With more than 750 million people living without clean water, Water.org have partnered with beer brand Stella Artois to help solve this. ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ sheds insight into the lives of several women around the world who dedicate their lives to support their families, a big part of which is spent making sure water is available to them. Insights from the campaign shows that these women walk a combined 200 million hours a day for water. As a part of the campaign, Stella are selling limited edition chalices for £4.50, which they have pledged will provide 5 years of clean water for 1 person. More after the break
So it’s Valentines Day tomorrow and we’ve got the perfect video. Not something you’d usually expect to hear from us at Yin&Yang but this is Shots of Awe and I’ll never get tired of Shots of Awe. Every video inspires thought and Jason Silva is just a captivating speaker. I want to let the video do the talking, it can’t and shouldn’t be described, just watch! After the cut.
Yesterday (Sunday 14th) I awoke to the news that George Zimmerman had been acquitted for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. I won’t chronicle the details of the case or the trial, I’ll just say I spent the morning struggling to absorb the flagrant message Florida sent the USA and the world that murdering a minor because of the colour of his skin is okay. I’m still struggling with it.
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Last Wednesday was one of those days that us city dwellers dread the most. Now, this is not to say that those who choose to live in the leafier sections of our country don’t fear random terror, or worry about the safety of their loved ones. You would have to have a heart the size of Tottenham’s trophy cabinet (BOOM!) not to be shocked by the brutal murder of a young man going about his business; not to be concerned that a man who came back without harm from a war zone, wasn’t safe in the streets of South East London. But us in the city know that to survive, to stay sane, our communities are built on a level of trust.
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You might have seen ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF‘ campaign being mentioned all over facebook and twitter for a while, heck you’ve probably participated. For those of you that haven’t, the huge campaign sees over 150 organisations team up with the view of making 2013 the beginning of the end of global hunger. In support of the camapign, they’ve organised an event which will take place at Hyde Park next month (June 8th); the will be thousands of people gathering for ‘The Big IF‘ to make sure their views are heard through a range of activity. More info after the break
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Every year around 75,000 children are at risk of spending Christmas homeless, for that reason, BBH in support of Barnardo’s, has launched a new fundraising project. ‘Home for Christmas‘ asks you to donate whatever you can spare to this cause and in return you’ll be entered into a a daily draw. Each day, BBH will select one entrant and they will receive a bespoke snow globe containing their house using 3D printing. The final draw will be midnight on 21st December, find out more after the break.
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Google have put their skills to good use by creating ‘The World Wonders Project’ which gives you the means to discover around 132 historic sites all over world that you might have been dying to see! I’ve spent a bit of time on there and it really is a pleasant experience- if anything will spark a desire within you to travel, this would be it. Maybe that’s what Google are up to… Google Skynet airlines next, it’s all part of their master plan! Anyways, it’s also a pretty useful tool if you’re studying and need to do some research, each location comes with a wealth of info to read up on and like Google maps street view you can take a look around the area.
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The use of social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter and media sharing sites such as YouTube and Tumblr have certainly revolutionised the way news and information has been reported and shared within the last couple of years. Events from the London riots of last summer and Arab Spring through to the strategic use of YouTube by the charity Invisible Children to publicise their ‘Stop Kony 2012’ campaign this year have shown just how powerful such sites are becoming. We are now in an era where news is able to spread throughout not only the United Kingdom but the World within just seconds – a fact that has revolutionised the way we communicate not only news but our thoughts and feelings, websites such as Tumblr being a prime example.
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What is KONY 2012 you may ask. Well let me start off by saying that no single video has had an impact on me the way that the video I am bringing to your attention today has had. KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. Jason Russell is by far one of the most inspiring individuals I have ever come across, and I’ve never met him, because he has taken major strides to help with the capture of the sadistic human being known as Joseph Kony. Joseph Kony is a Ugandan guerilla group leader, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and what they basically do is capture children force and train them into becoming child soldiers. They are forced to kill their own parents and inflict suffering on others, should they not comply with what Kony demands then they themselves are killed. More on this when you read on, please read on as this is a very important post.