It may seem strange that that a 'tree planting jewellery company fighting Climate Change with inspirational ideas' would focus on Human Rights, but, in truth, Climate Change is a 'health & safety' issue, and 'health & safety' are human rights.
The answer 'why' lies in history, beginning with America, Britain and France in the 17th and 18th centuries, the three countries which gave us the first modern revolutions, and constitutional documents like The Declaration of Independence, and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. These documents testify to our human rights, with rights like "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", and "liberty, equality and fraternity".
The Declaration of Independence, for example, tells us our rights are not only "given by our Creator", but that government was created specifically to protect them.
Our Human Rights bands remind us of the more than 150 democratic governments around the world pledged to protect their citizens' rights!
But there is more to it . . . Let's remind ourselves of what The Declaration of Independence actually says:-
The Declaration is clear, Government exists to protect its citizens' "Safety and Happiness" - two words that sum up our Human Rights, and what should happen if government fails to protect its citizens.
Climate Change is the single greatest existential threat to peoples' 'Safety and Happiness' today, and is already killing millions every year. So, in the spirit of our crusade against Climate Change, we've created glass bands to symbolise our human rights, to protect our Safety and Happiness. . . Here's a few words about our first Human Rights bands:-
- Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, are symbolised in bracelets using red, white and blue glass beads, the colours of the flags of America, France and England, the first countries to rebel for modern democratic and 'human' rights.
- The Climate Revolution, we've symbolised our environmental rights by incorporating green into the red, white and blue colour palate swapping environmental green for blue. Our human rights, but with an emphasis on the environment in green.
- The French Revolution, follows the theme of revolutions with two bracelets, Justice (in the evenly and fairly proportioned blue and white bracelet) and Equality (representing the individual).
- Black Lives Matter, exemplifies equality and we have created a set for BLM with an embroidered fabric band and a glass bracelet we've called 'The Caged Bird Sings', inspired by Maya Angelou, the American author and activist. The single gold, glass bead symbolises the individual or caged bird, and the alternate white and black glass beads the bars of the cage.
- The United Nations bracelet is presented in blue and white bands, the colours of the UN. This bracelet celebrates the incredible work the UN and its people they are doing for peoples' environmental and human rights across the globe.
Today, Climate Change threatens our Safety and Happiness in ways the Founding Fathers and history's rebels probably never imagined. Our Human Rights bands remind us of these historical documents together with the certificates and declarations we give which are included in each gift set.
We will continue to find inspiring ways to protest and fight for human rights and plant 21 trees for every band to heal Nature, and strengthen our link (or band) with her.