In Activism, Human Rights on 2009/12/07 at 01:13

It all began with the story. After being in jail for 27 years based primarily on his political beliefs, Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president in South Africa. I had the honor of playing Nelson Mandela in the new film “Invictus”. And believe the powerful story like this inspire millions of people. We all accept that it is only through the effort of dedicated people coming together that human rights will continued to be protected.

That’s why this month, I’m working with Amnesty International and YouTube to shine a light onto the important work done by human rights organizations around the world. But we need your help to tell the stories. We want you to make a video that explains how your favorite human rights organization has advanced the movement and inspires you to stand up for others. We select the top 3 winners, and these will be featured on YouTube homepage at the end of the month. So, go ahead, tell us your best human rights story.

YouTube: Video Volunteers

Join Morgan Freeman to Bring Human Rights Work to Light
アムネスティーYouTubeブログ: モーガン・フリーマンと一緒に人権保護活動に光を当てよう

YouTube can be a powerful tool championing the rights of individuals and promoting free expression. This month, during International Human Rights Day, YouTube is partnering with Morgan Freeman and Amnesty International to encourage you to become advocates for equality and justice, through Video Volunteers.
YouTubeは個人のキャンペーン活動や自由な表現の道具として素晴らしい力を持っています。12月は国際人権の日(12月10日)の月。YouTubeはモーガン・フリーマンと国際アムネスティーと組み、あなたへのキャンペーンを行います。Video Volunteersを使って、平等と正義のための声をあげて欲しいのです。

Here’s how you can help. Create a video about the nonprofit of your choice working on a human rights issue that you care about — it could be genocide, human trafficking, refugee protection, gender equality or something else -and submit it to the Video Volunteers channel by December 21. Amnesty International and Freeman, who plays legendary crusader Nelson Mandela in the upcoming movie Invictus, will select three videos to appear on the YouTube homepage at the end of the month.
やり方はこうです。あなたが気にかけている人権問題のために活動している非利益団体について、ビデオを作って下さい。民族殺戮、人身売買、難民問題、性の平等など。12月21日までにVideo Volunteersにビデオを投稿してください。その中から、国際アムネスティーとモーガン・フリーマンが三つの作品を選びます。

This is your chance to help citizens around the world who often can’t help themselves and to bring the vital work of human rights organizations to light. Join Morgan Freeman to protect the rights of these individuals at


From director Clint Eastwood, Invictus tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country.

Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa’s underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.


In Activism, Environment on 2009/11/11 at 00:15

Picture this. 100 years from now, someone reads the message that you wanted to tell them about the future of this planet. How can we say our children and our grandchildren that we didn’t know, we didn’t believe it’s true. There is no “planet B”. It’s no just affect my grandchildren, it’s gonna affect my nephews and my nieces. That’s how urgent it is. We no longer have 10 or 20 years, we have this year. It’s going to affect our children, grandchildren and life on this planet. Why should you care? Well, you live here, too. Now is the time. Make a video, post a picture, write a message, send the love letter to the future.


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Time Capsule being built in Copenhagen creates a future thinking perspective on today’s climate change debate and it could include your message!


Produced by the Emmy® Award winning production company Xenophile Media in Toronto, Love Letters to the Future is a project designed to raise awareness about climate change.


Imagine what generations in the future will think of us if we don’t do anything about climate change. And then try to imagine that future differently. What would you say to a generation 100 years from now?


The project is collecting video love letters to the future from the public, and is also collecting filmed statements from indigenous people in the Cook Islands and places that are among those most effected by climate change.


A time capsule being built in Copenhagen will preserve the 100 best messages uploaded to, as voted on by the public. It will be sealed in mid-December, to be re-opened in the next century. To ensure our love letters are still around 100 years from today, they will be stored using Monolith™ cards, a technology incorporating analog and digital data pioneered by the Imaging and Media Lab at the University of Basel.


The project’s goal is to collect a critical mass of love letters and present them to the world at a live event during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in mid-December. Throughout the event, a selection of the time-capsule messages will be projected on a huge screen and read out by a (soon-to-be-revealed!) celebrity.


Anyone can be a part of this project! Create your love letter to the future as a video, image or 140 character text and upload it on:


We are at a tipping point in the global fight against climate change. This is our chance to tell the world our future is at stake. Help us to get the word out!


Love Letters To The Future「未来へのラブレター」 コペンハーゲン国連気候変動会議への地球規模草の根運動

In Activism, Environment on 2009/11/09 at 23:32

On December 7th, the world’s leaders will gather in Copenhagen to decide the fate of our planet.


Cope – Hope(協力=希望)
Copenhagen – Hopenhange(コペンハーゲン=ホーペンハーゲン)

Help seal the deal at


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Welcome to Hopenhagen.

Hopenhagen is a movement, a moment and a chance at a new beginning. The hope that in Copenhagen this December – during the United Nations Climate Change Conference – we can build a better future for our planet and a more sustainable way of life. It is the hope that we can create a global community that will lead our leaders into making the right decisions. The promise that by solving our environmental crisis, we can solve our economic crisis at the same time.


Hopenhagen is change – and that change will be powered by all of us.



To connect every person, every city, and every nation to Copenhagen. To give everyone hope, and a platform from which to act. To create a grassroots movement that’s powerful enough to influence change.


Why Act?


Change will not happen unless the people demand it. That’s why Hopenhagen exists – to give you a rallying cry and the tools to demand a positive outcome in Copenhagen. Signing the UN Climate Petition is only the first step. We need your help activating Hopenhagen in your communities, so the movement grows. This needs to be a people’s movement, with enough people involved that our leaders can’t ignore it.


What Will Change?


Our hope is that in Copenhagen we can begin to build a cleaner, more livable world than the one we live in today. And this hope is more than just wishful thinking. We’re already seeing examples of how this is possible, all around the planet.