Earth Day 2018 Buy Woman Owned

Here’s how to help the planet on Earth Day 2018: Commit to Buying Woman Made & Woman Owned. Support eco-friendly women owned businesses with your dollars and your word of mouth advertising. Increase sustainability and women’s share of world trade. Studies show that when the resources are directed toward the women, everyone and Mother Earth benefits.

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Sales act like micro-credit loans:
  • That don’t have to be paid back
  • That provide consistent yields and self-sufficiency
  • That allow women to invest in our lives, communities, and businesses according to our priorities
  • Supporting and investing in women’s priorities will change our world in good and sustainable ways
  1. Surround yourself with women who have the same interests you have, and strengths you don’t have.
  2. Make friends with folks who bring you sustainable perspectives that challenge the status quo.
  3. Help Women of Color become leaders in your community and the world.
  4.  Come join us! Sell your products on GreenWomanStore.com.
“There is more to standing
than simply having standing, and more
to understanding than simply falling down;
There is standing your own ground.”

Excerpt from Queen of Swords by Judy Grahn l987.

earth day 2018 buy woman owned

“Investment in women drives social change, leading to economic prosperity in communities. That’s called the ‘women effect’. It’s very much an extension of socially responsible investing.” Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation.

The photo to the left shows Chipko Women in Northern Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1994 hugging a tree to protect it from being cut down. These women started a movement that helped to save the world. Thank you Max Dashu via Pamela Singh for the image of women’s strength and commitment.​​​​​​​

Happy Earth Day 2018! It’s taken us 5,000 years to come full circle, to see women’s role as central to civilization again, to re-turn to sustainability, peaceful coexistence with Mother Earth and each other — we are post-patriarchy now. Watch us rise!

 

Reduce Waste, Help Your Environment & Curb Climate Change

Use reusable produce bags called Bunch Bags at greenwomanstore.comI think we have all been trying to reduce waste, especially plastic waste for sometime now. Some of our local laws have helped us in this direction by prohibiting grocery outlets handing out free plastic bags that end up in the ocean (and in our seafood), in trees, and in already pushed to the limit landfills.

The awareness of plastic straws is currently in the forefront and we are glad for that education too. I found bamboo straws for sale at our healthy food store. Keeping a few of these in our car will be a big help! Along with glass and ceramic food containers for meals to-go.

Here are more simple ways to reduce waste and help your environment:

  • Reusable Produce Bags
  • Clean Your Plate to Curb Climate Change
  • Use & Store Stainless Steel, Glass or Bamboo Straws
  • Buy in Bulk to Eliminate Packaging
  • Bring Your Own Paper Bags to Your Farmers Markets
  • Keep Cutlery & Containers in Your Purse & Car
  • Bring Your Coffee Mug to Cafes for Refills
  • Reduce Animal Waste & Eat Vegetarian
  • Buy “Ugly” Fruits & Veggies — They are often the tastiest!

 

Agriculture is a major driver of climate change, accounting for more than 20% of overall global greenhouse gas emissions. Between 30 and 40% of food produced around the world is never eaten. It is spoiled after harvest, during transportation, and/or thrown away by food stores and consumers. That’s us! We can help prevent waste and curb climate change by “cleaning our plates,” and buying only what our families will eat each week, deeply reducing food waste and the greenhouse gasses it produces.

Most of us shop weekly either at food stores or farmers markets. This requires us to estimate how much food we ourselves, or our family, will eat in a week. We can make better use of our freezers by packaging the greens that remain in our produce bins into a glass jar for soup the following week. This could include things like onion and garlic peels, veggie stems, etc. All these micro-nutrient rich food stuffs that contribute to “garbage” in landfills and climate change could be contributing to our overall health!

Reduce Animal Waste & Eat Vegetarian. We must also address the environmental impact of factory farming. Did you know that agribusiness, industrial food, and large scale farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming. Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), contribute directly to global warming by releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere—more than the entire global transportation industry. The air at some factory farm test sites in the U.S. is dirtier than in America’s most polluted cities.

Freezing in glass jars is easy if you leave the lid on the counter until the contents has frozen. Leaving the jar lid on the counter, in plain sight, helps you to remember to put the lid on the jar in the freezer.later. Better soups, more nutritious broths and sauces, and we feel we are contributing in yet another way to improve our environment and reduce the effects of climate change on our own communities and those around the world.

"Ugly" or misshapen foods are healthy, nutritious, and sometimes more delicious -- especially if a sunspot/sun kissed spot “Ugly” or misshapen foods are healthy, nutritious, and sometimes more delicious — especially if a sunspot/sun kissed spot is what makes it “ugly.” I find this to be true especially with fruits such as apricots, nectarines, apples an plumbs, even grapes. The best tasting are the ones kissed by the sun! Keeping these foods out of landfills is a most important effort being carried out by forward thinking folks around the world. The land, water, and human effort it takes to grow all food is to be respected. Have fun with ugly foods, and teach children to appreciate the efforts it takes to grow nutritious foods.

I’ve noticed that some American women over 90 are holding on to the outdated behavior and belief that “A lady always leaves a bit of food on her plate.” In India this would be an insult to the cook — and indeed an insult to Mother Earth everywhere! It’s time for all of us to shop for, cook, and help ourselves to only as much food as we plan to ingest — and clean our plates — no matter our age!

It snowed in Rome this week. Climate Change is effecting us all, and will take all of us to turn it around.Reducing food waste is not a focus of governments at the moment, so we must pick up this effort as a personal and family ethic. It snowed in Rome this week. Climate Change is effecting us all, and will take all of us to turn it around.

 

G20 Gender Equality News

The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) was at the G20 meeting this month and sends us a lot of good news from around the world.

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Women cover themselves as they make their way through the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

“All G20 countries have committed to promote gender equality through adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meaningful climate action needs to tackle gender inequality and contribute to promoting, respecting and fulfilling all human rights. Women must play a critical role in addressing climate change, and barriers to unequal engagement and opportunities be overcome, through collaborative efforts of men and women.” CARE International on G20 and Climate Resilience

In many countries, there tends to be a disparity between sexes: women’s roles are often carers and providers of food and water, and they have a lack of access to resources and decision-making power, making them particularly at risk. In both the U.N. Development Program Gender Equality Index and the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index, there are no G20 countries among the top five most gender equal.

With regard to the countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions – which outline each country’s contribution to the Paris Agreement – only Mexico devotes a specific section on gender and climate change, with Brazil, India and Indonesia at least mentioning gender. The other G20 countries fail to address gender in their National Data Collections. Thus, there is definitely more work ahead.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOWEDO is a global advocacy organization established in 1991 by former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug (1920-1998) and feminist activist and journalist Mim Kelber (1922-2004). It grew out of an extraordinary group of women, including Bella and Gloria Steinem, who started Women USA in 1979, and became the organization it is today through the vision of WEDO pioneers, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, Thais Corral, and many others. In 2011, WEDO celebrated its official 20th anniversary!

G20 gender equality news from WEDODon’t Believe in Climate Change? Take a Trip to Vanuatu – This series of photos shows you how climate change is impacting many in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, and why women, who are closer to the affects of climate change should participate in developing solutions for their community to cope with climate change.

With a Touch of Paint, Women Slum Dwellers Battle Extreme Heat – India’s women slum dwellers  used  to suffer from summer heat. Now with a program that paints slum dwellers’ roofs with reflective white paint and trains women with other techniques that reduce reliance on firewood, women slum dwellers are equipped with the knowledge to cope with climate change and its impacts.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOSolar Energy Powers Clean Water, Business Opportunities for Refugees – Practical and affordablez solar energy is being deployed on a growing scale to provide essential services for refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East.

Namibia: Rural Women Want Better Govt Service – Lack of access to potable water and proper healthcare are just two of the major issues rural women face in Namibia. At this year’s session of the fifth rural women’s parliament with men held under the theme ‘Parliament gives a voice to rural women and men on the Sustainable Development Goals’, the report demands more government support for rural women is sent to the National Council.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOEducation, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace  – Two-thirds of all illiterate adults in the world are women, and more than 260 million children and young people are out of school. Access to education often has a trickle-down effect, helping boost food, health, economic  security, and gender equality, all of which are also essential Sustainable Development Goals.

