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When we take action together, we are powerful.

On April 23rd, Tent of Testimonies (TOT) Agreed to Accelerate Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

From a list of nominees, RaHa selects for UHC. Selectees get medical covers that RaHa pays premiums for –– the covers are provided by various companies, including Insurance For All (IFA). RaHa also  builds rainwater harvesting systems and toilets and gives reusable sanitary towels to  villages and schools in rural and peri urban areas that get nominated for the same.

TOT’s Pst. Dr. Fred Akama and RaHa’s Titi Kadu signed an MOU where TOT vets and nominates its members UHC. TOT want their nominees to get AfyaPoa, a Micro Insurance Product initiated and sold by IFA, designed for the less fortunate in the community. IFA’s C.E.O, Mr. John Paul Otieno, was present during the signing.

Using their Testimony Tv for publicity, TOT will then start vetting and nominating members of other churches  –– these are members that are excluded from quality health care coverage.

On April 6th, activists on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior took the first-ever action at sea against companies preparing to mine the Pacific Ocean’s seabed. The ship in the background is owned by DeepGreen — a Canadian mining company that’s spearheading the drive to mine the biodiverse, barely understood deep sea ecosystem.

And for the first time ever, major companies like BMW, Volvo, Google, and Samsung have pledged to exclude ocean-mined minerals from their supply chains until the associated risks are better understood.

The pledge serves as a direct counter to mining companies’ claims that kick-starting this whole new ocean-destroying industry would help meet demand for minerals.

Greenpeace is celebrating this news with … friends at the WWF, who prepared the pledge in question. At the start of … campaign against deep-sea mining last year, Greenpeace called on Google to swear off ocean-mined minerals for good.

We know more about the surface of Mars than the deep ocean, and both governments and corporations have a role to play in preventing a literal race to the bottom!

Last month in Paris, Greenpeace France activists entered the Charles De Gaulle airport to paint a plane green and deploy banners to shine a light on greenwashing in the aviation industry.

To protest the French government’s most recent weak climate bill, Greenpeace activists did what lobbyists wish they could do — ‘greenwash’ air transport.

Over the past several months, the French government has been pushing the narrative that carbon compensation and hypothetical “green planes” could be the solution to minimizing aviation’s role in the climate crisis. The proposed law also aims to limit airport expansions, but contains so many loopholes that it allows all current expansion plans to continue. This despite a recent public consultation that found substantial public support for air traffic reduction to curb emissions.

Around the world, Greenpeace is demanding that governments step up their climate ambitions and build back fossil free. That will mean reducing short-haul flights, cancelling new airport extensions, and developing sustainable transportation alternatives. Onwards!

One Less Excuse Decision-makers can use to Stall Transition to a Green Economy

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the use of federal power to impose a carbon tax across Canada is, in fact, constitutional. This is fantastic news for …[Canada, and the world]…, and it means [Canada’s] provincial governments can accelerate, but no longer impede, federal action to deal with the climate crisis. 

Over the past three years, the carbon tax faced bitter opposition from provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Now that Ottawa has the constitutional authority to decide on the issue, let’s make sure our governments put their energy into more constructive things — like putting a greater price on pollution and exploring other policy options to further address the climate emergency.

With one less barrier to passing strong, Canada-wide climate legislation, there’s one less excuse decision-makers can use to stall the transition to a green economy.

WHAT ABOUT OUR FUTURE

Here’s some good news if you’re looking to feel hopeful and inspired.

On Thursday, April 29th, you’re invited to an online screening of the new, award-winning short film ‘What About Our Future?’. Featuring Greta Thunberg and David Suzuki, this short doc follows young environmental activists, the Sustainabiliteens, as they organise the largest protest in Vancouver’s history. This is not to be missed.

Menstruation, a natural process in all healthy woman, keeps girls away from school.

