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Wolves change Rivers – Yellowstone National Park

Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.  Sometimes I read people’s comments on Forums saying to never give anyone advice about anything much, because you don’t know how you will affect the person you are trying to give advice to!  You may make things worse.

Well, that is very funny to me, and not logical at all, because we are all Life Forms including Homo sapiens or human beings.

As such, in the 3-D world / reality, we are built or formed to interact with other Life and our natural environment.  Nobody can stop the “march or the tide of Ecology” including  Human Ecology ( yes there is a formal study called Human Ecology ).   F.E.A.R. of False Evidence Appearing Real motivates some not to interact with others, for fear of upsetting them or making things worse.

But nobody is an Island and if you believe each human being has a brain and an awareness, and personality & Ego of their own, then you can know that each person is capable of and indeed responsible for how she / he responds to communications or actions toward her / him, or to anything !

Anyhow in 1995, as shown in the Video above, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Canadian biologists, captured 14 wolves in Canada and placed them in Yellowstone National Park, where they had been extinct since 1926. Over the next few years, the number of wolves rose, but that was the least of the changes that took place in Yellowstone.

This is indeed an incidence of GOOD ECOLOGY, in this case human precipitated.  Just because the wolves had become extinct in 1926 did the Scientists leave things as they were?  No, I for one am glad they did not leave the status quo, but did their research and on the understanding how Ecology works, these 14 amazing Wolves were introduced to Yellowstone National Park.

 

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Marine friendly 6-pack Rings

GOOD NEWS

Beer Company Develops Edible Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

Better news will be that these eco-safe Ring pulls for Cans will be mass produced and bought by consumers.  We Believers ad agency and the Saltwater Brewery in Delray conjured the brilliant idea to create ring pulls which are biodegradable and sustain marine life, rather than maim them.  Americans consume huge amounts in cans each year.  If these are sold here in Australia, I will be buying my 6-packs with these, even if they cost more than the plastic rings – if I drank beer, which I don’t.

For brands to be successful today, it is no longer about being the best IN the world. But rather, being the best FOR the world and taking a real stance.

A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean.   Considering that Americans drank 6.3 billion gallons of beer in 2015, and 50% of that volume was from cans, this impressive invention will have huge implications for the environment.

According to Greenpeace, approximately 70% of Seabirds and 80% of Sea Turtles are now ingesting plastic. As a result,1,000,000 birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles are dying each year.

One of the major contributors to this epidemic are the seemingly harmless six-pack rings found around cans of soda and beer.

The rings are created from beer by-products during the brewing process, such as barley and wheat, and are completely safe for humans and fish to eat. In addition, the invention is 100% biodegradable and compostable.

READ MORE    HERE

 

Alternatively, your Beers and Soft drink 6 packs could come loose or in cartons, but that is probably only a  ….. Dream.   This is an innovative and marine friendly concept which someone has at last pioneered and publicized.

Thank you to Saltwater Brewery & We Believers

 

Ocean Currents – “Oceana”

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Please support “Oceana” however you can.  You can read about their great work in 2015 and accomplishments to support healthy oceans, via their regular blog or Newsletters.

http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/12/30/celebrating-a-big-year-for-the-ocean

Click on the title “Ocean Currents” to view all posts there.

To see more photos and blog posts of my personal experiences at the Ocean, visit my other Blog “Our Lovely World”.

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/?s=fremantle

 

Environment Minister approves Australia’s largest coal mine – animals under threat

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has made a decision that will have a huge impact on life on Earth. He approved Adani’s giant Carmichael Coal Mine – a move that blows apart global efforts to cut pollution and threatens life locally and globally.

 

Mr Hunt on Thursday said the Carmichael coal mine n the Galilee Basin in remote central Queensland, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, has been given the green light after the Federal Court in August set aside the previous approval.  The Mackay Conservation Group launched its Federal Court challenge in January, alleging greenhouse gas emissions from the mine and vulnerable species like the ornamental snake and the yakka skink, as well as Adani’s environmental track record had not been taken into account.

The project, which will produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal for export a year, has faced staunch opposition because its Abbot Point terminals are located close to the Great Barrier Reef.

