Changing The World, $5 At A Time

May 14, 2010 by  
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5for-bodyAnna McDonnell had always felt that the odds were tipped in favor of men in this world and had wanted the “challenge” of raising a daughter to overcome these odds.

She had three sons instead. So, years later, after she left the television business and returned to school for her master’s degree in social work, the 51-year-old California woman decided to take up the cause again.

“I just believe that gender inequity is probably the greatest single cause of the imbalances on our planet,” McDonnell says. “When women and men are not valued equally, there’s less education and more violence.”

In 2009, she started a social networking site, 5 for Fairness, to raise funds and awareness for causes that benefit at-risk girls around the world. She asks donors to contribute $5 via a PayPal button on the site. McDonnell’s motto: “If you want to catch a lot of rain, put out a lot of teacups.”…Continued

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Our World Is In Peril, How Do You Cope?

May 5, 2010 by  
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I like this article because it discusses the dual world we are living in today.  This is the time in our history with the most amount of wars, famine, hatred and destruction.  But I also feel this is the time with the greatest amount of possibilities for us to evolve and connect in a different way.  While forests are being destroyed the number of people coming together from all of the world to try to stop it is huge.  While there are wars and injustices the number of people caring and coming together keeps increasing.  There are a number of us that see the hate but choose to find ways to embrace love.  There are a number of us that after embracing people all over the world that are like minded, want to find a way to reach out to others that are not like minded a find a world we can all live in.

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By John Robbins

I am someone who longs for world peace. Perhaps you are, too. But every single day our world spends more than $4 billion on war. The last hundred years have been by far the bloodiest in human history.

I support human rights and human dignity. I want every child to grow up healthy and strong. No doubt you do, too. But today, like every day, 20,000 children will die of hunger and poverty. Even in the world’s wealthiest country, the U.S., nearly 25 percent of children live below the poverty line.

I believe in upholding the brotherhood and sisterhood of all people. I believe in the inherent worth of every human being. But we live in a time of grotesque inequalities. There are shoe companies who pay famous athletes $20 million to endorse their shoes, while paying their workers only 20 cents an hour to make them. The CEOs of some companies make more money in an hour than many of the company’s employees make in a year.

Many of the world’s spiritual traditions teach that inner peace is found when you love the world as it is, rather than faulting it for not living up to your expectations. But our addictions are not only damaging our spirits, they are also causing irreparable harm to the biosphere and to humanity’s future.

I believe in holding a positive attitude toward life. But the rate at which forests are disappearing, coral reefs are deteriorating, the arctic ice cap is melting, and species are going extinct is undermining the capacity of the earth to support human life.

I draw strength from my kinship with animals. Some of my best friends have had four legs. Perhaps you, too, have had a relationship with an animal that has enriched you as a human being. But today, almost all of our meat and dairy products come from animals raised under conditions of horrific cruelty…Continued

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