Help save our water


 

Help save our waterways.

Help save our waterways.

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*** Please use the above link to access the list of the Conference Committee members responsible for finalizing the FARRM bill. Please contact as many members as possible before the end of January.

The current FARRM Bill does not make any attempt to conserve water. It does virtually nothing to address water conservation issues. We are seeking to add two sentences, which will enable US agriculture processing facilities to save over 20 Billion Gallons of Water a Year at NO COST TO GOVERNMENT. This would be the most water savings in any industry in the US. In the past 10 years.

Please ADD These 2 Sentences:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Agriculture shall require the use of water saving devices for hand washing stations and bathroom faucets at animal processing facilities inspected by USDA. Such devices shall automatically shut-off the water flow when hands are moved out of the water stream and shall be proven to reduce cross-contamination caused by touching faucet handles.

Our position is that the water that is wasted by the processing plants wastes belongs to the community. The water came directly from community owned source and drought threatens their water supply. We demand that processing plants take immediate action to reduce the amount of water they waste.

Thank you.

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“Food gatherers murdered for loving Amazon more than life”


This sounds like a track from the  movie “The Godfather”.
The latest deaths of a husband and wife team of food gatherers is also being blamed on the Brazilian land and logging barons.
Nothing is being done. Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 52, and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo da Silva, 51, were shot dead in an ambush in late May close to their home in Nova Ipixuna, a small town of 15,000 people in the state of Para.

A 30-year-old agronomist who worked for two years with Silva who remains anonymous for fear of retribution, said the murdered ecologist had received death threats. “He was told things like ‘Your days are numbered’, ‘You are going to die’ and ‘Get ready to be silenced forever'”.

Their crime?

They had denounced illegal logging. To date five environmentalists murders are linked to powerful corporate interests in the vast South American jungle.

May they rest in peace.

Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva, 52, and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo da Silva, 51, were shot dead in an ambush in late May close to their home in Nova Ipixuna, a small town of 15,000 people in the state of Para.

Since their deaths, another three activists have been killed in the state, which is the epicenter of deadly land disputes. A fourth was killed in the state of Rondonia, also in the vast Amazon jungle.

The slain couple were part of the National Council of Gatherers, a group that collects natural food from the Amazon.

It was founded by an ecologist, Chico Mendes, who was murdered in 1988.

The Para prosecutor’s office said the Silvas’ murder “had a detail suggesting it was a typical hit: the killers cut off one of Jose Claudio’s ears.”

“In the Amazon region, hired killers do exist,” said Jose Battista, a lawyer for the local branch of the Pastoral Land Commission, a group linked to Brazil’s Catholic Church that defends poor rural workers.

Last year, the Commission printed a list of 125 people it said had contracts on their heads. Thirty of them were in the state of Para, and the Silvas were among them.

“Since the start of the year, we already have 20 names” to add to the list of those under threat of murder, Battista said.

To date, the police have made no progress in these cases.  The Godfather knows.

We are entering into a challenging possible dangerous time as we push the mega corparations and ultra wealthy to the task of helping Mother Nature.

“Thanks for all your heart and service to save our earth”-Mother Nature

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“How are you helping Mother Earth today?”


After reading the USA Today article about the massive use of energy the Cable TV set top boxes use, I am unplugging the boxes not in use. It might make sense to put our main box on a timer since it’s only used a few hours a day?  (Anyone know?) It is time for US cable companies to step up and create equipment that supports the environment and the health of all living things.

The study found that today’s average new cable high-definition digital video recorders (HD-DVR) use more than half the energy of an average new refrigerator and more than an average new flat panel TV. Two-thirds of their total energy consumption – the equivalent annual energy output of six coal-burning power plants – occurs when they’re not in use.

In contrast, the study says cellphones are able to use extremely low levels of power when not in use, primarily to preserve battery life. It says similar innovations are beginning to appear in Sky Broadcasting’s set-top boxes in Europe and it urges pay-TV service providers in the U.S. such as Comcast, Time Warner, DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon and AT&T to do the same. It also encourages consumers to ask providers to supply them with boxes that meet ENERGY STAR Version 4.0.

