All entries for December 2004

December 21, 2004

Hope

I took this picture this morning near Kenilworth as the faint winter sun attempted to push its way through the clouds. It wasn't actually very dark but the effect of the sun has silhouetted the twigs in the hedgerow. I like the way the twigs seem to be pushing themselves towards the light, there seems to be a message of hope in there also. A larger version is the the winter gallery.

December 13, 2004

Make Trade Fair: Sugar Coated Profits

Writing about web page http://www.maketradefair.com/en/index.htm

Sugar giant, British Sugar made profits of more than £175 million pounds this year. It makes these huge profits from an EU arrangement that keeps almost all African sugar out of European markets and contributes to sugar dumping. While the government is lavishing loads on big companies like British Sugar, small-scale farmers around the world are struggling to survive.
This unfair system costs you money, too. Not only in the tax you pay the government for subsidies but also because the lack of competition means you pay more for your sugar. British Sugar is doing everything it can to stop the reforms and keep more efficient African farmers from lifting themselves out of poverty. Ask the government to do everything in their power to change this.

The 'Make Trade Fair' is running a campaign to push for sugar industry reform. All you have to do is click on the link and the site and send an email to Margaret Becker via the website.

On a design note, I love this site for combining style and substance beautifully.


December 01, 2004

The Rough Guide to a better world

Writing about web page http://www.roughguide-betterworld.com/

'The Rough Guide to a better world is the essential guide to how the world can be a better place for everyone. Poverty in the developing world is well known, but less publicised are the efforts of those who combat hunger, disease and illiteracy'

The 'Making a difference section' is especially interesting, covering such thought-provoking topics such as Making trade ethical and Ethical tourism.

It is available free at Post Offices, viewable on-line or can be ordered online with a small charge for postage.


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