National Australia Bank has said it will not fund the mine and other banks are being pressured to follow suit.

 

PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS ISSUE & TAKE ACTION NOWWWW !!!!!

 

THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMISSION HAS PUT AUSTRALIA ON NOTICE

 

AUSTRALIA MUST HONOR ITS CARE-TAKING OF OUR GREAT BARRIER REEF  –  SEE   HERE

 

The Screws are being tightened – there is even an under-hand un-ethical movement to stop opposition to these hugely monied and vested ventures.

Environment groups will be forbidden from challenging large developments in court as the Abbott government responds to the controversial decision that stopped Australia’s largest coal project – Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – in its tracks.

Attorney-General George Brandis will move to repeal a section of Australia’s environment laws that allows conservationists to challenge environment approvals for mining projects and other large developments.

 

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS DRACONIAN CHANGE TO THE LAW

http://linkis.com/RTC6S

 

The ACF ( Australian Conservation Foundation ) says it’s senseless to prop up a dirty, dying industry while the rest of Australia and the world races to a future powered by clean energy.  South Australia and the ACT are leading the country on clean energy. Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide are racing to cut pollution.  Even regional towns like Lismore are racing ahead with a goal of 100 percent clean energy in 10 years.

 

Poll after poll shows Australians want clean air and water, a healthy Reef and a future powered by sun, wind and waves.

And countries around the world, from China, to the Netherlands to the USA all the way to Costa Rica are taking great leaps to leave the dirty energy of the past behind and embrace the clean energy of the future.

If this mine goes ahead, this one mine will add more pollution to global warming than the whole of New Zealand, drain billions of litres of precious groundwater, irreversibly damage our Reef and drive threatened wildlife further towards extinction, without the informed consent of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners.

TRADITIONAL OWNERS CAN SIGN THE PETITION BELOW

 

Other links of interest

 

 

 

As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, in November we, the people, will gather in Australian cities and across the world to call for action. We will march alongside millions of people in hundreds of major cities around the world.

 

Sign the Pledge below, to march and have your voice heard.  Write / Lobby to stop the Adani coal mine.

https://www.action.org.au/peoples-climate-march

Australian government on “probation” – to save the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef In June 2015 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee made a historic decision for the Great Barrier Reef that put the Australian government on probation until the Reef’s health improves.  The Australian Government now has until 2016 to show that its rescue plan is working and until 2019 to demonstrate it has stopped the decline of the Reef. The most significant features of the decision are:

  • The World Heritage Committee expressed concern that the outlook for the Reef is poor and key habitats and species have continued to decline, and listed climate change, poor water quality, and coastal development impacts as the major threats.
  • The Committee will continue its vital role as a watchdog to ensure Australia “rigorously implements all of its commitments”.
  • An acknowledgement that the existing financial commitment to the Reef 2050 plan is an ‘initial’ amount – a clear indication the Committee recognizes that the plan is underfunded.
  • If the Reef’s World Heritage values continue to decline, then an ‘in-danger’ listing will almost certainly be delivered at the 2020 meeting.

Just 12 months ago, the Australian Government had approved plans to dump millions of tonnes of dredge spoil from mega-port expansions into the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. On 1st July, that approval was overturned and WWF expects a ban on dumping from new port development in the Reef’s World Heritage waters to be in force within months. Read more   HERE turtle_Great_Barrier_ReefThe Great Barrier Reef (GBR) stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and includes over 2,900 reefs, and around 940 islands and cays. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is 345,000 square kilometres in size, five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined! The reef is immensely diverse. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong. Add to that stunning marine suite as many as 3,000 molluscs and thousands of different sponges, worms and crustaceans, 630 species of echinoderms (starfish and sea urchins) and 215 bird species, of which 22 are seabirds. The GBR is listed under all four natural World Heritage criteria for its outstanding universal value.

READ MORE AT THE   WORLD WILDLIFE FUND WEBSITE

GET YOUR COPY OF AUSTRALIA’S   “REEF 2050 PLAN”    HERE

Click on the “Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan” link – to download the FULL plan

Can a Horse feel Guilt ?

