Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.
"We filmed some of the children who learned to play violin, flute, drums, cello, string bass, and more – all made from recycled metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes."
Please enjoy this short video.
The compelling story of transformation
In Paraguay and other third-world countries, children are born and live their entire lives in a dump. Surrounded by other people’s trash. Most of this trash is even sent to these landfills from more prosperous countries. Imagine, wealthy countries cannot even dispose of their own trash, they must send it away, out of their site and smell.
The families, living on this landfill, then sort through this trash daily to sell anything of value. They eat, sleep, play, learn and live entirely in the dump. This is an unsafe and unsanitary environment and, as you can imagine, emanates a horrible odor. Certainly, a story that needed to be told about injustice and exploitation of the poor. How could we stand by and watch people live under these conditions?
Then, the story gets better. Cola, a garbage picker, and Favio Chavez, musician, helped to transform this trash into hope and beauty for these impoverished children. They made instruments and learned how to play. Now, known as the “The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.” Perhaps, they won’t have to live their entire life in the landfill. Perhaps, there is hope. Perhaps, this will bring humanity closer to these impoverished families and portray them as skillful, talented and viable world citizens.
How to help
First, use their inspiration to be more conscious about how you dispose of your trash. Do you currently recycle at home? “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” are great goals…even our children are learning about this in school. Check out TreeHugger’s Top Recycling Tips to make recycling more of a daily habit.
If you have a business, do you consider optimizing your packaging options? Have you evaluated how your “product is designed, what it contains, how it is made, and where it goes after use”? You may find some inspiration with William McDonough’s Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovations Institute and certification program.
Get involved in the cause: donate; follow the tour; youth education; instrument drive; and/or volunteer. Find out more about The Landfillharmonic.
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Girl Scouts: Asking for removal of GMO’s and High Fructose Corn Syrup from ALL Girl Scout Cookies
Please consider reading and signing the petition. You may also leave your comments on the petition.
This time, next year, we could have healthier choices of Girl Scout Cookies. Let’s inspire Girl Scouts to change the ingredients for a better, safer, and healthier world.
8 year old explains why she’d like Girl Scout Cookies to change their ingredients. Enjoy short video
Pass it on
It would also be appreciated if you would pass on the petition via email or social media to your circle of influence. When we have enough signatures, we can send it directly to the decision makers at Girl Scouts of America.
Call to Action
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These questions address society’s view of women and girls.
They are a compilation of 12 social justice issues from around the globe.
They affect each and every one of us. Especially women and girls: OUR mothers; daughters; sisters; cousins; girlfriends; fiancees; wives; aunts; school mates; colleagues; acquaintances and friends.
1. Why are child abusers tormented in jail but rapists are not?
2. Why was there a law against raping married women on the books in several states in America but the same law didn’t protect unmarried women?
3. Why are women and children still being kidnapped (or sold by their own families) and placed into the sex trade and sex trafficking?
4. Why is it the fault of the woman being raped for wearing something provocative (or merely attractive) and the perpetrators are not blamed?Read More »
Recently, some news has been circulating about the validity of organic food not being more healthy than “other” food.
The Elephant in the room EXPOSED.
Let’s consider this statement from a few different vantage points. Quickly!
2. Public is at risk as guinea pigs while corporations make astronomical profits. Some health issues associated with chemicals may not surface for years. A calculated risk on part of money hungry corporations and CEOs.
3. Chemicals used in production of food and products do harm workers & environment. Clearly placing people and planet at risk.
4. You are what you eat. Whether healthy or unhealthy. Your choice (sorta).Read More »
Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver…..FOOD REVOLUTION!
At the beginning of the school year……..
Please invite the teachers, admin and staff to watch 2011 Ted Talk Annual Award Winner, Jamie Oliver (only 20 minute video). Please invite all the parents, too.
Our school lunches must change. Now not later.