Author: Harmony Spencer

Women’s March on Washington going Global the Day After Trump Inauguration

Women are taking a stand on Jan 21. And people of all genders and backgrounds will be marching with them in solidarity around the world. Along with the main Women’s March on Washington, nearly 300 “sister marches” are set to take place the day after President Elect Donald Trump is scheduled to be sworn into office. According to a press release, more than 1 million people could come out to march globally. “This is not an anti-Trump protest,” said sister march spokeswoman Tina Cassidy in an interview with Lady Freethinker. “While the rhetoric of the campaign season deeply troubled...

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Huge Win for the Elephants: China to Ban All Domestic Ivory Sale

2017 has kicked off with a huge win for elephants. After decades of pressure from environmental and animal welfare organizations, the Chinese government announced on Friday that the country will be shutting down its domestic ivory trade by the end of the year. The movement to ban the sale of ivory in China was supported by several conservation organizations, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “This is a tremendous victory for elephants and we applaud China for showing such decisive action and leadership on this issue,” said Azzedine Downes, IFAW President and CEO, in a press release....

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African Women Are Blossoming Into Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

Elizabeth Julius, a seamstress whose income supports her family, used to have to stop working once the sun set over her home in the rural village of Bunambiyu, Tanzania. But now, Julius can switch on her solar light and keep working. With help from nonprofit organization Energy 4 Impact, Julius is using solar power to grow her business and launch new ventures — and it’s benefiting her whole community. “Solar energy has entirely changed my life,” said Julius in an article from Thomson Reuters Foundation News. “I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn’t cost me...

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This Hospital is Flooded with Hedgehog Patients

A British animal hospital has run into an unfortunate yet adorable problem: it’s overwhelmed by hedgehogs. St. Tiggywinkles rescues and rehabilitates thousands of sick and injured wild animals every year. This includes hedgehogs, birds, badgers, deer and other animal species. But this year, they’ve received double the amount of hedgehogs than normal during the winter season. According to a BBC report, the hospital has taken in over 1,000 hedgehogs since October. To house this influx of hedgehogs, the shelter has needed 60 extra cages. Hedgehogs need to reach a healthy weight of about 600g (roughly 1.3 pounds) to survive...

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Americans Upping Their Support for Charity After Vicious Presidential Election

Americans have started increasing their support for nonprofit organizations in response to the US presidential election, according to a new study from humanitarian group CARE. In the online survey, one in four Americans said they already have or they intend to ramp up support to charity. “What we’re seeing here is the result of a divisive campaign that brought to the surface the passions of many Americans, ” said CARE Vice President of Fundraising and Marketing Tolli Love in an interview with Lady Freethinker. “No matter where you sit on the political spectrum or who you backed in the election, people were...

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