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global-cafe-kitchen

26/05/2020

Global Café Kitchen

Last Wednesday our Jess provided 25 meals for the Reading refugees supported by Mutual Aid Group (now Reading Red Kitchen)

Jess will be making 25+ hot meals every Wednesday evening for those in need being supported by Reading Red Kitchen. We’re not doing this to raise money, but if you would like to contribute towards ingredients and (non-plastic!) take-away boxes and bags you can do so below.

facebook.com/ReadingRedKitchen

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message-from-the-global-cafe

26/05/2020

Message From the Global Café

The Global Café is a special place and while none of us know what the future holds for bars and cafes like ours, we'd love to keep in touch with you all and find out from you how you would like to engage with the café in the next weeks and months. We'd be grateful if you'd help out by completing our survey. Shouldn't take you more than a minute.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WWK57GS


coronavirus-in-africa

26/05/2020

Coronavirus in Africa: the impact on farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs

Chelagat Chemutai is a smallholder farmer in Ngare Ndare, central Kenya, and is taking part in a project run by Traidcraft Exchange to help women farmers get a better deal. As well as growing crops for the family she grows onions for the local market in Timau and green beans for export.

Kenya has banned large gatherings and closed some markets, as well as enforcing social distancing measures. Chelagat explains the impact on her business:

“Things have really changed a lot here… I was planting onions last week and I needed three casual labourers. But due to the restrictions and because people are fearing to get infected, I could only work with my husband and children. It took us five days to plant instead of two days.”

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lenders-drive-argentina-into-debt-default

26/05/2020

Lenders drive Argentina into a debt default

Argentina is expected to formally default after the 30-day grace period on a bond payment expires. Commenting on the default, Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign said:

“Argentina is right to demand a deep debt restructuring and to default if lenders do not accept a deal. Reckless lending at high interest rates helped to create the current crisis, so lenders and speculators should share in the costs."

“Argentina’s debt should have been restructured in 2018 when this crisis began. IMF loans in 2018 bailed out speculators and funded huge capital flight with no benefit to ordinary people in Argentina. The IMF now rightly says the debt is unsustainable, but it should have done so since 2018. The IMF should bring in clear guidelines so that its loans are no longer used to bail out reckless lenders.”

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no-to-gmos

26/05/2020

Africa Says No to GMO 3min video by The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

GMOs are the sharp end of the push for corporate control of African food systems, but the evidence is clear. Industrial farming is a dead end. GMOs do not work for Africa!

It’s time to shake off the neo-colonial influence and build a healthy, resilient and sustainable food system for Africa.

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violence-and-impunity-in-the-west-bank

26/05/2020

Violence and impunity in the West Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic

The failure of Israeli authorities to prevent settler violence against Palestinians, and its contribution to de facto annexation of Palestinian land.

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eid-message

26/05/2020

Eid message from Zaytoun's dates producer Ruba from Palestine

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greater-goods

26/05/2020

World shop supplier: Greater Goods

Incense has long been one of our top-selling items at the World Shop, and many of ours are supplied by Greater Goods, suppliers of The Mother's Incense.

Pictured here is Maria, mixing incense paste. She's one of the women who works for Mother's Commerce Company. The Mother's Commerce Company in Puducherry, India makes all of Greater Goods' incense products, the fragranced sachets and their wooden items. It is a small privately owned company set up in the early 1970's, specifically to counter unemployment among local women.

You can read all about Greater Goods and their fair trade policy here

you can read about their charitable work here

And finally, if you're missing their incense while we're closed, here's their webshop


risc-roof-garden-photo-gallery

26/05/2020

RISC Roof Garden Photo Gallery

A gallery of photos taken on the RISC roof garden over the past 20 years. See how typical forest garden plants are not only useful - food, medicine, fuel, scent, dye, building material - but also incredibly beautiful and constantly changing with the seasons. Permaculture aims to maximise the yield from a garden but only recently is design for wellbeing a consideration. This selection from the roof garden's over 180 varieties is a feast for all the senses and proof that forest gardens are perfect for forest bathing.

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wild-food-and-foraging

26/05/2020

Wild Food & Foraging: Live Workshops (Zoom) by Woodland Classroom

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growing-beans-in-pots

26/05/2020

Tiny Veg Patch: Growing beans in pots

Dwarf beans grow well in pots so are perfect if you don’t have much outdoor space.

