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Special report TAKE ACTION: Campaigns to green your cuppa

Matilda Lee

13th April, 2011

As part of the Ecologist's special investigation into the hidden costs of tea, milk and sugar, here's how to get involved in cleaning up your cuppa

Tea

War on Want has revealed the continuing failure of UK retailers to improve the conditions of workers employed by businesses in their supply chains, despite their repeated claims to be addressing the issue. With British supermarkets unwilling to clean up their act, War on Want and other organisations are campaigning for the UK government to set up a Commission for Business, Human Rights and the Environment. It would have the authority to investigate the abuse of workers overseas and allow them to seek redress in the UK when they suffer corporate abuse.

UK-based Womankind are involved in critical outreach, support and training for women and women's groups in Kenya, aiming to end violence against women; increase women's participation in decision-making and increase resources for women's rights and development.

 

DOWNLOAD THE FULL 'WHAT'S IN YOUR CUPPA?' SPECIAL INVESTIGATION HERE (PDF)

Sugar

Bridges across Borders Cambodia is a grassroots organisation working to bring people together to overcome poverty, injustice and inequity in Cambodia. It raises global awareness of the pressing issues facing the most vulnerable people in Cambodia. It facilitates people-to-people exchanges, solidarity actions, and volunteer programs and teaches creative, non-violent methods of resolving conflict.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, HRW give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.

Milk

Would you drink factory milk from battery cows? If the idea is repulsive then sign up to 'Not in my cuppa' campaign led by The World Society for the Protection of Animals, the world's largest alliance of human societies and animal protection organisations. WSPA campaign to convince governments and key decision makers to change practices and introduce new laws to protect or improve the welfare of animals.

Compassion in World Farming believe that factory farming is the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet. If you agree, act now and join CIWF's campaign to wipe out factory farming.

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