just google ‘g8 g20 take action’ and you’ll find a treasure trove!

  • Take direct action!

Even though we’re here in little old NZ, we can still put the issues surrounding the G8/G20 summits onto the radars of the NZ public! Why not organise an event, march, or protest in your area to raise awareness? Check out our Take Action Guides for tips on everything from organising campaigns to writing to politicians. And have heaps of useful tools for campaign organising as well, including downloadable world leaders that you can print out and stick to cardboard for your march!

Peace Out Nuclear Weapons!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

One of the most powerful threats against all people today are nuclear weapons. They have the potential to destroy populations and cities with the push of one single button:

  • There are currently 8,400 active and operational nuclear weapons worldwide
  • There are more than 23,000 total nuclear warheads that include operational, spares, and those in active and inactive storage. Though many may be scheduled for dismantlement, they are rarely ever destroyed.
  • The United States and Russia possess 95% of the world’s nuclear weapons arsenal. 6 other countries have confirmed their possession of nuclear weapons.

nuclear_button2Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to global peace and security. World leaders have the ability to detonate a nuclear weapon within minutes with the push of a single button.

World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is challenging YOU to design a new nuclear button!

WFUNA has noticed that the traditional “nuclear button” -the button that is pressed to launch a nuclear weapon- is rather boring in design, and doesn’t symbolize the grave consequences of its use. We think you could come up with a more suitable one!

Deadline:12 July 2010. First prize is an Apple ipad!

More information here
Please email inquiries or feedback to

Fairtrade Fortnight 1-16 May

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

It’s that time of year again, its FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT! There are sooo many ways you can get involved.

The Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (FTAANZ) are asking New Zealanders to make The Big Swap. They want as to get as many people as possible involved to swap their usual stuff – coffee, tea, bananas, chocolate – even tee shirts –  to Fairtrade stuff.


If you want to know more about The Big Swap More or other ways to get involved go to the FTAANZ website

Fair Trade Fortnight Just Women

This year Trade Aid is highlighting the positive impact fair trade has on women working in developing countries with the theme for the fortnight being “’Just Women - justice for women by women”.

Mother’s Day falls during the Fortnight too, so it is a great time for Kiwi’s to show their support for women around the world, and those closer to home, by buying Trade Aid’s gifts.

More info at


is running it Biggest Coffee Break again this year. It’s easy, fun and a perfect excuse to get together with your friends or work mates over a delicious cuppa. Sign up today to hold a Coffee Break and we’ll send you a pack with everything you need, including free Caffe L’affare Fairtrade coffee or hot chocolate.

All the details are at

Go bananas for fair trade!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Kiwis love bananas! So much so that as a country New Zealand imports the highest per capita amount of bananas in the world. But did you know that the majority of banana plantation workers do not earn enough to live and support their families? Some earn less than $3 a day.

gorillabananaFarmers struggle to cover their cost of production whilst trying to compete with large scale plantations owned by a small number of multinational corporations who dominate the global banana trade, controlling both the markets and prices. However, Fairtrade makes a world of difference - minimum prices are calculated to at least cover average local costs of production which can be double what producers would normally receive.

New Zealand has now joined the Fairtrade banana revolution! Fairtrade bananas are currently available only in a select few number of supermarkets. Help us show the supermarket chains that we want them all over NZ by spreading the word and going bananas for Fairtrade.

Join the email campaign: Sign up to get your voice heard and let the supermarkets know that you want to see Fairtrade bananas in your local store.

Music for Change radio show

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
The JW team, Kfm DJ Big Music and Jennie

The JW team, with Kfm DJ Big Music and Jennie

In August the Just Write team got together and recorded a live radio show at Kfm, on Karangahape Rd in Auckland. They focused on the power of music to challenge, encourage and create positive change.

Music for Change Part 1

Maddie and Meredith start the show with Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech, and Own Two Hands, by Ben Harper.

Music for Change Part 2
Check out the Kfm International bulletin, with local reporter Pere Wihongi and international correspondant Su’Ad Muse, featuring What’s Hardcore? by K’Naan and Affroreggae’s Urbanos Conflictos.

Music for Change Part 3

Djs Drizzle and Jizzle look at how music is used to raise awareness about social issues with Little Weapon by Lupe Fiasco and Welcome to the Terrordome by Public Enemy.

Music for Change Part 4
Joy and Tom look at how we (NZ) are tackling climate change…. and they are a bit worried! I got so much trouble on my mind, by Sir John Quarterman.

Pere Wihongi recording the Kfm International Bulletin

Pere recording the Kfm International Bulletin

Music for Change Part 5
Join Cassie and Nick on The Stars and Stripes Show, featuring Ritchie Haven and Freedom, Bob Marley with Fussing and Fighting, and I n I, by Katchafire.

Music for Change Part 6
Maddie and Meredith wrap it up with Hope, Fat Freddies Drop.