What They Took With Them

Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Peter Capaldi, Stanley Tucci, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Douglas Booth, Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman.

The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.

One of the sources for the poem was Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR. Many of Brian’s photos, along with firsthand accounts from the refugees he photographed, are featured in the film.

Released exclusively on Facebook, the film urges people to sign the #WithRefugees petition to help ensure refugees have the basics to build back their lives – an education, somewhere safe to live and the opportunity to work.

To see the full version of the film and to sign the petition go to www.withrefugees.org

A bit of inspiration to start the day! #WomenInspire

Meet Veronika, CEO and founder of The Empowerment Plan, who empowers women to become more independent. #WomenInspire

To meet more inspiring women that are making a difference, check http://www.gap.com/onestitchcloser

The Statement of the Rustler’s Valley #Youth Retreat – #ICSW


We are 60 diverse young people from all continents of the world who met in Rustler’s Valley, South Africa from November 16 to 19, 2014 to discuss the state of civil society around the world and consider our role as young people within it. We do not claim to speak for all youth, or for the diverse views from within our own countries, but rather we seek to lend our voices to the on-going debate about the role of civil society in the social, political and economic transformation of the world. We also want to respond to and further develop the conversation begun by the Open Letter for Activists as young people engaged at grassroots, national and international levels.

Increasingly, the face of civil society around the world is a young one. Yet, we recognize much may be learned from other generations; their struggles, histories and lessons. Although we will face many of the challenges of the future, we believe that with intergenerational partnerships and a shared responsibility, we can transform civil society and therefore global society.

Current strategies to address restrictions on civil society space are failing. To create the necessary space at the national level, we should develop radical tactics to mobilize non traditional civil society groups, create platforms for international solidarity, and develop safe spaces where we can come together in a conducive environment to address these issues.

After much reflection, we collectively arrived at four primary topics of concern to those present: race, gender and sexual orientation; democratization of our own organisations and power structures; reform of relationships between civil society and donor organisations; and the divide between grassroots movements and civil society organisations (CSOs).

Eliminating discrimination: Race, gender and sexual orientation

As youth, we witness and experience the on-going reality of discrimination in civil society based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. We call on all sectors, especially media, governmental, non-governmental, and religious organizations, and the private sector to acknowledge and combat discriminatory practices. Civil society should lead the way by respecting diversity and completely eliminating all forms of discrimination from our own environments.

Democratization of CSOs and power structures

As youth, we acknowledge that current political, social and economic systems and organizational structures favour the few, not the many. We emphasize our duty to democratise:

  • Public dialogue through the use of inclusive and accessible language to broaden participation and break down the hierarchy among civil society and the communities we seek to serve.
  • Structures of power that prevent us from collaborating across issues and themes to establish civil society-wide avenues of influence and the elevation of our collective voice.
  • Access to intergovernmental and civil society processes for local and grassroots social movements.
  • Relationships between large civil society organizations and grassroots movements through the adoption of and respect for higher ethical standards.

Additionally, we should establish new methods of ensuring transparency, through the development of:

  • Conflict of interest indices;
  • Organization-wide gender parity measures;
  • Reporting on executive salaries and board fees;
  • Cooperation indices, and;
  • Mechanisms that ensure the full integration of all stakeholders into decision-making processes, including volunteers.

Rethinking relationships between civil society and donor organisations

As youth, the driving force of our work is our own vision, passion and values. To better serve those with whom we work, we must question the current relationships between donors and recipients. We pledge to:

  • Acknowledge the need to be financially autonomous through self-sustainability.
  • Mobilize unions through membership fees as a way of engaging our own constituencies to ensure their ownership and responsibility in our work.
  • Create alternative and innovative solutions to generate funds for our work.
  • Encourage donors to explore avenues of promoting collaboration between and with civil society organizations.

