Today Sea Turtle Restoration Project filed an emergency request with wildlife agencies to halt the release of hatchling sea turtles from Texas beaches into the oiled waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, hatchlings should be moved to sea turtle research and rehabilitation facilities and raised until it is safe to let them go. . If the 5,000 eggs that are now safely being incubated at Padre Island National Seashore are released as usual after hatching, they are likely to end up dead in the giant BP oil slick that is now spreading throughout the Gulf. . Take Action- Demand that Kemp's ridley hatchlings be saved from the BP oil spill. Unfortunately, the BP oil spill has created extraordinary circumstances that call for extraordinary action and a major change of plans. Please take action below and demand that Texas hatchlings be held at federally approved facilities until an emergency plan determines the safest place and time for release! . 1. Click here to send a message to U. S. Senators and U. S. wildlife agenciesto halt the hatchling releases in Texas now. Mail addresses are provided for writing hand-written letters, too. . 2. Keep informed with STRP's Daily BP Oil Spill Updates page, Sea Turtle Blog and Facebook page. Biologist Chris Pincetich recently posted photos from his fly-over of the BP Oil Spill and other scenes from the oil disaster front. . 3. Please make a donation to help us ramp up actions in the Gulf to protect and rescue sea turtles and demand that fragile habitat be restored. Every donation makes a difference. . Thanks to every one of you for caring about the sea turtles and the future of the planet. . Carole Allen, Gulf Director
Petition: Equal Pay for Equal Work! Target: U.S. Senate Sponsored by: AAUW (American Association of University Women) ........... On average, women in the U.S. continue to earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Just one year out of college, women working full time already earn less than their male colleagues do, even when they work in the same job. Decades of earning lower wages result in significantly lower Social Security benefits, retirement incomes, and pensions, leaving women with less money to retire on. ......... The Paycheck Fairness Act, a much-needed update to the 46-year-old Equal Pay Act, would create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law, empower women to negotiate for equal pay, and strengthen federal enforcement efforts. Without the Paycheck Fairness Act, women will continue to be silenced in the workplace - prohibited from asking about their employer’s wage practices or talking about their own wages with coworkers without the fear of being fired, which prevents many women from discovering they’re being discriminated against in the first place! .......... This recession makes pay equity even more important. With women now making up half of the workforce and more and more families relying on a woman’s paycheck to make ends meet, ensuring that women are paid fairly is even more critical. Urge your Senator to support the Paycheck Fairness Act today! Care2 Petition
With DisneyNature opening a new film about the ocean on Earth Day, scientists confirming an Atlantic garbage patch that rivals the one in the pacific, I think we are going to be hearing a lot more about plastics in our oceans. The attention will be well deserved but I struggle with is what to do next. Surfrider and others suggest we all reduce our plastic use and therefore plastic trash. Great. But, is that going to do it?
Imagine a day in a world without animals... An ocean with no life beneath the waves... Skies where the only wings are on planes... Animals have fascinated and inspired us since the earliest years of human civilisation. They are an integral part of the web of life. Yet today, animals and their vital habitat face more threats than ever before. That's why I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's Animal Action theme, "Under One Sky". One of the world's largest environmental education programmes, this year's Animal Action Week highlights the importance of protecting biodiversity, habitat and ecosystems and I want you to be a part of it with me.
Not a Pretty Picture Whaling ships armed with exploding harpoons hunt whales in defiance of international treaties ... baby elephants are orphaned and left to die when their entire family is wiped out by poachers for ivory trinkets ... and as the icecaps continue to melt, polar bear habitats shrink, leaving them to starve or drown as they search in vain for their next meal. It's not a pretty picture, and certainly not the way we want to envision our shared world. So what can we do to protect animals around the world and in our own backyards? How can we solve the urgent problems threatening the planet we all call home?
Turn Awareness into Action Like me, IFAW is committed to saving animals and habitat by educating the environmental leaders of tomorrow and encouraging them to act now to forge a better future for animals and people. You can join me in these 3 easy actions:
Visit ifaw.org/animalaction_ca to learn more about Animal Action Week, the largest animal-focused educational event in the world;
And spread the word by forwarding this email to your family and friends.
Animals, like people, need a home that provides food, water, shelter and space. It's our responsibility to protect animals and our planet's vital ecosystems if we want to leave a better world for future generations. I hope you'll join me.
Sincerely, Leonardo DiCaprio IFAW Honorary Board Member
Try this quiz, then check your answers in the passage following:
The biggest and 2nd biggest producers of cotton in the world are:
China and India
America and Egypt
China and America
Fiji and Australia
Cotton workers exposed to pesticides can get:
neurological and visual disorders
chromosomal abberations, cell death and cell cycle delay
all of these
Decide which of the following statements about cotton are true for today:
Cotton is widely used as livestock feed
Cotton is used in food products e.g. crackers, salad dressing
"Monoculture" of cotton crops has caused the crop to be vulnerable to pests and diseases
Californian cotton farms don't use any carcinogenic pesticides.
Pesticides and Human Health
In California, five of the top nine pesticides used on cotton are cancer-causing chemicals (cyanazine, dicofol, naled, propargite and trifluralin).
In Egypt, more than 50% of cotton workers in the 1990s suffered symptoms of chronic pesticide poisoning, including neurological and vision disorders.
In India, 91% of male cotton workers exposed to pesticides eight hours or more per day experienced some type of health disorder, including chromosomal aberrations, cell death and cell cycle delay.
