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Animal Rights

Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. All animals have the ability to suffer in the same way and to the same degree that humans do. They feel pain, pleasure, fear, frustration, loneliness, and motherly love. Whenever we consider doing something that would interfere with their needs, we are morally obligated to take them into account. Animals and their products such as meat, leather items, in zoos are used worldwide on a regular basis. It is now possible to consider the impact of these actions on the animals involved and help prevent them.

Some of the animal rights organizations are:

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
MFA: Mercy for Animals
ALF: Animal Liberation Front
FOA: Friends of Animals
SAFE: Save Animals from Exploitation
COK: Compassion Over Killing

CRY @ Channel [V] Fest

Child rights is a deep rooted right of all human beings under the age of 18. All rights are applicable to children irrespective of their Color, Sex and Creed. Children have the right to develop, feel safe and take part in decisions that impact their lives.

There are many organizations dedicated to child rights. CRY is one such organization that focusses on the 4 basic child rights, which includes Survival, Development, Protection and participation. CRY recognizes the importance of child rights and seeks to ensure health, safety and well-being of every child on earth, which is their inherent right. Be part of the effort to bring about positive changes made in lives of many underprivilaged children.

Child Labour

Child labor unfortunately is one of the greatest concerns in many developing countries. It deprives children of education, reaching their potential and is harmful to their physical and mental development. There are also worse forms of child labor such as slavery, using children for illicit activities, etc. According to the international labor organization, the highest percentage of child labor practices is followed in the agricultural sector. Child labor is also used in other sectors such as Manufacturing, Mining & Quarrying, Domestic services, Hotels & Restaurants and in Retail as well.

Some of the organizations that have been set up to prevent child labor are:

The child labor education project
SCREAM
International Program on the elimination of child labor
National child labor committee
CRY
CHILD Organization
Child rights information network

War Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is still alarming despite the several attempts by governments of various countries to stop this illicit trade. One of the major causes of human trafficking is the high and quick profits received with few start up costs. Human trafficking is a violation of the basic human rights and is also a form of slavery. The negative impact of trafficking is not only for the victims but their families and in some cases the whole society & country as well. Human trafficking weakens good governance, democracy, the economy of the country and the reputation of the military and security forces of the country. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that global profits made from forced laborers exploited by private enterprises or agents reach $44.3 billion every year. All these aspects have increased the need to keep a check on human trafficking.

Some of the organizations established to eradicate human trafficking are:

Stop the traffik
Shared hope international
Polaris Project
Global Alliance Against traffic in Women
Third world movement against the exploitation of women
Gabriela network
Free the slaves

Save Tiger

An important fact about tigers is their stripes are individually as unique as human fingerprints. The tiger has become a symbol for the protection of all the species as it belongs on the top of the food chain in any ecosystem. Many states throughout India have initiated programs to help conserve their tiger populations. The presence of tigers in the forest is an indicator of the well being of the ecosystem. As tigers continue to lose their habitat and prey species, they are increasingly coming into conflict with humans. In retaliation, tigers are often killed.

There are many organizations dedicated to the conservation of tigers in their habitats. Some of these organizations are:

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Save our Tigers
Save the tiger fund
Save wild tigers
Panthera
Global Tiger Patrol
Tiger Awareness
Save the stripes

Pollution

Every year around the world millions of tons of toxic chemicals are released into the land, air and water. There are other sources of pollution such as commercial waste, agricultural waste, everyday human activities and from vehicles. Pollution is mainly caused by human actions and has bad effects on any organism in any environment. And now it has become necessary to take measures to prevent the increase of various types of pollution. Some of the ways we can prevent them are:

Some of the ways we can prevent them are:

Purchase biodegradable products
Carpools
Don't buy products that come in aerosol spray cans
Don't dispose chemicals and solvents into drains or other water bodies.

Some of the causes that have been started to prevent pollutions are:

Greenpeace Ozone Crisis
Friends of Earth
Clean Air Council
Environmental Defense
Pollution.com
Atmospheric Research and information Center

Women's Rights

Women's right around the world is an important indicator to comprehend global well-being. Despite great advances made by the international women's right movement over the years, women and girls from around the world still face issues such as child marriage, forced labor, sex slavery, assaults and trafficking. They are restricted access to various facilities such as education, political participation, etc. Human rights watch is working towards women empowerment and gender equality thereby protecting the rights of women and girls around the world. Gender equality furthers the cause of child survival and development of society.

