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Saving Water, Saving Lives ~ WaterAid’s Big Dig And Fundraising Continues

Perhaps you’ve had a holiday this summer in a nice hotel (as I have!).
In that case you probably had a notice in your room from The Management, suggesting you might like to save water and other resources by not asking for new bedlinen every morning.  Fair enough, it’s your choice one way or the other.  But it does give pause for thought about how much water we all use, every day.  So here are a few ideas about how that moment of reflection can give rise to positive action:
Could you find time on 15 September just to go for a walk, to help WaterAid?

To read more about WaterAid, or to comment, please visit Hilary’s professional website here.

Beating The Safe Water Deadline In Rural Malawi: WaterAid’s ‘Big Dig’

One of the most memorable stories  I ever heard was from a civil engineer who was asked about the achievement of which he was most proud. He immediately said it was being invited to first turn on the tap which he had installed to deliver clean running water to an African village where there had previously been no supply. And now Water Aid has decided to share in real time their account of an even more ambitious project in Malawi, set against demanding deadlines…

To read more of this article and to comment, please visit Hilary’s professional website here.

FGM: The Difficult Debates

Female genital mutilation (FGM/‘cutting’) is an inherently difficult subject.  The clash of social mores, clamours of righteousness from all quarters, vast contradictions evident in legal and child protection and the sheer sensitivities of the topic, contrasting personal vulnerability and grotesque practice, all make intervention perilous.  And beyond that there are the demands for clarity about male circumcision and appropriate modes of action in the UK and elsewhere. But still 50+ UK children daily are at risk of abuse.

If you have a Twitter account and would like to draw more attention to this issue, please use the hashtag   #NoFGM  and follow  @NoFGM1.  Thank you.

To read more of this article and to comment, please visit Hilary’s professional website here.

Enlightening Research For Saving Lives, Jobs And The Environment – All Together

Legislation about multiple low-cost benefits to the environment, economy and health: What’s there not to like? Friday 3 December 2010 offers MPs the opportunity to move forward on a UK Parliamentary Bill to agree that proper research be conducted into the advantages or otherwise of keeping some form of ‘Daylight Saving’ year-round. But why even bother with the Bill? Why not just research these very positive proposals fully anyway?

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