Charity Challenge 2020: And the winners are…

We were so looking forward to the 2020 finals of the One World Charity Challenge, kindly to be hosted this week by AFD Software at the Mountain View Innovation Centre. Sadly (but understandably) this event had to be cancelled due to the ongoing measures against Coronavirus which meant our finalists didn’t get to present their work in front of a public audience.

In the circumstances, it was agreed to share the final prize money equally between the charities represented and we are pleased to announce that Advantage Africa, DO! Developing Orphans, Thare Machi Education, Glad’s House, Port St John Community Fund and Excellent Development will each receive £1,750 towards their international development work. A further £2,750 has already been distributed to charities represented at the in-school heats of the competition.

Thank you to AFD for supplying the prize money and offering the use of the fantastic facilities at Babbage’s. We know the students will be disappointed not to be able to showcase their work, but the knowledge they have gained and the support they have given their chosen charities throughout the competition will have given them a real insight into the role of international development in improving lives and how important it is to become good global citizens. Congratulations to all who took part and thank you to the charities for supporting the students in this project.

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Free community screening of Honeyland

We’re delighted to offer a free community screening of Honeyland, an award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary set in rural Macedonia about the challenges faced by a female wild beekeeper whose life is thrown into turmoil when a nomadic family moves nearby and seek to replicate her success but ignore her wisdom and ancient techniques. The film exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability.

The screening will take place at The Embassy Room above The British pub on North Quay, Douglas, at 7pm on Wednesday 11th March. No need to book, just turn up.

NB The film is in Turkish with English subtitles.

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It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight highlights cocoa farmers in West Africa, and especially women cocoa farmers, who often struggle to earn a living income.

By supporting Fairtrade you can help give farmers and workers a safety net that protects them from low prices for their crops and also pass on the Fairtrade Premium, an extra amount that allows them to make their farms and communities stronger or invest in climate resilience and adaptation.

Fairtrade is also supporting more women cocoa farmers by making sure they have a voice in their community and are represented in decision-making.

To mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, we were asked, along with representatives of the Isle of Man Fairtrade Group, to contribute to Manx Radio’s Perspective programme, broadcast on Sunday 1st March. You can catch it again on demand on manxradio.com.

In the meantime don’t forget to check the Fairtrade Isle of Man Facebook page for all the latest on Fairtrade on the Island.

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Rob Greenfield to visit the Isle of Man

We’re delighted to be co-hosting with GRIN an evening with Rob Greenfield, an activist and humanitarian dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. Rob embarks on extreme projects (which have included wearing all his rubbish for a month, feeding himself from grocery store rubbish bins, living off-grid and foraging for 100% of his food) to bring attention to important global issues and inspire positive change. Rob believes our actions really do matter and that as individuals and communities we have the power to improve the world around us.

He is currently travelling (as sustainably and responsibly as possible) on the 2020 World Solutions Tour and will be speaking in the Isle of Man at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre on Monday 27th April. Tickets are available now through this link here. Admission will be free but there will be an opportunity for donations on the night with any surplus going to indigenous and women-led grassroots environmental organisations of Rob’s choice.

We are expecting this event to be very popular so advise booking early if you wish to come along.

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Fairtrade conference draws near!

We’re looking forward to our 8th Fairtrade Primary Conference this Thursday when 68 young students from local primary schools will be joining us to learn about the difference Fairtrade can make to small farmers and producers in developing countries. This year we have Heather Thompson from Traidcraft as our guest speaker – and she will also be running one of the workshops where students will find out what life is like for a family of coffee farmers in Tanzania.

The Fairtrade Conference is one of the annual events we run with our funding from the Isle of Man Government’s Development Education and Awareness Raising Grant and we are also grateful to Tynwald President Steve Rodan MHK who graciously allows us to use Legislative Buildings as a venue.

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Climate change action plan for the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Government has now published Professor James Curran’s report on climate change action for the Isle of Man. The Government has also published the Council of Ministers response draft action plan.

