Archive | January 2016

Join with WSPA to help protect sea animals

What’s happening?

Millions of sea animals suffer slow and painful deaths as a result of one of the ocean’s deadliest killers, ‘ghost gear’ – lost and abandoned fishing gear. Lost and abandoned fishing gear is causing irreparable damage to the world’s oceans.

Each year sees the appearance of new ghost gear due to factors such as extreme weather events, accidental loss or deliberate disposal at sea.

Mostly made of plastic with a life expectancy of up to 600 years, ghost gear accumulates in our oceans at an estimated rate of 640,000 tonnes per year or one tonne of ghost gear per 125 tonnes of fish caught. This causes huge devastation to marine habitats as it continues to catch, entangle and kill hundreds of species including seals, turtles, dolphins and whales.

The growing volume of ghost gear and lack of a global solution puts a strain on the livelihoods of coastal communities and productivity of the fishing industry.

WSPA’s efforts

WSPA moves the world to protect animals because animals have a right to live free from pain.  Today they’re working on projects worldwide – helping governments and communities to protect and care for their animals. They help the world see how important animals are to all of us because millions of people depend on animals. They’re campaigning for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and over 2 million people, 330 animal groups and dozens of governments have already pledged their support.

They end the needless suffering of animals, influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda, help the world see how important animals are to all of us, inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better and move the world to protect animals.

Supporting WSPA

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

WSPA needs your help. When you see or remove any ghost gear, upload your sighting. Your sightings will then appear on the map below. Together, we can demonstrate the global scale of ghost gear and move the world to protect millions of sea animals for generations to come.

Join with WSPA now and help protect sea animals:
http://www.worldanimalprotection.org/sea-change-map?lat=12.382928338487408&lng=-0.17578125&zoom=2

 

Join with Animals Australia to help stop the greyhound racing industry

What’s happening?

Groundbreaking Animals Australia / Animal Liberation Qld investigations uncover the shocking truth of Greyhound dogs tied up, terrified, and savagely mauled in widespread ‘live baiting’ sessions. Greyhound racing authorities publicly call it ‘abhorrent’. They also say it has been ‘outlawed’. But that hasn’t stopped high profile trainers across the country from subjecting defenceless animals to barbaric live baiting rituals in an attempt to gain a ‘winning’ edge on the racetrack.

The damning Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Qld investigations have revealed that this sadistic training method is all too common. Terrified piglets, rabbits and native possums are all victims of live baiting — tied to lures, flung around racetracks at breakneck speeds, and then mauled to death. Some animals who survived their first attack were ‘re-used’ multiple times.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia are Australia’s leading animal protection organisation. Their investigations and campaigns are recognised the world over. They unite millions of people who believe in a world where animals are free from cruelty. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.

“Animals Australia’s vision is a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect and are free from cruelty. We believe that we can create a kinder world for all by fostering respect for animals and that our treatment of animals reflects who we are as individuals and as a society.”

Animals Australia

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

How can state governments and sponsors continue to support an industry that has been exposed for such abhorrent widespread illegal activity? When greyhound racing insiders are now admitting that ‘live baiting’ is rife throughout the industry, when those exposed include the President of a racing club, ex-stewards, a two-time Australian Trainer of the Year and even a former ‘Integrity Manager’ — it’s clear that there is something seriously rotten at the heart of greyhound racing.

You can tell your State MP to ensure your tax dollars are no longer funnelled into greyhound racing, and to take urgent action to end the cruelty of greyhound racing:
http://www.greyhoundcruelty.com/?AA

 

Join with Greenpeace for a pollution-free world

What’s happening?

After centuries of burning the planet’s coal, oil and gas supplies and destroying vast areas of forests and peatlands, we now know that carbon pollution is pouring into the atmosphere and altering the delicate balance of life on Earth. Burning coal is the single biggest contributor to climate change. It produces a third of the world’s carbon pollution. The impacts of climate change are being felt today. Average global temperatures have risen every decade since the 1970s, and 2013 tied as 7th warmest year since 1880.

It is clear what needs to be done and when – what is missing is the will to do it. Governments around the world have a responsibility to protect the planet and its inhabitants. They must drastically reduce domestic carbon pollution, foster investment in large-scale renewable energy projects, protect forests and commit to a fair, ambitious and biding global climate agreement.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s cornerstone principles and core values are reflected in all their environmental campaign work, worldwide. They ‘bear witness’ to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner, they use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate, in exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions they have no permanent allies or adversaries, they ensure our financial independence from political or commercial interests, they seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society’s environmental choices.

Supporting Greenpeace

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

We have a choice. We can power our lives with dangerous, unhealthy and polluting energy; or embrace clean, safe, renewable power. We have the technologies at hand now to avoid pollution, climate change, oil spills, radiation and nuclear waste. All we need is action.

Take action now with Greenpeace:
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/climate/Polluting-our-future/

 

Join with Oxfam to help close the gap

What’s happening?

Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is on par with some of the world’s most impoverished nations.  With your help, we can close this health gap and achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within a generation.

The Close the Gap Coalition — a grouping of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations — together with nearly 200,000 Australians is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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

Join with Oxfam and sign the pledge to help close the gap.

To achieve health equality for Indigenous Australians within 25 years I call on the Australian Government to:

1. Commit to providing adequate and long-term financial resources to achieve Indigenous health equality;

2. Invest in real partnerships, including increased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and control around health service delivery; and

3. Address critical social issues of housing, education and self-determination that contribute to the health crisis affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. – Oxfam

https://act.oxfam.org/australia/close-the-gap-pledge

 

Join with Amnesty International to help release torture victim Adrián Vásquez

What’s happening?

Adrián Vásquez has spent almost three years in prison in Mexico. In 2012, police picked him up and claimed he was a local drug lord. They tortured him to the point of near-death, breaking some of his ribs, injuring his bladder and pouring water through his nose and filling his lungs. An official doctor saw him but only documented minor recent injuries which he concluded would heal within 15 days. Soon after Adrián collapsed and was rushed to hospital for emergency, for life-saving surgery.

In April 2015, after years of campaigning by Adrián’s family, three of the policemen who Adrián identified as his torturers were finally charged. But today Adrián remains in prison.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, 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 join with Amnesty International to ask for Adrián’s release.

“In compliance with national and international human rights standards, I ask you to exclude all evidence obtained under torture and other human rights violations, drop the charges against Adrián Vasquez and release him immediately. I also urge the Baja California state authorities to continue their investigation into this terrible case and bring those responsible to justice – in accordance with due process – and guarantee that this does not happen again.” – Amnesty International

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/action-release-torture-victim-adrian-vaasquez-now/

 

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