- Two in five trans people (41 per cent) and three in ten non-binary people (31 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months.
- More than a quarter of trans people (28 per cent) in a relationship in the last year have faced domestic abuse from a partner.
- One in four trans people (25 per cent) have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
- One in eight trans employees (12 per cent) have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the last year.
- More than a third of trans university students (36 per cent) in higher education have experienced negative comments or behaviour from staff in the last year
- Two in five trans people (40 per cent) adjust the way they dress because they fear discrimination or harassment. This number increases significantly to half of non-binary people (52 per cent).
- Two in five trans people (41 per cent) said that healthcare staff lacked understanding of specific trans health needs when accessing general healthcare services in the last year.
- Three in five trans people (62 per cent) who have undergone, or are currently undergoing, medical intervention for their transition are unsatisfied with the time it took to get an appointment.
- More than one in ten trans people (11 per cent) have gone abroad for medical treatment to alter their physical appearance, including buying hormones over the internet from other countries, with many citing the barriers they currently face in accessing medical treatment in the UK.
In the Dalai Lama’s most recent writing, A Call For Revolution published in 2018, he says
“I am calling on you to bring on a cultural revolution of compassion!”
“When I call on you to bring on the Revolution of Compassion, I am calling for the mother of all uprisings to begin.”
Speaking to all humans as Citizens of the Earth, he says,
“The problems facing you, whether to do with climate change, violence in general and terrorism in particular, were not created by God, Buddha or extra-terrestrials. They did not fall from the sky, or rise up from the ground. Humanity is entirely responsible for being at the root of the problems that have caused these crises. Which is good news. Because if we have created these problems, it is logical to believe we have the means to resolve them.”
On March 15th 2019, in 25 countries around the world, an uprising of people from all walks of life began taking non-violent direct action in a bid to save our planet from catastrophe. In London, Waterloo Bridge was turned into a garden, Marble Arch became a campsite and learning centre, Parliament Square an information centre, Oxford Circus a speaker’s platform, Piccadilly Circus a youth centre. Songs from the soul, rhymes of reason, music of love and hope, theatre of passionate pleas were played out through the streets of our capital city.
This rebellion was a culmination of many years of the peaceful work of many individuals and small groups of citizens of this earth, who wish to see her beauty and nature thrive for future generations.
We do not all wish to be rebels, activists or protesters. There are many ways to quietly join with those of like-mind and create change……..
- Oil reserves in the world 2017 – Iran 4th largest 157.8 billion barrels; Iraq 5th largest 144.2 billion barrels.
- At the end of the war of invasion 2003 the US formerly ended the occupation of Iraq. Exxon Mobil, BP, Shell remain.
- Biwater Wood Hybrid scheme for Basra, Southern Iraq includes delivery of potable water for local population and the oil industry. Funded from U.K. by JP Morgan and U.K. Overseas Development investment Fund . §1.45 billion – SEE HERE
- Iranian economy shrunk by 1.5% 2019 …by 3% 2020. Before President Trump extended trade sanctions, IMF predicted 4%.current growth .
- Brain drain from Iran estimated by IMF to 91 developed & developing countries of educated individuals- 150,000 to 180,000,every year.
- Iraqi emigres to UK include: Jim Al-Khalili,Professor Theoretic Physics, Charles and Maurice Saatchi, Alan Yentob formerly BBC, architect Zaha Hamid.
Being outdoors has huge benefits for children, both physically and mentally, and the growing network of Forest Schools aims to tap into those benefits by educating children in the fresh air. Forest School and nature based learning has now become very established in the UK with more than 12,00 trained leaders.
Forest School offers children and young adults:
The inspiration to be curious, fascinated, interested and inventive.
The freedom to explore different ways of ‘being’, feeling, behaving and interacting.
The opportunity to:
Experience beauty and wonder in the woodland and become ‘lost in the experience’
Gain confidence through learning new skills
Develop imagination and creativity
Meet challenges and learn to handle risk in safety
Feel relief from stress and anxiety
Develop their spirituality through a sense of awe at the natural environment.
Increase their autonomy and independence
Take responsibility for own learning and building self confidence
- The forecast worldwide is that that owning a house is the prerequisite of the wealthy
- In London 1,137 people sleep rough on average, every night
- Sleeping rough shortens lives to average 47 as opposed to the national norm of 77 years.
