We at Worcester Roots Foundation like to extend our heartfelt apologies to you we know you expect better from us and next September we will do better. I am obviously referring to our flagrant disregard of one of the most important days in our calendar, I'm referring of course to September 2 which as the first Saturday of September was international vulture awareness day and we at Worcester Roots Foundation were completely unaware. I hope that this press release goes some way to expressing our apologies to the masses and obviously the vultures. Vultures are quite frankly amazing animals. They are natures binmen, they provide a vital service and are a key part of ecosystems around the world. For instance in India a drug used extensively in cattle herds turned out to be bad for Vultures. Between 1992 and 2007 vulture population is said to have declined by 99.9% as they were poisoned feeding on the corpses of cattle without. The vultures carcasses built up and began to pose a significant risk to human health harbouring deadly diseases and polluting water sources. On top of that the decaying carcasses are credited with causing a massive increase in the feral dog population rising from 20,000,000 to 30,000,000 in the course of a decade. Did anybody else need any more reasons to love the vulture? How about these. Their stomach acids are capable of breaking down bones which make up between 70 and 90% of certain species overall diet and furthermore vultures are specially adapted for high altitude. Flying with one particular vulture, a Ruppells Girffon vulture reaching the reckless height of 11.5 km. Still not enough awesome vulture facts? How about the fact that they engage in a process called Urohydrosis where they use their own highly acidic urine to disinfect their legs of bacteria following feeding. Furthermore vultures are being used by German police forces to find missing people. So all in all vultures are amazing animals. I like to finish with some awesome vulture advice, if you can't get under the skin of a problem of the eye sockets or the anus you'll have a much easier time.
Sustainably promoting the rights of people with disabilities in GhanaIntroduction
Hello everyone. I’m Luke and here to raise awareness about the important work I have recently completed with ICS. The International Citizen Service is a charity organisation which works to promote development in other countries. For example by promoting the rights of women, children and people with disabilities. On my experience of which I will be talking about, I was sent to the Upper East Region of Ghana to work it the community of Sandema for 3 months. There me and my team, the LIFE project worked to integrate people living with disabilities into their local communities.
Why is this a problem?
-There are over 5 million people in Ghana with disabilities (about a fifth of the population).
-A seventh of people globally live with a disability, 80% of which are in developing countries like Ghana.
-The disability act introduced in Ghana in 2006 is designed to protect and safeguard their rights but it is poorly implemented. This includes equal opportunities, equal treatment and wheelchair access to buildings.
A lot of the problem comes down to people’s attitudes. In spite of the laws many people still regard people living with disability as incompetent and cursed. So a great number of people are still left isolated and mistreated by their communities.
The main reason why they get treated this way is owing to local superstitions. Many people believe that disability is a punishment sent from god. For example the practice of dealing with a “spirit baby” is outlawed but unfortunately still practiced. When a child is born with a physical disability, they are referred to as a spirit baby and considered evil and killed.
What we do?
In order to make our work sustainable it is important that for example if we set up groups we don’t start just running things ourselves as anything we build which is dependent on us is unsustainable. It is better to set things up which are run by local people. Through our various activities involving education and empowerment among other things, we aim to get people to take action for themselves.
Through the events we did like community, school and radio sensitisations, we educated the public on:
1. The causes and types of disability which had to be simplified as many aren’t educated or familiar with mental health and learning difficulties
2. The challenges facing people with disabilities. For example wheelchair access.
3. Some of the superstitions. For example I found a specific bible quote in which Jesus himself said that disability is not a punishment from god.
4. The importance of integrating people with disabilities into the community and that they can be accomplished and capable with the right opportunities.
5. The law and rights of people with disabilities
We also bring members from the disabled people’s organisation (DPO) to speak about their experiences like Mr Gilbert who is head of the DPO, a teacher and translator.
Through these methods we hope to empower people with disabilities and change people’s attitudes to create a more integrated community.