As youth, we see the increasing danger in becoming more accountable to funding sources than the communities we purport to serve. We recognize the need to first hold ourselves to account, and then:

  • Increase accountability of the international community to its by commitments and constituents
  • Develop the advocacy skills of community members to more effectively claim their rights

Relationship between Grassroots and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

The increasing importance of grassroots actors, both formal and informal, is undeniable in today’s world. Gone are the days where NGOs may claim to represent the “voices” of communities. Our communities can and do speak for themselves and stand on their own work. They invert power structures through community-driven development and building people-power globally. We believe in the following tenants:

  • Access. NGOs should work to access, identify and develop leaders and existing solutions within communities. Serving as enablers, we can support accessibility to and sharing of the core resources needed to foster greater impact.
  • Sustainability. NGOs should promote capacity-building and community ownership to both catalyse the emergence of new grassroots groups and ensure existing groups continue their work self-sufficiently and sustainably. Instead of providing ready-made solutions, the focus should be on connecting likeminded leaders in decentralized networks of information sharing.
  • Measuring success. NGOs should work with communities to develop new, community-supported, ways of measuring and interpreting success around the values of sustainable change and community ownership.
  • Reimagining the playing field. NGOs should work to reorient all funding systems to align with these tenants and the under acknowledged needs of grassroots organizations.

As young people fighting for social justice, we make these criticisms and suggestions with the hope that they will contribute to a reimagining of the role, vision and methods of civil society. We recommit our lives to the struggle against inequality, poverty, environmental degradation and all injustices in whatever shape they assume.

We perceive the vision of our letter as an invitation to all—including young people and those in decision-making positions—to take immediate action to transform civil society. Let this letter stand not only as our message to civil society, but also as a broader commitment to move forward with confidence and purpose towards a just, sustainable and peaceful world.


To read the original “Open letter to activists” created at the 1st Rustler’s Retreat, check: http://blogs.civicus.org/civicus/2014/08/06/an-open-letter-to-our-fellow-activists-across-the-globe-building-from-below-and-beyond-borders/

To learn more about CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, check: http://civicus.org/index.php/en/about-us-125

In the edges of #climatechaos, it’s about time we raise and #disrupt!


[EN] Around the world, people from all paths of life are gathering, organizing and taking the streets to put show global leaders we had enough!

We can no longer afford to passively wait and watch our homes flooding, crops disappearing and natural disasters becoming the norm, while they spend years discussing our future in air-conditioned rooms!

It is time to disrupt! And raise together to demand global leaders for real actions, instead of comforting words.

Check out the People’s Climate March website and learn about actions happening around your hood! And please, do get involved!!!! This is the greatest issue of our lifetimes and it gotta need all and each one of us to disrupt this climate chaos!

If you are not able to get out there, and join the over 2000 actions happening in over 160 countries. You must invest your time in learning more about the issue and informing your friends, your family and your community, a good start is the movie Disruption (by PF Pictures) just launched, which tells the story of the making of the march, as well as the global climate movement! (legendas em português)

[PT] Ao redor do mundo, pessoas de todos os tipos e origens estão se juntando e organizando para tomar as ruas e mostrar para os líderes mundiais que já tivemos o bastante!

Não podemos mais esperar passivamente, assistindo nossas casas inundando, as plantações desaparecendo e os desastres naturais se tornando norma, enquanto eles seguem discutindo por anos em salas com ar condicionado!

Chegou a hora de dar um basta, e nos unir para exigir dos nossos líderes ações reais, e não mais apenas palavras de consolo!

Confira a página das mobilizações globais pelo clima, e conheça mais sobre as diferentes ações que vão rolar perto de você! E sim, por favor, se envolva!!! Esse é o desafio de nossas vidas, e precisamos de todos e cada um de nós para dar um basta nesse caos climático!!!

E se por alguma razão você não puder sair e se somar a uma das mais de 2.000 ações que estão acontecendo em mais de 160 países nesse final de semana. Você deve pelo menos investir seu tempo em aprender mais sobre o assunto, e aproveitar para informar seus amigos, familiares e sua comunidade!

Um ótimo começo é o filme Disruption (da PF Pictures) que acabou de ser lançado, e conta a história da preparação para a marcha de amanhã, assim como da formação deste movimento global pelo clima! Confira o filme com legendas em português acima!


Marcha dos Super-Heróis Urbanos #DiaMundialSemCarro



Se você esta chateado porque não pode estar em NY para a marcha parte da Mobilização Climate dos Povos, não tem mais razão pra isso!!!

