Student asks PM: What 3things are you doing to change the world?Students had the chance to grill Prime Minister Julia Gillard during last night's episode of Q&A. The special "High School Showdown" invited school kids to quiz the PM about the issues that matter to them most. Brianna Colgan, a year 12 student and avid 3things fan, decided to ask the PM what 3 things she's doing in her personal life to help change the world. Read the full story »
One Million Women can’t be wrong: Love Food, Hate WasteDid you know that in NSW we waste an average of 1 in every 5 shopping bags of food we buy? That is about 20% of our purchased food. Our garbage bins are predominantly filled with discarded food and the reality is that the overall wastage is far more than just the food in the bin but also a waste of everything that went into producing that food. And did you know that in landfill, food waste produces methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide?! I didn’t. At least not until I spoke with Macquarie University’s lovely resident Sustainability Officer Belinda Bean. Read the full story »
Aiming high with Indigenous education3things takes a look at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME). Mobilising scores of volunteer uni students (at last count, over 1000) to mentor Indigenous high school students, AIME’s program has proven to dramatically increase the chances of Indigenous children finishing school. The results have been outstanding - this year marks the fourth year running that AIME students have finished school at almost the same rate as every Australian child. Read the full story »
Oxfam UNIte Conference: an arena for new ideas
Oxfam University group members from around Australia joined forces at a three day conference in Sydney last week.
Students came from as far as Perth and Brisbane to share their success stories from past events and to brainstorm ideas for campaigns and events in 2013. The university groups work alongside Oxfam Australia to achieve their vision of a just world without poverty.Read the full story »
Dumpster diving: getting my hands dirty
The dumpster was a goldmine of baked goods: cheese and bacon rolls, apple scrolls, hot cross buns, and mini pizzas. We stocked up. The next day, I had the apple scroll for breakfast, with grilled plums (retrieved from the following bin) and a wedge of blue cheese.
The next bin gave us panini di casa (with an expiry date a week later), pita bread and fruit and vegetables – the plums, potatoes, cucumbers, and onions were plentiful. Lunch was panini, accompanied by the carrots from the first bin, which I'd roasted with thyme, honey, and balsamic vinegar.Read the full story »
Design for Change has a new website!
Are you a creative type looking to use your skills for good and not just hilarious internet cat memes?
Oxfam's Design for Change is a new online space where creative minds can come together to forge innovative solutions to global problems.Read the full story »