After 8 years we have officially left worcester volunteer centre as of the 30th September 2016. We are working hard to find a new home and hope to have some good news in the coming days. Everyone at Roots would like to take this opportunity to thank worcester community trusts horizon community centre for giving us space to store our belongings and have our weekly youth steering group meetings until we find a new home and not forgetting Hedley Burton for letting us store our furniture in his garage and allowing us to invade his dining room every six weeks for our trustee meetings. We would also like to thank Sally Ellison who in her role at worcester volunteer centre gave us the opportunity 8 years ago and has been behind us every step of the way ever since. One last thank you from Roots CEO Tash " thank you to all the young volunteers that have helped with stage one of our recent move, I know the past few months have been a difficult time for us all at roots but I want you all to know that I appreciate everything you do and you are all incredible people. Be proud and continue to be strong"
Jungles and deserts
Mountains stand high
Beautiful blue oceans
Oh goodness, oh my
Mother natures cruellest trick
A hurricane called Mick
A world changing fast
We all need a belting
Animals great and small
Is mankind the fool
Can we still save the earth
It could do with some credit
So pull up your socks
And lets give it an edit
Hello Dears, as it was national gardening week I thought I'd do a little write up about me and what I've been up to in my garden.
It's that time of year when we can go back outside, start cutting the lawns again and planting our seeds. I'm a swine for keep moving things around, once I had cut my lawns I moved my vegetable beds altogether and put in some onions that my kind old neighbour had given me. While on the nature trail one Friday, Myself and Maria had picked some wild garlic roots, so I planted them in a shady part of my garden by the greenhouse, and they are starting bud. Fingers crossed that my strawberries come again this year, I had a lovely bunch last year, the bleeding neighbours kids enjoyed them too.
But dears, you don’t just have to use your garden to grow some fruit and veg, I've designed a lovely little cottage garden at the far back. I made a small stone path leading to a secret patio area next to my pond, a nice quiet place where one can enjoy a pot of tea and crossword puzzle. I'm blessed to have such a large garden to do lots of things in, but you can still be creative even with a small space. Why not get some hanging baskets and fill with some flowers or even strawberries or perhaps a couple of window boxes filled with mixed herbs. Some sweet peas would look and smell lovely too. The possibilities are endless and pottering around in the garden can be so therapeutic and very rewarding.
'To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow'
~ J.R's Corner
'Clean for The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.'
Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride. What better way could we show our gratitude to Her Majesty than to clean up our country?
But how can you get involved? You can start now and also take part in the 'Clean for The Queen' weekend on March 4th, 5th and 6th 2016.
To register your interest or find more information on this campaign, see the link below!
CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN
The figures provided in this article are alarming, throwing away food is something that we all do subconsciously every day, It can be inescapable at times. What can be controlled however, is how that waste is managed. Imagine the good you could do with just a small change of how you disposed of leftover food.
It Doesn’t have to end up decomposing in a landfill site adding to the harmful gasses in our atmosphere. Waste food can be recycled in other ways, from being used as fertiliser to being used as a direct power source.
This articles explores the way in how we simply need to think differently about the amount of waste we produce, and the vast amount of benefits it brings to the environment and your home.
GLOBAL FOOD WASTE: THE NUMBERS BEHIND THE PROBLEM
This Article takes a look at the recent Paris Agreement, looking at the challenges of how to get over 190 states to collectively tackle climate change. However, the reactions have fell into two camps.
So what’s good, what’s bad and what should you know about the Paris Agreement?
Find out more here: http://ukycc.org/a-second-look-at-the-paris-agreement/
Worcester soup is where four different organisations have four minutes to give a pitch to members of the public about what they do and how they benefit the community. Everyone pays £4 in to the pot when they enter and all the money is counted up, after all four organisations have pitched, the public vote for who they think most deserves the money and then they win the pot from the night.