There are many organizations that have been set up to provide support for women rights and safety. Some of them are:

Women's rights campaign
NOW : National Organization for Women
UNIFEM : United Nations Development Fund for Women
YWCA : Young Women's Christian Association
Nirantar : A centre for Gender and Education
All India Women's Conference

Cancer

Cancer, also known as Malignancy is one of the deadliest diseases which is characterized by out-of-control cell growth. They harm the human body when damaged cells divide ferociously to form lumps called tumors. This is one of the few diseases which are difficult to cure with treatment. According to a survey by a medical news journal, around 7.6 million people from all over the world lost their lives due to cancer in 2007. The early detection of cancer can greatly improve the odds of a successful treatment and survival. This has increased the number of cancer research institutes around the world to find better treatment procedures and possibly even a cure. Some of the organizations set up to educate people about cancer and how it can be treated and prevented.

Some of these organizations established towards the research and prevention of cancer are:

American Cancer Society
WHO : World Health Organization
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Care Foundation of India
Conquer Cancer Foundation

Recycling & Conservation

Recycling is beneficial to the environment of the whole world. Recycling has its benefits such as decrease in pollution. According to statistics, about 2 million trees are used to make paper in one year. So, recycling of paper will help save a lot of trees. Other materials such as glass can also be recycled. This will help reduce land pollution as the waste glass is usually thrown and takes a long time to decompose. Similarly there are many materials that can be recycled to decrease pollution and wasting of valuable resources. Conservation of earth's natural resources is also as important and impactful as recycling. Proper utilization & management of natural resources is termed as conservation. India has two out of the 18 biodiversity hot spots in the world. This has led to the need for conservation of these natural resources here.

There are number of different resources that can be conserved to save the environment and depletion of natural resources. Some of these are:

Conservation of Wildlife
Conservations of Forests
Conservation of Water
Conservation of energy

There are many organizations that are established to help and promote recycling and conservation of earth's natural resources. Some of them are:

National Wildlife federation
Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Action Network
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Stop Global Warming
US Environmental Protection Agency
Friends of Earth

Global Warming

The rapid rise in the greenhouse gases has significantly contributed towards global warming. There are several greenhouse gases responsible for warming, and humans emit them in a variety of ways. Most come from the combustion of fossil fuels in vehicles, factories and electricity production. The gas responsible for the most warming is carbon dioxide, also called CO2. Other contributors include methane released from landfills and agriculture, nitrous oxide from fertilizers, gases used for refrigeration and industrial processes. The loss of forests that would otherwise store CO2 is another important cause for the increase in the global temperature.

Some of the impacts of global warming are:

Melting ice at the poles.
Rise in Sea level causing floods
Precipitation has increased
Hurricanes and other storms get stronger
Lesser fresh water
Draughts and famine

There are many organizations dedicated to educate people about global warming and to find smart energy solutions. Some of them are:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Green peace
Global Atmosphere watch
Climate Action Group
International Climate change Partnership
National Energy Foundation
Friends of Earth

War against Terrorism

The war on terrorism is an international military campaign which was started as a result of the 9/11 attacks. One of its major objectives is to diminish the underlying conditions that terrorists seek to exploit. The cowardly acts of terror not only affect the military but also the common citizens as well. Many innocent civilians which include women, children and the elderly have lost their lives and families to these awful acts of terror. This is not confined to any particular country but is a globally affecting issue.

There are many organizations that have been established to help and provide support to victims of terror. Some of these are:

NATO
C-CAT : Canadian Coalition against terror
US-EU co operation against terrorism
Uniting Against Terrorism
UN Counter terrorism committee
FBI

Hands off Our Elephants

During the past 10 years there has been an unprecedented growth in the illegal ivory markets and in 2011 the poaching of elephants in Africa reached a ten year record with more than 25,000 elephants illegally killed, corresponding with an all-time record of 38.8 tons of ivory seized. Simultaneously, the price of ivory exploded from US$150/kg to over US$1,000/kg between 2008 and 2012.

This massive growth in the illegal ivory markets grew in response to rising affluence in China's middle class who demand and use ivory for artifacts as status symbols. This demand is fuelled through poor controls of domestic markets in China and other Asian countries, allowing illegal ivory to be laundered through legal domestic markets and exacerbated by the simultaneous presence of China in Africa as a development and trade partner - with hundreds of thousands of Chinese immigrants now operating in Kenya and millions across the continent. Our campaign HANDS OFF OUR ELEPHANTS is a 360 degree integrated communications campaign that is led by Kenyans and is targeted at a local and international audience. The campaign will be spearheaded by Kenya's First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and features Kenya's national heroes, celebrities and key influencers. Key Kenyan institutions already on board include Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya Wildlife Services, Kenya Airways, Media Owners Association, Nakumatt, EABL , Kenya Vision 2030, Kenyan athletes, Kenya Rugby teams and media personalities.

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