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THRIVE Movement : Make a Real Difference Right Now

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 in Movements, Social Responsibility
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THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?

Thrive MovementTHRIVE, the moment is almost here.

On 12:01am PST on 11/11/11 THRIVE – What on Earth Will it Take?, a feature length film will be released into the world.

For more than eight years THRIVE has worked diligently to consolidate a lifetime of research into a feature film and website whose purpose is simple: To empower a more informed and leveraged movement for global transformation!

THRIVE is the culmination of our journey to seek answers to the most critical questions of our time, including:

Is it possible for humans to thrive? And if so, why aren’t we?

If nature teaches us anything it is that Life is meant to work. And like every living thing, our purpose is to thrive.

And yet, for the majority of people on the planet, life is not about thriving… It’s about surviving, just trying to hang on.

Is this really the best we can do? Did the universe labor for nearly 14 billion years only to bring forth a species that would end up as an enemy to life itself, and to its own Home?

We don’t think so.

Like so many of you, we have spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what happened – what is happening that could account for the staggering agony and deprivation on this planet.

Our research led us to places we never expected to go, revealing surprising discoveries that seemed unrelated at first, but which turned out to be crucially connected, as you’ll see.

We came across a code – a pattern in nature that’s been embedded in arts and icons throughout the centuries. We believe this code holds the key to a new source of clean, sustainable energy that could completely revolutionize the way all people live.

We came to understand how our economic system is rigged. And we found out what we can do about it.

Our journey revealed ways we can claim our power to create liberating, healthy systems everywhere on Earth!

We have realized that we are not a mistake. We are simply mistaken. We’ve been blinded to our brilliance, shorn of our strength, ignorant of our genius, unaware of our true power and magnificence.

But all of that …is about to change.

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

We encourage you to share this worldwide event with your friends, family and colleagues by forwarding this email notifying them of THRIVE’s exciting launch on 11/11/11 in 10 languages. Like you, they won’t want to miss this!

Take charge of the change you want to see.

STILL Time to Raise the Bar: HERSEY

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 in Social Responsibility
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As another Halloween approaches and parents think about buying chocolate as “treats” for children, here is something to consider: The chocolate you buy could be tainted with child labor.

Monday, September 19th marks the ten-year anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol — an agreement by the country’s largest chocolate companies to put an end to forced child labor on cocoa farms in West Africa by 2005.

Ten years later, not enough progress has been made.  Hundreds of thousands of children are still forced to work under abusive conditions for long hours on cocoa farms in West Africa, while others are victims of trafficking and forced labor.

The largest chocolate manufacturer in the United States, Hershey, lags behind its competitors in eliminating these abuses from its cocoa supply chain. What’s more, news recently surfaced that Hershey has been exploiting student guestworkers here in the US in one of its packing facilities.

Some of Hershey’s competitors, including Mars and Nestle, have committed to start sourcing cocoa that is independently certified to comply with labor rights standards.

I urge Hershey — the most iconic chocolate company in the US — to protect workers from bean to bar and certify its chocolate as Fair Trade, ensuring that forced child labor is removed from its chocolate bars, its kisses, and its peanut butter cups.

In the meantime, I’ll be handing out Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate to my trick-or-treaters this Halloween and I encourage others to do the same.

Other companies have read Green America’s original report on Hershey’s practices and have increased their commitment to Fair Trade – but still no commitment from Hershey.

In the second alternative corporate social responsibility report for the Hershey Company: STILL Time to Raise the Bar: The REAL CSR report for The Hershey Company [PDF]. This report highlights Hershey’s ongoing failure to trace its supply chain and stop child labor.  Hershey is the laggard in the industry – being the only major chocolate company that has failed to adopt ANY third party certifications for its cocoa.

Please assist Green America’s campaign to bring awareness within your community.