I’m growing a few different types - dwarf berlotti beans which have beautiful red and green pods with white and green beans inside plus dwarf cannelloni beans which produce green pods with white beans inside. The beans of both of these plants can be eaten fresh or can be dried and stored. I’m also growing dwarf french bean ‘Speedy’ which produces tasty green pods.

Beans can be sown from late spring to early summer which means you can keep picking them right through the summer. They need a sunny spot in your garden and can be grown in multi purpose compost.

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vegetable-pasties

26/05/2020

Recipe: Vegetable Pasties

Here's an easy recipe to make your own healthy and tasty pasties with whatever veg you have available. Mine are never going to win a beauty contest but they taste delicious!

If you haven't made pastry before, give it a go. If you are finding it difficult to buy flour at the moment you can use ready made pastry, found in the chiller cabinet in the supermarket. Shortcrust pastry is traditionally used for pasties.

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my-seditious-heart

26/05/2020

Book: My Seditious Heart by Arundhati Roy

Twenty years, a thousand pages, and now a single beautiful edition of Arundhati Roy's complete non-fiction.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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mory-kante

26/05/2020

Mory Kante, Guinea music star and 'baobab of culture', dies at 70

Kante revolutionised West African repertoire by going electric and blending traditional Mandingo with urban grooves.

Of Malian and Guinean descent, Kanté was born in the village of Albadaria on 29 March 1950. His parents were El Hadj Djeli Fodé Kanté and singer Fatouma Kamissoko, from one of Guinea’s best-known families of musicians. Age seven, he was sent from Guinea to Bamako, Mali, to learn to play the kora, the instrument that would later make him famous. He also played balafon. In 1971, age 21, he joined the Rail Band, and later replaced Salif Keïta as the singer. Of his time in the band, he said: “We were young and careless about not thinking about money. Only perfection, perseverance and success counted.”

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More Music from The Farafina Trio featuring Manu Dibango, Mory Kante & Adama Bilorou Dembele


into-the-portal

20/05/2020

Into the Portal, Leave No one Behind

Before this crisis struck, millions were already suffering from the effects of climate breakdown and obscene inequality. Now, as the pandemic takes and disrupts lives, it is those who are most vulnerable, unable to access healthcare, and all those who live in precarity who continue to bear the heaviest burden. Yet now, the call for justice is ringing louder than ever, in every corner of the globe.

Tomorrow, May 19th, join Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein at 4:00pm moderated by Asad Rehman, to hear more about this global transformation.

www.globalgnd.org/


the-virus-is-a-wake-up-call

20/05/2020

The virus is a wake-up call

Legendary environmental warriors Vandana Shiva and David Suzuki, come together in this rare conversation across continents. Both are past winners of the ‘Right Livelihood Prize’ often referred to as the ‘alternative Nobel’, and have had enormous local and global impact through their work.

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debt-cancellation

20/05/2020

Debt Cancellation

Freeing up the rest of the debt service is crucial to give the most flexibility to governments, and to ensure that money saved from bilateral debt relief isn’t being used to finance debt payments to multilateral or private creditors. No country should be faced with the impossible choice of saving lives or making debt repayments during this pandemic.

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sunlover

20/05/2020

World Shop Supplier: Sunlover

Sunlover supplies many of our decorative crafts, including wind chimes, mirrors, and lamps. Their products are sourced from Indonesia, and they were established with the aim of connecting traditional artisans to the Western market. They remind us that, "Fair trade is a way of life, not just a business transaction."

For many years we've stocked their parasite wood animals. They're carved from wood from the Chinaberry tree. The Chinaberry tree, in particular, can play host to a parasitic plant, a little like mistletoe, that attaches itself to the bark of the tree, and takes nourishment from the tree sap. The parasitic plants are removed, often saving the tree, and the resulting "wood roses" are removed and carved into a wide range of different forms, by the skilled artisans of Bali. If you'd like to explore Sunlover's range, or learn more about their fair trade or environmental policies.

