5 new ways to help this week (6 December 2020)

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Before we jump in, yesterday Saturday 5 December was International Volunteer Day. WCWD is a completely self-funded, volunteer-run social enterprise and we have a team based all over the world dedicated to creating our website and creating content that helps empower and inform everyone to activate their inner activists. We are hugely grateful to them and everything they do. And many of the things we share are also created, run and organised by volunteers. We think they're pretty special.

so now - did you catch our posts from this week?

Check out our interview with ThinkFoodBank and discover how two young women are tackling food poverty and raising awareness of food banks through colourful stickers.

This week is also important for The Baytree Centre, a Brixton-based initaitive which supports, empowers and uplifts women and girls through education, activities and training. Until the 12th December any donation you make will be doubled! Check out more about The Baytree Centre in their Voices of Change blog to get involved.

We also heard from activist Shila Ishwardat discussing the pros, cons and future of 'clicktivism' in her excellent Voices of Change blog this week.

And finally, we published our list of 5 free online courses to level up your activism! Whether it's learning about making change through storytelling, how to set up a successful social enterprise, tackling food waste or turning climate anxiety into positive action, there are some really great resources out there for you.

Phew - so that's last week. What about this week? Check out our 5 new ways to make change. Whether you do one or all five, you can make a difference.

1. Sign the petition from Crisis to stop the deportation of rough sleepers

As of this week, non-UK nationals living legally within the UK can be deported if they are sleeping on the streets. This law is included in the new UK immigration policy, which will be implemented after the end of the Brexit transition (1st January).

More than a quarter of rough sleepers in the UK are thought to be foreign nationals. In 2019 officials figures showed that 22% were from the EU while 4% were non-EU nationals. Within London this rose to 42% and 7% respectively. - The Guardian

Join 34,000 other people and sign Crisis’s petition against these new immigration laws.

You can also support the legal case against them. The Public Interest Law Centre (PILC), acting on behalf of Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL), is taking the Home Office to court to challenge these changes.

And remember you can always email, write to or call your MP demanding change! Check out our tips for how to do this.

Over 141 charities, lawyers and local authorities said the policy would have “severe consequences” for confirmed and potential survivors of modern slavery, increasing the number of cases where victims are wrongly arrested, detained and removed from the UK. - Talking Circle London
Someone sleeping under a blanket in a doorway.
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

2. Get into the festive spirit with Save The Children's Christmas Jumper Day

Brighten up your workplace, school and social media by showing off your jazziest Christmas jumper this Friday 11th December.

Get some friends involved and share joy to brighten up the winter, all to benefit charity - for each of you wearing a Christmas jumper, donate £2 to Save The Children.

£2 could pay for hand sanitiser to help fight coronavirus in one of Save the Children’s medical clinics - Save the Children

3. Celebrate World Soil Day

How often do you think about soil? Probably not all that often. But as yesterday was World Soil Day, we wanted to share some quick bits of info to bear in mind:

  • 95% of the food that we eat comes from soil

  • Every minute we lose the equivalent of 30 football pitches of fertile soil

  • Did you know - a single hectare of soil has the potential to store and filter enough water for 1000 people for 1 year?

Around the world, we are losing soil between 10 and 40 times faster than it’s formed. One UN official stated that we may have fewer than 60 harvests left. - The Soil Association

Soil captures carbon, protects against flooding and drought and supports our food systems. Without it, we would be lost.

Celebrate yesterday's World Soil Day by having a read, and taking actions like composting, growing food and supporting agroecological farming to help stop soil erosion.

For more ideas check this 5 ways to save our soils at home article from The Soil Association.

You can also help by supporting the vital lobbying and campaigning work of the Soil Association.

4. #Standup4humanrights on Human Rights Day Thursday 10 Dec

This Thursday is Human Rights Day, marking the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

This was a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

This year's theme is: Recover Better - Stand Up For Human Rights. Here at WCWD we believe we can all do this, no matter who we are, where we are, or how much time or money we have, and everything on this website strives to support one of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about our website's criteria and values here.

The global COVID-19 crisis has been fuelled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination and other gaps in human rights protection. Only measures to close these gaps and advance human rights can ensure we fully recover to a world that is better and more resilient, just and sustainable. - The UN

5. Sustainable Swap: Christmas Cards

We know you've enjoyed our previous sustainable swaps for your advent calendars and Christmas trees, so now how about your Christmas cards?

You have been able to get charity Christmas cards for time immemorial but this year more than ever consider spending your Christmas card money where it is most needed.

Pick your favourite charity's website to see if they are selling some, or check out these from Oxfam, Unicef, and The British Heart Foundation to get inspired.

Or if you want to skip the card writing this year and go a little more ec0-friendly, why not send an e-card? Shelter has a selection with animations and personalisation available, which benefits the planet and supports them on their mission to end homelessness.

Or check out these ecards from Friends Of The Earth, which you can write in advance and schedule to be sent at a later date, or Oxfam, which include life-changing gifts for others.

Now it's time for a cup of positivi-tea!

On the 9th December at 2pm, musician Jamie Cullum is attempting a world record for the most attended online music lesson, in which he'll be teaching the christmas carol “In the bleak midwinter”. He's aiming to raise vital funds for Age UK. Why not tune in (get it?) and see how he does?

Good nature news! Newly homed beavers have created their first dam in Exmoor in more than 400 years as part of river restoration works by the National Trust!

Ranjitsinh Disale From Solapur, India has won the Global Teacher Prize for world’s most exceptional teacher. Disale focused on promoting girl’s education and trying to use technology to create interactive lessons. The result? His school has 100% attendance within the area. In true exceptional teacher style, he shared half of his $1 million winnings equally between the other top ten teachers in the category.

Ranjitsinh Disale who won the Global Teacher Prize for most exceptional teacher surrounded by his students
Photo Credit-Thequint.com

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 be our next guest blogger for our Voices of Change blog series or want to write for our Spotlight series? Then please get in touch.

Contributor for this blog: Laura Toms

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