5 new ways to help this week (31 January 2021)

WCWD is an independent volunteer-run social enterprise and we have a team based all over the world dedicated to creating our website and content that helps empower and inform everyone to activate their inner activists.

Each week the WCWD team adds new content to the site – we keep it relevant to make sure you’re informed on the latest!

But because we also know it can be overwhelming with so much information flying around, we’ve collated 5 new things for you to get involved in this week,

whether you do one or all five, you can make a difference.

1) Celebrate LGBT+ History Month

"LGBT+ History Month is a month-long annual celebration and remembrance of LGBT+ history. The main aims of the month are to promote equality and diversity, whilst remembering those who came before us." - Gay Star News

Celebrate this February's LGBT+ History month by:

- Attending the virtual events advertised and booked via the LGBT+ History website.

- Reading and sharing the resources found on the LGBT+ History website. You can use these to promote LGBT+ equality within your own community, workplace or school.

- Teaching one of the 80 lesson plans that can be found via The Classroom.

- Downloading The Proud Trust's 2021 LGBT+ History month toolkit. They’ve done all the leg work so you don’t have to!

- Supporting charities and organisations who are dedicated to championing LGBT+ equality including Stonewall, Galop and the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

2) Call for a national day of remembrance for Covid victims

Within the UK, over a 100,000 people have lost their lives to Covid.

Sign the petition on Change.org here and ask "for a day of national memorial for all those lost to this disease. And to remember how our key workers pulled together to fight to keep us safe."

You can help those effected by volunteering or donating to bereavement charities including Sudden, At a Loss and The Good Grief Trust.

You can also join charities, in demanding more government funding for bereavement support, simply email your MP. To learn more, check out this BBC article.

3) Support unaccompanied Child Refugees

Unaccompanied child refugees will no longer be allowed entry into the UK meaning 288 lone minors are currently stranded.

Last week, it was announced by the Immigration Minister, Chris Philp, that children without family already within the UK would not be granted sanctuary. Campaigners have warned that this could lead to vulnerable children being exploited by smuggler gangs. To read more about the government's decision check out The Independent's article.

Sign The Refugee Council's open letter to the government demanding unaccompanied children entry into the UK and the right to sponsor their family from safety.

For more ways to help refugees, check out our refugee spotlight.

4) Help stop the lawful killing of bees

Earlier this month, a pesticide that kills bees was authorised for use in England despite an EU-wide ban and an explicit pledge from the government to uphold the ban.

The Environment secretary George Eustice granted sugar beet farmers emergency use of the pesticide in an effort to protect the crop from a virus. To read more about the government's decision check out articles on The Guardian and The Independent.

Protect the bees by signing Greenpeace's petition to the secretary of State for Environment, George Eustice.

For more ways to protect bees check out the resources on The Wildlife Trusts website.

5) Sustainable Swap: Organic veg boxes

Ordering organic veg boxes is one of the laziest ways you can help protect the planet. Simply order online and wait for the delivery. Simples.

As well as avoiding that dreaded weekly shop, organic deliveries help protect the planet by reducing your plastic waste and emissions whilst also fuelling you with soil and pollinator respecting, cruelty free delicious food.

Our favourite organic veg box shops are: Abel & Cole and Riverford Organic Farmers. To reduce your food's carbon emissions even further why not search for an organic veg box scheme closer to home via the Soil Association's map.

Our volunteer Laura has been using Abel & Cole for her weekly shops and is loving it.

"I cannot recommend Abel & Cole enough. I know that everything I'm eating is responsibly sourced and respects our planet. Its super convenient and really empowering. I know exactly which farm and family has produced the food in front of me. I highly highly recommend."

Come back again next week for more ideas about how you can get involved and make a difference. In the meantime, if you know of any initiatives in your community that you think we should promote get in touch.

Have some more time to give? Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at our website for more inspiration.

Do you want to inspire others to make change? Then please get in touch.

Contributor for this blog: Laura Toms

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