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You don't Need to be a Millionaire to tackle Global Issues
By Julie Rae

The UK's rich list was published yesterday in the Sunday Times and included in it were the top 30 "rich givers", those who earned their wealth and then gave some back to charity.
The Giving Index headed up by Robert Edmiston with Sir Tom Hunter in second place highlighted how our richest people spread their wealth. Interestingly a huge whack of the millions donated have been invested in tackling global issues such as saving our rainforests and helping fight poverty in Africa and beyond. While millions more went to help education, the tsunami relief, the environment, humanitarian efforts and medicine.
It is inspiring to see how much the rich give and to where they give it.
But you don't have to be a millionaire to make a massive difference in our world.
Yes, number seven on the Giving Index, Johan Eliasch, spent £20m buying a rainforest in order to protect it. With just one investment this millionaire (worth £361m according to the Index) is responsible for one of the largest charitable acts of the past year.
He purchased 400,000 acres of Amazonian rainforest an investment that cost him £20m. But instead of hoping to recoup his investment by selling the land, he bought it simply to protect it from the loggers who destroy it on a daily basis and at a frightening rate.
Mr Eliasch told the Sunday Times: "Sure, it's a piece of the planet which over time will have value, but the target is not to sell it, but to protect it.
"I'm fed up with the politicians in power who talk, but don't do anything. They have to act - before it is too late. Once you have destroyed these forests, and the climate, too, it will have extreme consequences on life as we know it."

Making a Difference
It is possible to make a difference to our environment without spending £20m - although you can if you have the cash and want to donate it!
For £20 or less you can purchase an ethical environmentally friendly wooden toy for your child or the child of a friend or relative.
Environmentally friendly wooden toys are made from sustainable resources. They are often made of rubberwood from exhausted rubberwood plantations which are replanted every 10-15 years. Or the wooden toy manufacturers replant whole forests aiming to plant two trees for every one chopped down.
Green toys are made with as little damage to our world and our environment as is possible. They are totally non-toxic and therefore not harmful to our children. Eco-friendly wooden toys are designed to survive the years and the hard knocks handed out by children when playing. These toys will not need replaced and can be handed down the generations. And if discarded they are not harmful to the environment.
German eco-friendly wooden toy manufacturers, Gollnest & Kiesel and Handelhaus (sold in the UK as K-Play Pure Toys), have sponsored 25,000 young beech and sycamore trees for a new biotope in Schleswig Holstein in a leisure area close to Hamburg.
That was in November 2004, and since then the seedlings have grown immensely. In a few decades a proper forest will again cover this area. They have already begun planting their next new forest.
The company's ethos is "Whoever takes something from the earth, should also return something to it!".
K-Play Pure Toys are available at www.toys-to-you.co.uk who are specialists in ethical toys.
So, in spending that £20 on a green wooden toy instead of a plastic toy you will be helping the environment instead of damaging it. You will also be making an investment in the future of our earth and in the future of all our children. And you will not be giving money to massive multi-million pound toy manufacturers who spend billions on advertising aimed at our children and nothing on charitable causes.
So you see, you really don't need to be a millionaire to make a difference.

Multi-Million Pound Initiatives and Fair Trade Toys
Sir Tom Hunter, the legendary Scottish philanthropic entrepreneur, has given £55m of his own cash to launch the Clinton-Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) in conjunction with former US President Bill Clinton.
His multi-million pound initiative has plans to invest in Africa around four themes: water and sanitation, health, agriculture and education with Malawi and Rwanda being the first countries to benefit from Sir Tom's millions.
But anybody can be philanthropic through their buying choices. You may not have £55m to spend on education in Africa, but if you make the decision to purchase a Fair Trade Toy you will not only be helping to give an education to a child who would be forced to work because of poverty but you will also help local people abroad to work their way out of poverty using their traditional skills.
Fair Trade toys are made respecting local skills abroad. The skills are enchanced and secured and regular employment is assured. Suppliers are promptly paid and full and fair prices are paid for products.
Fair Trade partnerships include interest free investment to help suppliers develop and expand. These partnerships foster safe and hygienic working conditions, living wages, fair hours and non-discriminatory policies. And child labour is NOT used ensuring children can go to school.
www.toys-to-you.co.uk stocks Fair Trade toys which are made from environmentally friendly rubberwood. These toys are made in Sri Lanka and India. The people who manufacture these toys had their lives devastated by the Tsunami but by being able to work and earn a decent living wage they are slowly rebuilding their lives and escaping the poverty that existed even before the Tsunami hit.
Buying Fair Trade toys and environmentally friendly toys makes philanthropists of all us. We get to help tackle global issues without being millionaires. We enable children to get an education. The money we spend on green and fair trade toys helps families to fight poverty.
And we are also educating our children with the toys we buy for them. If we buy ethically sound toys for our children we can raise children with ethical consciences.



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