Indigenous Knowledge Crucial to Tackling Climate Change – Traditional skills and knowledge should be seen as a complement, not a barrier, to scientific knowledge and climate adaptation efforts.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOAll-Girls Teen Engineering Team Creates a Solar-powered Tent for Homeless People – Wonderful news! An all-girls science club from San Fernando Senior High School near Los Angeles has designed a solar-powered tent meant to help homeless and displaced people to have temporary proper shelters.

How Solar Energy Has Empowered Communities in Rural Assam – The advent of solar energy in three villages has had a transformative impact on primary healthcare and other daily activities of rural Assamese communities.

G20 gender equality news from WEDO

Shahida Khatun at the solar-powered primary health centre in Birsing char in Assam. Credit: PARI/Ratna Bharali Talukdar

Women and girls from every region of the world
are creating a mass movement for climate justice.

The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice is a global campaign organized collectively by a group of regionally diverse women’s rights and feminist organizations brought together by the urgent need for just action on climate change.

G20 gender equality news from WEDO

Launched on July 14th 2015, the campaign aims to encourage actions from women’s groups, feminist initiatives and allied organizations in all regions, countries, cities and communities around the world as well as coordinated actions. WEDO has played a central role in organizing and facilitating the campaign as both a partner organization and member of the coordinating committee.

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Parthenon of Banned Books – The Good News Wins

'Parthenon' made of books built at site of Nazi book burningEvents of the world take turns toward the good in abundance. A Parthenon of Banned Books and the good news wins again!

The news of an art exhibit showcasing books banned by nazis built in exactly the place where nazis burned the same books, and with exactly the same dimensions as the Parthenon, is very good news in deed for Germans and the world.

We are consistently amazed at how creative today’s artists and activists are in their responses to political affairs, past, present and future. Young feminists carrying their rape soaked mattress to class because the perpetrator is still on campus unpunished. Black Lives Matter founders and activists standing up daily speaking truth to power.

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

Activists hanging a “RESIST” sign above the white house days after the recent presidential election. Food activists producing documentaries to educate us all on what goes on behind the scenes of our food industry. Global scientists and health educators gathering in all sorts of ways to educate us about glyphosate/RoundUp and the health and environmental harm of the past three decades.

2017 world environment day : connecting humans with natureThe United Nations’ 2017 World Environment Day is dedicated to “Connecting People to Nature.” The modern coming together of science and religion, or spirituality, is making evident the connection between humans and nature vs. humans having power over nature. This ancient way of living in respect of nature/Mother Earth will bring about sustainability quicker than anything. We humans will demand balance between consumerism and borrowing resources from future generations. Judy Grahn says in her interview for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit: “We make greener choices when we have ways to really identify with Nature.” 

Vegetarianism is growing worldwide, conscious consumerism is gaining ground especially here in the U.S. where it can really make a difference, corporations are being forced to use less toxic ingredients, the number of organic farms is increasing with the number of women farmers growing daily.

scientists-marchStates are responding with increased participation in the Paris Climate Agreement when our nation state announced it is pulling out. South Africans are organizing boycotts of U.S. corporations causing the climate change and the desertification of their rich agricultural lands. Scientists are organizing for climate change exactly when need them to do so.

PussyHat Project eve-olves to the Welcome Blanket ProjectCitizens of the world are planting milkweed to support dwindling numbers of Monarch Butterflies, and the number of backyard beehives is growing in response to the tragic collapse of bee colonies worldwide. The PussyHat Project has Eve-volved to become the Welcome Blanket Project: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”

This list of good news grows every day. Let us not stay in despair too long when we hear the bad news, because the good news is soon to follow. Search it out and then share it.

Earth Day Eco-Feminism & Resources

Well, we certainly need Feminism on this Earth Day 2017! Eco-Feminists have long made the connection between the oppression of women and earth’s degradation and resource exploitation. Earth Day Eco-Feminism is an important and essential part of the Climate Change Solution. As we say at Green Woman Store:

“Green Women make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity, conservation, and human development needs” 

earth Day eco-Feminism Chipko Women in India saving their trees from logging. “Chipko” means “to hug.”

Chipko Women in India saving their trees from logging. “Chipko” means “to hug.” Eco-Feminists Extraordinaire!

 

Earth Day April 22, 2017 Individual Actions:

 

Earth Day Eco-Feminism

Feminism Telesummit with Dr.Asoka Bandarage - Women, Sustainability and Climate ChangeWe interviewed Asoka for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. This is what Asoka said about Earth Day Feminism:

“Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.”

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Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.

Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say:

“Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.”

earth day eco-feminismPoor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.

  • Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
  • Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
  • Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
  • Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
  • Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
  • There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
  • Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
  • 1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
  • The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.

There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.

Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Women, Sustainability and Climate Change

Here’s a little bit more about Asoka, one of our global woman warriors for the earth:
Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the EconomyDr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comAsoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.

Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

As we say at GreenWomanStore.com: “Increasing market access for women promotes sustainability, for when the resources return to the women, everyone benefits.” So, shop woman-made and support female owned businesses on Earth Day and every day!

 

Why Eat Organic by Sandi Star

WHY EAT ORGANIC?  

This article is by Sandi Star, Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Nutritionist, and founder of Karmic-Health.com.

Why Eat Organic – The Inside Scoop with Sandi Star of Karmic-Health.com“By eating organic foods, you limit your exposure to synthetic insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, because organic farming avoids using these chemicals. Additionally, by eating organic foods, you limit your intake of growth hormones and antibiotics, because organic meat and dairy farmers are prohibited from using hormones and antibiotics in organic livestock and dairy production. Finally, by eating organic foods, you limit your intake of GMO (genetically modified) foods because organic farmers cannot raise genetically modified crops or livestock — or use production aids/feeds that are genetically modified.” Sandi J. Star, HHP, CNC, Founder of  KarmicHealth.com

 The Organic Difference

Sandi Star has been eating and recommending organic foods for some time. It’s an important part of her service as a Health Practitioner. She believes it’s  important for us to know why we would go to the store and pay more for our food:

Can we justify our commitment to preventative medicine, which is what food is supposed to be.

We pay for your health now by buying organic and non-GMO food, or we pay later in health care costs. This is what Sandi Star tells her patients. She believes that our food needs to be our medicine because good nutrition is what makes our body thrive. Sandi doesn’t think enough of us are questioning where our food comes from, or that we have a good understanding about the toxic affects that Monsanto’s GMOs have on our diets.

PESTICIDES ARE AN ESTIMATED $35 BILLION INDUSTRY ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION TONNES OF CHEMICALS DEPOSITED INTO THE ENVIRONMENT ANNUALLY

EAT ORGANIC – THE INSIDE SCOOP:

When it comes to Monsanto’s RoundUp, remember non-organic animals are fed grains and foods that are sprayed with RoundUp — and we are eating what they ate — RoundUp is present in the muscle of meat. Cows are rapidly fattened up with grain-based feeds, usually made with a base of soy or corn. The conventionally raised cows are often given drugs and hormones to grow faster, as well as antibiotics to survive the unsanitary living conditions. Cows are meant to eat grass which gives them a lot of Omega’s in the meat whereas cows fed grains cause inflammation in our body. Big difference.

There are new antibiotic rules for 2017 you might have seen news about that are worth a further look. Farmers are being required to work with a Veterinarian to treat their livestock with antibiotics. Antibiotics and hormones are a serious issue within the meat industry because farmers are now obtaining antibiotics without a prescription. We have to question the integrity and expertise of each veterinarian working with farmers and hope they use these drugs only when necessary. Remember, antibiotics are prohibited in organic farming. Organic Farmers take care of the environment by allowing the cows to graze in fields as opposed to keeping them confined where disease can easily spread.

The National Organic Program (NOP) develops the rules and regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board (a Federal Advisory Committee made up of fifteen members of the public) and the public.

