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The Rainforest Site-
Greenpeace- Protect the Amazon Rainforest campaign-
The Seahorse Trust-
Save Our Seahorses-
Testimonies alleging large scale human rights violations in North Korea-
Yeonmi Park's video testimony-
"The Girl with Seven Names", by Hyeonseo Lee, Pub: William Collins,
"Dear Leader", by Jang Jin-sung, Pub: Rider Books, ISBN: 978-1476766560
"Every Falling Star", by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland, Pub: Amulet Books, ISBN: 978-1419721328
"I thought my country was a utopia", by Monique Rivalland, Pub: The Week, 27th May 2017, pages 52-53, Issue 1126.
Charities supporting North Korean refugees-
Save the Rhino-
The WWF's Rhino Conservation Campaign-http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/rhinoceros/african_rhinos/white_rhinoceros/
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust-
Equality Now- Eliminating FGM in the UK campaign-
National and Local estimates of FGM prevalence
in the UK (information paper)-
Equality Now representation to the UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights (on FGM elimination), 2014-
Orchid Project- Stop FGM in the Middle East-
The Desert Flower Foundation-
UNICEF report on dirty water and infection in Sierra Leone-
UNICEF main site-
Great advances in cultured meat mean that in future it may be pssible to meet the worlds meat requirements and demands entirely by meat grown from muscle cells in a test tube/in vitro culture, without any animals being farmed for their flesh or killed. Here are just three articles on this expanding field-
The Wikipedia Entry on Cultured Meat-
"World's first lab-grown burger is eaten in London" (BBC article 2013)-
"Scientists "grow" meat in laboratory", by Nick Britten, Nov 2009,
Pub: The Daily Telegraph-
Book Aid International-
The National Literacy Trust (UK)-
List of >150 literacy/book charities-
List of 10 charities that promote literacy-
Education Rights for Girls-
Open Door (London, Young people)-
Combat Stress (UK Militay Veterans)-
You might wonder what philanthropy has to do with science (or with popular science, for that matter), but from our perspective, that question is the wrong way around. A better question might be "how can we make the world a better place?" and from that starting point, the link between science and philanthropy is every bit as obvious as that between philanthropy and the arts or religion. Science is different from the arts in that, as it progresses, it allows man to wield ever greater power and influence over his environment; it brings progressively greater power and with such expanding power comes expanding responsiblity and moral duty.
Aspects of science and society are inevitably very complex, but, fundamentally, as has been argued elsewhere, mankind has a simple choice- he can build or he can destroy. Whether you believe that making "the right", ethical, compassionate decision is inevitably always a struggle or not, it is always a choice.
Today, there are a vast number of charities and pressure groups covering a huge array of concerns and ranging from those that are so unequivocably humanitiarian that no one could contest the importance and value of their aims....to those that are more political and subjective. On this page, we have listed a few of the topics we consider important and actionable (by contrast, it would be wonderful if humanity had free renewable energy, but this is not all that actionable for most individuals).
For the purposes of this page, we are defining "philanthropy" to include environmental and animal welfare/ conservation project. The logic for this could be from a purely human perspective- that humanity can only thrive on a biodiverse planet. However, in view of scientific studies showing complex interactions, decision making, stress responses and communication amongst plants and animals, we consider the evidence to be consistent with "all sentient beings" essentially being capable of experiencing suffering under adverse conditions. Thus, the motivation is for the well being of all sentient beings, in so far as such a thing can ever be possible.
Information and original resources on some of these topics will be posted on the left side of this page periodically. The right side is devoted to links to other organisations on the various topics. The standard disclaimers apply- i.e. we take no responsiblity for the accuracy of information provided on websites other than this one and , as always, you are advised to do your own due diligence checks before supporting any organisation., regardless of any recommendations.
-The Greatest Minds. Org
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