Em várias partes do mundo, uma série de ações vão acontecer, mobilizando milhões de pessoas para exigir “Ações e não palavras” dos nossos líderes mundiais. (No link acima você descobre onde vão rolar, e como se envolver! Ou vale conferir outro post que fiz sobre o assunto).

Mas queria tirar um momento pra contar sobre uma super mobilização que vai rolar em São Paulo (22 de setembro), aproveitando para celebrar o Dia Mundial Sem Carro! (pra quem não lembra, vale conferir como foram as celebrações ano passado!)

Melhor do que eu falando, deixa O CARA, falar pra vocês!

Qualquer ser humano que se locomova sem carro em São Paulo e desafie a lógica da mobilidade desta cidade é super-herói. Então que tal aproveitar o Dia Mundial Sem Carro para uma Marcha dos Super-Heróis Urbanos?!

Bicicleta, skate, caminhada, carroça, patins, pogobol, patinete… Vale tudo movido a propulsão humana! E, se estiver no clima, vale até vir fantasiado!

Presenças ilustres garantidas: ninguém menos que Capitão Planeta estará lá em pessoa.

Vem que nesse dia a Av. Paulista será nossa!

Para saber mais, confira a página do evento no facebook!

#Youth at the #Habitat3


Today, Martin Ulvestad Østerdal, from the Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU) delivered a statement on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth to the plenary meeting of the Habitat III PrepCom1 at the UN Headquarters in NY.


Martin reminded the delegates attending the PrepCom1 about the importance of engaging and listening to youth, children and future generations since they are the ones who will inherit this new habitat agenda being discussed, and will be directly affected by decisions taken today.

He also reminded us that in order to tackle the challenges we face today, we really will need a tailored and ambition new development agenda. The way we plan our existing cities and address the issue of new cities will determine what SDGs are fulfilled and who is left behind.

The agenda needs to go beyond its focus on just Urban, and focus on an agenda for human settlements everywhere, and it needs to be inclusive of everyone, specially women and young people.

Finally, Martin called attention of all the government delegations attending the PrepCom1 that Youth Participation must not be a one off event. That we can no longer accept hand picked youth participation discussing topics defined by others as youth issues. Youth participation needs to be representative, independent and with emphasis on the whole political process.

The new urban agenda needs to maximise our holistic human development and minimise our ecological footprint. And the only way to achieve that is through dialog, participation and partnerships with the people living in the city/ these places, including youth and children. Nothing about us without us.

Read the full statement delivered today here!


Can Coca-Cola bring India and Pakistan together!?

Coca-Cola finds a creative way to connect the people of India and Pakistan.

In March 2013, Coca-Cola set out to break down barriers and create a simple moment of connection between two nations — India and Pakistan. The initiative “Small World Machines” provided a live communications portal between people in India and Pakistan and showed that what unites us is stronger than what sets us apart. The key to engaging with each other through the machines was simple: people in India and Pakistan could complete a task, like touching hands, drawing peace, love, and happiness symbols — together.

Pacific Warrior Day of Action!

We are not drowning, we are fighting!

The warriors of Nukunonu, Tokelau show that they are fighting climate change. They’re not about to give up.

Today, the world had the opportunity to watch and get inspired by warriors from all over the Pacific Islands that got together to fight Climate Change!

While world leaders are talking, and selling out to corporate interests, the Pacific Islanders are watching the water wash their ancestors land away… and they had enough!

350 Fiji Maroroi Vuravura (Protect the Earth) Pacific Warrior Day of Action

They are not drowning without fighting! And the message was clear, and coming from all islands of the Pacific today! (Check some photo highlights of the Day of Action here!)

And it’s super exciting to see that warriors from around the world are coming together and speaking up in solidarity with our Pacific Islanders! Want to know who are the warriors jumping into this fight!?

Check out: http://350dotorg.tumblr.com/ And meet the common people, that just like our warriors had enough.. and decided to take on this fight against climate change!

Obviously, I’m also in this fight alongside with the Pacific Warriors!

Fighting alongside #Pacific Warriors against Climate Change.. all the way from Brazil!

Fighting alongside #Pacific Warriors against Climate Change.. all the way from Brazil!

What about you? What are you waiting to join us in this fight?!


Do you speak human rights!?

