BBC responds to my badger!

I waste copious amounts of time on Facebook, but some of it is put to good use by using Tearfund’s Superbadger application to email the powers that be to do good in the world. I recently used it to email the BBC about their insistence that George Alagiah step down as patron of the Fairtrade Foundation. Here is their response and the original email. Original email: “Regarding the forced resignation of George Alagiah as Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation, the BBC is concerned that Fairtrade causes a ‘potential conflict of…

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Carrying the can for clean water and sanitation

My friend Tim from Journey Beyond is taking part in an interesting protest on July 2nd, and you are all welcome to participate. Along with friends and colleagues, he will be scooping up 20 litres of water from the Thames and carrying it on his head to Number 10 Downing Street. Tearfund petition postcards will be handed to Gordon Brown, asking for better water and sanitation for the world’s poor. “About 900 million people, out of sight, collect dirty water and carry it long distances everyday” Tim explains. “Imaging, in…

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Climate Change Day of Action in Coventry

For the campaigners amongst you, I was sent this information to pass on.”Join others in Coventry for our Climate Change Day of Action on 19 March.What’s in store? The day will be made up of three parts.1. Service, Coventry Cathedral12pm: The day will start with a joint service with CAFOD, featuring music and performances. James Hansen, the renowned climatologist, will provide a call to arms with his keynote speech, while the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, will explain the theological response to climate change.2. Carnival parade1.30pm: Then we will join…

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Put People First: March for jobs, justice and climate

I get sent a lot of information (a hang over from my editing days), and I thought I might start posting a bit more of it. For those of you who feel the need to get active in protest about the state of our world consider this… “On 2 April the leaders of 20 of the world’s biggest economies meet in London to tackle the recession and global financial crisis. Even before the banking collapse caused recession, the world suffered vast poverty and inequality and faced the looming threat of…

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Ed Milliband responds to Climate Change Badger

I use Superbadger, and if you use Facebook you should too. It’s an effective way for internet users to lobby government for justice on international and global issues. I badgered Ed Milliband the new minister on climate change. Here’s the response: Hi Thanks for emailing me about European action on climate change. You’re right that some people see the economic trouble and say we should scale back what we do to tackle climate change. But we know from the Stern report that the longer we wait, the higher the cost.…

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Tesco respond to Superbadger!

Another response this time from Tesco on the issue of making own brand coffee fair trade: Dear PhilThank you for your email, addressed to Sir Terry Leahy, asking for all Tesco own brand coffee to be certified as Fairtrade. Sir Terry has asked me to reply on his behalf.I would like to assure you that Fairtrade is strongly supported by Tesco. Fairtrade guarantees that farmers in the developing world are paid a fair price. This price covers the cost of production, plus an extra premium that’s invested in the local…

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