Blood, Sweat and Luxuries: What Can You Do To Help?
After watching the third episode about coffee, I was appalled to see how hard people have to work just so that I can enjoy a cup of coffee! So from now on, I'm going to try to be much more aware of where my coffee has come from. As jane, elinedj, and Maxine pointed out, buying Fairtrade is a small but positive change we can make.
Find out more about Fairtrade:
If the episode about the gem trade has made you think twice about the jewellery you buy, do your own research. As arabel lebrusan says: "If you are interested in an alternative search for ethical and sustainable jewellery. There are different brands out there, especially in the UK, which are working really hard to make a change in the jewellery industry."
Rachel C suggests finding out more about The Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE) - a group of NGOs and charities that are trying to get the government to create an independent UK Commission for Business, Environment and Human Rights.
As Backspacer, Louise, Susanpat and many more of you pointed out, you can lend your voice to campaigns; write to your MPs, lobby businesses, find out whether your council recycles electrical equipment in Africa and force them to become accountable. Since the election you may not know who your new MP is but you can find out here.
Jenny R urges: "If you want to make a REAL difference then allow yourself to be inspired by this programme. Allow yourself to cry over the workers plight and allow yourself to be outraged enough to push for change by lobbying parliament, join fair trade action groups, vote with your wallet and SPEAK OUT! Because our silence can be deadly. We cannot allow this to continue in our time. BE the change you want to see in this world. Think. Act. Change."
Here are some of the organisations that are working to raise awareness and campaigning for social justice:
- International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)
- Oxfam - Get Involved
- World Vision
- War on Want
- Save The Children
- VSO (Voluntary Society Overseas)
And finally some of you, like Mohammed and wickedauntie, want to know how to get involved in shows like this in the future. If you check the BBC Be on a show website regularly you can find information about BBC shows, including BBC Three, which are looking for participants.
Dana Stevens is content producer for BBC Three online.