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    13 Dec 2012
A bad thing:

The number of children in Nepal with acute malnutrition hovers near emergency levels, something that has not changed even after 15 years of efforts and millions of dollars invested.
Read more: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97046/Analysis-Five-reasons-malnutrition-still-kills-in-Nepal

    13 Dec 2012

    A bad thing:

    The number of children in Nepal with acute malnutrition hovers near emergency levels, something that has not changed even after 15 years of efforts and millions of dollars invested.

    Read more: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97046/Analysis-Five-reasons-malnutrition-still-kills-in-Nepal

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    13 Dec 2012
A thing to change: 
Only 53% of seniors in the USA actively engage with the internet, which leaves almost half disconnected with their loved ones and today’s technology. Find out how to teach them how to engage and go in the running for a $5000 scholarship:
http://www.dosomething.org/grandparents

    13 Dec 2012

    A thing to change: 

    Only 53% of seniors in the USA actively engage with the internet, which leaves almost half disconnected with their loved ones and today’s technology. Find out how to teach them how to engage and go in the running for a $5000 scholarship:

    http://www.dosomething.org/grandparents

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    Wednesday 12th December 2012

    A good thing:

    Drones could soon be helping protect rhinos, tigers and elephants in Africa and Asia, thanks to cash from Google. Controlled via a tablet computer, the small autonomous aircraft will photograph poachers and track animals via smart radio tags.

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20625578

    A bad thing:

    Sierra Leone’s diamonds fuelled the 1991-2002 civil war, and are now boosting economic growth, but at the same time they are keeping thousands of children out of school. Children are paid 10,000-20,000 leones (US$3-6) a day and 40,000 leones if they find diamonds. 

    Read more: http://www.IRINnews.org/Report/96982/SIERRA-LEONE-Diamonds-lure-children-out-of-school

    A thing to change: 

    Think about if you might like to volunteer this Christmas, or making volunteering a new years resolution. Take a look at: http://3things.org.au/blog/story/15322 for some ideas and to help you think through it. 

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    12 Dec 2012
A good thing:
Drones could soon be helping protect rhinos, tigers and elephants in Africa and Asia, thanks to cash from Google. Controlled via a tablet computer, the small autonomous aircraft will photograph poachers and track animals via smart radio tags.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20625578

    12 Dec 2012

    A good thing:

    Drones could soon be helping protect rhinos, tigers and elephants in Africa and Asia, thanks to cash from Google. Controlled via a tablet computer, the small autonomous aircraft will photograph poachers and track animals via smart radio tags.

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20625578

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    12 Dec 2012
A bad thing:
Sierra Leone’s diamonds fuelled the 1991-2002 civil war, and are now boosting economic growth, but at the same time they are keeping thousands of children out of school. Children are paid 10,000-20,000 leones (US$3-6) a day and 40,000 leones if they find diamonds. 
Read more: http://www.IRINnews.org/Report/96982/SIERRA-LEONE-Diamonds-lure-children-out-of-school

    12 Dec 2012

    A bad thing:

    Sierra Leone’s diamonds fuelled the 1991-2002 civil war, and are now boosting economic growth, but at the same time they are keeping thousands of children out of school. Children are paid 10,000-20,000 leones (US$3-6) a day and 40,000 leones if they find diamonds. 

    Read more: http://www.IRINnews.org/Report/96982/SIERRA-LEONE-Diamonds-lure-children-out-of-school

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    12 Dec 2012
A thing to change: 
Think about if you might like to volunteer this Christmas, or making volunteering a new years resolution. Take a look at: http://3things.org.au/blog/story/15322 for some ideas and to help you think through it. 

    12 Dec 2012

    A thing to change: 

    Think about if you might like to volunteer this Christmas, or making volunteering a new years resolution. Take a look at: http://3things.org.au/blog/story/15322 for some ideas and to help you think through it. 

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    Tuesday 11th December 2012

    A good thing:

    Additional 4,500 cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast benefit from FairTrade Premiums and the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. Nestlé UK & Ireland will double its commitment to FairTrade from January 2013 by gaining certification of its 2-finger Kit Kat. An extra 800 million chocolate bars a year will now carry the FairTrade mark.

