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“Save Our Waters”  animates indigenous resistance to Canadian pipelines

Posted by Tom Megginson | 7-12-2014 15:07 | Category: Environment


The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project is a plan transport diluted bitumen from Canada’s Athabasca oil sands to a Pacific port at Kitimat, BC, for transportation to the Asian markets by tanker ships. The project is opposed by many environmental and citizen groups, as well as First Nations (Native Canadian) groups along its path. The concerns include threats to fresh water and other environments from spills, as well as the risks of introducing tanker traffic to new coastal waters.

Among the outspoken First Nations are the Haida people living on the Haida Gwaii (also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands). The Haidawood collective, an arts group that makes stop-animation videos using their people’s well-know artistic wood carving and painting styles to celebrate Haida culture and language, have released “Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters” to gather support for their cause.

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Make light - literally - with music #ShakeYourPower

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 20-06-2014 20:30 | Category: Fundraising, Developing World

SPARK, Make light - literally - with music #ShakeYourPower.

This great idea is on Kickstarter right now for raising funds. The project is called #ShakeYourPower and it’s aim to help those without electricity generate their own power through music.
It is about a simple musical instrument - a percussion shaker - that converts the energy from playing it into electricity. It’s called SPARK and it is demonstrated in the video below.

Sudha Kheterpal, best know as the percussionist from South London band Faithless, launched the Kickstarter campaign to raise £50,000. The instrument is still a prototype and the people behind the project needs the money before July 10, 2014.

Sudha: “During testing, the people who used SPARK said it was useful because they had light in the evenings which they used for doing homework, household chores and for lighting their way home in the dark. SPARK will enable children and their families to be safer by eliminating the need of kerosene for light for example, and by providing light for women and girls in areas where rape is a huge problem.”

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The First Ever Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 5-05-2014 21:30 | Category: Gender issues

The First Ever Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights, Presented By The United Nations.

This video comes at a critical moment in the evolution of public debate in India on gay rights. The law criminalising same-sex love in India, Section 377, was reinstated at the end of last year, following a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that sparked nationwide protests and an outpouring of support for the LGBT community. Activists have appealed for the decision to be reviewed.

The campaign is an initiative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The video called “The Welcome” stars actress and former Miss India Celina Jaitly. Jaitly, who was last year nominated by the High Commissioner as a “UN equality champion” in recognition of her support for LGBT equality, makes her musical debut in the video, singing a new version of the 1979 Bollywood classic, Uthe Sab Ke Kadam.

Commenting on the launch, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said she was delighted to see the Free & Equal campaign extended to India.  “LGBT people have historically been marginalized and subjected to discrimination and violence in India, as elsewhere. But change is coming. In the past few months we have seen an unprecedented level of public debate relating to the rights of LGBT people. As awareness grows, attitudes will change. We need to do all we can to hasten change by challenging the myths and misinformation that get in the way of understanding. That is what this campaign is all about.

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“I Touch Myself” finds new life as a PSA

Posted by Tom Megginson | 15-04-2014 17:11 | Category: Health

I Touch Myself PSA

You remember the song. If not from its endless radio play in 1990, then from the “Fembots” scene in Austin Powers. It’s “a song that celebrates female sexuality like no other,” according to itouchmyself.org, a charity established to carry on the wish of the song’s late singer, Chrissy Amphlett, that it find a second life as an awareness campaign for breast self-examination.

Chrissy Amphlett died almost exactly a year ago of breast cancer. In her memory, ten Australian women singers carry the melody from one to another in a beautiful and haunting tribute:

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La Santa Cecilia Wins Grammy for 11 Million Undocumented in USA

Posted by Monica Brasov-Curca | 28-01-2014 23:03 | Stories | Category: Activism, Discrimination, Human rights, Politics

2014 Grammys had many surprises…For the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States of America, La Santa Cecilia winning the Grammy for best Crossover Album was the the best one of all.

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You look like this when listening to classical music

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 13-10-2013 21:00 | Category: Culture

Barbican Dreamscape

This gorgeous campaign is made by Firedog for Barbican, the performing arts centre in the City of London.
It’s not about the musicians, it’s about what you hear.
The Barbican asked the team at Firedog to convey the emotional experience of attending a classical music concert at the venue. They combined images of the audience with their eyes closed together with moody environmental imagery. They worked with real people - either friends of Firedog or the Barbican center.

When we listen to music, our imagination continually flits from one image to the next; the emotions evoked are equally disparate. We wanted to tap into the sensory experience of sound, and therefore we focused on where your mind travels to when listening to a piece of music. We call it a Dreamscape.

The campaign has run for four weeks with 255 posters across 129 London Underground stations. All possible items are used. From print and out-of-home to all their digital channels.

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Voices Of The Forest

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 14-10-2012 21:30 | Category: Environment

Greenpeace Africa: Voix de la Forê, The Voices of the Forest

Great song from Greenpeace Africa. Voix de la Forêt (The Voices of the Forest)  is performed by 11 singers from the Congo Basin countries. The area is one of the most important earth’s lungs.
It began in 2011 as a call to the youth to speak out for the protection of their forests.
Men, women and children from Kinshasa city and surroundings took part in the filming of the video for song whose lyrics come from a selection of poems written by young people during our Future of the Forests in Poetry competition.

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