Firstly something about the website image.
No flower can lift someone’s spirits quite like sunflowers. They are bright and cheery, and as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun. With brilliant yellow petals, also known as “rays,” sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a crowd favorite, especially in the summer months.
Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. These flowers are unique in that they have the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes which mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light.
This website has been inspired by a period of reflection since the breakout of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Attempts to filter fake news and conspiracy theories. Above all, a period of researching the impact on the most vulnerable in the global supply chains, particularly in those countries that do not enjoy the benefits of welfare and social protection that citizens of wealthier countries enjoy, At the same time, many predict that the world will change. Unlike, the 2008-2009 financial crisis, we have to hope that the changes will benefit the most vulnerable who had to bear the brunt of the resulting so called “austerity policies” introduced by many governments. Solutions have to be found to protect the Millennials and the Gen Z generations. Recognising the many constraints, including the way governments spend their money, it is essential that these groups have a chance to express their visions.
Fundamental to the way forward is the need for solutions to be founded in the principles of human rights. The majority of our governments are signatories to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and broad spectrum of international conventions. The Universal Declaration also formed the basis for many national Constitutions. The Rights Based Approach is the foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) that are to be universally applied and have been incorporated into regional policies agendas such as the European Union’s strategies for 2030 and 2050. All designed to work towards a better world for future generations. And of course agreed by Governments. It must be understood that the Rights Based Approach is a framework for a partnership that embraces rights and obligations of all members of our societies.
The ongoing experiences of lockdowns has had an impact in many areas ranging from reduced pollution levels to new ways of working and studying. It has highlighted the need for investment in essential services and the benefits of community mobilisation that had already been taking place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist those most affected by government austerity programmes.
The website is constructed in such a way that it includes information which can be consulted in order to provide a basis for constructive input. There is a general blog that will provide up-dates and encourage participants to include new topics: in addition the types of actions that can be taken collectively and coordinated at a global, regional and national level. . In addition there are blogs that are topic specific. Ultimately, the ambition is to have a databank of ideas that can be transformed into bottom-up solutions combined with coherent and coordinated plans to influence politicians to respond to the demands. Post CONVID-19 cannot be business as usual that adopts the same solutions used to mitigate the problems caused by the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The younger generations need to push for change and transform the way our politicians think especially against the background of Why are so many of the world’s top jobs still held by grumpy old men?