Archive | May 2017

Join with Avaaz to end plastic pollution  

 

What’s happening?

It has been projected that by the year 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash in them than fish. Half of the plastic that we make, we use just once and then throw it away, and much of it ends up in our oceans, choking our seas and the animals in it.

Right now, our governments can stop this atrocity when they meet at a historic summit to outline their clean ocean commitments. Public pressure has made the world’s #2 polluter, Indonesia, commit to a 70% reduction in plastic waste and we can put pressure on the other top polluters to make this same commitment if we work together and as a community with Avaaz.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. They take action — signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events — to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all.

Avaaz has put together a petition that they will be sending to the Head of the UN Environment Programme. We can add our names to put pressure on other countries to commit to a reduction in plastic waste.

“If one million of us get behind a global call the Head of the UN Environment Programme will announce our petition from the summit podium and work with us to push countries to ban single-use plastics and let our oceans breathe again.”

Supporting Avaaz

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 specialise 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 Avaaz and add your name to the cause:

“Plastic pollution is killing our oceans — by 2050 they will have more plastic than fish. We call on you to phase out single-use plastics within the next 5 years, and implement the policies our oceans need to thrive.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/end_plastic_pollution_loc/?slideshow

 

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Join with Avaaz to help save the Vaquitas mammals from extinction

 

What’s happening?

Vaquitas are cute, timid aquatic mammals that look like mini-dolphins and there are only thirty of them left in the world. They have been dying because they get trapped in “gillnets” and drown. Gillnet fishing is a method of fishing where vertical panels of netting are set in a straight line in the water. Fish get caught in the gillnet by being wedged and held by the mesh around the body, being  gilled and held by mesh slipping behind the bones protecting the gills, or by getting tangled and held by teeth, spines, maxillaries, or other protrusions without the body penetrating the mesh.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. They take action — signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events — to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all.

Mexico is considering banning these nets right now, and a key government official has agreed to deliver Avaaz’s call right into the highest government offices. If we act now, we can stop this beautiful species from being wiped out.

Supporting Avaaz

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 specialise 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 Avaaz and send your message to President of Mexico Peña Nieto, Minister of Environment Rafael Pacchiano, and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries José Calzada:

“As citizens from around the world horrified that vaquitas could vanish from the face of the earth, we urge you to establish and enforce an immediate, permanent ban on deadly gillnet fishing in Mexico. As there are only 30 vaquitas left, we call on you to do all you can to save this beautiful species from extinction before it’s too late.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/save_the_vaquitas_loc/?slideshow

 

Join with Amnesty International to stop the Philippines from bringing back the death penalty

 

What’s happening?

Currently, the Philippine government is trying to bring back the death penalty. President Duterte has made it clear since he came into office in 2016: he is happy to use violence to preserve social order and fight crime. And his government is quickly following his lead. In March, a Bill to reintroduce the death penalty for some drug-related offences was adopted by the House of Representatives. His domestic policy has focused on combating illegal drug trade by initiating the Philippine Drug War. In speeches made after his inauguration on June 30 2016, Duterte urged citizens to kill suspected criminals and drug addicts. He said he would order police to adopt a shoot-to-kill policy, and would offer them a bounty for dead suspects.

Now, another Bill is going to the Senate for them to discuss and vote on in May – and it aims to bring back the death penalty for many more offences. It’s now at the stage where the Senate can approve it – or, they can oppose it. They have the power to stop the death penalty being reintroduced. But we must act now and put as much pressure as possible on them to vote against bringing it back.

Amnesty International’s efforts

The death penalty cruel, inhumane and mostly affects those living in poverty – it doesn’t even work as an effective way to deter people from committing crime, so it has no worth. 141 countries are abolitionist in law or practice. The reintroduction of the death penalty would set the Philippines starkly against the global trend towards its abolition.

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 specialise 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

Help stop the death penalty returning to the Philippines. Act now and send an email to all members of the Philippine Senate voting on the bill over the coming weeks. Call on them to put an end to this ultimately inhuman, cruel and degrading punishment.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/stop-reintroduction-of-death-penalty-philippines/

 

Join with Greenpeace to save the arctic

 

What’s happening?

The Arctic is home to incredible wildlife, from mysterious narwhals to majestic polar bears, and it also strongly influences the planet’s climate and weather. Today, climate change and oil drilling pose an extreme threat to this vitally important icy ecosystem. The sea ice these animals depend on is vanishing at a terrifying speed. Without the ice to hunt, rest, and breed, the very survival of polar bears and other wildlife is under threat.

“Mother polar bears, weak and starving, have trouble reproducing. Their cubs must fight the odds to survive into adulthood. Unless we make a global, concentrated effort to prevent this, experts warn that polar bears could disappear completely from the Arctic in the next 100 years.” – Greenpeace

Oil companies are looking to ever more extreme and dangerous locations to drill, in a reckless bid to exploit the oil we have to keep in the ground. Norwegian state-owned oil company StatOil wants to drill further north than ever before, in the Arctic.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Greenepace are working to challenge against Arcticoil. They are leading a people-powered movement to keep “Big Oil” out and also campaigning for a marine sanctuary in the North Pole’s international waters.

“… from the Arctic, to the Canadian Tar Sands and now in the Great Australian Bight – where a huge people-powered win saw oil giant BP ditch its dangerous ultra-deepwater drilling – people have begun to break the stranglehold of Big Oil.” – Greenpeace

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 specialise 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

In 2015, Shell quit the Arctic after three years of non-stop people power! Over seven MILLION people were there to expose Shell’s failings and call the company to account at every turn. Now it’s time to make sure Big Oil never returns. Join with Greenpeace to stop Norwegian state-owned oil company StatOil from further drilling.

https://www.savethearctic.org/en-AU/peoplevsarcticoil/

 

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