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Introducing Ekodo

Have you heard of Ekodo? It’s environmentalism as a martial art. Awesome. It was started by my environmental studies lecturer, Sean, several years ago and is still going strong. I went to an ekodo workshop a few days ago and found it really interesting and useful. The link is to his first post on happyzine about it, but he has written lots more about ekodo too, just search ekodo in the happyzine search bar.

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Kaipatiki Project

Kaipatiki Project is the largest urban restoration project in New Zealand carried out by a single group, caring for over 70 hectares of beautiful forest and bush reserve in Glenfield, on Auckland’s North Shore.

With help from hundreds of volunteers from the community, Kaipatiki Project plants thousands of trees each year, grown from eco-sourced seeds in their own native plant nursery, which this year is currently producing around 20,000 new native plants.

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If you are ready to be disturbed, inspired and moved to action, find out more about the symposium.

Symposiums are all organised and run by volunteers like me, so entry fees are only to cover costs. I highly recommend attending an Awakening the Dreamer symposium. The best part for me was talking to other participants about our shared hopes and fears for the future of humans on this planet. It’s very rare you get to have those kind of discussions in everyday life. It was actually a relief to find so many other people who are just as passionate, and talk to them face to face.

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Changing the world, one banana at a time

I just got back from hearing Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International, speak about the Fairtrade movement. Harriet and her stories are inspirational. She talked about people who’s lives have been turned around through Fairtrade and told some great stories about ordinary people in ‘rich’ countries who have been campaigning for Fairtrade.

In the today’s dominant free market system, producers must accept whatever price they are offered for their crops. A small number of huge multinational corporations often set prices far below cost, leaving farmers destitute. These are a huge portion of the 2 billion people living on less than $1 per day.

The Fairtrade system helps farmers in the developing world get a better deal for the food they produce. Farmers receive the market price for their produce unless that price goes below an agreed minimum amount (which takes into account the cost of producing the crops). In that case buyers must pay the Fairtrade minimum price. So even when markets are bad, they can still afford to live.

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