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growing-chillies

20/05/2020

Tiny Veg Patch: Growing Chillies

Chillies are great plants to grow either on your windowsill indoors or on your balcony or patio. They are tropical plants so need plenty of sunshine. You can grow them any windowsill or outdoor space which get lots of sun. Seeds should ideally be sown in February or March but you can obtain plug plants at this time of year.

Some tips for caring for chilli plants:

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veg-box

20/05/2020

Demand for veg box schemes doubles during lockdown

New data from the Food Foundation shows that veg box sales increased by 111% in six weeks, from the end of February to mid-April, driven by the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Food Foundation surveyed 101 box schemes and found weekly the sales have more than doubled during the pandemic. 82% of the schemes now have waiting lists and are closed to new orders. The Food Foundation estimates that if waiting lists could be served, up to 5.3 million boxes could be delivered in the next six weeks.

You can read the full report of their findings here


beetroot-and-butter-bean-dip

20/05/2020

Recipe: Beetroot and Butter Bean Dip

Beetroot and butter bean dip with carrots and peppers

Ingredients

method

Delicious served with a selection of chopped or sliced fresh veggies such as carrots, peppers, cucumber, olives and crispbreads, bread or breadsticks for a healthy lunch. Alternatively, use in sandwiches or as a jacket potato filling. There are lots more seasonal recipes on the Food4families website

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doughnut-economics

20/05/2020

Book: Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Economics is broken, and the planet is paying the price. Unforeseen financial crises. Extreme wealth inequality. Relentless pressure on the environment. Can we go on like this? Is there an alternative? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth lays out the seven deadly mistakes of economics and offers a radical re-envisioning of the system that has brought us to the point of ruin.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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album-documentaries

20/05/2020

Album Documentaries

Get to know our albums and artists like never before with this playlist featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews.

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london-migration-film-festival

20/05/2020

London Migration Film Festival

Online in the time of Covid. For the next six weeks you'll be able to watch films from our past editions, for free and available on this website. The programme will change every two weeks, so keep on checking to catch all the best films about migration.

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world-fair-trade-day-2020

13/05/2020

May 9 World Fair Trade Day

The Fair Trade world is suffering. Trade has halted, shops are closed and livelihoods are threatened. The pain is large but our will is bigger. As Fair Trade Enterprises struggle to get through this crisis, they need your support. We stand together to get Fair Trade back on its feet, so we can continue our journey to #PlanetFairTrade. This World Fair Trade Day is about perseverance and solidarity. Join us. WFTO 9 May 2020.

Let us celebrate the role that fair trade plays in the fight against poverty across the globe. In the face of a global crisis, farmers and workers around the world are playing a vital but often forgotten role.

read more about World Fair Trade Day

read the Fairtrade Foundation statement

Message from Zaytoun

While the World Shop is still closed, you can order Zaytoun products online from Traidcraft


about-traidcraft

13/05/2020

About Traidcraft

Traidcraft stands for changing peoples’ lives through trade, saving vanishing traditional skills from extinction, and celebrating a world of creativity and culture. We are the original fair trade pioneers, and advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world.

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sabeel-kairos

13/05/2020

sabeel kairos - taking action for palestine

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jubilee-debt-campaign

13/05/2020

Jubilee Debt Campaign

Click here to read the latest statment from Jubilee Debt Campaign


home-learning

13/05/2020

home learning

Are you looking for activities that will engage your children aged 5-16 years whilst they are learning at home?

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lanka-kade

13/05/2020

World Shop Supplier: Lanka Kade

The Lanka Kade producers are independent businesses – most began working with Lanka Kade as small family-run cottage industries. They are true artisans, skilled craftspeople in their own right, expanding to offer employment within their local communities. Lanka Kade supports these independent artisans by offering a continued stream of orders and paying them a fair wage, but also through many other ways such as, training in staff and financial management, interest free business loans, health and safety support and much more. They support these fledgling businesses every step of the way so they can thrive and look after their employees.

find out about Lanka Kade's supply chain here

more about their fair trade policy here

environmental policy here


thinning-out-seedlings

13/05/2020

thinning out seedlings

On the F4F blog we have some advice on thinning out seedlings. This means all those little ones that have sprouted now need room to grow as they need more space.