Why Eat Organic – The Inside Scoop with Sandi Star at Karmic-Health.comThe “organic” food label identifies food grown with sustainable practices that:

Rely on natural biological systems for pest and weed control, synthetic pesticides, herbicides and soil fumigants.

Improves the quality and fertility of our soil

Protects water quality locally, nationally and globally

Reduces soil erosion

Reduces the impact of agriculture on our environment

Produces high quality, nutritious and great tasting food

Does not use genetic engineering

Does not use sewage sludge as fertilizer

WE GET MORE NUTRITION EATING ORGANIC!

Here are some studies:

In a 2002 University of Missouri study, chemists were shocked to discover that smaller, organically grown, oranges delivered 30 percent more vitamin C than the large conventionally grown ones. Certified nutritionist Virginia Worthington found that a serving of organic lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage provided the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, but not so for the same veggies grown by conventional farming.

Worthington reported that organically grown fruits and vegetables outpaced their conventional counterparts with as much as 27% more vitamin C, 21% more iron, 29%t more magnesium, 13.6% more phosphorus, and 18% more polyphenols. Polyphenols are a group of plant compounds such as bioflavonoids, flavanols, and pycnogenols. They are anti-inflammatory and have a wide range of health benefits, including protection against allergies, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and more. The organics also showed 15% fewer nitrates and heavy metals than the conventional foods.

Here’s another interesting point. These phytonutrients, such as polyphenols and antioxidants, protect both people and plants. Pesticides — insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides — actually block a plant’s ability to manufacture these important plant compounds. Without them, plants are handicapped and too weak to fight off pests. The organic farmer, on the other hand, builds up these important nutrients by feeding the soil, emboldening the plants to naturally defend themselves against pests and disease.

In a study of antioxidants in organic and conventionally grown fruits, scientists found higher concentrations of valuable vitamin C, vitamin E, and other antioxidants in the organic foods. They theorized that the organically grown fruits developed more antioxidants as a defense and repair mechanism against insects when grown without the use of pesticides.

A 2007 study by researchers at the University of California-Davis, for example, found that organic tomatoes had nearly twice as much flavonoids as industrial tomatoes. Flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, and naringenin have been found to reduce cardiovascular disease. The UC-Davis study suggested that industrial tomatoes may have fewer of the metabolites because they are over-fertilized. When researchers at Washington State University compared organic strawberries and industrial ones, they found that the organic berries had 8.5% higher antioxidant activity, 9.7& more ascorbic acid, and 10.5% more phenolic than industrial berries. Finally, a January 2011 study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that milk from cows raised organically in the UK had higher levels of beneficial fatty acids.

THE DIRECT TOXICITY OF ROUNDUP/GLYPHOSATE

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp) is presented by Monsanto as a benign chemical for weed control which is inactivated in the soil. However, this is far from the case. Glyphosate interferes with enzymes in plants and microbes because of its ability to chelate (bind) trace metals and by its antibiotic action (RoundUp is patented for both). Other chemicals used in formulated products sold to farmers and gardeners enhance RoundUp’s toxic effects.

Commonly claimed to be only present in higher plants for production of essential amino acids, alkaloids etc., WRONG – important – microbiota in soils supports plant growth mineral uptake mammals supports gut organisms,

GLYPHOSATE: A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BIOLOGICAL MOLECULE :

Kills SOIL bacteria, compromising soil quality and plant growth.

Kills GUT bacteria – compromising digestion, contributing or leading to Leaky Gut/Gut Permeability, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Autism, Obesity, Cancer and Endocrine Disruption.

I could go on and on. There is a lot of research showing the toxic effects of RoundUp despite Monsanto’s continuing claims that it is safe. RoundUp is not safe and there are numerous studies that prove it.

ROUNDUP INGREDIENTS:

I looked up the MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet) on Round Up and found the following:

Active ingredient Potassium salt of N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine; {Potassium salt of glyphosate} Composition COMPONENT CAS No. % by weight (approximate) Potassium salt of glyphosate 70901-12-1 49

Other ingredients 51. The specific chemical identity is being withheld because it is trade secret information of Monsanto Company. Needed to put that in bold!

Now doesn’t every ingredient in everything else that has to do with food legally have to be disclosed? This is interesting because on the MSDS it clearly states Do NOT contaminate water when disposing of rinse waters. That alone would make me nervous to try it on food and one of the obvious reasons to go organic.

It also has a list of ECOLOGICAL information showing the toxic effects on our ecological system. It goes on to say it is “practically nontoxic” to our honey bee. What do they mean by “practically” anyhow? My question would be then why are we losing so many of these bees and what else could possibly be doing it? According to Monsanto’s website they are working with organizations to save the bees which puts out a mixed message. Let’s just stop putting toxic chemicals in the ground to begin with.

Advice to doctors it goes onto say; This product is not an inhibitor of cholinesterase which is basically denying studies that show it inhibits an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine thereby increasing both the level and duration of action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which as we know can cause neurological concerns.

CONCLUSION

This is a huge area in need of awareness and more research so I invite you to start your own research by questioning where your food comes from for starters. I’ve dedicated many years in creating awareness that will impact our nation’s focus on disease prevention. I am so grateful I had that curiosity years ago, as it changed my life, my health and my appreciation for old school ways of farming. Just as we give our kids the nutrition and support they need to grow into healthy, productive adults with a purpose, we should also support our food systems that fuel them.

SOME GREAT RESOURCES:

CCOF works to level the playing field for California’s organic producers. CCOF members and other supporters came together to help pass the recently enacted California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA). COFFA ends duplicative paperwork for CCOF-certified farmers and makes other important reforms to support the next chapter in organic agriculture.

Learn about COFFA and how you can get involved in other CCOF-led campaigns at https://www.ccof.org/advocacy

Oregon Tilth is a leading nonprofit certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products since 1974. Their mission to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable and find practical ways to tackle big challenges. Their mission is to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, social equity, policy and the marketplace.

Learn more about getting involved at https://tilth.org/about

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS also provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country.

Learn more at https://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams

SOURCES:

[1] https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic

[2] http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-46

[3] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110116214603.htm

[4] http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/07/02/uk-parliamentary-meeting-brings-dangers-roundup-public-focus/#.WNAm0W_yuUm

[5] http://www.roundup.ca/_uploads/documents/RT540Liquid-Canada-EN.O15.pdf

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetylcholinesterase_inhibitor

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Feminist Scholars on the U.S. Presidency

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Just so we all know we are not acting alone in our coming efforts to maintain a peaceful world and functioning democracy, you will be strengthened by reading this all-encompassing public statement by scholarly women of grit:

Summary of Statement:

  • We must protect the right to protest and dissent.
  • We must insist that the media be allowed to do its job.
  • We must reject compromise.
  • Our number 1 priority is to Resist.
  • We must denounce militarization at home & abroad.
  • We must resist climate change denial.
  • We must resist autocracy.
  • We must push ourselves into more precise, radical analytical frameworks.
  • We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House. Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. We can only assume that the hostile climate and anxiety about what is to come were contributing factors. The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.

We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.

We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking, teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.

The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So – what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people we love.

See all the signatories here. 

 

Holiday Boycott Buycott

Buycott App to boycott consumer goods

Women decide how 85% of every consumer dollar is spent! It’s time to spend our shopping dollars wisely. A Holiday Boycott Buycott is called for to protect our progressive social and economic priorities. Boycott the corporations that are controlling our government, our votes, our media, and our food supply.

Definition of fascism: Corporations + Government

Boycott Consumer Goods –  Here is an APP that will make it Easy: BUYCOTT

Boycott Trump: Many of Trump’s major business relationships have already cut ties with him. Still, many of the products we buy continue to have stores in Trump Buildings. Here’s a great list of companies to Boycott Trump: #GrabYourWallet.

Boycott Koch Media, Koch Foods, Koch Industries (261 products), Koch FirearmsHere is how we stop the Tea Party control of local elections, local media, higher education, oil and fracking and their environmental destruction. Many of our household and office paper products are Koch products.

Boycott Monsanto, GMOs, Nestles, etc. Vote with your consumer dollars. I look forward to using this Buycott APP too!

