Now, usually you don't get to see anything political from me but recent events in Turkey have brought human rights to the attention of those of us in Europe and beyond... Civilian protests started as a standoff about the last park in Istanbul being marked for building construction. Since the initial violence against peaceful protestors, there were reports that the Turkish government would start cracking down on social media users to stop news getting out. Both the actual reports and now lack of communication coming from Turkey add up to worry.
An organisation helping get updates out to the public is Amnesty International who have staff in Istanbul. I have supported Amnesty for a long time, though I admit to letting my membership lapse more than once due to finances. (including this year, alas - but at least I can pay my tax bill! yay!) Right now public awareness of the government actions is one of the most important steps to changing what is happening and if you'd like updates here's Amnesty's news updates page: http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/turkey
and a link to the petition being presented to the Turkish government: http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/Turkey_Protests
Green Spaces for Amnesty
Of course AI does far more good work than just in the Turkey situation. The auctions will benefit Amnesty International UK as a whole. So the funds will support their work defending human rights all over the world, helping fight torture, illegal detention, and discrimination. Amnesty does great work here at home in the UK (and the USA, if that's where you are!) too.
And 100% of these auction purchases goes to charity. All of it.
So have a look at the little landscapes, bid often and bid high.
Take home a little green space to help those who may not have any.
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