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focaccia-bread

13/05/2020

Recipe: Focaccia Bread

With the help of herbs from the garden or balcony pot, we turn to the kitchen to bake some Focaccia bread. Use extra virgin oil for added softness, why not try adding halved cherry tomatoes, or olives to the dough before baking?

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hackney-herbal

13/05/2020

Hackney Herbal

Hackney Herbal have some online workshops related to growing your own Herbs or using herbs. There is a cost though.

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stone-men

13/05/2020

Book: Stone Men

The Story of Palestine's Stonemasons and the Building of Israel "They demolish our houses while we build theirs." This is how a Palestinian stonemason, in line at a checkpoint outside a Jerusalem suburb, described his life to Andrew Ross.

Palestinian "stone men" utilizing some of the best quality dolomitic limestone deposits in the world and drawing on generations of artisanal knowledge, have built almost every state in the Middle East except their own.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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nusrat-fateh-ali-khan

13/05/2020

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at WOMAD 1985

This recording was released July 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Real World label.

"A superstar in Pakistan yet relatively unknown abroad beyond expat communities, Nusrat was fourth on the bill at the 1985 WOMAD, below New Order, The Fall and Toots and the Maytals. A week earlier, Live Aid had suggested rock music would be the catalyst for a better world if we simply handed the reins over to Bono, Freddie and Bob. But there is an argument to be made that the 7,000 who had their first experience of qawwali at Mersea Island were changed far more than the 170,000 in Wembley and the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia."

read the full article here


international-workers-day

13/05/2020

May Day - International Workers Day

The History of International Workers' Day by Effie Jordan - Global Justice Now!

"Its origins began in the United States in 1886 where workers across the country walked out of their jobs demanding an eight hour day. Later action was taken around the abolition of child labour, safer working conditions and the demand for what we now know as the weekend."

read more here


lessons-for-sustainability

13/05/2020

Lessons for Sustainability: Indigenous People & Forests Go Hand in Hand by Samita Vasudevan & Kunal Sharma

"Often painted as obstructions to industrial development on the one hand and wildlife conservation on the other, indigenous people have a number of lessons to offer to India’s urban citizens".

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we-cant-grow-our-way-out-of-poverty

13/05/2020

Opinion: We can’t grow our way out of poverty

For more than half a century, economists and policymakers have focused fanatically on growth as the only feasible way to end global poverty and improve people’s lives. But in an era of planet-wide ecological breakdown, that comfortable conventional wisdom is crashing to an end. Jason Hickel lays it on the line.

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tilnar-art

13/05/2020

World Shop Supplier: Tilnar Art

The spotlight this week is on Tilnar Art, one of our suppliers of ethical giftware and home accessories. Founded in 2005, Tilnar stands for, 'This Is Life Not A Rehearsal.' This is a sentiment we appreciate now more than ever!

At the World Shop, we've stocked Tilnar Art's soapstone creations for many years and they've proved to be a very popular gift item. They're handmade in Kenya and Zimbabwe, where carvers work in small groups with each group specialising in certain carvings. The carvings are then polished and can then be dyed in vibrant colours with beautiful etchings inscribed on them by skilled teams of artisans. Handmade soapstone carvings have less than 1% environmental impact from production and disposal compared to non-recyclable plastic or resin products.

(Photo Credit: Tilnar Art)

Learn more about Tilnar Art and soapstone here and their fair trade policy here


plants-for-shade

13/05/2020

plants for shade

This week the Tiny Veg Patch were focusing on plants for those with shadey gardens. The blackcurrant (pictured growing @erleighroadcommunitygarden last summer) is an example of a plant that can tolerate some shade as the plant originates from woodland edges. Other fruits that work well are redcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries. There are compact varieties available which you can grow in containers.

Vegetables that grow well with less sun include:

Herbs that tolerate less sun include:

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minestrone-soup

13/05/2020

Recipe: Minestrone Soup

You may have leftovers or just want a warming soup try this Minestrone Soup.

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things-fall-apart

13/05/2020

Book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature.

This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.

Order a copy today using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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tony-allen

13/05/2020

Music: Tony Allen

The legendary drummer and Afrobeat co-founder, dies aged 79. Gilles Peterson and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to the Fela Kuti collaborator, described by Brian Eno as ‘perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived’ Click on he picture to continue reading

Watch Tony Allen in action here


webinar-women

27/04/2020

Webinar-Women on the front line of the crisis

Although coronavirus affects the health of both men and women, it is women who are feeling the heaviest burden of its many impacts on work, childcare and the economic situation around the world.