You can now stop this, barter your adverts for girls’ time in school, see details

This Madaraka Day, we were invited to renovate toilets that have been used for only 6 years. 6 years is a very short period of time for toilets to require renovation. Something must have been done wrongly.

To avoid making the same mistake, we ask: what happened, especially to the walls and floors?

A lack of good toilets affects not only the quality of our schools, it also reduces the dignity and quality of our lives. After all, they are one of the basic facilities that we depend on. Good quality provision instils confidence in public facilities as a whole, helps to inspire positive impressions, and contributes to many other important aspects of life.

It is important that children have the confidence that the facilities they need are available when they are in school – children rightly expect accessible, clean, safe and well maintained toilets.

Yesterday, Ben Phillips twitted “No one is coming in a cape, coming from outside, to save us. But together we can save ourselves.” “There is no justice, just us. That might sound sad at first but there is a huge power in “us”.”

When you nominate the water starved for water, toilet-less for toilets,… etc; others will promote rainwater harvesting and rainwater protection; and the your nominee gets water and or toilet. If you are an organization, your nominee gets water and toilets when you Makerainsafe for you.

Ben is Launch Director of the Fight Inequality Alliance. He was Campaigns and Policy Director for Oxfam and ActionAid International. He has lived and worked in four continents and 11 cities including New Delhi and Washington DC, as well as with children in poverty in East London. He has led programmes and campaigns teams in Save the Children, the Children’s Society, the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the Global Campaign for Educationd.

He began his development work at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.

He is based in Nairobi.

RaHa joins Fight Inequality Alliance (FIA) because they #FightInequality. FIA is a global coalition which has organized a number of activities, including the global Fight Inequality Week of Action, to focus global attention on the scourge of inequality at regional, national, and local levels.

We #FightInequality whenever we #MakeWinners out of the water starved and the toilet-less –– we make winners because  winners keep winning; an idea formally known as cumulative advantage, or the Matthew effect; which explains how those who start with an advantage relative to others can retain that advantage over long periods of time.

YES: global economic inequality is staggering and shaming –– the number of billionaires rose by the biggest amount ever in 2017, half the world’s population lives on between $2 and $10 a day. The 2018 World Inequality Report shows the share of wealth held by the top 1% of earners in the US doubled from 10% to 20% between 1980 and 2016, while the bottom 50% fell from 20% to 13% in the same period.

BUT: think about the story you tell yourself about yourself. In all the lives you could be living, in all of the worlds you could simulate, how much did luck play a role in this one? Have you gotten more than your fair share? Have you had to deal with more struggles than most? Nick Maggiulli asks this question because accepting luck as a primary determinant in your life is one of the most freeing ways to view the world. Why? Because when you realise the magnitude of happenstance and serendipity in your life, you can stop judging yourself on your outcomes and start focusing on your efforts.

Your EFFORT is the only thing you can control. So don’t let good luck put you on a pedestal, #FightInequality without spending – #makerainsafe for you, promote rainwater harvesting  and promote rainwater protection. This will #MakeWinners.

Don’t let bad luck knock you down either—some of us are born with more advantages than others and some of us are born with less, but you should never let that define how hard you try — #FightInequality without spending. Start accumulating advantages, bottle rainwater for income, farm, car-wash… Win by having a reliable clean close toilet and water.

Listen to Kofi Annan, “…From the boardrooms of Wall Street to the streets of Athens, there is a growing consensus that the current economic model is not fit for purpose. We are far from agreement though on what should replace it. What is absolutely crucial is that the voices of the people most affected by inequality must be heard in the debates that follow”… (the emphasis is ours) …”This is why The Elders, a group of independent leaders founded by Nelson Mandela of which I have the honor to be the chair, is working with civil-society activists from the Fight Inequality Alliance to promote an inclusive, just, and bold agenda….”

For another day is the question, who is MOST affected by the inequality – the ‘winners’ are clearly most affected (they feel increasingly insecure) the same way the ‘losers’ are.