Archive | December 2013

Protect our reef!

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is on the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, and is the world’s largest coral reef system. It stretches for over 2,600 kilometres, can be seen from outer space, and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms called coral polyps. CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it is the state icon of Queensland.

Why is it in danger?

Australia’s new Environment Minister Greg Hunt has recently approved massive construction projects that will have a major impact on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park while at the same time claiming to have taken a “significant step towards improving and protecting the Marine Park for future generations”. Greenpeace believes it is not possible to simultaneously permit more fossil fuel export developments in this world heritage site as well as be its guardian.

What has been approved?

At the Port of Abbot Point Greg Hunt signed off a coal terminal and three million cubic metres of dredging. Removing seabed from areas adjacent to the port’s existing coal terminal will create the deeper water required for up to six new coal ship berths.

Combined with the existing two berths this will enable ships to export 240 million tonnes of coal from Abbot Point per year, almost five times the current capacity of 50 million tonnes. If it goes ahead the port will be the largest coal export port in the world. So large in fact that if it existed today it would export more coal than every country in the world except two: Australia and Indonesia.

What will this mean for the reef?

As eminent scientist Jon Brodie recently concluded, dredging for ports will swamp decades of reef protection. However, Minister Hunt stated that “conditions I have put in place for these projects will result in an improvement in water quality” by 150%, no less.

How can dumping millions of cubic metres of waste in the Reef be good for its water quality? In short, it can’t. Even Minister Hunt can’t sweep this kind of impact under the carpet.

Greenpeace campaign

Greenpeace are working toward getting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to abandon dumping in the reef. With our help we can get the right people to take notice and bring about changes to stop the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Greenpeace as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Sign the petitions to protect our reef:

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=59&src=GP1

http://www.savethereef.org.au/?section=petition

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Let’s join forces and speak up for the rights of gay men in India.

The new ruling in India

Recently, two Indian Supreme Court judges decided that homosexual sex is illegal, and punishable by life in prison.

 In setting aside a 2009 judgment by the Delhi High Court that decriminalised homosexual sex, the Supreme Court of India on Wednesday ruled that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was constitutionally valid. Section 377 – ‘‘Unnatural offences’’ – states that ‘‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal’’ shall be punishable by life imprisonment. Framed by the British in 1860, Section 377 does not specifically define ‘unnatural offences’, but it is has historically been interpreted as an anti-sodomy law.

The decision was condemned by human right groups. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activists inside the courtroom broke down in tears at the verdict.

‘‘This decision is a body blow to people’s rights to equality, privacy and dignity. It is hard not to feel let down by this judgment, which has taken India back several years in its commitment to protect basic rights.’’ G Ananthapadmanabhan, chief executive of Amnesty International India.

Overturning the decision

The decision by the Indian Supreme Court to reinstate a ban on gay sex represents a “significant step backwards for India” and violates international law, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said, suggesting the case be reheard.

“Criminalizing private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified,” Pillay said in a statement issued in Geneva.

You can join Avaaz in rallying for this change by signing their petition.

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Avaaz as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Avaaz has put together a petition to send to the Indian Supreme Court and Parliament. You can sign this petition now to help love conquer fear in India. When the petition reaches 1 million, Avaaz will get all the names written on hundreds of giant hearts ringing the Indian parliament, then place prominent ads showing that the world will no longer accept making love illegal.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/indias_gay_outrage_loc/?slideshow

Stand with the man of the year – Pope Francis

Pope Francis – Jorge Mario Bergoglio

 The Pope has just been named Time’s Person of the Year for leading the Church back to its most inspiring progressive roots and preaching acceptance and love for everyone. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church edged out nine other finalists, including National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and gay marriage advocate Edith Windsor, for the honor.

 According to Time, the head of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of global conscience since taking office in March.

“Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly — young and old, faithful and cynical — as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power. He is embracing complexity and acknowledging the risk that a church obsessed with its own rights and righteousness could inflict more wounds than it heals,” Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs.

Francis was chosen, she added, “for pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy.”

Pope Francis’ views

 Pope Francis was named Time‘s Person of the Year for his world-changing views on quite a few topics. He has introduced some sweeping changes to the thinking of not only the Catholic Church, but also the world.

Pope Francis wrote in his exhortation that he believes the church’s number one mission should be to care for those less fortunate.

“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” he said. “More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat.'”

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Avaaz as they encompass similar ideals.

 Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

 We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

 We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

 Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

Pope Francis’ Birthday Card

 Join now with Avaaz in helping the Pope celebrate his 77th birthday by being one of the millions to sign his birthday card:

 http://www.avaaz.org/en/popefrancis_31/

You can help ban live export

The terrible practice

Every year millions of Australian animals are exported live for slaughter. Those who survive the journey often endure brutal treatment and conscious slaughter.

What’s wrong with live export?

Most animals that are exported live for slaughter have their throats cut while fully conscious. Millions have died at sea. Some 26 investigations have revealed that in destination countries, many animals endure routine abuse and brutal slaughter in places where laws do not protect them from cruelty.

Animals Australia’s mission

Since 2003, Animals Australia has conducted numerous investigations into the treatment of animals exported from Australia. The evidence from investigations in the Middle East and South East Asia has consistently revealed the willingness of Australia’s live export industry, and consecutive Federal Governments, to export live animals despite appalling cruelty in importing markets.