Boycott Corporate Media

It seems we have just experienced a “Media Coup” in our country. The only candidate on television news was D. Trump. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, there are no regulations limiting the number of media outlets any one person can own. Literally all of our television news stations are controlled by right wing Libertarian corporate billionaire supporters of D. Trump  — especially Fox News — the only on air news available in many parts of the U.S. Boycott corporate media! Don’t let yourself be uneducated. Listen, watch, and support Independent Progressive Media where critical issues are discussed.

Here are some suggestions for our Holiday Boycott to begin and continue into the New Year:

Free Speech TV – National Independent News

Link TV – Quality Television Without Borders

ThomHartmann.comNews, Opinion & Debate

DemocracyNow.org – Daily Independent News

In the l960s federal laws brought about social justice reform despite several states that were determined to keep segregation, etc., in place.

Now, in 2017, with the Libertarian right wing and tea party having fought so hard to establish State’s Rights, we will have a different kind of Revolution over the next few years. These newfound States’ Rights will help us to fend off the federal/trump/fascist reforms the right wing establishment will attempt to bring about.

That’s the good news. But we still have to resist. We will have to find rest where we can, and vote with our dollars. Women decide how 85% of every consumer dollar is spent! It’s time to spend our shopping dollars wisely. A Holiday Boycott Buycott is called for to protect our progressive social and economic priorities. Boycott the corporations that are controlling our government, our votes, our media, and our food supply.

Austerity programs (economic/structural reform) promoted by the U.S. and the IMF in countries like Greece and Egypt, are now being promoted to U.S. Citizens in the name of “privatization”  — a  new word for Reagan Economics — which has been responsible for the 30-year decline of America’s blue collar and middle class workers. The demise of our unions was part of this targeted decline because the unions were the biggest financial contributors to the Democratic Party. With the demise of the unions has come the disappearance of our progressive liberal democratic party and it’s funding support base.

With only the Republican Party having financial support, largely from corporations and the Billionaires who own them, some of whom swing back and forth between government positions and their positions as CEOs, our government is now a corporate bureaucracy. These same billionaires own our media, giving rise to the escalation of hate crimes we are seeing today.

So, now, we rise, and women are leading the way. Here are some great articles to brighten your Holy Days:

Bee well and check out our solution to Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change:

 

Mourning-After Political Organizing

Peace Dove jewelryPolitical Organizing for Peace and Freedom are great antidotes to grief, depression and a threatened Democracy. There are many ways we can continue this American journey in a good direction.

First, the Election Victories:

Pramila Jayapal (WA) 1st Indian-American Women Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kamala Harris (CA) 2nd African-American Woman & 1st Indian-American Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate.

Ilhan Omar (MN) 1st Somali-American Elected to a State Legislature.

Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) 1st Latina Elected to the U.S. Senate.

election-1Now, a few suggestions for Mourning-After Political Organizing:

1. Search Out Groups of Like-Minded Citizens: It’s always and all ways important to  be with people of like mind and heart. This is healing for each of us, and what’s good for every one of us is good for the whole, I believe this to be true.

​​​​​​​2. Monitor Congress on CSPAN. Then Call, Write & Email Legislators.  CSPAN is a TV channel with daily coverage of Senate and House of Representatives Hearings live and video taped here. You can also view Supreme Court Arguments and Business here.

3. March With Those Groups Attacked 1st — to Slow the Rise of Oppression: Pastor Martin Niemöller’s speech in 1946 about citizen responsibility and how the impact of oppression is carefully built up from the smallest, most distant group to the largest:

Ds. Martin Niemöller neemt deel aan oecumenische samenkomst in de Grote Kert te Den Haag. Vlnr [Vrnl in spiegelbeeld!] . Ds M.N. W. Smitvoors (van de Haagse Oecumenische Raad), ds. Niemöller en prof. P. Kaetske, predikant van de Duitse Evangelische gemeente in Den Haag *27 mei 1952“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

4. Read Books about Diverse Cultures here: People Called Women Bookstore (PCW) provides the best selection possible of multi-cultural feminist books from around the world. PCW, in Toledo, Ohio, is one of a handful of feminist bookstores remaining in the U.S. and Canada. We are proud to have them as our bookseller! Check out the selection here.
​​​​​​​
 Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears by Penny Rosenwasser5. Explore Women’s Spirituality in all its forms and traditions here. Spirituality and world religions are important for us to understand our common humanity, our common needs, goals and oppressions. Explore these offerings and enrich your spirit here!

6. Donate to Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. These organizations work on all our behalf, providing essential legal representation, education, and monitoring necessary for democratic participation, volunteerism, and donations so they can continue to work harder than ever. Here are just a few we suggest (not in order of importance, some are new to me and may be to you): 

OurRevolution.com. Campaigns End. Revolutions Endure. Our Revolution will revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. See issues here. Get involved here.

American Cilvil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. The ACLU is currently monitoring statements made by the president elect. Donate here.

Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915 out of an International Women’s Congress against World War. WILPF works to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds to work for a permanent peace, and to oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF has national sections in 37 countries, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and maintains a United Nations office in New York City. Get involved here.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs at your local chapter’s page.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) promotes the civil rights of people of color to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.

National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families. Donate here.

National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a pro-choice, multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. Find your state chapter here.

350.ORG is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Join Email List here.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here.

Lakota People’s Law Project is on the front lines at Standing Rock protecting water for all of us. You can watch a video of Phyllis Young, long time water rights expert for the Lakota Nation. speaking to Water Protectors. I have worked with at the U.N. Phyllis has six children and packed the youngest child with her to Geneva in the l970s. Donate here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) works to challenge the global proliferation of pesticides, defend basic rights to health and environmental quality, and work to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. Fighting GMOs in the U.S. and around the world.

Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America. Fill out this survey to learn how to get involved.

Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.

Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. Click here to donate and here to volunteer.

NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.” Click here to donate and click here to volunteer.

PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.

Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and here to donate.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.

Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.

Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.

She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here.

Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate here.

 

Maternal Death Rates & U.S. Health Disparities

pregnant-bellyIn the news this week: Why is the U.S. maternal mortality rate going up?


The U.S. has the only rising maternal mortality rate in the developed world. Rita Henley Jensen broke this story in Women’s eNews! The emphasis now is on keeping premature and low birth weight babies alive vs. maternal care to increase the birth weight of their babies. The reasons women die are embolisms, infections, hemorrhaging and Pre-eclampsia — which is 50% avoidable!

Carolyn Gage interviewed Rita Henley Jensen
for our Feminism Telesummit.

carolyn gage and rita henley jensen on maternal mortality

(You can listen to the free interview here.)

Here is What We Learned: Maternal Death Rates & U.S. Health Disparities

U.S. hospitals are not prepared or equipped to deal with obstetric emergencies!

Women’s mortality rates indicate the effectiveness of a nation’s healthcare system. There is no consistency in state’s reporting of maternal death due to their refusal to add this reason for death on Death Certificates.

African American women die 3 to 4 times more often of pregnancy than white women.

The World Health Organization (WHO) U.S.  Maternal Death Rate statistics are higher than the CDC’s.

African American women experience racism by Medicaid when in pain.
Women need a partner or advocate in delivery! “Every pregnancy needs a Midwife and a Doula,” says Rita.

100 Anti-Abortion Laws were introduced in the first two months of 2015!

What becomes news and what becomes the national conversation is determined by money and polls. Women journalists are widely unreported advocates of women’s stories. Rita Henley Jensen has a tremendous love for basic fairness. She founded Women’s eNews and is impassioned to “change journalism.” Women’s eNews has a focus on optimism, and the push-back by women toward solutions and advocacy to make things happen.