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“Save salmon birthing grounds”


The Sacred Headwaters are the shared birthplace of three of North America’s greatest wild salmon rivers and home to many

salmon going upriver to spawn

threatened species, including grizzly bears, wild salmon and stone sheep.

And it’s this beautiful wilderness in British Columbia that oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has their eye on for coalbed methane drilling.

Please send a postcard to Shell telling them to leave the Sacred Headwaters alone.

Coal bed methane drilling is an environmentally dangerous process that requires a maze of gas wells and pipelines and a huge amount of toxic wastewater. Examples of this kind of drilling in Wyoming, Montana and Alberta have caused serious damage.

The vulnerable wildlife of the Sacred Headwaters can’t stand up to Shell by themselves. It’s up to us to protect the wild salmon, caribou, moose, and grizzlies from Shell.

Fill out a postcard to Shell telling them to get out of the Sacred Headwaters, and our partner Fores tEthics will deliver it on your behalf.

Act now to keep coal bed methane drilling out of the Sacred Headwaters.

Thanks for taking action!

 

Urgent action needed  link:  http://bit.ly/inFCDp

“Saving the Giant Sequoia”


The Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM) and its diverse array of rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species are under greater threats than ever. A plan recently approved by the U.S. Forest Service would continue controversial large-scale logging and road building in this unique habitat.

You can help by asking

Rep. Raul Grijalva to support a Congressional letter to President Obama asking him to use his presidential powers to protect the GSNM.

In spite of a decade-old Presidential proclamation calling for an end to logging and road building within the boundaries of the Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM), the Forest Service recently approved a plan that would put this sensitive endangered species habitat at untold risk. Continued logging has damaged and fragmented ecosystems, displaced endangered and threatened plant and animal species and robbed future generations of the ability to be among Giant Sequoias–the largest trees on Earth.

Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) has prepared a letter to President Obama asking that he transfer GSNM to the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. You can read the letter below. The National Park Service is the appropriate agency to manage the Giant Sequoia National Monument, to ensure that all of our remaining Sequoias, along with the diverse array of rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal species, have full and permanent protection.

Take action! Ask your Member of Congress to co-sign Representative Farr’s letter asking President Obama to transfer the GSNM to the National Park Service.

Giant Sequoias are the largest trees on Earth, and fifty percent of the world’s Sequoias are in GSNM. The Giant Sequoia National Monument is a unique forest ecosystem supporting a wealth of rare, threatened, and endangered species. The Pacific fisher, great gray owl, American marten, northern goshawk, peregrine falcon, California spotted owl, California condor, several rare amphibians and the western pond turtle all rely on this forest habitat now threatened by large-scale logging.

Tell your Representative that you support protecting the Giant Sequoia National Monument by transferring its management to the National Park Service.

The GSNM was set aside by President Clinton in 2000 for the purpose of ending logging and road building within its boundaries. In the decade that followed, it has seen continued destruction despite the intention of the proclamation. Numerous members of Congress have pressured the Forest Service to end this mismanagement and federal courts have ruled the Forest Service’s logging plan to be in violation of the Monument proclamation. Yet the Forest Service intends to move forward with its controversial logging plan.

The President can permanently protect this diverse endangered species habitat by transferring it to the National Park Service. Please ask your Representative to co-sign Representative Sam Farr’s letter to President Obama today.

Thank you for everything you do for wildlife and wild places.

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“Join Climate Ride today”


Join our Climate Ride Team.

This spring is your chance to make a difference for the climate, connect with other climate advocates, and enjoy five days of fossil-fuel-free bike commuting down the East Coast, on the fourth annual Climate Ride, from New York to DC, May 13 – 17.

It’s also not too early to start thinking about the West Coast Climate Ride, from Eureka to San Francisco, October 2 – 6.

As one of two Green America board members elected by Green America individual members, I’m a three-time Climate-Rider and two-time team captain, so take it from me: Climate Ride will inspire you to take your sustainability to a whole new level.

