Source: Global Conversations: Our Planets
TODAY: Learn about the future of arctic research and the impact of climate change on our oceans with U.S. Navy Commander Blake McBride and Magdalena Muir from the University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America at 1200 hours EDT/1600 hours UTC a t https://conx.state.gov/canada/. How can countries work together to lessen the impact of climate change on our oceans ?
Source: Occupy The Environment Community ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-The-Environment/309460949069806)
We are the consumers of palm oil, each and every one of us. We're responsible for the terror that has been unleashed on the Orangutans.
Orangutans are being wiped out today, right now. We unwittingly buy packaged foods, body products, even 'vegan' alternatives, many with palm oil in them... grown by decimating rainforest in Borneo and Sumatra. Giant American, European and Asian corporations ply us with junk food, lotions, shampoo, toothpaste, drinks, ice cream, cosmetics, confectionery ... products with a hidden story.
Read an Orangutan mother's story ... and weep. Weep for her, her child, her species, the villagers and oil palm plantation staff that torture and kill them, and the rich men that run powerful American, European and Asian corporations who have unleashed this horror.
If we don't speak for Orangutans being burnt, shot and hacked to death, with infants torn away from the mothers' dead bodies to be sold off as pets...who will?
For what? A cheap, unhealthy oil that fills our food supply and daily products thanks to morally bankrupt men and women at egregious corporations with dollar signs in their eyes.
We have ALL been made complicit in an insane rampage of murder, unthinkable torture and ecological destruction ... without our knowledge or consent.
Change starts with you. Become aware of this crop. It's in the toothpaste you used this morning, and the lunch you had later. Spread knowledge. And one day the governments and corporations of the world will have to listen to the higher morals of a conscious world.
For the 30 names that Palm Oil masquerades under, see another poster here
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This is Glaucus atlanticus, a sea slug found in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. This photograph makes the rounds on Facebook every few months simply because it's so strangely beautiful.
However, no one ever mentions that this sea slug (like other sea slugs) is totally awesome. Why, you ask? It eats incredibly venomous animals like the Portuguese Man o' War. The sting is agonizingly painful to a human and to most animals, but poses no problem to Glaucus atlanticus, which is immune. After the sea slug has consumed the Portuguese Man o' War it "selects" the most venomous cells for its own use. The slug then incorporates these cells into its own tissues, and uses them as a defense mechanism. It also concentrates the venom, making it far more venomous than the animal it "stole" the cells from.
Foto: This is Glaucus atlanticus, a sea slug found in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. This photograph makes the rounds on Facebook every few months simply because it's so strangely beautiful. However, no one ever mentions that this sea slug (like other sea slugs) is totally awesome. Why, you ask? It eats incredibly venomous animals like the Portuguese Man o' War. The sting is agonizingly painful to a human and to most animals, but poses no problem to Glaucus atlanticus, which is immune. After the sea slug has consumed the Portuguese Man o' War it "selects" the most venomous cells for its own use. The slug then incorporates these cells into its own tissues, and uses them as a defense mechanism. It also concentrates the venom, making it far more venomous than the animal it "stole" the cells from.
We did it -- Europe just banned bee-killing pesticides!! Mega-corporations like Bayer threw everything they had at this, but people-power, science and good governance came out on top!!
Read more: SMALL VICTORY FOR THE BEES AND THE WORLD!
Bee "die in" at Bayer's headquarters, Cologne Vanessa Amaral-Rogers from the specialist conservation organisation Buglife, says:
“It was a close vote, but thanks to a massive mobilisation by Avaaz members, beekeepers, and others, we won! I have no doubt that the floods of phonecalls and emails to ministers, the actions in London, Brussels and Cologne, and the giant petition with 2.6 million signers made this result possible. Thank you Avaaz, and everyone who worked so hard to save bees!”
Bees pollinate two thirds of all our food -- so when scientists noticed that silently, they were dying at a terrifying rate, Avaaz swung in to action, and we kept on swinging until we won. This week’s victory is the result of two years of flooding ministers with messages, organizing media-grabbing protests with beekeepers, funding opinion polls and much, much more. Here’s how we did it, together:
Keeping France strong. In January 2011, 1 million people sign our call to France to uphold its ban on deadly neonicotinoid pesticides. Avaaz members and beekeepers meet the French agriculture minister and fill the airwaves, pressing him to face down fierce industry lobbying and keep the ban, sending a strong signal to other European countries.
Earth Advocates' campaign to Ban the Slaughter and Trade of Sea Turtles will continue until the government finally gets serious about stopping every phase of the Turtle trade and domestic consumption. To date the Earth Advocates have had major breakthroughs in combating this appalling business with no outside funding. The founder, Robin Marinos first realized this trade was happening during June 1997, and has since been the most outspoken advocate for stopping the trade. Through means of targeted investigations accompanied by direct action the Earth Advocates anticipated the end of the large scale trade which eventually occurred. However it has continued on a much smaller scale!
Here the selling to tourists of hollowed juvenile Sea Turtles at Gili Serangan during May 2005!Read more: Stopping the slaughter of the Green Sea Turtle in the Indonesian Archipelago
Some of the worlds last known specimens of indigenous animal and plant species exist in the various "so called" Protected Nature Reserves and they are being pillaged and destroyed so rapidly that by the time serious action is taken to save one of these areas, it may be too late for many species living within, especially those which need space to survive in a natural habitat, such as the Sumatra Tiger and the Orangutan.
The Live Fish Trade industry has largely contributed and continues to contribute the systematic destruction of the Worlds Coral Reefs, the Targeted Fish Species, and the overall condition of the Seas. This must be stopped soon through tough International and national regulations and controls. The worlds corals Reefs are already over 70% damaged, of which an estimated 40% are irreversible damaged!
'TAKE' Japanese Restaurant in Bali, where an suffocated Shark, laying dead between Stressed Stone Fish, and Cyanide poisoned Reef Grouper, May 2006Read more: Tackling the Live Fish Trade
During 1999, we continued our drive by meeting with officials at the Ministry of Environment numerous times, as well as with other agencies like KEHATI, WWF, and Walhi. In spite of our efforts, we drew little attention. The chaos created by the elections and other problems throughout Indonesia put all environmental projects on the back burner.
1999 was probably one of the worst years for environmental causes in the history of Indonesia. Being represented by one of the most controversial environmental Ministers in years, weakened by scandals, no new proposals were taken seriously unless immediate business profits were to be made.
Finally the Proposal for the North Minahasa Protected Area, the North-East corner of Sulawesi, has been Initiated by Earth Advocates, May 2006.
Earth Advocate Representative meeting with newly elected leader of Minahasa Utara (North Minahasa), Vonnie Panambunan, and her staff members, accompanied by WWF representative, Angelique Batuna, on May 21, 2006, to discuss the Establishment of an Integrated Protected Area in North Minahasa.