    Read more: http://www.csreurope.org/news.php?type=&action=show_news&news_id=5203

    A bad thing:

    Search teams in the southern Philippines continue to retrieve decaying bodies days after Typhoon Bopha tore through Mindanao’s agricultural areas. Hundreds of thousands of people are desperately need aid in the storm’s aftermath. More than 360,000 are staying in evacuation centres or with friends and relatives. At least 647 people were killed by the storm and another 780 remained missing. 

    Read more: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97010/PHILIPPINES-Still-struggling-to-reach-Typhoon-Bopha-survivors

    A thing to change: 


    If you are looking to make a donation this festive season take a look at: http://www.givewell.org/ for advice on where to give.

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    11 Dec 2012
A good thing:
Additional 4,500 cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast benefit from FairTrade Premiums and the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. Nestlé UK & Ireland will double its commitment to FairTrade from January 2013 by gaining certification of its 2-finger KIT KAT. An extra 800 million chocolate bars a year will now carry the FairTrade mark.
Read more: http://www.csreurope.org/news.php?type=&action=show_news&news_id=5203

    11 Dec 2012

    A good thing:

    Additional 4,500 cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast benefit from FairTrade Premiums and the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. Nestlé UK & Ireland will double its commitment to FairTrade from January 2013 by gaining certification of its 2-finger KIT KAT. An extra 800 million chocolate bars a year will now carry the FairTrade mark.

    Read more: http://www.csreurope.org/news.php?type=&action=show_news&news_id=5203

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    11 Dec 2012
A bad thing:
Search teams in the southern Philippines continue to retrieve decaying bodies days after Typhoon Bopha tore through Mindanao’s agricultural areas. Hundreds of thousands of people are desperately need aid in the storm’s aftermath. More than 360,000 are staying in evacuation centres or with friends and relatives. At least 647 people were killed by the storm and another 780 remained missing. 
Read more: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97010/PHILIPPINES-Still-struggling-to-reach-Typhoon-Bopha-survivors

    11 Dec 2012

    A bad thing:

    Search teams in the southern Philippines continue to retrieve decaying bodies days after Typhoon Bopha tore through Mindanao’s agricultural areas. Hundreds of thousands of people are desperately need aid in the storm’s aftermath. More than 360,000 are staying in evacuation centres or with friends and relatives. At least 647 people were killed by the storm and another 780 remained missing. 

    Read more: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97010/PHILIPPINES-Still-struggling-to-reach-Typhoon-Bopha-survivors

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    11 Dec 2012
A thing to change: 
If you are looking to make a donation this festive season take a look at: http://www.givewell.org/ for advice on where to give.

    11 Dec 2012

    A thing to change: 


    If you are looking to make a donation this festive season take a look at: http://www.givewell.org/ for advice on where to give.

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    Monday 10th December 2012

    A good thing:

    The northern Indian state of Punjab feeds 500 million people each year with rice and wheat, but traditional farming methods that clear fields by burning plant residue release carbon dioxide and other gases. If global agriculture is to reduce its contribution of up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, farming needs to be made more sustainable. This gallery from agriculture research group CGIAR explores the alternatives such as collecting rice stalks and using them as an energy source for biomass plants to produce electricity, or as feed for livestock.

    Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2012/dec/07/farming-sustainable-india-in-pictures

    A bad thing:

    Via UN Wire: Consensus is growing in Haiti in favor of closing most orphanages, which are filled with children turned over by parents who cannot afford to raise them. Government figures estimate that 4 of every 5 children in orphanages, including those adopted by foreigners, have at least one living parent.

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/world/americas/campaign-in-haiti-to-close-orphanages.html?_r=0


    A thing to change: 

    On Tuesday, behind closed doors in Brisbane Australia, four politicians will be making decisions that could decide the fate of the Great Barrier Reef. Led by Environment Minister Tony Burke, they will decide Australia’s response to the UN World Heritage Committee’s demand to protect our most precious natural wonder. 

