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Sep 11, 2011
Name: Lightworker's group
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Individual(s)
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Hello Fellow Members, Have just joined your lightworker's group and am writing just to say hello to everybody. Am so excited to have been invited to join this group - having read your page entries, I do feel very much at home here and among friends. After a lifetime of isolation, that really does not fully express how I feel right now ... but it is good. My special thanks goes out to Janine who invited me here. I am very grateful to you. I just hope that I will be able to make some contribution to justify that position, too.

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Posted: Sep 11, 2011 9:47pm
Apr 30, 2011

Why do we not provide school children with a fruit juice drink containing the full range of nutrients that a growing body requires?

Instead of debating on the provision of milk, which may contain some nutrient value but is an all-round less environmentally friendly alternative. On a global scale belching/farting cows are responsible for a large percentage of unfavorable gas pollutions. 

1. Fruit-Fed Children would grow more healthily reducing the demand on medical support systems
2. Growing fruit is a less contentious issue environmentally 
 
3. The individual's craving to eat is reduced when the body has the all nutrients it seeks and obesity would be a thing of the past. How often do you see a fat vegan? Yes ... I've heard all the jokes, too 

... but then the vegans will have the last laugh, that's for sure!
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Posted: Apr 30, 2011 6:18am
Apr 26, 2011

I want you all to sign this because time is running out for the Orang Utang and the need to solve these problems, immediate.

I have read some harsh criticism of UN's management. I met with its head back in June 2005, to bring this very subject of Palm Oil to its attention, both for Orang Utangs and also Tigers.

We are dealing with a very complex situation, in an area that has suffered so very much. Against the backdrop of global-scale tragedy everything pales slightly.

My understanding of the difficulty is that much of the deforestation and palm planting is being undertaken without authority of any permit and prevention not a simple process - given there is no guard patrol, the detection process mainly relies on informants. 

WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO CAUSE THE EXTINCTION OF THESE VITAL INDONESIAN SPECIES!!!

Please sign Michela's petition NOW!! http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Michela
Thank you for helping
Janet Ives

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 1:15pm
Apr 26, 2011
Name: Janet Ives
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Other
Location: Maidenhead, United Kingdom

 

 

It was monsoon season when we arrived in Sumatra. The air dripped wet and hung with the scent of oriental spices. Though still in our early twenties, we had spent five months, back-packing from London en route to Australia.  Time pressure was on - although we had the onward flights to Sydney our arrival had to be before the new Australian Immigration rulings took effect on 1 January 1975, prohibiting the entry of anyone without a work visa. By that point we had journeyed through about twenty something countries, the USA, Middle East, Asia, Himalayas, and the Far East. We were now on the final leg of our trek - only had to make it through the jungle, island hop down to Java and then Bali from where we already had onward flight tickets to our final destination of Darwin but it wasn’t quite that easy…. After being robbed in India we were, by this time, totally broke!

I can barely remember any detail of that day. We wandered around trying to get a sense of the enormity of that journey ahead and to plan out a strategy. How we could make our way through those hundreds of miles of dense jungle on an empty purse? The rains poured down mercilessly and being so close to the equator, the evening drew in faster than ever. We holed up in a hotel lobby, a place crowded with people sheltering from the rain.

A friendly local man engaged me in conversation, and I regaled him all evening with our colorful travel adventures. He was highly amused at the revelation that we intended to hitch-hike through the entire route to Bali and that we hoped to find some work to enable us to buy a sea passage between the islands. I think it was a little out-of-the-ordinary story to encounter.

Somewhat doubtful we could succeed; he nevertheless offered me a letter that he said would assist us. For me Indonesian was a foreign tongue, I could not read a word of it but I thanked him for his kindness and tucked it away in my backpack. Who knows it could prove useful. The following morning we quickly located the best position likely to get that first lift, but it quickly became evident, hitch-hikers were not the usual fare in Sumatra and it was not going to be a picnic.  

Eventually, I dug out the letter and everything changed ….. I was to learn later that the writer was, in fact, a very influential person and it shaped our entire stay in Indonesia. We were made comfortable seats in the cabin of a lorry carrying empty cola bottles and they rattled and rang the whole fifteen hour journey to Bukit Tingi. It was such a difficult drive, not all roads through the jungle were tarmac surfaced so we had quite a few pit stops as we got stuck. It was a whole new experience. There was no escaping the heat and all around us, the screeching and whooping sounds of native birds. I kept a lookout for Orang Utangs who inhabited the trees, and could be heard calling from high up in the dense canopy.

To our surprise at the first town there was a welcoming party awaiting our arrival. A hotel had been booked for us and two teaching jobs arranged at a small English School. Each morning some transport would arrive to take us to school in time for classes and return us to the hotel, in the afternoon. The modes of transport were never the same two days running. There was also work for us at the radio station, recording English language tapes, and my ‘friend’ had booked us to give talks at the University. All this meant we could get ourselves to Java within our deadline, well almost … The whole story could fill a book that maybe I will write one day but my lasting memory was the overwhelming hospitality of those delightful people. I privately vowed that I would do something to repay their kindness.

The year of the quake and the Tsunami, would have had me straight on a plane to assist but by 2005 I was awaiting life saving brain surgery myself. During that time a fellow board member from my company did in fact run a radio competition to bring funds in and these were applied to Tiger rehabilitations in Sumatra. We had identified the main culprit as the development of palm oil plantations, taking vast swathes of the old rainforest, and the natural habitat of these creatures. As we were already known to UN [Play For The Planet], we accepted an invitation to fly over and discuss our concerns , traveled to Geneva for a meeting with Pasi Rinne UNEP Chairman -Asian Tsunami Environmental Task Force.  The purpose of the visit was to make the UN aware of the situation facing both the Sumatran Tiger and the Orang Utang. If the destruction of their habitats to plantations for Palm Oil is allowed to continue unchecked, animals would end up trapped inside small bounded areas of jungle which would be unable to sustain their survival. We spent a large portion of the afternoon together considering all the aspects of the issues and discussing their solutions. It is a very complex problem and I am sure the UN have worked diligently to bring a solution but time is running out. The current time prediction for the extinction of these species is next year. Yes NEXT YEAR …. 2012 We cannot allow this to happen in our lifetime.

Now that time has come. Please click on the link to Michela’s site and sign her Petition as a starting point. Thank you. http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Michela

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 1:02pm

 

 
 
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