In 2011, Animals Australia provided ABC’s Four Corners with investigation footage exposing widespread and extreme cruelty to Australian cattle in Indonesia. The subsequent Four Corners exposé sparked a wave of public concern and action on an unprecedented level.

Despite the fact the government’s new regulations have now been implemented in every export market (except Egypt), shocking cruelty continues to be exposed, including in Turkey, Indonesia, Kuwait, Qatar, Pakistan, Israel, Mauritius and Egypt. In every export market that Animals Australia has investigated, they have uncovered cruelty.

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Animals Australia as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

The policy in Australia

Animal welfare legislation in Australia requires that all animals slaughtered in this country are stunned prior to slaughter. However, a legal loophole is still allowing several slaughterhouses in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to kill sheep without stunning for a small ritual slaughter market (kosher and halal).

With Islamic and Jewish leaders in Australia largely accepting the stunning of animals and the vast amount of ‘halal accredited’ meat produced in Australia coming from facilities that do stun animals before slaughter, the suffering of sheep in ritual slaughter continues only to appease a very small minority.

The State Ministers for agriculture have met several times over recent years to consider this issue, but have failed to reach consensus.

How to help

Tell the PM you are against live exports by supporting Animals Australia.

http://www.banliveexport.com/take_action/tell-the-PM/

Let’s help free the Arctic 30 from the charges against them.

Who are the Arctic 30?

On the 18th of September, thirty Greenpeace activists headed towards an oil platform, the Prirazlomnaya, to climb onto the outside of the rig to peacefully protest against imminent drilling. This action had been part of a peaceful protest against energy giant Gazprom, the company that owns the Prirazlomnaya, and which is poised to drill for the first oil to come out of Arctic waters having just signed a massive deal with oil multinational Shell.

On seeing the activists in inflatable boats, the nearby Russian Coast Guard ship responded by launching inflatables manned with agents masked in balaclavas. They proceeded to ram and slash the Greenpeace boats, threaten those on board at gun and knife point and fire warning shots from automatic weapons.

On the 20th of September, the Russian Coast Guard illegally boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise while in international waters and arrested 30 activists on board at gunpoint.

 

What happened to them?

Twenty-eight Greenpeace activists, a photographer and a videographer appeared at a preliminary court hearing in Murmansk on the 26th of September. Most of them were remanded for two months without bail to await trial on possible piracy charges. Greenpeace lawyers have said that they will file a case with the European Court of Human Rights over the conditions faced by the activists in detainment.

Russian president Valdimar Putin has since said that he does not believe the team are pirates. Under Russian law, piracy requires an intention to seize a vessel, its crew or goods, and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

 

What happened next?

 

These 28 activists and two freelance journalists have finally been freed from prison and reunited with friends and family, but they still stand accused of a crime they did not commit. They took peaceful action on behalf of us all, standing up against destructive Arctic oil drilling and the onslaught of climate change. Charging them with hooliganism is both an insult and an outrage and so no one will truly be celebrating until they’ve been allowed to return home and the charges against them have been dropped.

 

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Greenpeace as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

How can we help?

 

You can help by lending your voice to the cause. Together let’s show we are stronger than those who want to destroy the Arctic, and will not be intimidated into silence.

https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/?cid=47

 

If you’d like to send a message of support to any of the Arctic 30, you can do so here.

Help stop hunger in Timor-Leste!

The situation in Timor-Leste

 

Timor-Leste is resource-rich but remains poorly developed. It ranks 120th out of 169 countries in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2010 Human Development Index. The World Bank’s 2008 Timor-Leste poverty survey showed that the population living below the national official poverty line of US$0.88 per capita per day grew from 36 percent in 2001 to 50 percent in 2007, with increases in both rural and urban areas.

Under-nutrition remains a major public health problem. Poor maternal and child health and nutrition results from many factors, including food taboos and dietary practices that lead to low consumption of nutritious food; unavailability of fortified nutritious foods; inadequate knowledge of good child feeding practices such as timely initiation of breastfeeding and appropriate complementary foods; high incidence of acute respiratory infection and diarrhoea; poor access to and uptake of health services; inadequate sanitation and hygiene practices; geographical isolation; and lack of adequate infrastructure.

 

The children of Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste has a higher incidence of underweight children than either Ethiopia or Malawi.
Children are particularly vulnerable during the hungry season, where 47% under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition. Malnutrition weakens the immune system and can lead to a heightened risk of illness and disease. Research has shown that the effects of chronic malnutrition are irreversible if it left untreated by the time a child reaches two or three years of age.

Adriana de Andrade’s son, Juandro, is a survivor. When he was only eight months old he had difficulty breathing and became very sick from malnutrition.

Adriana now takes Juandro to Oxfam supplementary feeding classes in their village Lontale, where she learns how to:

  • Cook nutritious meals
  • Process fresh food so it lasts longer
  • Access ingredients that are high in protein

Much of the program is about re-educating the community through cooking demonstrations and showing parents how to add vegetables, meat and eggs to traditional rice porridge so children get more essential nutrients in their diets.

 

Supporting Oxfam

 

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Oxfam as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

 

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

What can we do?

You can support families to give children like Juandro better health. Donate now so we can address poor nutrition and Stop Hunger.

Together we can stop the hungry season for good. Please give generously today.

 

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/stop-the-hungry-season/

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