You have to stay informed to make change.” Rita Henley Jensen

More articles:

Jane Crow: Black Maternal Health
To Curb Maternal Death, U.S. Hospitals Urged to Weigh Bleeding Pads
California Project Quietly Battles Maternity Risks
Doctors Open Window on U.S. Maternal Care Crisis
NYC Reports Black Moms’ Risks 12 Times Above Whites
Hospitals Train to Track, React to Maternal Bleeding
Healthy Births, Healthy Moms: Black Maternal Health in America
In Detroit Hospital, Black Babies Are Latching On
Simple Language Helps Catch a Killer: Preeclampsia
National Initiative Tackles Rising U.S. Maternal Deaths
U.S. Hospitals Hinder Black Women’s Breastfeeding
New Twitter Storm Is About Public Breastfeeding

 

Don’t Use Monsanto’s RoundUp

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpAre We Creating Cancer Clusters, Putting Our Health & Property Values at Risk When We Use RoundUp in Our Yards and Gardens, Parks and Recreation Areas, Schools and Senior Communities?

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is predicted that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2016. We’re experiencing a cancer epidemic, and evidence is growing that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this disturbing trend.

I would like to see a 1970 to 2016 graph paralleling the growth of cancer rates globally alongside the worldwide growth and sale of Monsanto’s RoundUp-Ready Crop/Seed/Fertilizer/Herbicide Systems.

DIY – Safe Weed Killer = No RoundUp:

1 gallon of white vinegar. (More Uses for Vinegar Here.)

4-6 oz lemon juice.

½-cup castile soap. (More uses here.)

Salt for extra strength! (Not good for brick or plants.)

Fill your spray bottle and label with the recipe.

 

When transitioning from lawns to sustainable landscaping, the last thing we want to create is a “Cancer Cluster” in our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Don't use Monsanto RoundupUnless we are very specific about what chemicals we want and don’t want used on our properties, landscaping companies are using pesticides and herbicides like Roundup to kill existing lawns and weeds, as well as other systemic neonicotinoid insecticides that have been identified by the EPA to weaken bees’ immune systems causing colony collapse.

Important: Let your landscapers and Home Owners Associations know you do not want RoundUp used on your property!

The international scientific community announced two very loud wake-up calls in March 2016.

First, the U.N. World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer released a consensus report that RoundUp is a “probable carcinogen.” A few days later, a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that RoundUp can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria.

In addition to these findings, there’s a growing body of evidence of health impacts associated with exposure to RoundUp such as endocrine disruption, organ damage and birth defects. The facts are established: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to humans and animals.

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ RoundUp/Glyphosate

Don't use Monsanto Roundup

Use Organic Tampons!

Most of the cotton production in the U.S. is genetically modified cotton that is resistant to RoundUp. The cotton is sprayed with RoundUp when the bud is open and the RoundUp/glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.

RoundUp is the most popular weed killer in the U.S. and Roundup Ready cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand applications of the RoundUp – but we cannot withstand this toxin without experiencing health effects! And if we are not using organic cotton in all instances, we are using RoundUp in these intimate applications. We carry organic Menstrual options here.

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected Roundup in 75% of our rain and air samples.

Roundup is also found in our food supply, streams, ground water, and Mothers’ Breast Milk. Roundup is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied, contaminating our drinking water.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpDo we want to contribute to this contamination?

We are trying to save water with our new more sustainable landscapes and conservation efforts — not destroy it, along with our health! To make matters worse, weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to RoundUp, prompting a new stronger product that’s a mix of glyphosate and the herbicide 2,4-D.

Do we want to contribute to this resistance? Let us heed Rachel Carson’s 1962 warning! Today’s experts are saying RoundUp is worse than DDT.

The U.S. and Canada are conducting formal reviews of RoundUp’s safety, lawsuits are pending, and some groups are calling for a global ban.

The European Union Parliament voted to ban RoundUp for most uses in April 2016; 30,000 of Argentina’s doctors have demanded Roundup be banned because it is associated with spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin disease, neurological disease and respiratory illness.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, said RoundUp has been found in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, showing the chemical has been absorbed by the body. A summary of this study was published in The Lancet Oncology.

I do think landscape companies are unethical that offer RoundUp as a viable solution for our transition to drought tolerant landscaping. Why endanger the ground water when we are trying to save ground water???

Please consider the health of humans, pets, wildlife, bees and other pollinating insects – not to mention property values if cancer rates skyrocket in your community creating a “Cancer Cluster.” There are safe and sustainable options to RoundUp.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpMonarch Butterflies are becoming extinct due to RoundUp.

RoundUp has killed off most of the Milkweed plant across our nation, and it’s the only plant Monarch caterpillars eat while fattening up to become butterflies. I plant Milkweed in my yard to give the Monarchs food and a place to lay their eggs.

Let’s give Monarchs and our Self a helping hand by demanding our local stores stop selling RoundUp. Boycotts are a good call in this situation. Let your local store owners know that you will be back when they discontinue these products.

I called my local Ace Hardware that I rely on often, spoke to the manager, and let her know that local health and our water supply trumps corporate policy. I will not shop there as long as RoundUp is on their shelves.

Bee well, and vote Genny

5 Candidates for Woman Secretary General of the UN

UN woman secretary general campaign 2016

Wolman Secretary General of the UN

How important it is for U.S. women to know about and be involved in international affairs. Our media does not cover global politics in a way that helps us understand the strength and importance of women’s participation in political affairs around the world.

This campaign to nominate 5 Candidates for Woman Secretary General of the UN is an opportunity for all of us to become involved by educating ourselves and with our donations. I invite you to do both as you read about these women’s leadership and work on all our behalf, and listen to the candidates in their own words in the very short videos linked below.

Shazia Rafi feminism telesummitWe learned about this Campaign when Carolyn Gage interviewed Shazia Rafi for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to Shazia’s interview here.

Here is how this Campaign began: In February 2015, a group of like-minded women came together to launch this campaign to elect a woman as Secretary-General of the United Nations when Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of 2016.

These like-minded women from academia and civil society with a long record of engagement with the United Nations formed a core planning group to enact a plan of action. They welcome others to join the campaign, both men and women, individuals and organizations alike. It’s time!

Here are the 5 Candidates for Woman Secretary General of the UN
(Read more on each Candidate here)

 

UNSG-IrinaBokovaIrina Bokova, Nominated by the Government of Bulgaria February 11, 2016

“Uniting all for peace, sustainability and dignity – this is my vision of the United Nations.”

Currently serving as Director-General of UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) where she is actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, cultural dialogue and scientific cooperation for sustainable development and is leading UNESCO as a global advocate for safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

“When I was elected for the first time as Director”‘General of UNESCO in 2009, I presented a vision statement entitled “UNESCO in the 21st Centuryl A New Humanism in a Globalized World”. Today, seven years later, I am more convinced than ever that the world, and the United Nations at its service, need a new humanistic approach to tackle a horizon of pressing challenges and threats.” You can read Irina’s entire Vision Statement here.

Listen to Irina in her own words here. 

UNSG candidate Helen ClarkHelen Clark, Nominated by New Zealand April 4, 2016

Helen Clark is currently serving as the first woman Administrator of UNDP (United Nations Development Program). She also chairs the UN Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all development-related UN funds, programs and departments.

Helen Clark was the first woman in New Zealand to serve as Deputy Prime Minister from 1989 to 1990, the first woman appointed to New Zealand’s Privy Council in 1990, the first woman to be elected as head of a major party, the Labour Party, in 1993.

As Prime Minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008, she served as a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

Helen Clark in her own words here.

UNSG-NataliaGhermanNatalia Gherman, Nominated by the Republic of Moldova February 19, 2016

“Human rights are indivisible; therefore, economic, social and cultural rights should be pursued with equal determination. Women’s and girls’ rights are central to this effort. They have displayed courage and commitment to peace, sustainable development and human dignity. Efforts shall be redoubled to empower their contribution and participation as well as protect their rights and ensure their representation. No tangible progress can be achieved and no sustainable peace can be attained, if women and girls, over half of the world’s population, are left behind.”

Natalia Gherman is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. She is a career diplomat holding the diplomatic rank of Ambassador.

Natalia Gherman in her own words here on the military build up on the Ukrainian Russia Border.

UNSG-SusanaMalcorraSusana Mulcorra, Nominated by the Government of Argentina, May 23, 2016

International public servant Susana Malcorra was appointed Minister of Foreign Relations by Argentine President Macri in November 2015. In assuming the role, Ms. Malcorra resigned her position as Chef de Cabinet for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In March 2008 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ms. Malcorra as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, which provides dedicated support to all U.N. peacekeeping field missions and political field missions, leading staff of more than 120,000 military, civilian, and police personnel deployed around the world.