Well this was the second Worcester Soup and it was held at the STARS centre and I was fortunate enough to do a pitch for the recycled crafts project. I met with Bruce Simpson and Christine Clarke who put the Soup together and helped me write my pitch. I was so nervous about getting up and talking in front of an audience, its one of my biggest fears. On the day, I arrived extra early to prepare and feel for the layout of the room, soon enough people started to arrive and I had a chance to meet the three other people pitching.
Thankfully I knew someone there, Tony and Rod who are volunteer’s for transition Worcester, an organisation Roots work closely with and also Amanda from café bliss. I sat with them and they gave me some kind words of support. I listened to the first two pitches and I started to shake and got more nervous and felt like just leaving, then Bruce called my name, I took a deep breath and walked up to the front of the room.
I took one look at the audience and introduced myself and then just buried myself in to my notes and begun to speak into the microphone, I told them about the project and the benefits and also about my story, about my anxiety and how the Project helped me. The four minutes seemed to go faster then I imagined and as I looked back up I could see everybody smiling back at me and It gave me a boost in confidence! After it was all over everybody headed over to get there soup, made by Amanda. I felt like a celebrity walking to the bathroom, people stopping me and surrounding me, shaking my hands, taps on the back and they all said how well I had done and how they admired me.
I made some interesting contacts for the crafts and even a few people interested in volunteering with us. The lady who won the first Soup came to talk about what she had done since with the money and then we had some people from St Paul’s hostel read us some poems. Unfortunately we didn’t win but christine told me it was very close between myself and the winner. I went away feeling much better after achieving a personnel goal and meeting new contacts for Roots.
Click here to find out more about our paper crafts
Recently the government said that it intends to phase out coal power stations within 10 years energy Sec Amber Rudd proposes that all coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with a use restricted by 2023. Miss Rudd believes that relying on coal is perverse she goes on to say that the United Kingdom needs to build an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century. However some people such as environmental group friends of the Earth while supporting the phasing out of coal do not believe this announcement goes far enough with their senior energy campaigner Simon Bullock saying that switching from coal to gas is like an alcoholic switching from two bottles of whiskey a day to two bottles of port, suggesting that this announcement while a step in the right direction may well just be a shuddering wobbly step towards a kebabs shop on a night out however private investment and the Welsh water cycle may just be able to provide an alternative a company by the name of Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP)
TLP believes they can be and has just secured the go-ahead from Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for a £1 billion development in Swansea Bay between the Docklands and the new university campus. The development is made up of a 6 mile long stretch of wall looping out from the Welsh coastline submerged underneath it will be 16 underwater turbines will provide a source of green renewable energy for as long as there is water in the bay . Unlike the majority of coal-fired power stations the concept art shows a construction that would add to the natural beauty of the area not detract from it, the walkway itself will be made of a light grey stone and little else above the surface enabling people to walk along it and watch sporting and cultural events that are intended to be held in the lagoon to just watch the tide. The station is projected to generate enough energy for 155,000 homes which is equivalent to 90% of Swansea's domestic electricity use.
However the project is not without hurdles to jump the lagoon would be situated between the Tawe and Neath estuaries which could have a disastrous impact on migratory fish, also as part of the construction that they would need to be dredged and cleared and there is also a possibility for sediment pollution to occur. Even if the environmental concerns can be rendered moot there are still financial ones that need to be addressed, TLP is asking the government for a higher incentive Grant then wind turbines solar power and nuclear power negotiating a higher price may be difficult as the government is still (as of 9 June 2015) to decide whether the technology is viable.
If the technology is viable the power station will not just provide clean green power it will create a 100 jobs at the company (General Electric and Andritz Hydro ) who will be building the turbines. In total TLP intends to create and support 1,900 jobs with 180 additional jobs when the lagoon opens.
So in conclusion if the project and can overcome its hurdles I believe that the lagoon will be an important step towards the kind of world envisioned by Danish sustainable architect and activist Bjarke Ingels when he said "Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge".