Anuradha Vittachi
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Anuradha Vittachi fled her native Sri Lanka at the age of 13, after her family, though Sinhalese, was subjected to political persecution for exposing the Sinhalese government’s oppression of its Tamil minority. This attempt to silence truth-telling journalists fostered her lifelong belief in the importance of responsible media to support responsible governance. She experimented with a variety of media to promote global justice till she discovered the internet.

Her articles on human rights – especially on population, gender and child rights - have been published in dozens of journals around the world
Her books include Earth Conference One (1988), with Carl Sagan, James Lovelock et al, on climate change and other threats to global survival, and Stolen Childhood, on the exploitation of children around the world
She is an award-winning TV documentary-maker on issues of global justice
Her interviews include discussions with President Gorbachev, President Aristide, Mother Teresa and HH Dalai Lama
In 1994-5, she co-founded (with Peter Armstrong) the world’s first portal on human rights and sustainable development,; under her leadership, won a cabinetful of awards
In 1999, she conceived and coordinated the creation of the OneWorld Network, now a ring of 12 OneWorld centres around the world from Indonesia to Finland, and became the inaugural Director of the network’s governing body, the OneWorld International Foundation
In 2000, the British Government chose her to be the UK’s civil society delegate to the G8 Summit’s Digital Opportunity Taskforce (DOTForce)
In 2005, she stepped down from being OneWorld's international director to return to hands-on editing and writing; she founded a new OneWorld centre based in London, majoring on climate change
In 2006, she founded the OneClimate Initiative, a multi-strand media initiative tackling global climate breakdown through personal and political action.
In 2013, Anuradha stepped back from OneWorld after 18 wonderful years, to co-found the Hedgerley Wood Trust, on the power of empathy as a way towards personal and planetary health.

Entries by Anuradha Vittachi

The T-shirt That Stopped the UN: Canada's Youth Delegation Protest

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 10:08 AM

"You're not listening to me!" is a familiar, self-centered whine from kids to authority figures. But just occasionally, the accusation is not a whine. It's serious, anything but self-centered and the authorities would do well to listen.

Such is the case of six young Canadians who have just

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Head of Greenpeace Calls for Civil Disobedience in Durban

(11) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 10:49 AM

Kumi Naidoo, head of Greenpeace International, has called for non-violent civil disobedience, to push government delegations at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa into action.

Speaking to OneClimate on Saturday, December 3rd, after a week of negotiations that has produced little movement, he said: "We...

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Refereeing the UN Climate Games

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Qatar has won the toss for hosting the UN's next climate talks. So it gets to host the UN in 2012, before hosting football's World Cup in 2022. What better rehearsal could the Qataris have for meeting the complex demands of hosting international games players than hosting the UN's climate...

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Climategate Hacker Scores Own Goal

(15) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 1:52 PM

Not all climate skeptics are callous mercenaries working for the fossil fuel industry. A couple of other kinds spring to mind. The first are honourable, independent-minded people, taking a little time to check out for themselves -- as surely they should -- how they should understand climate change. The second...

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Monty Python and the Future of Life on Earth

(5) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 3:10 PM

A happy coincidence! As the ethical challenges to the church created by the Occupation's presence at St. Paul's grew increasingly Pythonesque, the BBC screened a dramatised reconstruction of the Pythons' own encounter with organized religion.

When the Pythons released Life of Brian, back in 1979, their mild lampooning provoked...

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The Occupation, St Paul's, Thailand and Durban: For Love or Money

(13) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 9:00 AM

What links the Occupation movement, an ancient cathedral, floods in Thailand, and the UN? You can thread them as four beads on a single necklace.

The Occupation protestors, our first bead, see bankers as the 1% that caused our economic crisis and left the rest of us -- the...

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Small Islands Discover their Power in Copenhagen

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 2:52 PM

The UN's Copenhagen climate conference has suddenly become a thrilling place to be. And it's a whole week till President Obama arrives, so the thrill has nothing to do with the power of the US. Quite the reverse. It's the small islands that are making waves here - islands so...

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Tiny Tuvalu Shocks Climate Talks

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 3:02 PM

I walked into the vast, crowded plenary hall at the UN's Copenhagen Climate Conference this morning at half-past eleven, hoping something more interesting would happen than a slow slog through sections and sub-sections. But I wasn't really expecting anything -- certainly not something that would make the audience gasp audibly....

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Since Flying is Responsible for Only 5 Percent of Carbon Emissions, I Have the Right to Fly Abroad on Holiday, Right? Wrong.

(11) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 3:22 PM

Don’t be fooled when airline representatives reassure people in the UK that flying creates "only" five percent of our national carbon emissions, as if it is too small an amount for anyone to get steamed up about. If five percent of a mountain fell on top of you, you’d care....

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