Ms. Malcorra served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) from 2004 to 2008, overseeing daily emergency and humanitarian operations in more than 80 countries,

Prior to entering the international civil service, Ms. Malcorra worked for twenty-five years in the private sector, advancing to leadership positions both at IBM and Telecom Argentina, where she served as that organization’s first female Chief Executive Officer.

Susana Malcorra in her own words here, speaks about the importance of UN peacekeeping operations, and the global impact of the UN.

UNSG-VesnaPusicVesna Pusic, Nominated by the Government of Croatia, January 14, 2016

Dr. Vesna Pusić is the former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia.

In 1978, Dr. Pusić and seven other women formed the first feminist organization in SFR Yugoslavia, Žena i društvo. She was also a founder and director of the nongovernmental organization, Erasmus Guild (1993-1998), which promoted cultural democracy in post-conflict transition Croatia and the Balkans.
She is an accomplished sociologist and politician, graduating in 1976 with a degree in philosophy from the University of Zagreb. Her research covers theories of industrial democracy and the sociology of politics. Dr. Pusić has also lectured at the University of Chicago, Cornell University, American University in Washington DC and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

She is a founding member of the Croatian People’s Party in 1990, and later served as president of the party from 2000 and 2008, and again in 2013. In 2000, she was elected to the Croatian Parliament and served as the Deputy Speaker from 2003 to 2007.

From 2006 to 2012, she was the vice-president of the European Liberal Democratic and Reform Party and from 2008 to 2012 she was the Chairperson of the National Committee for Monitoring the Accession Negotiations between Croatia and the European Union. Dr. Pusić ran as the HNS-LD party candidate for president of Croatia during the 2009-2010 election, and served in 2013 as the party’s president.

Vesna Pusic in her own words here. 

CAMPAIGN GOALS:

  • Advocate for a woman as the next Secretary-General and make the selection of a woman inevitable
  • Support the selection process by contributing to the identification of the best possible female candidates
  • Support all qualified women candidates
  • Promote transparency in the selection process
  • Involve governments and civil society in the search and selection

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN HERE!

As the campaign and selection process advance through the summer and into the fall, Member States will continue attuning themselves to civil society’s voice, grown loud of late. If you have been considering making a Donation in support of the first woman UN Secretary General, we urge you to do so in this critical “home stretch.”

Your support goes towards funding efforts to make sure that a woman is elected the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski – Women’s Voices for the Earth

 Lean Into Green with Erin Switalski - Women's Voices for the EarthOur Health. Our Future. Toxic Free!

We interviewed Erin Switalski for our Lean Into Green Telesummit. Erin is the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE)
(www.WomensVoices.org).

WVE is one of those organizations you want to be involved with. Sign up for their Newsletter, and they make it very easy to add your voice to their tremendously important campaigns to keep toxins out of our lives.

Listen to Erin Switalski as she shares with us WVE’s top 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure. Erin also shares recipes for making your own products and saving money, and your family’s health!

WVE’s campaign to get Tide to reformulate its laundry detergent and leave the carcinogens out is one of her amazing success stories. Listen in for healthy tips, recipes, and ways that you can join her campaigns for change, it’s as simple as opening your email!

Become a WVE ActionistaBecome an Actionista! Women’s Voices for the Earth Actionistas are a group of Sheroes who help spread the word on WVE campaigns, go the extra mile to take action, and build leadership among women for a healthy future. Click here to learn about some amazing Actionistas. 

Safe Cleaning Products: Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma and respiratory disorders, and hormone disruption. There is no federal law requiring cleaning product companies to list all the ingredients in their products on the label. This means companies can keep toxic chemicals a secret from you. Warning: Products you clean your home with shouldn’t contain toxic ingredients in the first place. Take Action here. 

Join Women’s Voices for the Earth “No Secrets” Campaigns: Are Air Fresheners, Feminine Care Products, and Musk Fragrance disrupting your hormones? Plus 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure, recipes for saving money and your family’s health!

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Hunter Lovins Sustainability & Profitability!

 Hunter Lovins - Natural Capitalism SolutionsLean Into Green with Hunter Lovins and her Natural Capitalism Solutions! Hunter has been my Hero since the l980’s when she was working to bring conservation and sustainable development solutions to the U.S. and the world.

Businesses big and small are becoming more profitable by operating sustainably. Hunter Lovins is part of the new direction our world is moving in. She works with businesses, young people in MBA programs, and international environment and development experts to collaborate in education, strategies, and all aspects of sustainability.

Hunter Lovins inspires me because she has been at this work for decades and is now seeing the results of her work: Corporations are becoming less toxic as the public demands safer products. We consumers are educating ourselves for the sake of our health and our family’s longevity.

Thirty years ago, we never imagined that businesses would “Go Green.” and we can thank women like Hunter all around the world who, through their leadership and organizations are doing the work of real heroines

Young inventors are bringing sustainable development solutions we couldn’t have dreamt of in the past. This is one of the most exciting aspects of today’s developments, and Hunter Lovins is right smack in the middle of inspiring and educating young people around the world, and being inspired by them!

Listen to our interview with Hunter and hear how the safest investment is “Green Investment,” and about becoming an “Impact Investor.” Discover an accredited online course where you can learn from the best thought leaders on green development from around the world.

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International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016

Clara-Zetkin-founder-womens-dayIn 1910, the 2nd International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day.

Clara proposed that every year, in every country, there should be a celebration of Women’s Day on the same day to press for women’s demands. The Conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Carla’s suggestion with unanimous approval — and International Women’s Day was born!

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to economic, social, cultural, and political achievements. We have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places around the world.

International Women's Day 2016

The 2014 World Economic Forum predicted that it would take until 2095 to achieve gender parity globally. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. We have urgent work to do. So, how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2016?

International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?

This year, we can all pledge to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly in many different ways. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence.

Globally, with men and women joining forces, and with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action, we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies and cultures the world over. Commit to take the Pledge to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity on International Women’s Day 2016 and beyond.

International Women's Day

Make a Pledge to:

  • help women and girls achieve their ambitions
  • challenge conscious and unconscious bias
  • call for gender-balanced leadership
  • value women and men’s contributions equally
  • create inclusive, flexible cultures

 

Shop Woman Made to support female entrepreneurs on and for International Women’s Day 2016! Here are a few books on the subject of Women’s contributions: (and more here)

 

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & Everyone

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneThe water emergency in Flint, Michigan, has exposed thousands of families to massive levels of lead contamination, among other potentially dangerous contaminants. This blog is about Multipure Water Filters for Flint & everyone.

Rachel Maddow’s “Town Hall Meeting” this week opened our eyes to the Heroines, Heroes, and Culprits.

Multipure Water Filters in Flint Michigan

“If you lived in Flint, Michigan, and you had a Multipure Aquadome or Aquaversa filtration system, your family would be okay. Multipure offers solutions that work at affordable prices — even with no-interest payments. My goal is to educate and make a difference “ Barbara Golden, Multipure Distributor since l986.

I met Barbara Golden and Multipure in 1991 when I weighed 80 pounds and had severe Environmental Illness. I had worked in a toxic office for six months and became disabled with multiple health issues. I couldn’t tolerate even the smallest amount of chlorine in the water. Multipure saved my life then, and I still trust it today – that’s why I share their products with all of you on GreenWomanStore.com.

Other filters get the lead out, but not for the large capacity of water that Multipure does. Multipure requires a filter change every 6 to 12 months vs. every two weeks. Multipure is much more affordable, plus it takes out many other pesticides and contaminants. Yes the water problems are everywhere.

Multipure Point-of-Use Water Filters can protect us when our municipalities don’t — or won’t — or can’t — as we are seeing so clearly in Flint. We need to protect ourselves. Similar situations can be caused by earthquakes, train derailments, and many other unexpected catastrophes. And many experts are saying that poor governance nationwide is pointing to expected situations similar to Flint’s.

