Friday, 26 November 2021

Is Britain Really A Climate Change Leader?

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Is Britain Really A Climate Change Leader?

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Since the days of Margaret Thatcher, Britain has claimed to be a ‘climate leader’. But when we look at the country's record both past and present, this really couldn’t be further from the truth.


Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, mainly caused by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels.

Friday, 19 November 2021

Thousands of us wrote to Moderna to protest against their decision not to share their vaccine. But instead of listening to the public, they’ve blocked our emails!

 


Hi Peter,

Last month, we told you about a South African vaccine producer that is working with the World Health Organization to reverse engineer the Moderna vaccine. They want to expand production of the vaccine in South Africa and teach others around the world how to do it too.  
 
But US pharma company Moderna is refusing to share its vaccine recipe and know-how with the WHO’s hub, despite benefiting from over $10 billion in public funding. 
 
Thousands of us wrote to Moderna to protest against their decision not to share their vaccine. But instead of listening to the public, they’ve blocked our emails!  

So we have turned our call into a petition instead and we will make sure we take your messages directly to Moderna. Please sign and share widely now! 
Sign the petition
The story of Moderna’s vaccine is one of a missed opportunity to put public health first in this pandemic. The vaccine was a joint project between the company and scientists at the US government National Institutes of Health – and the bill for its development and production was covered by the public. It should always have been a people’s vaccine, shared with every available manufacturer to bring an end to this global pandemic as rapidly as possible.  
 
But like so much vital medical knowledge today, Moderna’s vaccine was privatised and monopolised. And the company has made a fortune off this research – $7.3 billion so far this year, with billions more expected in 2022. 
 
When it comes to the public dollar, Moderna are happy to play ball. But when it’s time to listen to the people, they try to shut us out!  
 
Over the last twelve months, Moderna has sold its vaccine almost exclusively to rich countries. Like other pharmaceutical corporations, it has opposed the patent waiver that the global south has proposed at the WTO to unlock global vaccine production. And it has even inserted clauses into vaccine contracts preventing government from donating surplus vaccines to international organisations, without prior permission from Moderna themselves. 
  
Make no mistake – Moderna is systematically choosing profit over people’s lives. In the latest development, it is trying to push US government scientists off the patent filed for the vaccine, so they won’t have to fulfil any obligations but to their shareholders. 
 
This company thinks it can take public money, use it to make vast profits out of vaccine inequality, and then put its hands over its ears to shut out the global outcry. We can’t let them get away with this.  

Sign our petition today and demand that Moderna shares its vaccine recipe with the World Health Organisation now.
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Thank you, 

Alena Ivanova 
Pharma campaigner at Global Justice Now 
 
Notes 
 
1. Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own, Associated Press, 24 October 2021. 
 
2. Moderna announces $7.3 billion in profit, Global Justice Now, 4 November 2021. 
 
3. Germany may miss COVID-19 vaccine donation goal, blames manufacturers, Reuters, 20 October 2021. 
 
4. Moderna and U.S. at Odds Over Vaccine Patent Rights, New York Times, 9 November 2021. 

Help ensure Covid-19 vaccines are available to everyone, everywhere 

It’s vitally important that Covid-19 vaccine patents are suspended during the pandemic, and for big pharma to share their know-how globally, as the best way of ensuring there are enough vaccines for everyone everywhere.   

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Thursday, 18 November 2021

londonlabourfilmfest

 Since 2012, thousands of you have witnessed nearly one hundred films dedicated to the documentation, analysis, and celebration of the lives of the majority of the world’s population: the working class.  We’re excited to announce that the LLFF is back and it’s coming directly to your homes with our eagerly anticipated online platform.

Send your films to be exhibited on the website  http://www.londonlabourfilmfest.com/submit/

 From: The Movement - Film 

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Subject:
 The Movement - Film

 

To Whom It May Concern,

 

Please find the link below to the trailer of “The Movement”.

 

Documentary exploring the current state of 'the movement' through the eyes of those close with overflowing experience, or young people with hidden answers on the true and growing failings of the movement flagged by complacency and arrogance.

 

https://www.themovementfilm.com/

 

Contributions are still welcomed.

 

If you would like to share your knowledge by answering a series of selected questions?

 

Please do not hesitate to respond to email and quote: RESEARCH TEAM FOR THE MOVEMENT DOCUMENTARY

 

Please share message with others who may be interested

 

Please look out for special screenings advertised in 2022

 

The Movement Crew

  

“If we fight, we may win

but if we don't fight,

we will always lose.”

 

Bob Crow

 

 

British Film Institutes - BFI festivals 2022

 

Be the first to see the best new film and TV from around the world.

 

https://www.bfi.org.uk/bfi-festivals

 

The Capitalist War Being Waged on Disabled People

 

The Capitalist War Being Waged on Disabled People |18 Nov 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8ZBXaUXbhM


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Do progressives spend enough time challenging the multiple oppressions disabled people face? Have we taken the time to properly understand the models and frameworks that disabled activists use to guide their action, and comprehend the world? And have we properly considered how an exploration of the experience and treatment of disabled people could enhance our understanding of capitalism itself? Ellen Clifford thinks the answer to all these questions is “no". Ellen speaks to Michael Walker about her book “The War on Disabled People: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of Human Catastrophe”, including an explanation of the Social Model of Disability, the history of the Disabled People’s Movement, and the disastrous consequences of austerity policies.