In the US, a 1987 National Cancer Institute Study found a nearly seven-fold higher risk of leukemia for children whose parents used pesticides in their homes or gardens.
The World Health Organization estimates that at least three million people are poisoned by pesticides every year and 20-40,000 more are killed.
Over 1 million Americans will learn they have some form of cancer and 10,400 people in the U.S. die each year from cancer related to pesticides
Clothes for a Change: Background Info
Cotton, which is native to Southern Africa and South America, is grown on over 90 million acres in more than 80 countries worldwide. The millions of tons of cotton produced each year account for 50% of the world's fibre needs (wool, silk and flax together account for 10%) and is widely used as livestock feed and in food products such as salad dressing and crackers.
The United States is the second largest cotton producer in the world after China. In 1997, approximately 19 million bales (enough to make 9 billion T-shirts) were grown in 18 states.
Cotton and the Environment
Despite cotton's image as being a natural and pure fibre, conventional cotton farming takes an enormous toll on the air, water, soil and people who live in cotton growing areas.
In the United States, 1/3 (lb) pound of agricultural chemicals are typically used in the production of a single cotton T-shirt.
The growth of Industrial agriculture and consolidation in the seed industry has replaced hundreds of cotton varieties with only a handful. The practice of planting thousands of acres all of the same variety is known as monoculture and has left the crop extremely vulnerable to pests and diseases and forced cotton farmers onto what is known as the "chemical treadmill."
How Do They Do It? - Organic Cotton Farmers
The soil: Organic Farming starts with a healthy soil. The soil is seen as a living system and not simply a growing medium for plants. Read more here.
Weed Control: Organic Farmers have many options to control weeds including:
Over the last decade I've been prescribed many medicines for long term use. At least 5 of these have been withdrawn from the market due to dangerous side effects. This was after I'd been taking them for several years.
I'm talking about heart attack, cancer, stroke, loss of facial bone and abscesses - to name a few dangers I personaly came to fear as a result of long term use of medications. If patients have easier access to drug companies, news of health/life threats can be handed out faster, i.e. save lives and heartaches.
Currently, pharmaceutical [drug] companies are required to include a toll-free number and website on their print ads, making it easy for consumers to report any serious side effects they may experience.
But drug companies are not required to include a toll-free number and website on their TV ads!
The wider access people have to reporting information, the quicker we can find out about any dangers of medications.
We have until June 16 to tell the FDA that TV prescription drug ads need to be accountable too. Please act today—sign the petition and add your concerns about drug ads that gloss over dangerous side effects!
It is possible to comfortably reshape your life to live as a caretaker instead of as an exploiter of the earth. What better way to live? All it takes is building in one new step at a time.
Choose one new step you plan to take to live a more natural life today:
1. If you have room for a garden, or can join a public garden, grow some of your own food using organic methods.
2. Buy organic, recycled and other Earth-friendly products instead of conventional ones, even when they cost more.
3. Set the heat 10 degrees cooler and the air conditioning 10 degrees warmer, replace high-wattage light bulbs with efficient ones, and make a habit of turning off anything that doesn’t actually need to be on.
4. Improve your home’s heat efficiency by adding insulation, installing insulated window coverings, weather-stripping doors, and putting gaskets behind electrical outlets.
5. Put flow restrictors on your faucets and showerhead to save water. If you can’t replace existing toilets with a low-flow version, place a half-gallon jug full of water in the toilet tank to reduce the amount used in each flush.
6. Never buy anything on impulse. If you think you want something, wait at least 24 hours and see if you still want it then.
7. Plant trees whenever and wherever you can, and tend and water them until they can survive on their own.
8. Take a hard look at the electric or gas-powered devices you own. How many could you replace with low-tech equivalents, or simply get rid of? Gather up any that can be replaced or discarded and donate them to charity.
9. Contact your local water, electricity, and heating fuel utilities to find out what conservation programs, rebates, and incentives they offer, and make use of them.
10. Shop at a local farmers’ market or join a community-supported agriculture program.
11. Learn how to entertain yourself and your family and friends instead of letting an energy-wasting machine do it for you. Television and computer games are no substitute for life!
12. Instead of a grass lawn, landscape with plant species which are native to your area. Local conservation groups can tell you which plants support native butterflies and birds.
13. Whenever you possibly can, walk, bicycle, carpool, or take public transit instead of driving a car.
14. Replace chemical cleansers, laundry detergents, and garden compounds with natural or biodegradable equivalents.
15. Take care of as much of your everyday health care needs as you can using natural methods. Modern medicine is among the most wasteful and polluting of all industries.
16. Live as close as possible to work or school so that you minimize the time and energy wasted in commuting.
17. If you’re building a home, include as many Earth-friendly elements in its design and construction as you can.
18. Compost all your yard waste and vegetable kitchen scraps in a composter or worm bin, and return the compost to the soil.
19. Recycle everything you possibly can.
20. Donate old clothes, housewares, and appliances to charity, or find other uses for them instead of throwing them away.
World Ocean Dayon June 8 is an annual opportunity to stop and appreciate how our planet's oceans contribute to our quality of life.
World Ocean Day is particularly special this year because 2008 is the International Year of the Reef, a year-long campaign of events and activities designed to raise global awareness about coral reefs. More than half of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened. Household choices like using compact fluorescent light bulbs and biodegradable detergents can help stop the degradation of the reefs.
In honour of World Ocean Day, send a colourful reef e-Card forInternational Year of the Reef- choose from the attractive cards at the links below:
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