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Landfillharmonic: Mindboggling Beauty

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."

— Creative Vision Foundation about their documentary Landfillharmonic

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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Where is away? Plastics and disposables

Where is away? Plastics and disposables
What kind of world would you like to leave our future generations?
 Your children and their children …
What can you do to make a difference?

Please spend two minutes with Julia Butterfly Hill, Author and Activist, watching this video.

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Building global citizens for a better world

Global Citizenship

Blazon LaurelsThe future of our world is at our fingertips. At work and play, our choices can make an impact locally and globally.

What is important is that we are aware of our responsibility as global citizens to uphold values of social and environmental justice.

What role are you and your organization playing as global citizens? Would you like to contribute more?

 

Perhaps, it’s time for your team to participate in The Global Citizenship Experience?

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Tribute Circle | NGO | Kids for Peace

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           Inspired by children.
              Designed for children.
               Developed by children.
Benefits the world.

 

This global non-profit organization (501c3) embodies KIDS leadership, opinions and direction. The KIDS, toddlers to teens, lead the way toward peace. This is what makes KIDS FOR PEACE different than any other NGO. The motto – “KINDNESS MATTERS” is indisputable and is strengthened by participation in the Annual Great Kindness Challenge. The byline – “Uplifting our world through LOVE and ACTION” is encouraging and hopeful. The guiding principles – “The Peace Pledge” was created in 2006 by the kid members of the first chapter after they were asked these fundamental questions:

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“What does peace mean to you?”
“What do you want our world to look like?”
“What can you do to create the world you wish to see?”
“What do you want to pledge yourself to?”

 

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Things I Carry: Connection

Things I Carry: Connection

Things I Carry: Connection is the first but not necessarily the most important

Connection to people, organization and knowledge

My iPhone and iPad Mini offer me a way to connect on many levels. First, I can communicate traditionally with a phone call, quickly with a text or virtually with social media forums. Then, I can keep track of appointments and to do’s. Next, I can document with photos. Last, I can read, research and revel.

Nourishment for my mind and body

I carry a refillable water bottle, tea, sweetener and some snacks. My favorite tea is Egyptian Licorice Mint by Yogi (introduced to me by a dear friend) with a drop of SweetLeaf Stevia. The snack is either a Clif Bar or something a bit sweeter like Australian black licorice or Endangered Species organic chocolate.

Relaxation for peace of mind

Music is a must. Either Pandora or predesigned iTunes song lists. Also, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that can drown out all the hustle and bustle. Sometimes, it’s valuable to recharge and music seems to set the mood.

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