Today is the Anti-Slavery Day which aims to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery.
There are estimated:
40.3 million people are in modern slavery across the world
10 million children are in slavery across the world
30.4 million people are in slavery in the Asia-Pacific region, mostly in bonded labour
9.1 million people are in slavery in Africa
2.1 million people are in slavery in The Americas
1.5 million people are in slavery in developed economies
16 million slavery victims are exploited in economic activities
4.8 million people are in forced into sexual exploitation
99% of people trafficked for sexual exploitation are women and girls
4.1 million people in slavery are exploited by governments
US$ 150 billion – illegal profits forced labour in the private economy generates per year
Modern slavery is the greatest human rights issue of our time.
We all have the power to make a difference
Say NO to MODERN SLAVERY
When I studied environmental policy at university, honestly I felt quite hopeless. Because I learned about something called the “IRON TRIANGLE,” which consists of 3 major players: Congress, govt. bureaucracies, and special interest lobby groups. They work TOGETHER to get what they want.
“An iron triangle can result in the passing of very narrow, pork-barrel policies that benefit a small segment of the population. The interests of the agency's constituency (the interest groups) are met, while the needs of consumers (which may be the general public) are passed over.” – wiki.
Our mining law has been stuck since 1872, and grazing law since 1934, unchanged to reflect inflation or our depleting supply of natural resources, in part because of this.
Because of how hard it is to change legislation and how long and drawn-out that process can be, I was impatient and was like screw this… we need change ASAP to protect our clean waters, clean air, and healthy, biodiverse ecosystems. Because those are no longer basic assumptions to take for granted.
That’s why I was drawn to conscious consumerism. It helped me to feel a sense of power and control.
Yes, health & sustainability are becoming a trend in the marketplace and that’s great. But I’m also seeing how systemic our issues are that have even allowed us to get to where we are today. Things simply do not reflect their true costs.
& if I can’t even get my best friends or family to change by raising awareness, it’s impractical for me to think that everybody will suddenly and drastically change. Behavioral change is extremely difficult, even when we know what we SHOULD be doing.
So I’m back to seeing the importance of becoming an active citizen. People and systems both oppose change, but by changing the system itself, we can incentivize and make it naturally desirable for everyone to shift accordingly without any convincing or shaming. To inspire drastic change, we need to make “change” itself easy, accessible and desirable. That’s the power of policy, and why I’ll be voting in November.
Wherever you are, think of the things you value most for your wellbeing and life, and make them heard as an active citizen🌎
It’s impactful to share your story, and equally powerful to hear someone else’s.
“We are not a single entity confined to ourselves, rather, we are interconnected beings belonging to a collective” #preach
Emily has changed a lot since she became a Casa Sana Kid and obviously, since doctors Karen and Carlos took her on as a patient and provided the best dental care in Piura. My daughter not only went back to smiling and speaking with confidence, but also to share with her school friends all the things she learns at Casa Sana. I am beyond grateful at everyone in Casa Sana as they have accepted Emily as part of the group even when she is still in kindergarten. Thank you very much Casa Sana!
India!!! Is truly the land of intrigue, culture and color!!! Explore this amazing country with us and Govind Rathore from @sambhalitrust an empowerment organization leveraging women out of poverty. We take you deep into society, off the beaten path and into real India! We sold two more spots yesterday! Just 3 more available! #purposefulnomad#india @juliacumes for the 📷
Hey Good Spreaders! We want to give you 👇 the chance to Spread the Good! Let’s fill the news feed with Good news for once! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For a chance to win a Maasai Maroon crewneck from our new African Safari collection, share a story of yourself or someone you know who has Spread the Good!
Tag @seatocea and hashtag #SpreadtheGood ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There is no such thing as a deed too big or too small...
Good ideas: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
-sharing a good news article👏
-helping in the community
-writing a letter to grandma/grandpa 💌
-buying a coffee for the person in line behind you☕️
-give a shoutout to someone who has made you smile
-walk someones dog🐶
-help someone move
-bake cookies for the new neighbor in town 🍪
-tell about a cause you support
Winner will be announced on Sunday! ☺️🙌
Thailand for me starts with Kung Fu. Life is about balancing between our different dimensions: body, mind, spirit, emotion & social. People might define these dimensions differently, however to me it has been insightful to look within these dimension and detect which one is off balance. We are constantly balancing, awareness on where we are can guide us. Deliberately I chose to focus on body. Here it means waking up at 5.30AM and starting at 6AM with the flowing movement of Chi Gong which is amazing to wake up a body. We go until 6PM with a combination of kung fu sequences, warrior stances, movement practices, kung fu defense and attack poses & core strength exercise. All very intensive and extremely insightful. Great instructors. Focusing on an area that for me felt under-developed allows insights on the other dimensions to sink in. I can read one thing, but putting it into practice is something completely different. All of these poses are in the beautiful environment of Pai. A surrounding of jungle and rice fields in the North of Thailand. At our kung fu retreat in the morning the sun rises behind the hills, astonishingly beautiful. This journey through Asia is a way to be creatively inspired for the 2019 events we will announce soon, the only way for us to keep creating more insightful workshops on getting to your core self is by seeking different learning experiences ourselves. Constantly we are teachers at one thing and students at other elements of life.
How beautiful is this bear
・・・ Pic and caption: @paulnicklen
Marven Robinson of the Gitga’at First Nation thinks that this beautiful female spirit bear (Kermode Bear) is approximately 18 years old. He has known her personally for over a decade. He helped me get photographs of her in 2011 for the cover story in @natgeo. Our goal with this coverage was to help prevent the Northern Gateway Pipeline from shipping oil (bitumen) from Alberta’s tar sands to Kitimat, BC which would then be tankered overseas to China to be processed. As we continue to stress our planet from human impact we are proud to be part of this small victory. The first nations call this bear Ma’a which means grandmother and she is certainly that. She is gentle, cautious, wise, patient and she feels comfortable around humans. With the younger, more powerful male bears dominating the best fishing spots on the river, she finds comfort in being around people like Marven. What a gift it is to spend time with both of them. What a gift it is to be invited into Gitga’at Territory and what a gift it is to be able to have a voice and be a part of conservation wins and solutions. We are just getting warmed up at @sea_legacy where we use our cameras to drive change. Most of all, we thank you for being a part of this journey. #gratitude#spiritbear#nature#oneearth With @jedweingarten and @gitgaatspirit