    Ask Minister Burke to protect the Great Barrier Reef: http://www.savethereef.org.au/?src=FB1&section=email-tony-burke

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    10 Dec 2012
A good thing:
The northern Indian state of Punjab feeds 500 million people each year with rice and wheat, but traditional farming methods that clear fields by burning plant residue release carbon dioxide and other gases. If global agriculture is to reduce its contribution of up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, farming needs to be made more sustainable. This gallery from agriculture research group CGIAR explores the alternatives such as collecting rice stalks and using them as an energy source for biomass plants to produce electricity, or as feed for livestock.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2012/dec/07/farming-sustainable-india-in-pictures

    10 Dec 2012

    A good thing:

    The northern Indian state of Punjab feeds 500 million people each year with rice and wheat, but traditional farming methods that clear fields by burning plant residue release carbon dioxide and other gases. If global agriculture is to reduce its contribution of up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, farming needs to be made more sustainable. This gallery from agriculture research group CGIAR explores the alternatives such as collecting rice stalks and using them as an energy source for biomass plants to produce electricity, or as feed for livestock.

    Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/gallery/2012/dec/07/farming-sustainable-india-in-pictures

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    10 Dec 2012
A bad thing:
Via UN Wire: Consensus is growing in Haiti in favor of closing most orphanages, which are filled with children turned over by parents who cannot afford to raise them. Government figures estimate that 4 of every 5 children in orphanages, including those adopted by foreigners, have at least one living parent.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/world/americas/campaign-in-haiti-to-close-orphanages.html?_r=0

    10 Dec 2012

    A bad thing:

    Via UN Wire: Consensus is growing in Haiti in favor of closing most orphanages, which are filled with children turned over by parents who cannot afford to raise them. Government figures estimate that 4 of every 5 children in orphanages, including those adopted by foreigners, have at least one living parent.

    Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/world/americas/campaign-in-haiti-to-close-orphanages.html?_r=0

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    10 Dec 2012
A thing to change: 
On Tuesday, behind closed doors in Brisbane Australia, four politicians will be making decisions that could decide the fate of the Great Barrier Reef. Led by Environment Minister Tony Burke, they will decide Australia’s response to the UN World Heritage Committee’s demand to protect our most precious natural wonder. 
Ask Minister Burke to protect the Great Barrier Reef: http://www.savethereef.org.au/?src=FB1&section=email-tony-burke

    10 Dec 2012

    A thing to change: 

    On Tuesday, behind closed doors in Brisbane Australia, four politicians will be making decisions that could decide the fate of the Great Barrier Reef. Led by Environment Minister Tony Burke, they will decide Australia’s response to the UN World Heritage Committee’s demand to protect our most precious natural wonder. 

    Ask Minister Burke to protect the Great Barrier Reef: http://www.savethereef.org.au/?src=FB1&section=email-tony-burke

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    Saturday 8th December 2012

    A good thing:

    The African Union convention for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries. Africa has 9.7 million IDPs. 

    Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/dec/07/african-convention-internally-displaced-persons

    A bad thing:

    Greece’s growing chain of detention camps for undocumented migrants came under strong criticism from the United Nations recently. Francois Crepeau, Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights of Migrants, said conditions in some of the camps were “shocking” and the detention of children and families “utterly unacceptable”. The worst camp he saw was in the town of Vena, Crepeau said, where “28 people are crowded into a room [of about 35 square metres] with beds which are concrete slabs, filthy toilets and nothing to do and no light.

    Read more: http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/europe/un-official-deplores-greek-migrant-detention

    A thing to change:

    The Oaktree Foundation: From 9-16 of March, 2013, 1,000 young Australians aged 16-26 will depart from capital cities as Roadtrip Ambassadors and travel through communities across Australia to Sydney. They will capture the voices of over 100,000 Australians to ask our government to live up to its commitments to the world’s poor.

    Applications to be a part of the Roadtrip close on December 10. You can apply at www.roadtrip2013.com.au.

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Every day so many bad things happen in this world: people die of poverty, starvation, politics fails us and corruption damages.

But every day so many good things happen as well: breakthroughs in health, science and technology, governments committing to change and people having fabulous new ideas on how to see good occur.

What if we could take just one action a day, to fight the bad and/or help the good?

This blog aims to make us aware of a bad thing and a good thing that happens everyday. And, in addition, provide an avenue to do something in response. Every day a small action, to change things, to react and make a difference.

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