Well, I believe that all animals have Souls and that non-human animals also have intelligence, and in fact, some have more intelligence than some human beings.  I also believe that some non-human animals can also feel emotions and feelings – emotions being feelings that are expressed physically.

If you are at all interested or drawn to communicating with animals, please pursue that interest, as the World would benefit, I think, from Homo sapiens or human beings genuinely connecting with their animal companions and the animal world at large.

There are plenty of resources for this, excellent books, and Animal Communicators, that run courses in communicating with animals, and / or who will connect with your special Animal friend as a service they run, and give you messages from them, or relay questions from your animal companions.

A load of “bunkum”, some of you say?  “That’s strange” or “I don’t understand that” others may decry.  Well, consider this – communication is universal.  The spoken language had to start somewhere.  It is made up.  Communication also exists as mental images and concepts which are on the “air-waves” or which are conveyed by the intention of the sender, as frequencies of energy which an open and devoted receiver can pick up.

I have personally experienced it myself.  It’s called telepathy.  Once a baby human being telepathically spoke to me, and if Homo sapiens can pick up telepathic messages from other human beings, why can’t they pick up telepathic messages from non human beings?   Please visit the page below to explore further.

Talk to the Animals

Now, to answer the Question that is the Title of this Post,
the answer is YES.

Click on the Link below to read the true story of a racehorse that felt guilt over a little girl.

http://spirit-animals.com/animals/the-unhappy-racehorse/

Animals are not lesser beings.  They may serve a purpose to some human beings, but should be treated with respect, as David Attenborough says.  We use tools, don’t we, like knives & forks, and computers, but don’t say they are lesser things than us.

In my “books” or viewpoint,  ALL LIFE  is sacred in terms of, yes, some of us may eat animals, and I have heard that some animals are aware of this purpose or relationship and accept it, but let’s not go over-board and take more than we need, or out-rightly abuse various animal species as just commodities, for our own pleasure or profit.   Farming animals uses an enormous amount of land that could be used to grow & harvest plants for human consumption.

Remember the following, that we all came / come from the “primoridal soup” or from the hot ocean vents, and the predecessors/ancestors of Homo sapiens and other Animals are the same – bacteria !!  This is according to scientists, like Professor Brian Cox, and the point is that just because we human beings CAN “conquer” or farm and trap non-human animals, CAN is not a good reason for actually doing so – to the extent that we are being cruel to animals and degrading our Earth.

We CAN eat with our fingers but in the so-called civilized countries, we DON’T.  It’s our CHOICE what we do with this beautiful and fascinating World that we live in.

Mitakuye Oyasin  –

we are  ALL  related

Let’s have Fun – go in the Polls !

Okay, it’s time to slow down a bit and have some fun or entertainment by having your say in one of the “Fascinating Animals” and / or “Our Lovely World” Polls.

It’s easy – just click on the Titles above or on the Links below to join in, and to view the Results.

I’ll even place a Poll in this Post.  Don’t be lethargic or stick-in-the-mud, your say is “annonymous” and the results could be quite interesting.

https://facinatingamazinganimals.wordpress.com/polls/

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/polls/

 

NOW, for this Post’s Poll !

In the Beginning was ……  no, you CAN’T choose Aliens or God or Nothing or the Void, because the Poll is actually about either Light or Sound

I once attended an Astrology course and had an argument with the teacher about whether Light or Sound was in the VERY beginning, the first thing emanating from the “Void”.  You may choose to say there was both Light and Sound at the same time, but it will be interesting to see how many choose only “Light” and how many choose only “Sound.”

 

This Post  about what physicist Professor Brian Cox says about “what makes the universe up or down” may help you answer.

By the way, the reason for my answer can be found by clicking  HERE.

ENJOY, if you do, and share with your friends.

Polite discussion about this Poll is invited.  You will need a WordPress Username to comment (which is a requirement to try to stop spammers from posting silly stuff on this Blog).

Click on the tab titled “WordPress” at the top for steps on how to get a WordPress Username/”Account”.

Ocean Conservancy – Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest

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The Ocean Conservancy’s Summer 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest received more than 1,200 entries.

The top two prizes were awarded to Ian Lindsey and Christian Martinez, whose photographs received Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice.

