The forgotten victims of inequality; when one house isn’t enough

The New Yorker has produced the ultimate satire in a recent article regarding the wealthiest people of the world.

After Oxfam released a report, which outlined that the richest 1 percent of the world will hold more than the remaining 99 percent of the world in coming years, have we had time to think about that one percent?

Not only did some of that one percent feel that it wasn’t an adequate statistic, they thought they would do BETTER!

Yes you heard me right. One percent is just not enough. Have a look at this article, and you will see how funny these billionaires sound.

Not only that, but in the article, hedge-fund owner Harland Dorrinson is hoping to set an even higher goal for himself and his fellow billionaires, by owning everything in the word ten years from now (insert jaw drop).

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is relieved that he isn’t going to have sell his five to ten properties he owns across America.

So Let’s just take a minute and think about these ‘forgotten victims of inequality’ who feel they should own more.

But most of all, we should thank The New Yorker for taking something so demeaning and making it funny to readers, and even though it is satire, it’s much closer to reality than what we would like.

On a serious note, this inequality in the world is something we really need to think about, and there’s a heap of ways we can all make a difference.

The best thing to do is to think about how YOU can make small changes to help the less fortunate

So for all you people out there that do want to help, it’s important to first of all check out the report conducted by Oxfam. Here is a list of three things you could do to help make a little difference.

  1. Close the gap. Sign the pledge to help Indigenous Australians, or be a part of national close the gap day
  2. Make Poverty History. Check out the website for ways you can get involved.
  3. Make a small donation. It doesn’t need to be a lot, but something small can make a big difference. Check out Oxfam’s donationsimages-1


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Disgusting ways to save the planet


When you think of saving the planet, it’s usually about eating less meat, having shorter showers, driving less and using solar power. But making a difference sometimes requires you to get your hands dirty, literally. So here’s some lesser known ways to save the planet, that may seem disgusting at first but can also really make a huge difference.

Today I’m going to the garden to eat worms.

The latest food trend? Not quinoa or kale but grasshoppers and cockroaches. Yes you read that right. Eating bugs has been hailed as the next greatest addition to your diet for health as well as the environment. They are an untapped source of protein and well, we have that many bugs on this earth that we probably aren’t going to run out any time soon. So, forget about vegetarianism, watch this video and be persuaded to add some juicy beetles to your salad.

If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.
Did you know a toilet flush uses about 13L of water, making the toilet one of the most water intensive appliances in the home? So every time you don’t flush you’re saving a lot of water. Most people find walking into a toilet to find some pee and paper still in the bowl to be disgusting, but is it really? Surely you can ignore some yellow water…

My compost don’t stank.

Or in fact, it probably does. But composting is something that is coming back into trend, especially as people are turning to organic farming or growing their own food. Throwing all food scraps into a confined bin, letting it sit and fester until it smells disgusting is not really the nicest garden ornament but at least your veggie garden will have some fresh, al naturale fertiliser and the scraps will be put to good use and won’t be going into the normal waste.

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Stop the #heartbreakers

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We love denim. 670,000 tonnes of the stuff in 2014 alone and with a $56billion price tag. That’s a lot of cheddar, and a whole lot of denim.

But the faces behind this juggernaut of an industry are not in the magazines spreads or towering over traffic from billboards. If you buy a pair of jeans today the chances are they will have been dyed, cut, sewed and riveted by a woman in either China or Bangladesh. Someone like Sumi Abedin, who worked the Tazreen textile factory in Dhaka  Bangladesh producing well known labels.The garment industry in Bangladesh alone is a $19billion dollar a year industry that’s fueled by 4 million workers, most of whom who are women, are young and have recently relocated to urban areas looking for work.

The factory that Sumi worked in was a terrible example of the problems in much of Bangladesh’s textile industrylots of money being made, just none of it gets used to protect the women making it. When a fire broke out in November 2012 Sumi was on the factory’s fourth floor. When Sumi and her colleagues tried to leave they were hampered by untrained supervisors trying to force workers back to their stations, stairwells surging with people and locked fire escapes.  When a co-worker forced a window open on the third floor Sumi jumped, breaking her arm and legs but escaping the fire that claimed the lives of 120 of her co-workers.

The Tazreen fire and the testimony of workers like Sumi, along with 3 other deadly factory tragedies, should have raised alarm bells for the companies operating in Bangladesh. It didn’t. Less than a year later the Rana Plaza Factory collapsed in Dhakar taking with it the lives of over 1000 garment workers, the majority of whom were women. Unlike the Tazreen fire it was the scale of the destruction at Rana Plaza which held the world’s attention. With international support and cooperation between brands and the trade unions representing Bangladeshi workers the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord was designed as a comprehensive, independent and enforceable agreement to make garment factories in Bangladesh safer.  It includes mandatory, independent inspections of buildings, mandatory repairs and renovations with financial support from the brands and increased access to workers unions for all factory staff. These commitments enforceable, the bare minimum we would expect from any type of employment here in Australia.

