New Internationalist

Ideas For Action

Issue 95

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CAMPAIGN DIRECTORY

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Match International Centre
Suite 401,171 Nepean Street,
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0135
Telephone: (613) 238-1312

AIMS
To provide women's groups in developing countries with the funds/resources needed to carry out small-scale projects which they have initiated and will carry out and which will lead to their own self-reliance.

To promote the integration/participation of women in all aspects of the development process, given that in most cultures women are primarily responsible for procuring the basic needs of food, water, fuel, shelter, family health and education - the very focus of development.

METHODS
MATCH acts as a switchboard. We receive projects from groups of women in developing countries and refer them to potential sources of support from concerned individuals and groups of women. Through workshops, media coverage and newsletters which make development issues known to Canadians, MATCH can effect the essential linking of Canadian groups with women in developing countries, and foster their commitment and support.

SUCCESSES
Canadian women have responded with great enthusiasm. Groups sponsoring projects have usually communicated with project originators and gained a better understanding of the commonalities in women's lives all over the world.

Our project support programme has grown dramatically. In the first 2 years of operation, 14 projects were sponsored while, currently, well over 100 projects in over 25 countries have been given financial support by Canadian groups and individuals.

FAILURES
At times, a too long response time (in our estimation) for support of small projects.

FUTURE PLANS
MATCH plans to expand its communication with women in Canada and thereby extend its network of possible sponsors. In developing countries, we plan to increase the number of small projects that we are able to support.

HELP NEEDED
Individuals in developing countries willing to relay proposals to MATCH for valid, small-scale projects leading to self-reliance for women who have not yet been able to find support and funding.

Individuals and groups in Canada and developed countries willing to share some of their resources with women's groups in developing countries can support our work by becoming members, receiving our newsletters and attending workshops in their area ... please write.

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The Life Style Movement
Bristol Cathedral
College Green
Bristol BS1 5TJ

AIMS
To offer a Voluntary Common Discipline to those who are committed to a more equitable distribution of the Earth's resources among the members of the Human Family. and to the conservation and development of those resources for our own and future generations.

To invite you to `live more simply that all of us may simply live' and commit yourself to personal moderation and political action.

Our aims therefore embrace all New Internationalist readers!

METHODS
We promote our seven point Commitment (from which come the quotations in our Aims) by radio and television interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, meetings and conferences. A book is being written about the Movement but currently needs a publisher. Regional Representatives (expenses paid) and some fifty Life Style Cells give local support. An annual Newsletter goes out internationally.

SUCCESSES
Life Style has to be a `tip of the iceberg' Movement. For every committed member there may be a hundred who are practising our `Live More Simply' slogan. Let this quotation from a letter about a Life Style Cell suffice:- `We have been meeting now, roughly every month, for just over a year. At present we have twenty-two members, of these about fifteen are really committed . , . Speaking personally the group is the most helpful one I have ever belonged to in terms of fellowship and commitment to a common aim.'

FAILURES
After seven years no society or organisation of any kind has taken our Commitment into its system and officially commended it to their members as we had hoped. In contrast to similar movements in the Netherlands, Norway, U.S.A. and elsewhere Life Style has grown at a snail's pace. Can any reader tell us why?

FUTURE PLANS
We are seeking charitable status. We shall expand our international contacts and develop the work of our Regional Representatives.

HELP NEEDED
We need our first hundred thousand members in the eighties. Please join us. Send S.A.E. for a copy of our Commitment. Then the Movement will explode. It embodies an idea whose time has come.

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NIRS
1536 - 16th Street
Washington, D.C. 20036

AIMS
To provide activists and the public with accurate information about nuclear power and the nuclear industry.

To oppose further reliance on nuclear power in the U.S. and promote the development of conservation strategies and safe energy alternatives.

METHODS
NIRS is a national resource centre and clearinghouse for information about nuclear power. We receive requests by phone and mail and give out information, advice and materials to help people organize against nuclear power and in favour of safe energy alternatives.

NIRS services include:
Toll-free telephone line (within U.S.) for information requests. (800) 424-2477, 1-5 p.m. EST.

Networking service: we can put you in touch with grassroots safe energy groups in any area of the U.S. and in several other countries.

Publications distribution, from a list of over 100 articles, reports, and fact sheets. Monthly journal, Groundswell, which includes news analysis, energy feature articles, and information about organizing resources. Write for free copy.

SUCCESSES
Since NIRS began working almost two years ago, we have responded to hundreds of information requests per week from local organizers, the public, the media, legislators, and others, contributing to the rapid expansion of the antinuclear network in the U.S.

Our public education activities in health, environmental and economic areas have fostered an increased public understanding of the energy debate. The nuclear industry in the U.S., while far from beaten, has acknowledged that unfavourable public opinion now poses an obstacle to further nuclear development.

FAILURES
The nuclear industry has mounted a well-financed and well-organized public relations campaign to regain public approval and pave the way for nuclear power's comeback in the U.S. In order to prop up the sagging domestic nuclear industry, uranium producers and reactor manufacturers are becoming increasingly involved in export sales to foreign countries, particularly in the Third World.

FUTURE PLANS
To expand our services to include more safe energy activists outside the U.S. To do this, we will be cooperating with the World Information Service on Energy (WISE).

HELP NEEDED
We would like to hear from energy activists outside the U.S. who can keep us up to date on nuclear development in other countries.

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