Ian’s photo “Honu Gathering” depicts a group of sea turtles gathered on a Hawaiian beach at sunset, while Christian’s image “Ocean, Waves and Nature” perfectly captures the beauty of a Puerto Rican beach.

This summer’s contest also included winners from five different categories: Arctic, Our Ocean, Fish, Gulf of Mexico and Human Impact.  The winning photographs for these categories can be found  HERE.

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Kittens abandoned in the Woods

 

Luckily these Kittens were rescued by some kind passers-by, whom made sure they went to good homes!  They were found in Spring Creek Park, Houston Texas in 2013.

Click on the words “You Tube” at the bottom right of the video for more information.

What’s Orange & beautiful and Needs your Help

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It’s the Orang-utan.

Orangutan Facts

Orangutans are great apes, as opposed to monkeys, and are closely related to humans, having 97% of DNA in common.

Orangutans are extremely patient and intelligent mammals. They are very observant and inquisitive, and there are many stories of orangutans escaping from zoos after having watched their keepers unlock and lock doors.

Extinction in the wild is likely in the next 10 years for Sumatran Orangutans and soon after for Bornean Orangutans. The Sumatran species (Pongo abelii) is Critically Endangered and the Bornean species (Pongo pygmaeus) of orangutans is Endangered according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans’ rainforest habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation and clearing of the land for pulp paper and palm oil plantations, with the remaining forest degraded by drought and forest fires.

You can help the Orang-utans by not buying products with Palm Oil in them and / or by making a donation to The Orang-utan Project.  Any amount, however small or LARGE will help.  Please visit the excellent website of the Western Australian The Orangutan Project  for GREAT information, wonderful photos of these gorgeous creatures, and abundant information about the Orang-utans and the SUPERB work of the T. O. P. organisation.

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Follow the T.O.P. Project & you will receive Newsletters like this one here.

Share the information with your Family & Friends and with Strangers, with your Teachers & your Students.

Also, see the other Posts & Pages of my blog.

Action Alerts –  Orang utans

Help save Orang-utans

Help Sumatran elephants and Orang-utans

Palm Oil in Australia

Please help me – help Chocolate the orang utan

Celebrate Easter by helping Chocolate the orang utan

DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND

DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS

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Help Save Orang-utans & Elephants and more

Hi everyone, or some one, if any one is reading this.

I have just received an Email from Leif Cocks, Founder of “The Orangutan Project” ( or T.O.P.) to say that TOP are pleased to tell you that Orphan Updates are now available on some of the infants.

If you can, or if you know someone who can, sponsor a baby orang-utan ( or two ) OR maybe sponsor a baby Elephant or two ( or three – see the Action Alerts / Elephants tab of this Blog ), please consider doing so.

I have been making monthly donations of $10 to help the gorgeous orang-utan called Chocolate ( and monthly donations of $10 to help the magnificent and sweet young Asian Elephant, Bona who was saved from death by three wonderful Australians ).

Have a look at the sweeet cheeky face of my beautiful Orang-utan friend Chocolate at the UPDATE page here.

If you are fit and able, you can even go to Sumatra and tour the orang-utan’s home.

Of course I love all the Orang-utans, and am proud of the Western Australian based organisation  , The Orang-utan Project,  for its efforts in raising awareness of the plight of these awesome creatures and for helping them as much as they do.

Please be aware that Palm-oil trees are being cleared and taking away the natural habitat of the Orang-utans.

Educate yourself and other on such matters via this Blog and other means.  If you can’t financially support organisations like   T.O.P.   and Save Bona, please consider signing relevant Petitions and / or otherwise taking action to help conserve these wonderful animals, and many other amazing animals too of course.

DON’T JUST STICK YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND

( OSTRICHES DO NOT – but it is a good saying ! )

DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE ANIMALS

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GOKUNG

Sex: Male
Approximate Date Birth: February 2012
Arrival Date: 19 February 2013
Care Centre: Batu Mbelin Quarantine Centre
Physical Condition: Healthy

Bio

Confiscated from the home of an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker, he was weak, suffering from malnutrition and severely underweight. He had been snatched from his mother, witnessed her brutal torture, and was bought for AU$10.40 from the fisherman who stole him from his wild home.