- Every year, year on year, failure to tackle the supply system ratchets up the pressure on English housing. Many more families will suffer from over- crowding, more families will struggle with rising rents and larger mortgages, fewer young people under 30 will be able to leave the parental home. Shelter.
- Truth about property developers: how they are exploiting the planning process and ruining our cities – HERE
- ‘No (Mrs May) -the housing crisis will not be solved by building more houses.The Crisis is the result of banking failure’ – HERE
- Grenfell Tower – HERE
- Global figures: likely be 1.3 billion without Houses. UN Sustainable Development goals at best over- ambitious, at worst DELUSIONAL.
- Medellin, Colombia: remaking the world’s most dangerous city. The remarkable example of change happening because of radical leadership – HERE
- AND AT THE FRONT OF OUR MINDS..MIGRANT data – dead / missing crossing the Mediterranean 2016: 5,143. 2017: 3,139. 2018: 2,297.
- AND INSECT loss, internationally …up to 85% . Primarily because of destruction of their habitat by the human species
In the struggle to oppose hate, and to replace it with fierce love and compassion, it’s necessary ─ though often or usually stressful ─ to remain awake, watchful, hopeful.
One way to remain awake and hopeful is through the arts. Below there are links to six pieces of artistic creativity. All contain music, and all contain elements of drama and theatrical performance.
The countries of origin include France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States.
An illustrated talk (about 20 minutes) about the power of music to transform lives, yours, mine, everyone’s – HERE
Light in dark times
A sermon in December 2018 beginning and ending with affirmations of Bono’s song There is a Light, written after the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 – HERE
Happiness – and watch out !
Animated film (about four minutes) that takes a wry look at doomed searches for well-being, fulfilment and bliss somewhere apart from where we actually live – HERE
TV celebration of inclusive choreography, everyone but everyone special, November 2018 – HERE
Joy in the public square
That famous dream of shared humanity and world community, adopted as the anthem of the European Union – HERE
I didn’t die, says he
‘What they forgot to kill went on to organise’, the unending a luta continua onwards and upwards to justice , and to positive peace – HERE
If there is a light
We can’t always see
If there is a world
We can’t always be
If there is a dark
Now we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light
Don’t let it go out
Hold on, Hold on.
The size of the THIRD SECTOR globally and its relationship with UK GOVERNMENT –
- Global Civil Society has mushroomed into global workforce of 350 million professionals and volunteers. If this workforce were a country, it would be the third most populous …. following China & India.
- World Economic Forum :- ”Closing space for civil society reduces the chances that these challenges will be effectively addressed’’ – HERE
- World Economic Forum – “5 challenges for Civil Society in the 4th Industrial Revolution “ – HERE
- UK HMG Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published first Civil Society Strategy for fifteen years. Proposes Third Sector be increasingly involved in design of public services: view NOT supported by general public – HERE
- Charities Aid Foundation notes the SPACE between Government and the charitable sector is being shrunk, with implications for the latter’s reduced critical and championing role. The Third Sector role is predominantly “speaking ON BEHALF of the disadvantaged’’ – HERE
- UN special Rapporteur MAINA KIANI ( 2011- 2017), UN Human Rights Council visited UK 2013 and 2016. Noted that businesses received markedly more favourable responses from HMG than the Third Sector, particularly application procedures.
Wake up each day to the benefits of KINDNESS …which will empower you to offer random acts of kindness to people unknown and known to yourself, as you go about your daily life.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. We believe that kindness starts with one: One compliment, one smile, one kind act, one person.
Mac Macartney, international speaker, leader, and founder of the community at Embercombe. We were enormously privileged to have him speak at Festival of the Dark, and moved by how he – a secular speaker reflecting on Darkness – was welcomed in to St James Roman Catholic church by Father John. All Father John needed as reassurance was that it was a positive invocation to live mindfully, with care for our Earth. That then put it in line with Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment; the Pope had asked parish priests and parishes to spread the message of care, and so we were welcomed in. And thus Mac was able to weave his stories of love for the Earth, and our responsibility as spiritual beings to live with care for ourselves, within care for our community, within care for all of our connected environment.