Speakers include:

Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, World March of Women, Philippines

Mercia Andrews, Rural Women’s Assembly South Africa

Dorothy Guerrero, Head of campaigns and policy at Global Justice Now

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global-debt

27/04/2020

Article: Don't delay global south debt - cancel it by Nick Dearden

"Forcing indebted countries to repay debt while the global economy operates like a giant casino is unjust."

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supplier

27/04/2020

World Shop Supplier

This week our focus is on Paper High - Fair trade purveyors of fine paper products such as sari notebooks and elephant dung stationery. We are also big fans of their photo frames!

Paper High sources their goods from small producer groups in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. They use locally sourced, sustainable, and eco-friendly materials wherever possible - they have, for example, a range of colourful recycled newspaper homewares.

Paper High's blog is an amazing resource, with informative articles about many of their producers. You can check it out here:

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27/04/2020

Food4Families

Do you want to teach your children something about Springtime and food?

Naomi, one of the Food4Families tutors has set up "Tiny Veg Patch" with the idea of growing vegetables in restricted places where small children will became eager helpers! Click on the picture for more information:

food-4-families

Also visit Countryside Classroom who are posting weekly blogs highlighting a range of their education resources on a particular theme. All were originally written for school use, but are equally suitable for education at home, while following government guidelines on social distancing. Click on the picture below:

tree

Here's some specific help for teachers who are providing education online provided by Trees for Cities. Something we hope for every year for children in every town. Click on the picture

kids


eduardo-galeano

27/04/2020

Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) was one of Latin America’s most distinguished writers. He was the author of many books, including the three-volume Memory of Fire, Open Veins of Latin America, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, and The Book of Embraces. Born in Montevideo in 1940, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for 12 years before returning to Uruguay in 1985, where he spent the rest of his life.

Hunter of Stories is written in his signature style - vignettes that fluidly combine dialogue, fables, and anecdotes - every page displays the original thinking and compassion that made Galeano one of the most original and beloved voices in world literature.

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angeliqe-kidjo

27/04/2020

Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Her musical influences include the Afropop, Caribbean zouk, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel, and Latin style

Watch her latest cover of the world-famous song Pata Pata, a South African dance hit from the 1960s, has been re-released with new lyrics to spread information about coronavirus, click on the picture:

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earth-day

27/04/2020

Earth Day

On the 22 April we observed the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Olimpio Guajajara, leader of the Amazon Guardians in Brazil, has this message:

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fashion-revolution-week

27/04/2020

Fashion Revolution Week 22-26 April

7 years ago, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed and took the lives of more than 1,100 people and injured another 2,500. Most of the victims were young women and they were making clothes for some of the biggest fashion brands in the world.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis UK brands are cancelling orders, breaking long-held contracts and devastating the lives of workers in poor countries. Here is what you can do,

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cancel-global-south-debt

28/04/2020

cancel global south debt

It’s been a huge week for debt campaigning but there's still a long way to go. Read more about the $12bn of debt suspension agreed for low-income countries to help fight Covid_19 in Jubilee Debt Campaign's blog:

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business-as-usual-isnt-good-enough

28/04/2020

Business as usual isn’t good enough

This is the second of a series of online webinars Global Justice Now are hosting in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dorothy Guerrero, head of policy at Global Justice Now is joined by Myriam Vander Stichele from The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations , Gyekye Tanoh, formerly with Third World Network and Tim Jones, head of policy, Jubilee Debt Campaign to discuss what a post-covid19 global economy might look like and how we continue the struggle for a better world.

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the-story-of-the-people-who-shut-down-a-mine

28/04/2020

the story of the people who shut down a mine

This education project celebrates the resistance of the people of Bougainville to the Rio Tinto owned Panguna copper mine. It is a remarkable story of resilience and resourcefulness - and perhaps also of how those things that give you strength in times of crisis may also contain the solutions for the future. It is also a story of land rights - particularly the land rights of women. Click on the picture below:

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aura-que

28/04/2020

World Shop Supplier: Aura Que

The World Shop would like to share the story of Aura Que. They supply many of our accessories and we are big fans of their chic designs as well as their commitment to attaining the highest ethical and environmental production standards.

