Look at the MGDs from an Irish perspective: A One World Week report

Workshop experiences at the Kerry One World Centre draw the attention of participants to look at the MDGs from an local Irish perspective before taking during One World Week 2012. One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year.

This blog post is part of the 2012 One World Week series.

Boba presenting MDGs poster during One World Week, Dublin, 17th November 2012.

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Human Rights Defenders and land ownership: Challenges and Successes in Lira District, Uganda

As part of our series on life and politics in Uganda, Jamie Hitchen documents the stories and struggles of human rights defenders in a recent visit to the politically remote Lira District in northern Uganda.

The Uganda Human Rights Commission Field Office in Lira which was opened in July 2011.

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Films for Action

There is no denying it now, movie weather is upon us! Although it is quite enjoyable and desirable to sit down – especially after a long, busy week –  in front of a movie that needs little or no brain power to follow it (please see Eddie Izzard on this), why not watch a movie from the ‘learning library for people who want to change the world’…

Films for Action is a community powered alternative news-centre and self-proclaimed learning library for people who want to change the world. Films for Action uses the power of film to raise awareness on important social, environmental and media-related issues not covered by mainstream news. With over 900 movies and videos which can be watched online for free, Films for Action aims to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable and democratic society. (more…)

Cutting out the middle-man: development education at the coal face in Tanzania

Young Scientists exhibitions could be Ireland’s greatest export yet, reports Michael Doorly from the finals of the Young Scientists Tanzania exhibition.

“Have you ever heard of development education?” I ask Agnes the 15 year old team leader from Pemba Secondary School in Mwanza, Tanzania. “No” she says bluntly, “what is it?” I point to her team project entitled “Why is Tanzania poor despite having abundant natural resources?”, and I ask her to show me the graph explaining Tanzania’s levels of debt and to tell me again about the ‘Corruption ends with me’ group she and her team mates have started…I stop her in mid-sentence and answer her question, “this is development education”. (more…)

One World Week Theme for 2012 – Bouncing Back!

One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year.

During March/April, youth groups around Ireland vote on the theme that they would like to explore for One World Week 2012. This year’s theme ‘Bouncing Back’ looks at the concept of resilience and how we are affected by the global systems we live within. ‘Bouncing Back’ encourages youth groups to look at the factors contributing to young people feeling stressed, such as alcohol, drugs, bullying, crime, depression and suicide. It also encourages young people to investigate coping strategies they could adopt, examine resilience in young people and highlight examples of young people taking positive action locally and globally in relation to these issues. (more…)

Food Mythbusters: do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?

 

How can we feed the world—today and tomorrow?

The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world.

But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?

Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future?

These are the kinds of questions addressed in this short 7 minute mythbuster film on the food we eat and the impact of the corporate agriculture industry. It’s from the first program of the Real Food Media Project, a collaborative initiative to inspire, educate, and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming across the United States.

While it may have a US focus, as ever, “big business” impacts on more than just American shores. For more information see http://foodmyths.org or our section on hunger.

[H/T to Latin America Solidarity Centre]