Archive | October 2014

Tell the Federal Government to label our fish!

What’s happening?

Around the globe many fish stocks are declining. Poor practices in some fisheries are threatening fish species, destroying habitats and undermining workers’ rights. Australians want to buy sustainable, locally caught fish. While most of us think we’re eating Australian seafood, about 72% of what we eat is imported. Consumer health is at risk. For example some shark species contain high levels of mercury, but because of poor labelling people eat it unaware of the consequences.

“Australia’s seafood labelling laws are weak. We should know what fish we’re eating, where it’s from and how it was caught.” – Matthew Evans: chef, author and host of SBS TV series ‘What’s the catch?’

What can we do?

There is a solution to this problem. Citizens of the European Union already enjoy clear seafood labelling. With better labelling we’ll be able to choose sustainable seafood that’s good for our health and good for our oceans. Label My Fish is designed to see new Australian laws requiring more complete and accurate information on seafood labels.

The Label My Fish alliance is backed by celebrity chefs, academics, and Taronga Zoo and Zoos Victoria, and says that clearer labelling will encourage the use of sustainable fishing methods, boost the local fishing industry and lift public health protections.

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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 organisations that 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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

“Clear seafood labelling would support Australian fishers because the public would know if their seafood was caught locally or imported.” – Debbie and Glen Wisby – Aqua Marine Tasmania, Orford TAS

You can join in the conversation and send your letter to the Federal Government in support of adequate seafood labelling laws. These laws will allow you to make an informed choice about what seafood you buy and eat. You will be able to purchase sustainably caught fish which does not risk the health of yourself or your family.

http://labelmyfish.com/

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You can make a difference – help stop the spread of the Ebola virus

What is Ebola?

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there could be as many as 1.4 million cases of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone by late January. The disease, for which there is no approved vaccine, has already struck more than 7,400 people and killed more than 3,400 of them. In this current outbreak, about one out of every two people infected with the virus has died.

“The need to break the spread of Ebola is absolutely key. Right now, infection rates are accelerating and we have no option but to rapidly increase our work. Ebola is consuming whole communities. We are seeing them absolutely torn apart as a result of the disease.” – David MacDonald, the regional head for Oxfam.

What are Oxfam’s efforts?

Oxfam is planning to triple support for its prevention programs in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea Bissau. It aims to help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the virus. Oxfam will increase its supplies of water and hygiene materials to Ebola treatments centres and community care centres while expanding its public information campaign. Along with water pipes and tanks for treatment and isolation units, Oxfam will continue to provide protective equipment including face masks, boots, gloves, chlorine, soap, hand sanitiser, mops and aprons to teams that treat patients and to others that bury the dead. Oxfam will also continue to distribute hygiene kits that include soap and bleach to people living in vulnerable areas and to build hand-washing pumps.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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 organisations that 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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

“To ramp up our response to meet the escalating crisis, we are depending on your support. Oxfam needs more than $16 million to help 2.5 million people at risk of contracting the disease. Donate to our International Crisis Fund and help Oxfam stop the spread of Ebola.” – Oxfam

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/help-oxfam-save-lives-in-emergencies/?utm_source=ebola1-blog

Save the honey bees!

Billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger.

The need for bees

“65 per cent of agricultural production is reliant on pollination by bees to produce fruit, vegetables and seeds and honeybees are coming under increasing pressure from urbanisation, bushfires, changing agricultural practices and changing land management practises.” – Chairman of the Pollination Program R&D Advisory Committee, Gerald Martin.

Bees don’t just make honey — they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 75% of growing plants.

What’s happening?

Around the world, the bee population is in decline. The bees are experiencing a phenomenon we call CCD – Colony Collapse Disorder, where bee hives are collapsing and many bee species are becoming extinct. Since 2006, there has been a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America, as well as in many parts of Europe – Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. In Australia too, thousands of bees are being wiped out. Pesticides are a cause of CCD.

“Multiple scientific studies blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and some bee populations are recovering in countries where these products have been banned. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling these poisons.” – www.avaaz.org

What can we do?

Last year, an Avaaz campaign in Europe banned this group of poisons that multiple scientists blame for bees’ rapid demise. We can bring about a ban in the US. Right now chemical companies are furiously lobbying US authorities to stop action. But insider allies say a massive public mandate could tip the scales towards a ban.

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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 organisations that 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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

You can help save the honey bees. Sign the emergency petition now — let’s build a giant global buzz calling for the US to outlaw these killer chemicals, before the honey bees are extinct.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees_us_pet_loc/?slideshow

Join with World Animal Protection and help end inhumane dog culling

More than 3 billion people, about half the world’s population, are living in countries/territories where dog rabies still exists and are potentially exposed to rabies. It is estimated that at least 55 000 human rabies deaths occur yearly in Africa and Asia following contact with rabid dogs. Millions of dogs are culled each year in fruitless efforts to stop rabies spreading. During a cull, dogs are often rounded up and methods used to kill them include poisoning, gassing, electrocution, beating and shooting. All often result in slow and agonising deaths.

A humane solution

Culling dogs is not the solution to rabies – the only way to eliminate the virus is through vaccination. Vaccinating at least 70% of the dogs in an area creates ‘herd immunity’, slowing the spread of rabies until it dies out. Dogs – like all animals – have a right to live without suffering. Vaccination promotes a more responsible and less fearful attitude towards dogs within communities. Vaccinating dogs is not only more effective than culling dogs for controlling rabies, but it is also very cost-effective.

World Animal Protection’s work

“We work with governments to develop vaccination plans that involve local communities and address the specific problems people face. Through our work to stop dogs suffering, we:

  • Move governments to vaccinate dogs and stop dog culling
  • Organise training to help people understand that dog culling can’t end rabies
  • Demonstrate that vaccinations aren’t only humane – they work.”
  • World Animal Protection

Supporting World Animal Protection

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, 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 organisations that 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. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. 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

“Evidence suggests that where mass dog vaccination programmes are implemented, people’s attitudes to dogs and the dogs’ welfare improves. World Animal Protection works closely with local, national and international animal welfare and veterinary groups to ensure vaccination programmes are accompanied by education on rabies and dog management.” – World Animal Protection

You can help by making a donation to World Animal Protection so they can continue their work to end inhumane dog culling:

https://donate.worldanimalprotection.org.au/campaigns/inhumane-culling/#.VCoJlFf6u70

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