Fisherman came across this opportunity to snatch this little baby from his mother and sell him to an employee working for PT Socfindo for a ‘quick buck’ highlighting the desperate situation Orangutans face in their fight from extinction.

Tripa where Gokong was confiscated is part of the world famous Leuser Ecosystem. This precious and unique biodiversity hotspot contains over 80% of the world’s remaining wild Sumatran Orangutans and is the last place on Earth where the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, rhino and elephant co-exist.   His once-thin body is starting to fill out and he has started to learn to climb! The Care Center team have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.

Courtesy:   The Orang-utan Project –  T.O.P.

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Stop the landfill of the Dugong habitat in Okinawa

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Please sign and share this   PETITION   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

Okinawa dugong, a close relative of the manatee and the northernmost population of its species, is now on the verge of extinction. The dugong, a gentle marine mammal once commonly seen around Okinawa, has long been a symbol of the sea rich in life. The coast off Henoko, in Nago, still beautiful with wildlife such as corals and turtles, holds a rich sea-grass colony where the dugong feed.

However, there are plans to landfill this area to construct a US military base.

In March, Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera filed with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima an application for approval to landfill waters off Henoko in order to build a new base. This filing used an environmental assessment conducted by the Defense Bureau to claim that the dugongs will “stay far away from the construction site”.

The Governor has already expressed grave concerns regarding the environmental assessment and impact on the welfare of local residents. In response, the Defense Bureau has simply maintained its assertion that the dugongs would not be affected.

But on September 22, Kyodo News broke the story that the Defense Bureau had actively hidden important facts about dugong activity in Henoko waters uncovered during its environmental assessment.

Dugong feeding traces had been found in the waters off Henoko through April to June last year and a dugong was sighted in Oura Bay, adjacent to the Henoko beach. It’s clear that for the Defense Bureau, those findings constituted ‘inconvenient truths’ better hidden from the public.

The Governor will make his decision on the project before December. If this project is carried out, the Henoko seagrass beds, together with the Okinawa dugong, will be lost forever.

We hope all the people of the world will join us in an effort to continue to co-exist with the dugongs. Please sign and share our   petition   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Thank you for your support.

From the Association to Protect the Northernmost Dugong —
Masako Suzuki, Etsuko Urashima, Iyanaga Kenichi

Henoko, Okinawa, Japan

Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine in Alaska

Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine

By Joel Reynolds, September 16, 2013

Today Anglo American, a 50 percent partner in the Pebble Limited Partnership, announced that it is withdrawing from Pebble Mine – a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The London-based mining giant finally recognized what Alaska Natives, Bristol Bay residents, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, lodge owners, chefs, jewelers, EPA scientists, NRDC and others have been saying for years: Pebble Mine poses too great of a risk.

Anglo American Chief Executive Mark Cutifani issued a statement lauding the “rare magnitude and quality” of the Pebble deposit, while also justifying Anglo’s plans to withdraw from the risky venture: “Our focus has been to prioritise capital to projects with the highest value and lowest risks within our portfolio, and reduce the capital required to sustain such projects during the pre-approval phases of development as part of a more effective, value-driven capital allocation model.”

There is no question that Pebble Mine is a  bad investment, replete with environmental, economic, operational,  reputational, social, regulatory, and legal risks.  Mitsubishi Corporation realized it in 2011 when it sold 100% of its interest in the Pebble project.  Anglo American realized it only after spending $541 million trying to develop Pebble Mine.

Proposed at the headwaters of the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery, Pebble Mine would threaten the region’s internationally renowned salmon runs.  Salmon are the economic, cultural, and ecological linchpin of the region, supporting a  $1.5 billion annual commercial fishery that employ 14,000 workers.  Salmon also sustain the culture, tradition, and spirituality of native communities that have relied on subsistence fishing for thousands of years, and they are food to a vast array of wildlife, including bears, eagles, seals and whales.

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Trichogramma Wasp

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Scientific Classification:   Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta,  Order Hymenoptera, family Trichogrammatidae, approx 650 Trichogramma spp.