Some experiences really change you. My participation in Climate Ride convinced me to completely integrate the mission of Green America into my career and daily life: my wife and I just moved to a farm in western Massachussetts that will operate as a CSA. This spring, I’m diving into my work learning my new community farming schedule (including working with my new draft-horses — truly solar-powered vehicles!). I hope my personal example of the way Climate Ride inspires its participants convinces you to join the ride.

And when it comes to the urgency of educating about the climate, it’s time to gear up the mobilization. That’s why Green America needs you to join the Climate Ride today.

Climate Ride takes care of all the details, including bio-diesel support vehicles, maps and water bottles, meals and snacks. You raise money for climate action by recruiting supporters, and Climate Ride provides a chance for all fundraisers to win prizes like bikes, messenger bags, and bike accessories.

Check out this video, and you’ll be so excited to join the ride:

Climate Ride VideoClimate Ride is an inspiring challenge, one that has the potential to change your life. Please consider joining our team.

In cooperation,

Bernard Brennan,
Green America Board President

P.S. Can’t join us on the road this year? Two of our team-members are running climate fundraisers. Climate Rider Paul Keegan is raffling off a custom-built single-speed bicycle when you donate to him here(one chance per $5 donation increment) , and Climate Rider Rob Hanson is holding a fundraiser at Franklin’s Brewery in Hyattsville, MD on Tuesday, April 26. (Or you can donate directly to Rob here.)

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“When the snows melt”



File image courtesy AFP.

Winter is passing and there are signs that spring is coming to the northern hemisphere. But for University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) environmental chemist Torsten Meyer, springtime has a two peaked dark side.

There are two peak con­t­a­m­i­nant releases from the melt­ing snow pack: “one at the begin­ning of the melt period involv­ing water sol­u­ble chem­i­cals, and one at the end involv­ing par­ti­cle asso­ci­ated chemicals.”is the dark murky side of springtime snow melt pollution.

“During the winter months, contaminants accumulate in the snow and …when the snow melts, these chemicals are released into the environment at high concentrations.”

In a specially designed, temperature-controlled laboratory at UTSC-which includes a homemade snow-gun and a chemical pump-Meyer creates large baths of fresh snow already tainted with organic contaminants.

This one-of-a-kind set-up enables the researcher to slowly melt his “dirty” snow, collect the melt-water and track which chemicals emerge from the snow pack and when.

Meyer’s research reveal:

The spring peak contaminant flush at the very beginning of the melt,…that comes with a deluge of pollution.

When the snow turns black with muck and grime, many harmful chemicals – including those from pesticides, car exhaust, telecommunications wiring insulation, water repellent clothing, paints or coatings – may have already seeped out of the snow and into the surrounding ground water or surface water.

Challenges:

How can municipalities choose their snow dump sites to avoid the rush of pollutants?

How can aquatic organisms and amphibians, fish and invertebrates be protected are at a vulnerable stage of their life cycles during the spring snow melt flush?

Suggestions anyone?

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“Finally world food shortage- time to grow local”


They tried to stamp out locally grown grown veggies and fruits for two decades. Now the about face time is here. Due to rising prices of gas, transportation and global warming’s effect of crops going and growing local is necessary.

The Worldwatch Institute’s recently released report, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, shows that diversifying food production by including local and indigenous vegetables can boost communities self-sufficiency and protect vulnerable populations from price shocks.  GO LOCAL!!

“The solutions to the price crisis won’t necessarily come from producing more food, but from listening to farmers, investing in indigenous vegetables, and changing how foods are processed and marketed,” said Danielle Nierenberg, co-director of Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet project.

Over a 15-month period, researchers with Nourishing the Planet traveled to 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa highlighting stories of hope and success in agriculture.

The project’s on-the-ground research unearthed hundreds of environmentally sustainable solutions for reducing hunger and poverty. “The project aims to create a roadmap for the funding and donor community to ensure that agricultural funding is directed to projects that really work,” said Brian Halweil, Nourishing the Planet co-director.