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of the moment – and its impact is likely to affect the most vulnerable and marginalised communites around the world disproportionately hard. Please take some time to read the report and action plan and let your MHK know what you want them to support. Links to the report and the plan are: http://www.tynwald.org.im/…/sitti…/20182021/2019-GD-0102.pdf http://www.tynwald.org.im/…/sitti…/20182021/2019-GD-0101.pdf

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Join in CCC first birthday bash!

Climate Change Coalition logo

As we wait to hear the details of Prof. Curran’s report to the Isle of Man Government on the action required around climate change, the Climate Change Coalition Isle of Man is marking its first anniversary on Friday 22nd November with a night of music and discussion at the Manx Legion Club.

The One World Centre was a founding member of the CCC, which exists to encourage and support our Government to address climate change by working in three areas: reducing emissions (measured against interim targets), investing in renewables and keeping our sustainability promises to UNESCO re our Biosphere status.

The CCC now has 30 member organisations, drawn from all parts of Manx society, as well as individual supporters – all focused on ensuring the Isle of Man plays its part in providing climate justice for everyone, including generations to come. For more information on the first anniversary celebration please click here

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Ramsey team wins the slam!

The winning team from Ramsey Grammar School with Sarah Comish from the judging panel


A team from Ramsey Grammar School scooped the overall winners spot in this year’s One World Poetry Slam with their poem Life for a Girl, exploring the lack of access to education and the unequal rights endured by women in some parts of the world and appealing for change.


Teams from Castle Rushen took second and third place with poems entitled Is This The World You Want? and P.E.P. Talk, both about climate change.


The difficult task of judging the finalists fell to a distinguished panel of poets and educationalists including Dr Jennifer Kewley-Draskau, Karen Riordan, the One World Centre’s Sarah Comish and Janet Lees who also gave a reading of some of her own works. Judging criteria included the interpretation of content and theme, the imaginative use of words and expressive verse, rhythm and imager, memorisation and overall delivery.

All the teams were praised by the judges for their careful crafting of their poems – and for their bravery in standing up in front of an audience and performing without notes!

The Poetry Slam competition, which runs annually with the support of the Isle of Man Government’s Development Education and Awareness Raising Grant, helps students not only to express themselves but to start to grapple with some of the world’s bigger problems, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a starting point in their research. They are challenged to consider projects, individuals and communities that have changed people’s lives and/or the environment for the better. Congratulations to all those who took part.

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An Incovenient Sequel – free screening

Sequel to the award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth

As part of our activities for One World Week (this year’s theme is Climate Changes Everything: Now is the time to act), we are providing a free screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power on Tuesday 22nd October at the Ballakermeen Studio Theatre in Douglas.


This is the follow up film to Al Gore’s famous documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. In this sequel, former Vice President Gore further explores the perils of climate change and assesses how close we are to an energy revolution as cameras follow him in his quest to raise awareness and inspire a new generation of problem-solvers.


With the declaration of a Climate Emergency earlier this year by the Isle of Man Government and the establishment of a Climate Change Emergency Transition team, One World Week is a very appropriate opportunity to provide the public with more information about the issues we all face and how they can be tackled.


There will be similar events highlighting the need to take action on climate change all around the UK and we hope this will spark more discussion on the way forward – and that we all recognise our responsibilities as national and global citizens to future generations.


The film, which is rated PG, will start at 7.30pm and runs for 98 minutes. It is free to attend but please book tickets through Eventbrite here.

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AGM tonight – with change of speaker

Just a reminder it’is our AGM tonight Wednesday 11th September from 7pm at St John’s Mill, Tynwald Mills. Please note we have a last minute change of speaker. We will now be welcoming Paul Craine who will talk about: ‘Climate change – the Climate Reality perspective’.

Paul has recently returned from a three-day Climate Reality training course, led by Vice President Al Gore no less, and is sure to have some important information about this very topical subject. We hope to see as many of our members and supporters as possible.

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