Imagine if you were only about half a centimetre in size and had a life span of just 2 weeks.  You wouldn’t have time to complain about others or to feel angry or jealous of others.  The Trichogramma Wasp is just such a creature.  Adults are 1/50 inch or 0.18mm in dimension, and are a beautiful golden yellow in colour, or yelow and black, with bright red eyes, short antennae and compact bodies.

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UPDATE Australia takes Japan to International Court to save Minke Whales

NEWS FLASH 1 APRIL 2014

JAPAN ORDERED TO IMMEDIATELY STOP WHALING !!!!!  

ABC explains here – please read

 

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From   Whales Alive   –   21 June 2013

The case against Japan’s whaling program being heard at the    International court of Justice   (ICJ) begins at The Hague on Wednesday June 26th.

“Japan will be severely embarrassed by being dragged to this international court” says Mick McIntyre,  Executive Director of Australian based whale conservation group Whales Alive. McIntyre  will be attending the court case as an observer.

The case against Japan has been brought  by the Australian Government who will argue that  Japan’s  whaling program in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary breaches international law .

“We all know that Japan’s so called scientific whaling program is a sham and finally we have the law on our side” says McIntyre.

“We expect the judges of the ICJ to agree with the Australian Government that Japan’s whaling contravenes international law.”

“This case against Japan is a once in a generation opportunity to stop this barbaric whaling, which is outdated, inherently cruel and for products that nobody needs.”

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The “Life of Pi” Book Review

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If you read this book, it will quite likely not leave you un-changed.  I have a beautiful slip-cased copy of the book, illustrated by Tomislav Torianic.  It is signed by both the author and the illustrator and is copy number 1173 of a limited run of 3,000 such books.  Published in 2007, it consists of 449 pages.

Here is my very own personal review of the novel written by Yann Martel, “The Life of Pi.”  Please do not read, unless you really do want to know what I thought about the book upon reading it.

Please be warned that there are “spoilers” at the end of this review.

If you are squeamish and want to avoid gory details and even another gruesome twist right at the end of the story, which wasn’t in the movie, then DO NOT read the book.

First, let me say that I eagerly rushed out to watch the movie, directed by Ang Lee, and while I can’t say I really enjoyed watching the movie, because as anyone who knows something about the movie (and the book) it was about survival at sea; I found the movie evocative and amazing.  Now, onto the book.  I really wanted to read it to see if there was an elaboration of Pi or the author’s connection to God in the book.

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Palm oil in Australia: Facts, Issues and Challenges

A recent report has this to say about orangutans.

Estimates made in 2005 put the Bornean population at between 45,000 and 69,000, and the Sumatran population at about 7,300.75 Since 1900, 91 per cent of the Sumatran orang-utans have died, most of these in the past decade. The remaining population lives in fragmented forest areas totalling about 10,000 square miles, much of which is marked for future palm oil development. At the current rates of decline, both species are likely to be extinct in the wild within ten years.

Please go to the website of the WWF Australia (World Wildlife Fund) now, to download a copy of a comprehensive report about palm oil plantations and the socio-economic and environmental impacts at this page   here.

The Report was commissioned by the  WWF and The Australian Food & Grocery Council and written by an independent researcher, Net Balance Foundation, using an investigation from 2010.

Help yourself by supporting the biodiversity on Earth, and get informed about the important facts, rather than “stick your head in the sand” and ignore this important issue, or leave it to others to follow up.  Also, please read the posts on this blog about Orang-utans and Elephants, and read the Action Alert page.

http://www.wwf.org.au/news_resources/resource_library/?6761/palm-oil-in-australia

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Help stop the Navy’s Attack on Whales NOW

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The U.S. Navy is prepared to kill more than 1,000 whales and other marine mammals during the next five years of testing and training with dangerous sonar and explosives. Tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to direct the Navy to adopt common-sense safeguards right away that will protect marine mammals during routine training without sacrificing our national security!

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Spaceship Earth


Apollo astronauts take photos of Earth from space.

Click on the word Vimeo to watch it in full screen.

Did you know that in 1966, British economist and writer, Barbara Mary Ward coined the term “Spaceship Earth?”   Read about that here.

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