Monthly Archives: January 2010

Dear Prospective Government…here’s a list of things we want

“For the first time in history, in this age of unprecedented wealth and technical prowess, we have the power to save humanity from poverty. Let us summon the will to do it.”  Kofi Annan (2002)

We’re just months away from a general election, and all the parties are putting the finishing touches to their election manifestos, important documents that will set out their plans if they form the next government.

But that’s not enough. It’s unacceptable that 1.4 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day, that 2.5 billion people are unable to access basic sanitation, and many are threatened by catastrophic climate change.

Election manifestos will be completed in the next few weeks, so now is a critical opportunity to remind those writing them that thousands of people are looking to them to take action on Water and Sanitation, HIV and Climate Change.

Whichever party wins the election has the ability to make a huge difference to the world and this is a great base to start from.

Ask the parties to put action for the world’s poorest at the heart of their manifestos!

A three-in-one Badger treat for you this afternoon! A veritable menu of badgerings…

 

 Badger the Lib Dem’s manifesto co-ordinator, Danny Alexander MP   (FREE)

Badger Labour’s manifesto co-ordinator, Ed Milliband MP  (FREE)

Badger the Conservatives manifesto co-ordinator, Oliver Letwin MP    (FREE)   

Badger all three! (Political tapas) (FREE)                   

Superbadger xoxo

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Thank you Green & Black’s!

Now we can’t take credit for it, there was no badgering involved, but SuperBadger just wanted to say that he’s very proud of and grateful to Green and Black’s for today announcing that by the end of 2011, their ENTIRE RANGE, both food and beverage, will be Fairtrade-certified.

Yums

 Let’s hope that this will have a strong knock-on effect and that other major chocolate suppliers recognise that paying those who produce the ingredients for their products a good and fair wage should not be optional!

Tear up the IOU!

 Superbadger was deeply saddened that his first post of 2010 centres around such a horrific disaster, but action must be taken to help the people of Haiti as much as we possibly can.

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti last week, leaving thousands dead or missing, the situation is still desperate.

As a response to the catastrophe, SuperBadger launched an action urging the Chancellor to do everything he could to get the IMF to cancel Haiti’s debt.

Now we have another opportunity to support the people of Haiti, and call on the IMF to release the country from their crippling debts of $890 million.

Leaders are meeting in Montreal on Monday to decide on the amount of aid that they will give. The international community and the IMF must take action to cancel Haiti’s debt immediately, and work to turn the $100 million loan already announced into a grant.

Please badger Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF, to ask that when leaders meet on Monday, they also cancel Haiti’s IMF debts immediately.

Haiti should not be worrying about debt as families are still digging through rubble. As they face this major disaster, let’s urge IMF to cancel their unfair debt, quickly. The world is standing shoulder to shoulder with Haiti – will the IMF help or hinder?

Badger the IMF to tear up the IOU and cancel the debts!

Find out how Superbadger’s friends are working in Haiti at www.tearfund.org.

To see how else you can help, go to www.tearfund.org/haiti

To help fund disaster relief efforts, please go to www.dec.org.uk. Your money will help provide shelter, food and water for the survivors of the earthquake, and help rescue teams save many more.