All Aura Que designs are developed in collaboration with small producer groups. These include members of the WFTO and Nepal Fair Trade Group. Aura Que's leather products are produced with the help of the Nepal Leprosy Trust, which provides work for marginalised individuals under fair trade guidelines. This work allows these individuals, some of whom have been shunned by Nepal's caste system, to provide for their families, to access medical support, and to receive education allowances for their children. For More Information click on the picture and link below:

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watch-our-roof-garden-this-spring

28/04/2020

Watch Our Roof Garden this Spring!

The 200m² permaculture roof garden was planted in 2001 on just 30cm of soil. With over 180 different species of useful plant, it shows how you can create your own low maintenance, zero carbon food forest at home or an outdoor classroom that will enrich learning across the whole curriculum. Watch our latest short film.

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forest-gardening-seminar-series

28/04/2020

forest gardening seminar series

RISC's award-winning rooftop garden is a member of the National Forest Garden Scheme, a network that aims to encourage the planting of forest gardens. Find out more by listening to a FREE series of webinars.

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agro-forestry-research-trust-tour

28/04/2020

agro forestry research trust tour

If you want to get a glimpse of spring at the Agroforestry Research Trust's superb forest garden in Devon.

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cookery-blog

28/04/2020

cookery blog

Have a look at this weeks Lockdown Cookery Blog! There are tips on how to organise your food in the kitchen and two recipes for meals that will last a couple of days.

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erleigh-road-community-garden

28/04/2020

Erleigh Road community garden

Find out what's growing on at Erleigh Road community garden

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soil-not-oil

28/04/2020

Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity by Vandana Shiva

Condemning industrial agriculture as a recipe for ecological and economic disaster, Shiva's champion is the small, independent farm: their greater productivity, their greater potential for social justice as they put more resources into the hands of the poor, and the biodiversity that is inherent to the traditional farming practiced in small-scale agriculture. What we need most in a time of changing climates and millions hungry, she argues, is sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are more resistant to disease, drought, and flood. In her trademark style, she draws solutions to our world's most pressing problems on the head of a pin: The solution to climate change, she observes, and the solution to poverty are the same.

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oumou-sangare

28/04/2020

Oumou Sangaré

Oumou Sangaré is a Malian singer and songwriter known for championing women’s rights through wassoulou, a style of popular music derived from vocal and instrumental traditions of rural southern Mali. Watch her latest video.

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one-tree-planted

28/04/2020

one tree planted

We are witnessing the start of a new world. A world built upon compassion, hope and action.

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biopiracy

28/04/2020

Biopiracy: When corporations patent nature

Since the early 20th century, multinational corporations have repeatedly claimed ownership of nature and indigenous knowledge systems from developing countries by means of patents, turning the biodiversity of the commons into private, commercialized property. This appropriation of indigenous resources for financial gain, with scarcely any recognition or compensation, is just one of the latest forms of colonialism.

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7-albums-for-daily-meditation

28/04/2020

7 albums for daily meditation and reflection

During this uncertain time, many of us are having to spend longer periods of time alone. Whilst this comes with its challenges, it might also be seen as an opportunity for us to meditate and reflect.

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cards-from-africa

28/04/2020

World Shop Supplier: Cards From Africa

At RISC, we love our postman. His name is Steve and he is always a bright and reliable presence when he drops our mail off at the World Shop. Postal workers like Steve keep us connected during the best of times. However, in the current crisis, keeping us connected also means exposing themselves to risk. Why not give our posties a break this Easter, and instead of sending physical cards, share the story of Cards from Africa, and their card-makers?

Pictured here is Clemence, who lost her parents to illness. She has completed secondary school and is working to earn enough money to go to college and study finance. Her ultimate aim is to work for herself. Other card-makers at Cards from Africa include people who lost their parents to the genocide in Rwanda. Fairly compensated and creative work has helped them to begin to move beyond tragedy, to create lives for themselves that are secure, and characterised by dignity and the possibility of hope.