Today (10th of December!) is the International Day of the Human Rights!

And while this is a day to celebrate, still there are lots of things we need to improve.. daily the basic human rights of numerous people are violated or neglected. And this really needs to change!

First step to change that, is to know your rights! Your very on basic human rights, so you are able to keep governments and institutions accountable and to fight and ensure your rights and the rights of every individual in this planet is respected!

And to facilitate this “learning” process, UNOY – the United Network on Young Peace Builders produced an awesome video during their last Peace Advocacy Study Session in Budapest.

Know, Learnd and Understand your rights! Than raise you voice and speak Human Rights, in all the languages of the world!

Every voice counts!!!

Festival Clímax – Vamos direto ao ponto?

Festival Clímax


Em 26 de novembro, começou mais uma rodada de duas semanas de negociações da ONU sobre mudanças climáticas, a CoP-18, em Doha, no Qatar. Pensando em aproximar as pessoas da temática do aquecimento global, as organizações da sociedade civil 350.org Brasil e Change Mob realizam o “Festival Clímax – Vamos direto ao ponto?” para mostrar que as mudanças climáticas já fazem parte do nosso cotidiano.

O evento acontecerá na Câmara Municipal de São Paulo, na Matilha Cultural e na Viração, entre os dias 5 e 9 de dezembro, com exibição de filmes, realização de oficinas e rodas de conversas sobre temas relacionados ao aquecimento global e nossas vidas.

“É muito importante chamar atenção para a realidade das mudanças climáticas enquanto representantes de governos do mundo inteiro estão reunidos no Qatar. As pessoas estão ligando os pontos e percebendo que a mudança do clima já está afetando suas rotinas, seja pelo desconforto e impactos na saúde com dias com recorde de temperaturas altas em determinada região, seja perdendo suas casas por causa de uma tempestade atípica, cada vez mais frequente. Precisamos agir local e rapidamente, pois os negociadores parecem ignorar a urgência e a dimensão do problema que estamos enfrentando”, disse Paula Collet, coordenadora da 350.org Brasil.

O Clímax tem dois objetivos principais: aproximar mais pessoas da temática e unir as diversas organizações que trabalham com o tema para criarem soluções conjuntas. É importante compreender os impactos do clima na produção de alimentos, na mobilidade, no dia-a-dia das mulheres e a importância das mudanças climáticas como um tema prioritário na governança local das cidades do nosso país.

“O Festival também será uma celebração do trabalho de uma série de organizações da sociedade civil que têm realizado ações em prol da mitigação e adaptação climática na cidade de São Paulo”, afirma João Scarpelini, fundador da Change Mob.

Mais informações e programação atualizada aqui


***Veja a Programação do Festival Clímax – Vamos direto ao ponto?

05/12 (Quarta-feira) Tema do dia: Soluções Locais

Local: Sede da Revista Viração (Rua Augusta, 1239)

11:30 – 14:00 – Oficina de Fogão Solar com Greenpeace

Local: Câmara Municipal (Palácio Anchieta – Viaduto Jacareí, 100 – Bela Vista)
19:00 – 22:00 – Roda de conversa sobre soluções locais
Aline Cavalcante – Bike Anjo
Ariel Kogan – Rede Nossa São Paulo
Gabriela Alem – Ativista
Gilberto Natalini – vereador
Luiz de Campos Jr – projeto Rios e Ruas
Ricardo Young – vereador eleito

06/12 (Quinta-feira) Tema do dia: Alimentação e Consumo

Local: Sede da Revista Viração (Rua Augusta, 1239)
14:30 – 17:00 – Oficina de Estêncil com Komuniki

Local: Matilha Cultural (Rua Rêgo Freitas, 542)
19:00 – Exibição do Filme: Uma Verdade Mais Que Inconveniente / Meat The Truth
20:20 – Roda de conversa sobre alimentação e consumo
Ana Zilda Coutinho – agricultora
Guilherme Carvalho – Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira
João Paulo Amaral – Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor (IDEC)
Nicole Figueiredo de Oliveira – Humane Society Internacional
Nina Best – Vitae Civilis

