Social media and social movements 🌐
From the Russian underground
press during the Soviet era, to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, to the George Floyd protests this past year...
Read this fascinating piece as our in-house writer Saffanah takes you on a journey to explore how social movements throughout history have been bolstered by groups of passionate individuals spreading awareness.
#ClimateReport: we can still make a difference if we keep reducing greenhouse gas emissions 🌡️
The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just released their most comprehensive climate report since 2013, and the results are grim.
It is "unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land" (IPCC) and there are changes we've made to the planet's environment that will be irreversible for millennia to come.
However, Ko Barrett, the IPCC’s vice-chair and a senior climate adviser at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, affirmed that these irreversible changes can be at least slowed down with rapid, strong & sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
"Without societal transformation and rapid implementation of ambitious greenhouse gas reduction measures, pathways to
limiting warming to 1.5°C and achieving sustainable development will be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to achieve" (IPCC).
It's evident that their recommendations for accelerating positive change are directly linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. That's
why we are dedicated to helping achieve them, one microgrant at a time!
You can do also do your part:
- Press your local-level and national-level leaders for change
- Donate to charities and organizations doing good work 😉
- Support small businesses making positive impact on the climate
- Make smart everyday decisions you know will help the planet's health
- Have these types of conversations with friends and family
Check out each blue link above for a
What's going on @ Stardust...
➫ We are officially a Content Partner of Impact Entrepreneur Magazine, the first global, collaborative magazine focused on the SDGs and "The Business of Change"! Impact Entrepreneur Magazine publishes compelling, thoroughly researched, and well-crafted content
focusing on the innovations, finance, and other practices that advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to transformative, systemic change (“impact economy”). We'll be giving more details soon 😊
➫ We're happy to say that in the past few
weeks 4 new interns and volunteers have joined the Stardust family! Clara, Valerie, and Alexandre are on
the Funding & Outreach team, and Emma is writing with us. So happy to have you working with us ✨
➫ Renaissance Upcycling, a project in our current Impact Portfolio, has some updates! Caroline has launched the service on her website, with the first made-to-measure patterns and 3 parisian tailor partners. She recently spoke at a TEDx conference (see video below, make sure to change subtitles to English!) and she's been featured in other national press. She also just hired her
first intern who's helping her with digital marketing! Congratulations 🎉
➫ Mindkit has some updates as well! The new vaccine passport law in France is posing some new challenges because the building where they do a lot of their
work is only opening to those who have been vaccinated, and many of the young people they are helping aren't planning to bite the bullet just yet. However, they're taking it day by day and continuing as much as possible their workshops (writing, yoga, and more). They have also planned some anger and stress management workshops for September with the Police Judiciaire de la Jeunesse (Judicial Youth Protection, part of the French Ministry of Justice). Such important work!
➫ Suppli has been growing steadily since their soft launch in October 2020. They have saved more than 6,100 single-use containers from landfills! ♻️ Last month, they teamed up with a local cleanup group, The Wasteland Plan, to collect 695 lbs of garbage around Toronto Island. They are currently building out their online marketplace, continuing their pre-seed investment round, and working with 2 new marketing team
members. We're excited to see more!
➫ If you know anyone working at either Microsoft or Apple, please let us know! We have launched our Benevity profile with those companies, meaning that as a registered charity, if an
employee donates to us, they will match it. And as always, if your company provides a corporate giving program, feel free to nominate us! 😊
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Until next month,
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