Water

Last Friday was Blog Action Day and thousands of bloggers all shared one theme to raise it’s profile. Water. To my shame I was too busy and hadn’t pre-written anything. So here are some water related facts they sent me: The problem of scarce clean water: Nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water, which causes a litany of struggles, diseases and even death. 40 Billion Hours: African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually…

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Blog Action Day: Water

Once a year there is a concerted effort by bloggers on one day to raise an issue above the line on the blogosphere. The theme is voted for and you get to write what you like on that theme. This year the theme is: water. Rich with symbolism for the Christian and essential to life this is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. So on the 15th October why not join in and put your blog to good use of raising the issue of water above the normal dross…

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Typhoo claim all their tea is fair trade even if isn't 'fair trade'

A while ago I sent an email (scroll down) to Typhoo using the Facebook Superbadger App. I got this interesting reply which basically says, ‘we’re the good guys – all our products are fair and certifying them fair trade wouldn’t make any difference.’ I think. What’s your take on it? “I am writing with regards to your recent correspondence requesting that Typhoo become a Fair-trade labelled tea. We fully understand your concerns and would like to highlight that, whilst Typhoo wholeheartedly support the Fair-trade movement and would endorse any initiatives…

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Letwin responds to Badger

I regularly use the Facebook application Superbadger from Tearfund to send emails to politicians on issues of justice for the poor. I find it an easy way to stay involved. Recently I sent this email to Oliver Letwin of the Conservative Party. “In recent years, we have seen progress made towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and I welcome the commitment that your party has pledged to spend 0.7% of GNI on international development. But with 1.4 billion people still living on less than $1.25 a day, more still…

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Government responds to trade badger

A while ago I used the Facebook application Superbadger to hassle the government over trade justice. This is the email I sent, with their reply below. “Dear Minister Almost two years after EPA talks were due to conclude, negotiations are far from over. More than half of the ACP countries have not reached any form of agreement because of their deep concern with the proposed deals. Following the 2007 deadline for wrapping up EPAs, the European Commission promised to be more flexible. Instead it has: • continued to push countries…

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Starbucks respond

A while ago I emailed Starbucks to welcome their move to Fairtrade espresso, this is their reply “Dear Mr WhittallThank you for taking the time to contact Starbucks. Please know that we really appreciate hearing from you and value your support of our move to 100% Fairtrade certified espresso. This year we’re also doubling our purchases of Fairtrade certified coffee making Starbucks the largest purchaser of Fairtrade coffee in the world. This move will benefit tens of thousands of coffee farmers by providing them with a fair price for their…

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Cadbury responds to badger

Recently I’ve used Tearfunds’ Facebook app Superbadger to email various companies and governments about social justice issues. Even if I’m not 100% confident on the issues I want the company/government to think and respond. I believe in Fairtrade (although not all my readers agree as you can see here) as a means of redressing some imbalances in our trading system, ‘honest weights and measures’ in the Bible so this is a piece of good news. I don’t agree and I’m glad to say Cadbury’s don’t either. Here’s their response to…

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Nestle respond to badger

I also emailed Nestle urging them to use Fairtrade across their products and not to use sources involving child labour. This is the blurb Tearfund used to urge us to email, “Nestlé is on a mission to ‘improve their products to ensure they can be enjoyed as part of a balanced, healthy lifestyle’. They’re re-launching Kit Kat – their best selling biscuit – now free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Despite this, the recipe is still tainted by an ingredient much nastier than an E number – child slave…

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