Mainstream generally GMO agricultural tends to focus on a handful of staple crops,

such as rice, wheat, and maize as mono crops, and uses expensive, high-tech inputs,

creating an unsustainable and vulnerable food system.

 

Last year’s drought in Russia that damaged a third of the country’s wheat harvest, together with widespread flooding in Pakistan and Australia, caused price shocks around the world.

Skyrocketing food prices are especially destabilizing in poor, import-dependent countries such as those in Africa, where households spend up to 80 percent of their income on food. In Egypt, the world’s leading wheat importer, a 70 percent rise in wheat prices helped trigger the recent wave of protests that swept the country. Subsequent unrest across the region is raising fears about global instability.

Investing in agricultural development, especially indigenous vegetable crops, could help feed economically challenged communities worldwide, boosting their resilience to price shocks while helping farmers protect biodiversity and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

“There is no other single sector of the global economy that is so central to meeting the needs of the nearly 7 billion people on the planet, while also protecting the health of the environment,” said Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin.

Food security is not only about the quantity of food we eat, but also about the quality and diversity of food sources. In contrast to the staple grains that receive disproportionate attention from development aid, vegetables can offer a sustainable solution for a diverse and balanced diet.

Growing vegetables can help address the “hidden hunger” of micronutrient deficiencies that affects some 1 billion people worldwide, and also brings multiple benefits for farmers.”Vegetables have shorter cycles, are faster-growing than cereal crops, and require little space,” says Abdou Tenkouano, director of AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center’s Regional Center for Africa and State of the World 2011 contributing author.

The small-scale “revolution of greens” that is currently underway in Africa deserves greater attention from the global funding and donor communities. Researchers, nongovernmental organizations, and farmers across the continent are rediscovering traditional diets, improving the availability of nutritious indigenous vegetables (such as moringa and lablab), and reigniting interest in traditional vegetable dishes.

Nourishing the Planet’s on-the-ground research offers three major policy recommendations to boost worldwide interest in and availability of indigenous vegetable varieties:

Listen to farmers. Organizations like AVRDC and the International Development Research Centre hold periodic workshops and field days, bringing together farmers, consumers, businesses, and communities to identify varieties of onion, tomato, eggplant, and okra that grow the best, taste the best, and perform best at local markets. This helps researchers develop more nutritious and locally adapted varieties that enhance and complement specific food preparations.

Get seeds to farmers. The seeds of preferred vegetable varieties are being made more widely available in Africa and elsewhere. Better seeds mean more vitamins in the food, better-tasting food, and ultimately less hunger and malnutrition. After scientists at AVRDC developed two higher-yielding tomato varieties with thicker skins-making them less vulnerable to pests and damage-farmers growing these varieties raised their incomes by 40 percent.

Take advantage of what’s local. As the impacts of climate change become more evident, indigenous vegetables that have been neglected for decades are regaining attention because of their tolerance to drought and resistance to pests. Researchers have developed improved varieties of amaranth, African eggplant, African nightshade, and cowpea that are now widely available in many parts of Africa.

In Uganda, Project DISC (Developing Innovations in School Cultivation), supported by Slow Food International, is reigniting an interest in these foods by teaching students how to grow and cook indigenous vegetables.

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“Nature’s Crusaders 2 Thumbs up Award goes to Care2 and you”


Thanks Care2 and thanks to all Nature’s Crusaders readers who are passionate about helping Mother Nature’s people, wildlife and environment.

These huge victories show that you’ve made a difference.

Guam Signs a Bill Banning Shark Finning
Guam became the third country to ban shark finning, a process that cruelly removes the fins off sharks to make

One fin catch shark slaughter

shark fin soup. Nearly 15,000 signatures went out to the Governor of Guam and he listened. Great work and we hope others will follow in Guam’s footsteps to ban shark finning. Read more.

Costco Has Become a Leader in the Sustainable Seafood Industry

Costco has become a leader in the sustainable seafood industry by stopping the sales of 12 “red-listed” seafood species. Greenpeace and over 30,000 Care2 members convinced Costco that fishing “red-listed” seafood is not only damaging to the environment, but often these fish are harmful to humans. Thanks Costco! Read more.