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heavenly-gardens

28/04/2020

Heavenly Gardens with Alexander Armstrong

Feeling trapped inside during the lockdown? Missing your dose of nature? You may want to escape to beautiful gardens for reflection and contemplation: Heavenly Gardens with Alexander Armstrong.

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the-world-in-80-gardens

28/04/2020

The World in 80 Gardens: The Mediterranean

Monty Don visits gardens in Morocco and Italy where the world os Islam and Christianity came together.

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pea-and-broad-bean-risotto

28/04/2020

pea and broad bean risotto

Try out Food4Families latest recipe pea and broad bean risotto.

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the-tiny-veg-patch

28/04/2020

the tiny veg patch

Get creative with growing in whatever space you have with the Tiny Veg Patch. Learn how to grow some rocket and many other things.

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my-hero-is-you

28/04/2020

my hero is you

It's a new book for children from WHO and a Haringey author, about Covid-19. Here is the link and free to download.

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george monibot

14/04/2020

Check out George Monbiot's article

Across the world, Covid-19 has triggered community action on a vast scale. It’s a powerful riposte to both government and private money

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14/04/2020

Focus: Wangari Maathai

Kenyan environmentalist. In 1977, she spearheaded the struggle against state-backed deforestation in Kenya and founded the Green Belt Movement, which has planted some 45 million trees in the country. She has also been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and democratic development. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Wangari died on Sept. 25, 2011. Watch this short documentary Wangari Maathai at 80

Children can learn about Wangari Maathai by reading one of the story books stocked by Hive or watch the reading of Planting The Trees of Kenya

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14/04/2020

Survival International

Survival International calls for protection of indigenous territories as “a matter of life and death”.

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14/04/2020

Coronavirus, capitalism and global inequality series

You can watch this online event organised by Global Justice Now! on the 9th of April using Zoom.

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14/04/2020

World Shop Supplier: Zaytoun

We may be on hiatus at the World Shop, but that doesn't mean we've stopped engaging with fair trade. Now more than ever we want to highlight the networks of trade, global supply chains, and human stories that link us, because it is evident that we are all connected. To that end, every week we will be bringing you a new supplier story. This week we want to talk about Zaytoun:

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14/04/2020

cookery blog

Check out Food4Families new cookery blog:

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14/04/2020

You Can Grow for Food

Watch You Can Grow for Food A lovely little film that encourages families and children to grow their own food

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14/04/2020

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo is remembering Manu Dibango who died on the 24 March in this beatiful song

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planting fruit trees

01/04/2020

planting fruit trees

It’s not too late to plant a fruit tree in a container in your garden. Some mail order nurseries still have stock and the Orchard Project has all the information you need to grow in containers.


Primary School Activities

01/04/2020

Primary School Activities

The Orchard Project has a range of free primary school activities that fit with the National Curriculum - from insect lifestyles to dried apple-ring making.


Favourite roof garden plants

01/04/2020

Favourite roof garden plants: Mulberry

Morus nigra

Mulberries were introduced by the Romans The fruit is juicy, delicious & great for jam, pies and infused vodka. The expression Caught Red Handed refers to the tell tale evidence if you scrump mulberries. Suttons has a great new dwarf variety, Charlotte Russe, which fruits in its first year over a long period & is suitable for containers.


Favourite roof garden plants

01/04/2020

Favourite roof garden plants: Wild garlic

Allium ursinum

If you go for a (self isolated) walk in the woods look (& sniff) out for the shiny spear-shaped leaves of ransoms. Alternatively this is the time to buy bulbs ‘in the green’ and plant in a damp shady part of your garden. The pretty white flowers can garnish a salad, while the leaves make a great pesto or flavouring for nettle soup. Remember, you must forage responsibly & do not remove wild plants from their habitat.


Nettle Soup

01/04/2020

Nettle Soup

The young nettle shoots beginning to show in your garden right now make a delicious nutritious soup.

ingredients

method

  1. wash nettle tips carefully wearing rubber gloves
  2. melt butter and add chopped potatoes and onion/leek – cook gently till soft
  3. add nettles and garlic and cook for a few minutes
  4. add stock, milk, salt and pepper. simmer for 10 minutes
  5. liquidize. sieve if necessary
  6. serve the bright green soup with a swirl of cream or yoghurt and fresh crusty bread