07/12 (Sexta-feira) Tema do dia: Gênero e Mudanças Climáticas

Local: Sede da Revista Viração (Rua Augusta, 1239)
15:00 – 17:00 – Oficina para criação de Blog com Escola de Notícias

Local: Matilha Cultural (Rua Rêgo Freitas, 542)
19:00 – CURTAS – Weathering Change / 5 Mulheres que fazem a diferença
19:30 – Roda de conversa sobre gênero e mudanças climáticas
Bárbara Lopes – Blogueiras Feministas
Barbara Gonçalves – Vitae Civilis
Gabriela Veiga – artivista
João Felipe Scarpelini – 350.org e Change Mob
Sulália de Souza – Reciclaangela

8/12 (Sábado) Tema do dia: Ativismo

Local: Matilha Cultural (Rua Rêgo Freitas, 542)
18:00 a 18:30 – CURTAS – Weathering Change / 5 Mulheres que fazem a diferença
18:30 a 19:40 – Uma Verdade Mais Que Inconveniente / Meat The Truth
20:00 a 21:30 – Vai lá é faz / Just do It

9/12 (Domingo)
Local: Matilha Cultural (Rua Rêgo Freitas, 542)
19:00 a 21:00 – Just Do It + Curtas: Weathering Change / 5 Mulheres que fazem a diferença

FILME: Vai lá e Faz / Just do It 
Dir: Emily James
País/Ano: UK / 2011
Duração: 90 min
Classificação: 12 anos
Durante um ano repleto de acontecimentos, foi permitido a Emily James o acesso sem precedentes para filmar o mundo secreto do ativismo ambiental de ação direta. Dois anos mais tarde, Just Do It – um conto de modernos bandidos chega às grandes telas do mundo.
Emily James passou mais de um ano participando em grupos de ativistas, como o Climate Camp e Plane Stupid para documentar suas atividades clandestinas, em condições adversas, capturou mais de 300 horas de filmagem. Essa filmagem foi carinhosamente criada, moldada, por Emily e pelo editor James por mais de um ano para chegarem no resultado que pode ser visto agora no cinema.
O filme é uma história de pessoas que lutam pelo que acreditam e que se fazem serem ouvidas. Era uma história que precisava ser contada sem as limitações criativas de modelos tradicionais de produção ou o controle editorial de grandes investidores. E foi assim que Just Do It – um projeto totalmente independente – nasceu.

FILME: Uma Verdade Mais Que Inconveniente / Meat The Truth
Países Baixos / 2008
Duração 74′
Classificação: 12anos

Sinopse: Documentário feito pelo “Partido dos Animais” da Holanda. É a resposta ao “An Inconvenient Truth” do Al Gore, que trata de algumas das causas do aquecimento global, poluição e males afins, mas deixa a questão da pecuária de lado (por motivos políticos). A pecuária é a maior responsável por essa devastação. O mais interessante neste vídeo, é que ele nos alerta para o fato de que 18% das emissões de gases no mundo são causados pela pecuária, enquanto 13%, são causadas pelos transportes! Carros, tratores e aviões causam menos efeito que a pecuária, e muita gente não acredita, ou nem sabe disto, ou não imagina que o impacto seja tanto.



Weathering Change 
O filme nos leva a Etiópia, Nepal e Peru para ouvir as histórias de quatro mulheres, que lutam para cuidar de suas famílias, enquanto enfrentam perdas de colheitas e escassez de água. Como a população mundial atinge 7 bilhões em 2011, o filme mostra como as mulheres e as famílias já estão adaptando aos desafios ambientais que ameaçam a sua saúde e os seus meios de subsistência.

Weathering Change documenta como o planeamento familiar, a educação das meninas, agricultura sustentável e conservação ambiental são parte da solução. O filme chama para a expansão ao acesso à contracepção e capacitação das mulheres para ajudar as famílias e as comunidades se adaptar aos efeitos da mudança climática.

5 Mulheres que fazem a diferença
O vídeo 5 Mulheres que fazem a diferença aborda a questão da percepção das mudanças climáticas em ambientes urbanos. Além disso, mostra a experiência de 5 mulheres que buscam no seu estilo de ser/estar/viver uma alternativa ao modelão predador da natureza ou desconectado da relação de dependência com o Planeta.