Canada Won’t Air Fox News Style Broadcasting
After the public discovered that the Conservative Harper government was attempting to change the rules that prevented media outlets from broadcasting false or misleading news, their reaction was swift and decisive. Activists got together to let the Canadian government know they won’t allow false news to be broadcast. All attempts to change the rules were abandoned and Canada will continue to have honest news broadcasting. Read more.

Thank you for your efforts and for being a part of Nature’s Crusaders and the Care2 community. You’ve made a real difference in the lives of people and animals.

You can share your own success stories with us by emailing care2 and Nature’s Crusaders

 

Nature’s Crusaders 2 thumbs up Award goes to Care2 this month for all its efforts and dedicated consistent hard work to help our planet be healthier, happier and safer for all.

“EU gets gold star, bearded ladies for US”


Maine Gov. Paul LePage recently said that in a worst case scenario BPA exposure may give women “little beards.”

The European Union recently announced that it will ban six toxic substances under its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program, reports Chemical & Engineering News. These The phase out affects three plastic softening chemicals: bis (2-ethylexyl) phthalate; benzyl butyl phthalate; and dibutyl phthalate.

The regulation also bans the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane because the compound is persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. Another affected substance is 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinito-m-xylene, also known as musk xylene, which the EU characterizes as very persistent and very bioaccumulative.

The sixth chemical banned is 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane, used in some epoxy resins and adhesives and as an intermediate in the manufacture of other substances. The EU classifies this compound as a substance which should be regarded as carcinogenic to humans.

They are targeted because of reproductive toxicity. The EU already prohibits use of these three phthalates in children’s toys.

The landmark move, which includes phasing out three plastic softening chemicals and a flame retardant, stands in stark contrast to the U.S.’s chemical romance, particularly with the controversial chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic additive that messes with people’s hormones and is found in levels twice as high in Americans than in Canadians. But not to worry, says Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage. The worst that could happen is that BPA exposure might cause women to start growing “little beards.”

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The European Union will phase out the use of three phthalates, a flame retardant, a synthetic musk, and a compound used in epoxy resins and adhesives. The move, announced Feb. 17 by the European Commission, marks the first time the EU has banned substances under its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program.

Sale or use of the six chemicals will cease in three to five years unless a company obtains authorization from the commission.

To use or sell any of these substances, a business would have to demonstrate that safety measures are in place to control risks adequately or that the benefits to the economy and society outweigh the risks of using the compound.

The phase out affects three plastic softening chemicals: bis (2-ethylexyl) phthalate; benzyl butyl phthalate; and dibutyl phthalate. They are targeted because of reproductive toxicity. The EU already prohibits use of these three phthalates in children’s toys.

The regulation also bans the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane because the compound is persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic. Another affected substance is 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinito-m-xylene, also known as musk xylene, which the EU characterizes as very persistent and very bioaccumulative.

The sixth chemical banned is 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane, used in some epoxy resins and adhesives and as an intermediate in the manufacture of other substances. The EU classifies this compound as a substance which should be regarded as carcinogenic to humans.

The landmark move, which includes phasing out three plastic softening chemicals and a flame retardant, stands in stark contrast to the U.S.’s chemical romance, particularly with the controversial chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic additive that messes with people’s hormones and is found in levels twice as high in Americans than in Canadians. But not to worry, says Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage. The worst that could happen is that BPA exposure might cause women to start growing “little beards.”

“Today’s decision is an example of the successful implementation of REACH and of how sustainability can be combined with competitiveness,” says Antonio Tajani, European Commission vice president for industry and entrepreneurship. “It will encourage industry to develop alternatives and foster innovation.”

“The substances included in the list, which have been on the table for many years, reflects ongoing discussions by regulatory authorities and industry,” the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) says. “CEFIC provides advice to industry to help understand the science-based process, which we monitor, should they decide to go forward to seek authorization for listed substances,”

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