Multipure Drinking Water Systems Reduce MTBE, Chlorination by-products, PCBs, Chloramine, VOCs, Heavy Metals, and so much more. Multipure is NSF Certified and rated “Best Buy” by Consumer Digest and Consumer Reports.

For a detailed contaminant reduction list, click HERE.     

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneWhat sets Multipure apart is that most drinking water systems can remove chlorine from water. Multipure is one of the few companies whose products are NSF certified to reduce such a wide array of drinking water contaminants, including such classes as disinfection byproducts or gasoline additives, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbicides and pesticides, and chemical compounds like BPA – contaminants that can get into water sources through pollution or leaks, or just bad water purification systems.

One of the best ways to prepare for disasters like the one in Flint, is to spread knowledge and awareness of water safety, and the power of “point-of-use” water filtration systems like Multipure. This is our goal with this Blog, and our intent in sharing Multipure products with you on at GreenWomanStore.com.

Multipure Water Filters for Flint and Everyone: To gain valuable background information about the events in Michigan, please listen to Multipure’s special podcasts below:

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What can Multipure do in Flint Michigan?

Multipure water filters meet the NSF challenge of 150 parts per billion of lead. Multipure’s Aquaversa Water System is able to take this high concentration of lead out of 750 to 1,500 gallons of water. Multipure replacement filters need changing once or twice a year, not every two weeks like Michigan Senator, Debbie Stabenow, mentioned in her interview with Rachel Maddow.

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneFlint, Michigan’s water tested at 25 parts per billion (ppb) of lead. This is over the EPA allowed level of 15 ppb that is applied to high risk homes. Several Flint samples exceeded 100 ppb, and one sample collected exceeded 1000 ppb. Had Flint families had the benefit of a Multipure point-of-use filter, they wouldn’t have the health issues they are facing at this time and in the future.

Multipure is on the ground with solutions in Flint. They have donated many water filters to non-profits who are distributing bottled water. Here are several ways you can help the folks in Flint, Michigan:

Multipure’s Pure Foundation

UnitedWayGenesee.org

Community Foundation of Greater Flint 

Catholic Charities

Multipure Water Filters for Flint & EveryoneNo matter where we live, let’s all get protected before these situations arise in our own hometowns. Quality water filtration is not a luxury! Water purification is water and health insurance. If you don’t have a water filtration system, you ARE the filter for your home!

Be proactive and prepare the people around you, be a good citizen, and please share this information. People want quality and safe water. You have the power to protect.

Green Woman Store is a Multipure Independent Distributor: ID# 430194
Here are our Multipure Water Filters:

AquaMini Water Filter by MultipureMultipure Aquamini Travel Drinking Water System  $170.00

Aquaversa counter top or below sink water filter by MultipureMultiPure AquaVersa Counter Top & Below Sink Drinking Water System  $385.00

AquaDome water filter by MultipureMultiPure Aquadome Counter Top Drinking Water System  $300.00

 

 

Food Waste and Climate Change

food waste and climate changeOur food choices have environmental consequences, and our food waste is no different. Farming uses about 70% of our water, and pollutes rivers with fertilizer and waste that in turn create vast coastal dead zones. The food on your plate literally touches everything.

Let’s talk about our trash: In the U.S., 40% of our food is thrown away every year. It’s an environmental tragedy. An estimated $165 billion per year — that’s $1,500 per family of four.

Kitchen food waste is not harmless. Food Waste = Methane Gas = Climate Change — it generates significantly more of the greenhouse gas methane when it’s buried in landfills than when it’s composted. The environmental benefits of composting make it a far better choice. Putting your food waste in the compost bin can really help reduce methane emissions from landfills, and it’s an easy thing to do that can have a big impact.

I learned about the food waste problem this past holiday season when a friend visiting questioned my practice of tossing food waste into my kitchen trash. I did my research and learned that we should all definitely pay attention to where we put our food waste. In the U.S. 95% of food scraps are thrown in the trash and eventually end up in landfills. The best thing is to not have food scraps or waste in the first place. But what you do with them makes a big difference for our environment and our climate.

food waste and climate change

Pollution from Methane Gas: When organic material, such as food and garden waste, rots under anaerobic conditions it produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change, so it is important to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere. Reducing food waste is one important way we can each do that.

Most of us are aware that our food choices have environmental consequences. Who hasn’t heard about the methane back draft from cows? Well, we are contributing methane through landfill food waste in much the same was as the cattle industry.

Here are some ways that you can change the way you think about and treat the food at your house and table:


Do you compost your food scraps?
Some cities have curbside compost pickup. If yours doesn’t, you can do some kitchen composting and feed your garden (big or small) with your kitchen waste.

Shop Smart: Make a shopping list and plan meals. So many times we are tempted by sales but never eat the temptations. Ask yourself, “Will I really eat that?”

Do you eat leftovers? Soups, stews and smoothies are great ways to use up aging foods. Only toss out the non-edible parts of produce. Freezing leftovers in small portions — and in glass or ceramic dishes — will provide welcome snacks and healthy meals when time to prepare a meal from scratch is in short supply.

food waste and climate change

Would you buy or eat bananas with brown spots? They don’t have potassium until the spots appear. You can put spotted bananas in the refrigerator and they stop aging — although the peelings will continue to get dark. The peelings will make your roses happy, they love the potassium too!

What do you do when you can’t finish a meal? At home and when eating out? Portions are so large in most restaurants that leftovers are almost a certainty. Bringing our own non plastic containers are the best way to ensure that our food doesn’t touch plastic and the estrogen mimicking toxins in plastic. Glass or ceramic containers make it easy to stick the leftovers in the freezer when you get home. Label and date leftovers — and remember to eat them!

What do you do if you find a can of soup in the pantry that is 2 months passed its best before date? Use by and best before dates are not expiry dates, they indicate peak freshness. These dates are often not definitive — except for tomato and green bean products. These two vegetables can give you food poisoning — along with meat products.

What temperature is your fridge?  Set your fridge at 33-41 F/1-5 C to keep your foods fresh. First in First Out: Organize your foods newest in back, oldest in front. Make a section for foods that need to be eaten ASAP, or freeze, dry or dehydrate it.

Does your family serve up their own plates, or does the cook or host serve portions? Best to leave portion choice to the person eating the food, this leads to less waste. Put less on your plate, eat family style, or ask for smaller portions.

Cosmetic standards lead to copious food waste. Buy the funny looking produce. It tastes just as good and you will reduce the waste. Does the grocery store you shop at have a food recovery program where they donate excess food? Many do, and if yours doesn’t, suggest they begin one.

Check out the Movie “Just Eat It: A Story of Food Waste”

Share leftovers with a friend, a pet, or compost it –Food does not belong in the landfill. The Good News: We have the opportunity to effect change and save the planet three times a day!

2015 Big Wins – People Power Rising

2015 Big Wins People Power Rising

2015 has been a very good year for citizen’s organizing to save our health, our communities, and our planet. These gains make us only more aware, and more capable, of addressing the challenges ahead. People Power in the streets, at the White House, and in Paris, is in fact the only thing that is making a real difference.

Enjoy your successes, and let’s expect more in the future:

2015 Big Win: GE crops & Bee-toxic Neonicotinoid are Banned from US National Wildlife Refuges  The Fish and Wildlife Service will phase out genetically engineered crops and neonicotinoids by 2016.

2015 Big Win: Monsanto to Be Put on Trial for ‘Crimes Against Nature and Humanity’ Vandana Shiva, physicist, author, and activist says, “Monsanto has pushed GMOs in order to collect royalties from poor farmers, trapping them in unpayable debt and pushing them to suicide. Monsanto promotes an agro-industrial model that contributes at least 50 percent of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Monsanto is also largely responsible for the depletion of soil and water resources, species extinction and declining biodiversity and the displacement of millions of small farmers worldwide.”
An international court of lawyers and judges will assess the potential criminal liability of Monsanto for damages inflicted on human health and the environment. The court will also consider whether to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense. The International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.
2015 Big Win: Nearly 200 Nations Adopted Climate Change Agreement  World leaders reached the first-ever globally binding deal to address climate change, concluding two weeks of the most complicated and difficult negotiations among nearly 200 nations marking the end of the fossil fuel era and providing a road map for the next several decades.

