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Working for basic needs
Two nurses have launched a new volunteering project that aims at helping patients located in an isolated district in the northern Portugal. Their contract with the local authorities grants them lodging, a car for tending to patients and a small subsidy for food and other expenses.
Why it matters
In the current economic crisis, these two nurses have resorted back to a simple way of helping themselves while helping others: working in exchange for shelter and food. With so many people going through hard times, can this project grow beyond its initial concept? Will more and more people consider exchanging services to get their basic needs ensured?
Green is the new black these days and like all trends, they reach a point where the consumer becomes desensitised to the hype. For the green movement, the time is now. According to Green Marketing, 25% of consumers don’t trust advertising about a company’s green credentials. With so many companies being exposed for “greenwashing,” consumer scepticism is rife.
The daily newspaper, 7Days, announced that they were going to include bags in their issues for one day, in order for consumers to begin collecting paper for recycling. Every month consumers are to hand over their bags to the Emirates Environmental Group [EEG] and a tree will be planted upon the delivery of bags containing 60 kg or more of paper. Lastly, a code will be handed to consumers and upon entering it on the website, www.mytreeindubai.com, consumers can regularly check on their tree’s growth progress.