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3 September 2017 - The lazy person's guide to saving the world (Level 3)

End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? 

No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.

We’ve made it easy for you and compiled just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact.

Things you can do outside your house

  • Shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
  • Shop Smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items. Though these may be less expensive per ounce, they can be more expensive overall if much of that food is discarded.
  • Buy Funny Fruit—many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or color are not “right”. Buying these perfectly good funny fruit, at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, utilizes food that might otherwise go to waste.
  • When you go to a restaurant and are ordering seafood always ask: “Do you serve sustainable seafood?” Let your favorite businesses know that ocean-friendly seafood’s on your shopping list.
  • Shop only for sustainable seafood. There are now many apps like this one that will tell you what is safe to consume.
  • Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe even save money at the coffee shop.
  • Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes.
  • Take fewer napkins. You don’t need a handful of napkins to eat your takeout. Take just what you need.
  • Shop vintage. Brand-new isn’t necessarily best. See what you can repurpose from second-hand shops.
  • Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
  • Donate what you don’t use. Local charities will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life.
  • Vaccinate yourself and your kids. Protecting your family from disease also aids public health.
  • Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your country and local community.
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3 September 2017 - The lazy person's guide to saving the world (Level 2)

 

End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? 

No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.

We’ve made it easy for you and compiled just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact.

Things you can do at home

  • Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
  • Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
  • Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to provide meat than plants
  • Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day. You will save food and money.
  • Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
  • Recycling paper, plastic, glass & aluminium keeps landfills from growing.
  • Buy minimally packaged goods.
  • Avoid pre-heating the oven. Unless you need a precise baking temperature, start heating your food right when you turn on the oven.
  • Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency
  • Adjust your thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer
  • Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
  • If you have the option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electricity bill!
  • Get a rug. Carpets and rugs keep your house warm and your thermostat low.
  • Don’t rinse. If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before you run the machine.
  • Choose a better diaper option. Swaddle your baby in cloth diapers or a new, environmentally responsible disposable brand.
  • Shovel snow manually. Avoid the noisy, exhaust-churning snow blower and get some exercise.
  • Use cardboard matches. They don’t require any petroleum, unlike plastic gas-filled lighters.

 

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3 September 2017 - UNESCO Concludes Two-Day Training Workshop on Crisis Management at Museums

The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, in cooperation with the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and the National Iranian Council for Museums (ICOM), organized a training workshop on Crisis Management at Museums on 30-31 August 2017.

The two-day workshop took place in Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tehran, and brought together museum managers, heritage site managers, and cultural experts from Afghanistan and Iran.

“For years, museums have been confronted with illegal trading, dispersal, looting, inadequate funding or housing, and natural disasters”, said Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office. “Entire regions are plundered to supply the illegal trade in cultural objects, which is the third largest in the world after drugs and arms trafficking”.

The UNESCO Representative continued to say that in addition to those threats, museums in many countries with armed conflict, were now also subject to deliberate attacks. She referred to the bombings at the Museums of Kabul and Baghdad in recent years.

“For some, it might seem quite surprising to focus on culture, given the horrors of war. Yet these attacks on cultural heritage have lasting consequences on the social cohesion and identity of the peoples concerned long after peace is restored”, said Ms. Kuisch Laroche.

The training workshop focused on different types of natural and man-made disasters which might affect museum collections and focused on risk assessments, and interventions that could be undertaken before, during and after crises to protect museum collections.

Dr. Mohit Tabatabaei, Head of ICOM in Iran, talked about how Iran had managed to preserve its cultural properties and museum collections during the years of the war.

Dr. Mohammad Hasan Talebian, Cultural Heritage Deputy of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), thanked the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office for its ongoing efforts to increase the capacity of museum managers and heritage site managers in Iran.

The workshop was facilitated by French expert, Mr. Roch Payet, and included practical group exercises on risk assessments at selected museums in Tehran.

Mr. Payet focused on preventive conservation and the importance of proper documentation and inventories at museums, in order to be prepared to manage disasters and crises.

For more information about UNESCO’s work to protect and promote museum collections, please see: http://en.unesco.org/themes/museums

 

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3 September 2017 - UNESCO Joined Second Meeting of UNIMA’s Heritage Commission

UNIMA Iran held the second meeting of UNIMA’s Heritage Commission in Tehran's City Theater Complex, on 2-3 September 2017.

UNIMA is a non-governmental organization affiliated with UNESCO. UNIMA was entrusted by UNESCO with the assessment of the dossiers about the classification of master pieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity concerning puppetry.

The two-day meeting was opened by welcoming remarks of Dr. Hamid Reza Ardalan, Member of UNIMA’s Executive Committee and President of the Heritage Commission of UNIMA.

The opening continued by remarks of Ms Mahta Mohegh, Programme Assistant for Culture of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, who emphasized UNESCO's role to protect, preserve and safeguard cultural heritage around the world. She mentioned that cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes all the traditions or living expressions, inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

“Puppetry and the art of puppet-making are major elements of intangible cultural heritage in communities around the world. Puppet theatre for communities is not only a popular form of traditional entertainment, and often an integral part of traditional rituals and festive events, but it is also often a way of conveying a vision of the world, and an educational tool with messages on moral values”, said Ms Mohegh.

Members of the UNIMA Heritage Committee from Brussels, Canada and the Netherlands made presentations about puppetry techniques and figures.

During the meeting the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry was also introduced.

The meeting was attended by national experts from the Iranian Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and several puppetry museums.

For more information about UNIMA please see:

https://www.unima.org/

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