2015 Big Win: We Defeated Monsanto’s “Stop GMO Labeling” Dark Act  
In February 2015, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) reintroduced HR 1599, a bill intended to strip states of their right to pass GMO labeling laws. The bill is officially called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” but activists call it the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act because it would stop GMO labeling laws in their tracks. The Center for Food Safety praised the US Congress for not including a policy rider in the must-pass federal omnibus spending bill that would have blocked states from implementing mandatory genetically engineered (GE) food labeling laws.
2015 Big Wins People Power Rising
2015 Big Win: ​We Defended Planned Parenthood as Attacks Intensify  Acts of violence against Planned Parenthood Clinics are intended to intimidate women and men out of accessing the health care they need. Planned Parenthood won’t let that happen. That’s why Planned Parenthood health center doors are continuing to stay open to all people who need high-quality, compassionate health care.

2015 Big Win: We Got Subway to Eliminate Antibiotics in their Meat  
Subway’s plan to eliminate the use of antibiotics in much of the company’s meat supply chain came just two days before consumer and environmental groups intended to deliver over a quarter of a million petition signatures calling on Subway to make clear, strong commitments to reduce antibiotics in their meat supply. Those groups include Center for Food Safety, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Earth, U.S.PIRG, and FoodBabe.com. In September, many of those groups released a scorecard report, ranking Subway and the other top 25 restaurant chains on their antibiotics policy. At the time, Subway received a failing grade.

2015 Big Win: We Raised the Pay of Walmart & Fast Food Workers  
On Black Friday, “OUR Walmart” — established by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union — helped organize protests at nearly 100 Walmart stores in 46 states. An estimated 500 associates walked off the job on the biggest shopping day of the year. Walmart, already faced allegations of bribery in Mexico and unsafe working conditions at its Asian suppliers, asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to block the protests, saying OUR Walmart was a union front. Black Friday was a major victory.

2015 Big Win: We Legislated Protection of our Air, Land & Waters
Many organizations have used our donations to fight for our health, environment, and civil society. Put your money where it works hard, and don’t be afraid to join the email lists of these organizations. They make it easy for us to make our voices heard with the click of our mouse.

2015 Big Win: We Eliminated the NFL’s NonProfit Status  
Despite the fact that it is a $10 Billion a Year industry, the National Football League (NFL), despite being the most profitable sports league in the entire world, did not pay federal taxes. Since 1942, America’s biggest sports empire has qualified as a 501(c)(6) non-profit, the same designation given to business leagues, trade groups and organizations like the American Medical Association. Central bodies for hockey and golf, the National Hockey League (NHL) and The PGA Tour, also file as nonprofits, because the tax code says they work to promote their industries, not as for-profit enterprises. Commissioners of the NFL make nearly $44 million a year, earning more than the heads of companies like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart. Through TV deals alone, the NFL has inked nearly $30 billion with various television networks. Fans are asked to foot the bill for new stadiums through our own taxes.

2015 Big Win: We Divested $3.4 Trillion in Fossil Fuels   
The fossil fuel divestment campaign broke a new record at COP21. More than 500 institutions representing over $3.4 trillion in assets have made some form of divestment commitment according to 350.org and Divest-Invest, two organizations coordinating the growing movement. The new numbers are another impressive leap for the divestment effort, although campaigners are quick to point out that some of the commitments are only partial divestments, and the $3.4 trillion represents the total amount of assets represented by institutions, not the amount of money divested, which is difficult to track due to varying degrees of disclosure.
2015 Big Wins People Power Rising

2015 Big Win: We Got the EPA to Help Save the Bees  
More than 4 million people called on President Obama to ban neonicotinoid pesticides linked to the mass die-off of insects that pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. Conservationists presented the petition to the White House to avoid the further collapse of honeybee populations. The coalition of 125 groups including eleven of the nation’s top environmental organizations gathered the signatures in an effort to keep pressure on the administration to take action.

2015 Big Win: We Stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline  
A broad coalition that stood up against this pipeline and took to the streets during the People’s Climate March. This is a big win. President Obama’s decision to reject Keystone XL because of its impact on the climate sets an important precedent that should send shockwaves through the fossil fuel industry. Insiders and experts wrote us off and assured the world Keystone XL would be built by the end of 2011. Together, ranchers, tribal nations and everyday people beat this project back, reminding the world that Big Oil isn’t invincible, and that hope is a renewable resource. This fight has helped inspire resistance to a thousand other projects. Everywhere you look, people are shutting down fracking wells, stopping coal export facilities, and challenging new pipelines. If Big Oil thinks that after Keystone XL the protesters are going home, they’re going to be sorely surprised. The decision to Stop the XL Pipeline affirms the power of social movements to enact political change, and a clear sign that our movement is stronger than ever.

2015 Big Win: We Took Down the Confederate Flag  
This controversial Southern symbol was removed by Bree Newsome, a North Carolina educator and activist from Charlotte, North Carolina. Bree scaled a 30-foot flagpole in front of the statehouse and took down the flag by hand. Bree said, “We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer…We can’t continue like this another day. It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.”
2015 Big Wins People Power Rising

2015 Big Win: We Saved Net Neutrality Again   On February 26, 2015, the FCC approved strong open Internet rules under Title II of the Communications Act. This is the biggest victory for the public interest in the agency’s history. And it wouldn’t have happened if not for the millions of people who pushed the FCC to act. Many of these same people urged the government to block the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, which would have enabled Comcast to control the future of the Internet. The FCC and the Justice Department listened, and on April 24, 2015, Comcast abandoned its bid. The cable and phone companies will continue trying to undermine the open Internet, but we have organized to defend our interests.

2015 Big Wins People Power Rising

2015 Big Win: We Preserved Peace with Iran  Code Pink launched a peace insurrection outside Congress from September 8 until the final vote kicked off with a “Hands Around the Capitol.” We successfully defended diplomacy! In July, the US, Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany announced a historic agreement: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, AKA “the Iran Deal”,  to restrict Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions. On September 10, 42 Senate Democrats blocked the GOP effort to derail the Iran Deal and potentially lead us into another war of choice. Diplomacy wins!

2015 Big Win: We Stopped Arctic Drilling  The Arctic is the center of one of the world’s great environmental battles. As temperatures rise in the region, the world’s largest oil companies have been eyeing vast new untapped reserves once covered year-round by ice. In the US, President Obama’s own administration estimates that there would be a 75 percent chance of a disastrous oil spill if Shell got what it originally wanted. After years of protests, Shell abandoned Arctic drilling claiming that the amount of oil it has been able to find isn’t worth the high costs of what has been one of the most dangerous and expensive projects in the history of fossil fuel extraction. The company has already spent upwards of US$7 billion trying to find oil in the Alaskan Arctic, but the environmental costs of Arctic oil are even higher.

2015 Big Wins People Power Rising

 2015 Big Win: We Stood With Malala  “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen, can save the world.” Malala shared her father’s passion for learning and loved going to school. In 2009, as the Taliban’s military hold on Swat intensified, Malala began writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym, about fears that her school would be attacked. Malala and her father received death threats but continued to speak out for the right to education. In 2011, she received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. In response to her rising popularity and national recognition, Taliban leaders voted to kill her. On 9 October 2012, Malala was shot. She survived the initial attack, but was in a critical condition. The Taliban’s attempt to kill Malala received worldwide condemnation and led to protests across Pakistan. In the weeks after the attack, over 2 million people signed a right to education petition, and the National Assembly swiftly ratified Pakistan’s first Right To Free and Compulsory Education Bill. She now continues her fight for girls right to education.

2015 Big Wins People Power Rising

2015 Big Win: Black Lives Matter   A HerStory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement: The Creation of a Movement by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors. “I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and also, unfortunately, our movements. Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” These Savvy Women Have Made Black Lives Matter the most Crucial Left Wing Movement Today.

​People Power Rising! Enjoy our successes, and let’s expect more in the future.