We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road -- the one less traveled by -- offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
They have to be set free! It is disgusting that the Russians can do this to people who are trying to protect the Arctic and its creatures for mankind all over the world.
What has the United Nations done or said about this travesty of justice? Is it because Russia can veto anything they might try? What are the individual governments doing, besides talking? It looks like it is going to be up to the people. We are going to have to come up with more than vigils and protests. We are going to have to stop this Russian farce!
You should all know that I love dogs, so it is only natural that I would also love wolves! World-wide myths have made the wolf’s bravery, especially in defence of its young and family - the pack; from legendary to demonic. Fear is still in the hearts of heavily armed ‘hunters’ as they scour the reserves of the last of the North American iconic creature, the wolf.
No where else is there wholesale slaughter going on, except here in Africa against the rhino and elephant, an attack using every possible thing you can imagine, from steel traps, gas and poison; to slow killing but deadly bows and arrows, to high powered rifles fired from foot, snow sledges, helicopters and even planes. One of the biggest differences is that some Americans, especially the ranchers do it from fear, so they can gloat over the carcass and act brave after the death of an animal that they would wet themselves over if they met one on a forest path alone and unarmed.
I beg each and every one of you, to please take a minute and sign the petition below. We all have to stand and defend the sentient beings that share this planet with us; ironically against none other than our own species – mankind.
I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama which says:
"President Obama and his Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, a Colorado rancher, have adopted unjust and heartless "tea party" policies towards America's wolves. And the U.S. Congress is equally guilty in this ecological and ethical injustice.Wolves are highly intelligent, native, and vital natural predators that belong on the land. Too many brutish ranchers and misguided hunters have unfairly demonized and maligned wolves for centuries. An American majority wants an end to demonization and massacre of America's wolves and other native wildlife."
Will you sign this petition? CTRL + Click (on the line below) to follow the link:
Thank you all! You can call me soft, mad or even insane, but I would really appreciate you help in this matter.
I was extremely lucky that my son-in-law arranged for me to see real wolves and I had the chance to pat and hug a tame one, but the excitement of stroking and scratching a much wilder one - Thank you Nolan.
Hi every one, These are the colors that represent the different cancers. All you are asked to do is keep this circulating. Even if it's to one more person. In memory of anyone you know that has been struck by cancer. A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.. Please light candle in memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it. We Are Not Human Beings Going through a Temporary Spiritual Experience; We Are Spiritual Beings Going through a Temporary Human Experience!
I found this site when I was searching for animal quotations. Have a look, I think it is great.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight
Today the human race causes more suffering than has been experienced in the entire accumulated history of the Earth! If we opened ourselves to feeling this vast of ocean of misery we would commit to ending it today. Factory farms are the biggest offenders, confining millions of feeling, sensitive, intelligent beings to a living hell and producing a tremendous pollution problem. The following organizations are committed to helping animals, the Earth and we humans to become the truly compassionate beings we where meant to be.
Taiwan's solar stadium
powered by the sun!
With all the interest in Global Warming and alternative energy sources, I was excited to read about Mr Toyo Ito's sports stadium in Taiwan. In preparation for the 2009 World games, Taiwan constructed a solar-powered stadium. (See Inhabitat, / Guardian UK Environment)
Toyo Ito's design has a 14,155 sq metre solar roof that is able to provide enough
energy to power the stadium's 3,300 lights and two jumbo vision screens.
The Guardian reported back in May of 2009 that Taiwan had finished construction on an incredible solar-powered stadium that will generate 100% of its electricity from photovoltaic technology! Designed by Toyo Ito, the dragon-shaped 50,000 seat arena is clad in 8,844 solar panels that illuminate the track and field with 3,300 lux. The project was officially opened in time to welcome the 2009 World Games.
Today the World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan has been rated as the worlds most important sports venue by SportsPro magazine, the international monthly publication for the sports industry. During an event, the stadium generates enough energy to supply 75% of its power needs, that is 25% less than predicted, but still enough to warrant the initial capital costs. When not in use it powers 80% of the surrounding area electricity.
There has been a lot of talk about whether the South African stadiums will turn out to be 'white elephants' after the World Cup.
