Rainforest Foundation UK News
After the amazing success of last year's event, the Rainforest Foundation UK will again be hosting a brilliant online gift auction event called 12 Days of Christmas from Tuesday 15th - Sunday 27th November at www.ebay.co.uk/12days. Auction lots include items from Sting & Trudie Styler, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Thompson, red carpet dresses from John Galliano, new season clothing, shoes and accessories direct from 2011 London and Paris Fashion Weeks and designers including Andrew Majteny, Begg Scotland, Peridot London, Caroline Charles, James Long, Piers Atkinson, Georgina Hardinge, Cleo B, Ecoluxe London, Olivia von Halle, Heidi London, Karen Walker, an Addict snowboard and jacket,‘It Bags' from Valentino (kindly donated by Stylebop.com), Coach and Eda, custom homewares from Squint, Life Given A Shape, Fat Boy, Furniture Magpies, signed art from Rob Ryan and Paul Insect, sports gear from Rapha, O'Neill and North Face, baking lessons and baked goods from Primrose Bakery, You Make A Cake & Cake Pop Princess, plus VIP gig & show tickets from Zane Lowe, The National Ballet, Soundcrash and The Warehouse Project, and ethical gifts, music packs, Michelin-starred dinners, hampers, luxury hotel stays, pamper days and even a place in a top football school for the little ones!
Auction preview live now!
To view the exciting list of goodies available in this year's auction click here Download catalogue (PDF)
Or check out photo's of some of the lots on offer here.
Sign up to secure a place now and Run for the Rainforest in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon! We still have a limited number of places available.
The plight of the indigenous Ashaninka community in the Peruvian Amazon (and the focus of the Rainforest Foundation UK's Ban The Dam campaign) is carefully examined in the cover story of the new edition of the New Internationalist magazine - out now!
The edition also profiles several admirable Peruvian environmental champions, and poses the more general question through this and other features, 'Nature's defenders - can indigenous people save the planet?'.
Certainly well worth reading, both for well-versed and new supporters of the fight for human rights and against deforestation in the Amazon region.
New Internationalist Cover Photo Credit: Vanessa Baird.
A big thank you to all the runners, supporters, volunteers and crew who helped to protect the world's rainforests just by coming along to Sunday's 4 Seasons Challenge 10k and 1k event in Finsbury Park, North London. What a great day and the weather held out to boot! For 10k runners wanting to check your times from the big race, just click the link below. We will also be posting a photo gallery from the two races, so check back shortly. And registration will be opening this week for the next 4 Seasons Challenge 10k on Sunday 13th November: 4 Seasons Winter at Crystal Palace, so please sign up!
Well done to all!
4 SEASONS AUTUMN AT FINSBURY PARK, SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
At yesterday's session of the House of Lords, Lord Eden of Winton posed a question regarding the world's rainforests and the possible impacts their destruction has on indigenous communities and the environment. We commend Lord Eden for raising this question and the instigation of the brief debate that ensued. The question in full is pasted below and a full transcript can be downloaded by clicking the below link or viewed at Read More (also below).
Asked By Lord Eden of Winton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the effect of logging operations in the rainforests of Africa, Asia and South America; and what is the likely impact on the indigenous human, plant and animal life.
This week the Rainforest Foundation UK is taking part in UK's largest cross-charity campaign, Remember a Charity Week, which runs this week from 12th - 18th September.
We're not asking for a donation, we're simply asking you to think about us and hopefully, when the time is right, after taking care of your loved ones, you'll remember us in your will and help our work live on.
The week sees over 140 charities from around the country coming together to highlight the importance of gifts left to charities in wills. Charitable donations in wills are the foundation of many of Britain's charities, creating nearly £2 billion each year, the equivalent of 25 Comic Reliefs. Without this income most charities' services would suffer; others would simply not exist.
To mark the week the Rainforest Foundation UK has joined a number of charities across the country to create the largest ever version of the traditional Memory Game at seven iconic locations in London, Glasgow, York, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton. But where the traditional memory game involved players memorising objects as they are removed one-by-one from a tray, this real-life version will involve people and objects representing charities such as the Rainforest Foundation UK. We will link to the game as soon as it goes live.
See how a gift in your will can make a difference HERE.
The plight of thousands of indigenous peoples facing the destruction of their rainforest homes and surrounding lands by a series of mega dams being scheduled for the Peruvian Amazon (as well as areas of the Amazon in Brazil and Bolivia) is the subject of a feature article in today's edition of Metro. The Rainforest Foundation UK only supports peaceful opposition to the dams' construction and is working on a campaign based on protecting the legal rights of the Ashaninka communities in Peru. If you'd like to read more about our campaign or our project work in Peru, please click the link below.
RFUK recently carried out a series of training workshops in the Central African Republic to strengthen indigenous peoples, NGOs and national authorities in their understanding of indigenous peoples' rights and mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of ILO Convention No. 169. RFUK is currently the only international NGO supporting the process of implementing C169 in CAR, the first country to ratify the Convention in Africa. The workshops specifically addressed the issue of consultation, and other key issues such as criteria for identifying indigenous peoples, rights to lands and resources and the system of supervision of ILO conventions. About 55 people participated, from indigenous communities (BaAka and Mbororo), ministerial departments, MPs, academics, trade unions, private companies and NGOs. You can read a summary of the workshops including our work in the CAR in relation to C169, or download the final report from the training week by clicking the links below.
After the amazing success of last year's event, the Rainforest Foundation UK will again be hosting an amazing online auction event called 12 Days of Christmas. Auction lots, which will include an array of very desirable gift items available to online bidders wanting to score hot gift items for their friends and family while helping a good cause, have been generously donated by celebrities, luxury labels and big name brands who want to help raise money to protect the world's rainforests. Everything kicks off from Tuesday November 15th from the RFUK eBay shop at www.ebay.co.uk/12days.