For the last two years we have pressured ten of the country’s largest garment manufacturers to sign up.  However Best and Less and the Just Group – Australia’s largest denim manufacturer- are still breaking hearts by refusing to sign. With the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse on April 24th we’re on a mission to stop the #heartbreakers. We know that so far these two big brands have been happy to ignore the stories of their workers. It’s a bit harder to ignore a nation of denim loving, full hearted, consumer Australians.  Add your voice to Sumi’s and help stop the #heartbreakers.

Share the image from our Facebook page and let Just Jeans know if they want to sell denim in Australia they need to protect the people making it. Sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord! #heartbreakers @justjeans


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Three teenagers owning Close the Gap


Can I tell you a secret? I get a massively frustrated when people tell me “youth are the leaders of tomorrow.”

Because when you meet a group of people like Alicia, Sophia, and Peter – it’s pretty clear to see that young people are doing plenty of leading already.

These strong, passionate Aboriginal teens are a big part of inspiring changes occurring in their local communities – Canberra and Jabiru – to make sure that we are the generation that closes the gap in health outcomes and life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

But what is this Gap we’re talking about?  Right now, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are dying 10-17 years earlier than other Australians. It’s beyond unfair. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Want to feel totally inspired/grossly inadequate? Watch this awesome vid to see Alicia, Sophia and Peter’s stories.

But you know what? If you end up feeling either of those things, use it – Channel that energy to do something about it, because there is a loads you can do, right now. Like today. No matter if you’ve got a minute, a week or a month.

National Close the Gap Day is on March 19, 2015 and it’s THE day to show our leaders that this Gap is ridic (and not in the good way).

It’s a day where all Australians unite our voices and visions for a better Australia, to remind politicians that we still care and so should they.

Check out our Close the Gap 3things Action guide here.

Find out about the Close the Gap Instagram Challenge here.

Together, we can Close the Gap.


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Turn insta snaps into free cameras!


Ermahgerd, it’s that time of the year again!  Time to help Close the Gap with a snap – our annual Instagram photo challenge for students.

Joining the challenge is easy, makes a positive difference, AND you can win epic prizes – what more could you want?!

Through taking part in the Close the Gap Student Photo Challenge you’ll be raising awareness about the issue of health equality in Australia, and will help inspire others to join us to Close the Gap by 2030 – our generation.  With young people like you from across the nation posting your pics and adding your creative vision onto a growing image of what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality should look like.

What is Close the Gap? We’re glad you asked – find out here.

The Instagram Photo Challenge is runs from Monday March 16 to Friday March 20 – it’s exactly a month away!  So get on board, get those creative cogs turning and get your vision seen!  Here’s how to do it:

STEP ONE: Get on board Instagram and find and follow @closethegapcampaign and @3thingsoxfam. Your account must be public, or you have to allow both our accounts to follow you, otherwise we won’t be able to see your entries.

STEP TWO: Start snapping! Every day has a theme, relating to Close the Gap and the issue of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality. Your mission is to interpret the theme into a creative photo. There are five themes, one for each day of the competition, and you can post as many different images as you like:

  • Monday 16th March: In our hands
  • Tuesday 17th March: Healthy
  • Wednesday 18th March: Our Generation
  • Thursday 19th March: Together
  • Friday 20th March: 3things: Circles, lines and dots

STEP THREE: Submit your photo and tag your pic with: #ctgstudents, @closethegapcampaign and @3thingsoxfam – that way, your awesome snaps will get seen by the judges.

For the nitty-gritty details, including our very important rules of the competition (like our NO FACES rule explained), check out page 10 and 11 of the Close the Gap How-to-Guide for Students.

STEP FOUR: Get winning!

The four best and most creative photos each day will be crowned the “Daily Deadly Four”, and will be given so much Instagram props and insta-fame that you’ll need bodyguards to escort you to school – no autographs please!

At the end of the week, all the photos from the Daily Deadly Four will be judged, and the best-on-ground will get some sweet prizes, and will be given total Instagram bragging-rights until next year!


  • One lucky winner gets a mega camera prize, including an Instax Mini Camera and film, an Extreme X Action Camera, and a Nikon Coolpix, thanks to the awesome JB Hi-Fi.
  • One runner up will receive a year’s supply of Fair Trade Chocolate (52 blocks), courtesy of our besties at the Oxfam Shop!
  • We also know that many schools get together with their students to create joint images, so we’re also offering one prize for Schools – a deadly DVD pack crammed full of movies and TV series with an Indigenous theme, including The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae, First Contact and more. Thanks again to JB Hi-Fi for fixing us up with this too.

That’s enough from us!  Go get snap happy! And if you have any questions, drop us a line at

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