Happy Earth Day, Care2 members! I hope you get a chance to go outside, breathe some fresh air and appreciate nature this weekend. But in between your rambling nature walks and beach lounging, here’s a look at the summary of this week’s news.
Earth Week — because Earth Day isn’t enough
Care2 has taken Earth Day to a whole new level by celebrating the planet with posts throughout the week.
Check out an adorable and guilt-inducing video of two polar bears discussing the disappearance of their icy habitat. It definitely makes you think twice about climate change.
In one big step for Mother Earth, the Bolivian government passed a law that gives nature equal rights with humans. Hopefully this important piece of legislation will be picked up by the international community.
Learn more about our connection with the Earth with a post about the Gaia hypothesis. This post reminds us that we are all connected to each other and to the planet. For a different, but not necessarily counteractive view of the Earth, check out the article God is Green, which explores the connection between religious faith and environmentalism. Both of these posts are a great way to explore your personal beliefs about Mother Earth.
Oil spill anniversary
This Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Care2 brings you some analysis of the environmental and social effects that are still impacting the Gulf region today. Read Beth Buczynski’s informational post and an interview with Oceana’s Jackie Savitz to learn more about the recovery process. Also, take a look at the eye-opening guest post from the Gulf Restoration Network.
Care2 reported how the oil spill still inspires activism and support around the country. Amid nationwide protests, thousands of young climate activists in Washington D.C. during Powershift actually shut down a BP gas station by using flash mob tactics. Also, an 11-year-old girl in Alabama raised $175,000 for Gulf Coast birds by selling her artwork and donating the profits to the Audobon Society. What an inspirational act!
How much longer will the conflict in Libya last? The Obama administration is researching potential countries for exile for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Meanwhile, violence between Gaddafi loyalists and Libyan rebels continues. Two Western journalists were killed this week while covering the conflict.
In Syria, President Bashar al-Assad has finally declared that he will lift the emergency laws under which his country has functioned since 1963. Protest leaders say this announcement is too little too late. Violence between protesters and police continues to plague the country, and the government continues to keep a watchful eye on foreign reporting.
Strange stories of the week
Every week, there are some stories that just defy logic.
For example, according to a new birther law in Arizona, a certificate of circumcision is all you need to prove American citizenship.
Here’s another one: for a school project, one woman created a life-size Barbie doll, built to proportion. Barbie’s breasts are each about the size of her head. This monstrosity was made to demonstrate the unnatural standards of beauty that the doll promotes.
But what’s the use of even attempting to be as skinny as Barbie when you have the chance to eat a Doritos Locos Taco? Taco Bell has unveiled its plan to create tacos with a Dorito taco shell. This is truly a new level in the fast food industry’s attempt to give us all high blood pressure.
Last but not least, a video from a South Carolina Tea Party rally needs no explanation.
Animal Welfare Success Stories
Another rescue occurred in Serbia, where 500 dogs had been abandoned when the caretaker at a local animal shelter died. Now, the shelter is up and running again thanks to one schoolteacher who contacted PETA for help.
Members of the Pennsylvania police force busted the largest dogfighting ring in the state and rescued 32 dogs. 19 people were arrested in the bust.
Okay, one last rescue because this week has been so great. In China, animal lovers intercepted a truck with almost 600 dogs heading to a slaughterhouse. Many of the dogs had severe injuries and deadly viruses. Now they will be cared for by a local animal welfare group.
Thanks for reading, Care2 members! Have a fantastic Friday!
Image from Peaco Todd, Care2 blogger and cartoonist