NHS - SOS

 

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AHOY there!
NHS workers are taking to the river Thames on the 26th of November at 12.30 to show this government that we outright reject the 3% pay offer.
Frontline NHS workers have hired a boat to take us as close to the house of commons as possible. We will be making our voices heard using our on board PA system, megaphones, and using banners/placards. Whilst we embark to ‘destination’ our colleges, supporters and union officials will be holding a demonstration on Westminster bridge and have some creative tricks up their sleeves. The demonstration will end at 13.45, we will then be heading to Old Palace Yard for 2pm where we will hold a rally and have a great set of speakers lined up.
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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Delhi smog: Schools and colleges shut as pollution worsens Inbox



A toxic haze has blanketed the streets of Delhi since the festival of Diwali

Authorities in the Indian capital, Delhi, have shut all schools and colleges indefinitely amid the worsening levels of air pollution.

Construction work has also been banned until 21 November but an exception has been made for transport and defence-related projects.

Only five of the 11 coal-based power plants in the city have been allowed to operate.

A toxic haze has smothered Delhi since the festival of Diwali.

The levels of PM2.5 - tiny particles that can clog people's lungs - in Delhi are far higher than the World Health Organization's (WHO) safety guidelines. Several parts of the city recorded figures close to or higher than 400 on Tuesday, which is categorised as "severe".

·  What's behind Delhi's terrible pollution?

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A figure between zero and 50 is considered "good", and between 51 and 100 is "satisfactory", according to the the air quality index or AQI.

Some schools had already shut last week because of pollution and the Delhi government said it was mulling over a lockdown to improve air quality as dense clouds of smog engulfed the city.

A mix of factors like vehicular and industrial emissions, dust and weather patterns make Delhi the world's most polluted capital. The air turns especially toxic in winter months as farmers in neighbouring states burn crop stubble. And fireworks during the festival of Diwali, which happens at the same time, only worsen the air quality. Low wind speed also plays a part as it traps the pollutants in the lower atmosphere.

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A sense of déjà vu: By Geeta Pandey, BBC News, Delhi

Every year as winter approaches, there's a sense of déjà vu for us living in Delhi. The morning skies take on an ominous grey colour, we complain of stuffy nose and itchy eyes, and hospitals start to fill up with people complaining of wheezing and breathing difficulties. Those of us who can afford it, rush to buy expensive air purifiers. The mere act of breathing in Delhi becomes hazardous.

The city routinely tops the list of "world's most polluted capitals" and we obsessively start checking apps that provide a reading of the air quality index. We look at the levels of PM2.5, the lung-damaging tiny particles in the air that can exacerbate a host of health issues, including cancer and cardiac problems, and PM10 - slightly larger particles, but still pretty damaging.

Levels of PM2.5 below 50 are considered "good" and under 100 "satisfactory". Right now, it's 363 in Delhi - in some areas, it's almost 400. In the suburb of Noida, it's nearly 500.

Every year, as the air turns murky, the Indian Supreme Court hauls the state and federal governments into court, asking them what they intend to do to clean up the air. On Tuesday, after a prodding from the court, the authorities took some action.

But these measures are like putting a bandage on a bullet hole - they have been tried in the past and have made little difference to the city's air in the long term. Experts say cleaning up the air requires drastic measures that are not a priority for the country's leaders. They warn that at the onset of winter next year, we'll be back where we are now.

 

This year, the pollution has become so dire that it prompted a stern warning from India's Supreme Court, which directed state and federal governments to take "imminent and emergency" measures to tackle the problem.

Following the hearing, a meeting was called by Delhi's Commission for Air Quality Management and emergency measures were announced.

Other measures announced by the panel include a ban on the entry of trucks in Delhi and the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan until 21 November, except those carrying essential commodities.

The panel also directed Delhi and other states to "encourage'' private offices to allow 50% of their employees to work from home during the period to cut down vehicle emissions and dust levels.

India's pollution problem is not just limited to Delhi.

Indian cities routinely dominate global pollution rankings and bad air kills more than a million people every year, a report by US research group, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), said. It added that north India breathes "pollution levels that are 10 times worse than those found anywhere else in the world" and, over time, these high levels have expanded to cover other parts of the country as well.

 acknowledgements to Mick Holder

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

The Beginning of the End of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch | The Ocean Cleanup

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The Beginning of the End of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch | The Ocean Cleanup

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On October 20, 2021, we officially announced that after the successful completion of System 002 test campaign, we have achieved proof of technology and are ready to return to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and start the cleanup. To celebrate this milestone, a marine parade was coordinated to welcome the offshore crew in Victoria, BC, Canada. Here are a few special moments from this day. Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/371k8sN
-- Trash accumulates in five ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. If left to circulate, the plastic will impact our ecosystems, health, and economies. Solving it requires a combination of closing the source, and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean. The ocean is big. Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch using conventional methods – vessels and nets – would take thousands of years and tens of billions of dollars to complete. After fleets of The Ocean Cleanup systems are deployed into every ocean gyre, combined with source reduction, The Ocean Cleanup projects to be able to remove 90% of ocean plastic by 2040. -- And follow The Ocean Cleanup on: Facebook: https://bit.ly/2QWgmLQ
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