E-NEWSLETTER JUNE/JULY 2010

Kia ora JFers, can you believe it is July already!! This year is going sooooo fast.

So did you all receive your copy of Inkling? As I said last time this is the first issue our new annual publication, so we would love to hear from you about what you liked, what we could include next time etc.

We have selected our new Just Write team! They are a fantastic bunch of young writers who will be providing you all with interesting, hard hitting articles in the coming year. Keep an eye on the website for more information about the team  and how they get on at the upcoming training weekend.

Highlights

Article - BE the change!

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the world’s problems, and ask ‘how we can as individuals really make a difference?’ But everyone has important role to play. Especially young people! Thomas Mitchell shows us how we can BE the change we want to see in the world.

Media Gallery - Coalition of the Willing
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Coalition of the Willing’ is an animated film, made by over 20 film makers, about the war against global warming in a post-Copenhagen world. The film makes a compelling case for new online activism and explains how to bring the fight against global warming to the people!

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New library resource - End of the Line

Filmed over two years, this film follows an investigative reporter as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. Filmed across the world - from the straits of Gilbraltar to the coasts of Alaska, this film is a wake-up call to the world.

Check out the film trailer here.  You can join our library and get books and DVDs out for Free!

Events

Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity - 2010
Over the next three months young people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand can write messages about biodiversity and attach them to a giant kākāpō.

This is a chance for New Zealand youth to let world leaders know how they feel about biodiversity and what needs to be done to protect it. All the ‘feather’ messages collected through Words on a Wing will be taken to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 10th meeting in Japan in October.

More info about this event and others is available on the events page.


Global Headlines

Playing for peace
The World Cup pits the best national football teams against each other. But a parallel tournament in South Africa has assembled teams representing the game’s power to bring about social change. Check out Haru Mutasa’s video report for Al Jazeera on the combined Israeli - Palestinian Peace team, playing in a tournament called “Football for Hope”.

Australia’s refugee proposal sparks debate
DEPUTY East Timor PM Jose Luis Guterres yesterday indicated his country would be unable to accept Australia’s plan to build an asylum-seeker processing centre there.  NZ Opposition Leader Phil Goff questioned, “Why we should load this problem on to them; I just can’t understand.” Check out the full story in The Australian.

Take Action!yearofyouthlogo

Are you UNICEF NZ’s First Youth Ambassador?

The United Nations has declared August 2010 - 2011 the International Year of Youth and UNICEF NZ is looking for a kiwi youth ambassador!

For information about what this would entail and how you can apply check out the Just Focus Action Exchange.


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