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December 2016

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Welcome to the monthly e-bulletin from Think Global, the UK education charity working to create a more just and sustainable world through the power of global learning.

Start The Change

New schools project starting in January

Image of fern unfurlingIn collaboration with partners from Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, Think Global will be working with teachers and school students to understand young people’s views on extremism and their ideas for developing and promoting a more cohesive society.

The project will work with secondary schools across Europe (including 10 here in the UK) to carry out focussed research with students, provide teachers with professional development and produce classroom resources focussed on exploring themes of identity and the current challenges that young people face. Hannah Brenton, Think Global's Programme Manager, describes the project as "a great opportunity to focus on the views of young people in this challenging debate, and to support teachers in creating safe spaces for discussing these often difficult and sometimes controversial topics."

If you know of any schools that would be interested in participating, please put them in touch. Read further details about Start The Change.

The Palm Oil in our Christmas Cookies

Take action with our new petition

Palm Oil - environmental destruction, stolen land - download research reportNew research from our EU partners in the SupplyCha!nge project highlights the clear environmental and human rights abuses that occur in the palm oil supply chain. Palm oil is a key ingredient in not only our cookies, but also many other Christmas treats. Together with our SupplyCha!nge partners across the EU, we've launched a petition to advocate for more ethical supply chains.

Call on the EU to hold supermarkets to account and protect human rights in the supply chains of their products. Sign our petition here: 

Find out more about palm oil supply chains by downloading the research.

Hannah Brenton is Think Global's Programme Manager on this project: “Global supply chains can often feel out of our reach – but as consumers there are worthwhile actions we can take to commit to consuming ethically and sustainably. We can ensure we are well-informed about the supply chains of our products; choose products that are ethically and sustainably sourced and place pressure on supermarkets and governments to protect workers and the environment in countries of source.”

International speaker visit for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

SUSY logoAs part of our EU-funded Susy project (which supports and promotes the 'social and solidarity economy'), we’re very excited to have two visitors from Palestine and India joining us during Fairtrade Fortnight 2017, to speak about their experience of this type of community empowerment. Bassema Barahmeh is a producer from Anza women’s cooperative, part of the Palestine Fair Trade Association, and Veena Nabar is a researcher on the co-operative sector in India, specifically the Andaman and Nicobar territory.
We’re currently working with our partners at Zaytoun to arrange a programme of activities for the visit, which will take place between Sunday 26th February and Friday 3rd March. We would love to be part of any Fairtrade Fortnight events you may be organising; if you are based in London or the South East and would like to arrange a visit from our speakers, do get in touch with Catherine Richardson by Friday 20th January:

Shop ethically with Think Global

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Ethical Shop gifts

Just a reminder that any orders from the Ethical Shop at this link raise funds for Think Global:

Thanks for your support!

Season's Greetings

Christma trees imageThe staff at Think Global would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy festive season.

See you next year!

News highlights

Radi-Aid Awards 2016
Visit to view nominees in the Golden Radiator and Rusty Radiator awards. Started in 2013 by the Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) in Norway, these awards celebrate those fundraising videos that show the best use of creativity and engagement; as well as pointing out campaigns that show the worst use of stereotypes. This Guardian article lists the runners up and winners, with commentary.
UNICEF for every child
This week, UNICEF is 70 years old. UNICEF: 70 years for every child, provides a retrospective of UNICEF's work on behalf of every child, every day, since its founding in 1946.
Seychelles warbler - a rare conservation success story
Biodiversity betrayal as nations fail miserably on conservation - New Scientist article reports that rich nations in particular seem to be falling far short of internationally agreed conservation targets set in 2010. In fact only 5% of nations are on track to meet the global benchmarks.
Migration Museum project

The Migration Museum Project plans to create the UK’s first dedicated Migration Museum and to tell the story of movement into and out of the UK in a fresh and engaging way. See:

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