Inhabitat reports that Taiwan's stadium also integrates additional green features such as permeable paving and the extensive use of reusable, domestically-made materials. Built upon a clear area of approximately 19 hectares, nearly 7 hectares has been reserved for the development of integrated public green spaces, bike paths, sports parks, and an ecological pond. Additionally, all of the plants occupying the area before construction were transplanted.
This begs the question, why are more stadiums not built with solar technology?
South Africa has just built five new stadiums and done extensive renovations on another five all located in close proximity to residential and industrial centres and none of them have solar power.
Both the Green Point stadium in Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth are situated in areas that have had to contend with numerous blackouts for some time now and solar power would have been a tremendous plus factor.
According to the Mail & Guardian, South Africa has poured about R20-billion
($2,6-billion), much more than the original estimates, into 10 stadiums in nine cities to showcase Africa's first World Cup. With one stadium, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, in Durban, costing an estimated R1.893 billion (± $243 million) it seems to me that lack of funding cannot be a reason for not using the gigantic roofing areas to help generate much needed electricity. Technology cannot be used as an excuse either, as Toyo Ito's sports stadium in Taiwan has proven it can be done.
So was there a lack of foresight? Eskom, South Africa's electricity monopoly had been investigating solar energy in the early eighties, so why did they not suggest the idea to government. Why did the minister of Trade and Industry not react and what was the minister of Environmental Affairs doing?
It seems to boil down to an I am alright Jack attitude, which must have been growing for a very long time, not just in Africa, but world wide. From before the Copenhagen farce and regardless of all the scientific evidence, it seem that not only the world's leaders, but mankind in general, only cares about himself.
It is such a tragedy that more forethought has not been applied to numerous construction sites through out the world. South Africa has also spent large sums of tax payer's money up-grading airports and who knows what else. Let us hope that they, the leaders, politicians and the people themselves will learn from these errors and demand that we save our planet from man's greed!
By Allan Booyjzsen. www.topical.co.za
For more information see Taiwan Island of Innovation, published in Scientific American, January 2010.
Two Greenpeace activists are being unlawfully prosecuted in Japan - PLEASE STAND BY THEM
Dear Care2 Friends,
Beginning February 15th two Greenpeace activists - Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, known as the 'Tokyo Two' - will be on trial in Japan for their role in exposing major corruption in the government funded Japanese whaling industry.
Recently, a division of the United Nations Human Rights Council has ruled that the Tokyo Two's human rights have been breached by the Japanese justice system. This is the first ever such ruling of its kind for Japan.
Junichi and Toru have put their freedom and rights on the line to defend whales - please pledge your support for them. Tell the Japanese government that it is whaling that should be on trial - not those who oppose it.
We will ensure that your pledge is communicated to the government of Japan as we show the strong level of support behind Junichi and Toru during their trial.
[You can follow updates from the trial on our Facebook page, or by following the Twitter list @Greenpeace/whaletrial or hashtag #whaletrial.]
Conservation biologists may be deluding themselves. An analysis of the minimum number of individuals needed for a species to survive in the long term has found that current conservation practices underestimate the risk of extinction by not fully allowing for the dangers posed by the loss of genetic diversity. If correct, it means the number of individuals in endangered species are being allowed to dwindle too far.
Lochran Traill at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues found that for thousands of species the minimum viable population size (MVP) – where a species has a 90 per cent chance of surviving the next 100 years – comes in at thousands rather than hundreds of individuals. Many biologists, Traill says, work with lower numbers and so allow unacceptably high extinction risks.
"If critically endangered species are not brought up to total population sizes of a few thousand, then we are simply managing for their short-term persistence," Traill says. He hopes his work will "encourage greater focus of scarce resources toward the populations that need attention now".
Read the full article in New Scientist at the link below.
Brain signals have shown that calves do appear to feel pain when slaughtered according to Jewish and Muslim religious law, strengthening the case for adapting the practices to make them more humane.
"I think our work is the best evidence yet that it's painful," says Craig Johnson, who led the study at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Johnson summarised his results last week in London when receiving an award from the UK Humane Slaughter Association. His team also showed that if the animal is concussed through stunning, signals corresponding to pain disappear.
The findings increase pressure on religious groups that practice slaughter without stunning to reconsider. "It provides further evidence, if it was needed, that slaughtering an animal without stunning it first is painful," says Christopher Wathes of the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council, which has long argued for the practice to end.
Read the full article in New Scientist at the link below.
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