Eco-Apocolypse | Nothing to See Here by George Monbiot | OuTrop Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project

I didn’t know that there have been continued wildfires in Indonesia, many of them triggered by humans, specifically choreographed by the lumber and palm oil industries. They are intent to clear the tropical rainforests, regardless of the damage caused to the local inhabitants, the already endangered biodiversity there and the environment in general. Why is this second largest rain forest which in itself is a jewel, being destroyed? The modern global economic model, profit.

Borneo is burning video

Borneo is burning video


I learned about this, reading the article “The Eco-Apocalypse in Indonesia That No One is Talking About
which impresses me terrifically, because of the piercing insights and honesty of the writer, George Monbiot. It was reprinted on the site The Mind Unleashed, sourced from George Monbiot’s blog, “Nothing to See Here
30th October 2015, in which he states “In the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century (so far), Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke. And the media.”

Orangutans in the haze shrouding the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation camp

Orangutans in the haze shrouding the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation camp

OuTrop Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project Visit the site to help. http://www.outrop.com/forest-fire-appeal-2015.html

Monbiot writes, “In the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century (so far), Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke. And the media…I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing to explain why it was happening or how it might be stopped. Then they would ask their financial correspondents how the disaster affected share prices, before turning to the sport. As you can probably tell, I don’t have an ocean of faith in the industry for which I work.”

“What I did not expect was that they would ignore it.”

Indonesian Archipelago

Indonesian Archipelago

The Southeast Asian rainforest is among the 10 Biggest Rainforests in the World.

comparison of landmass of Indonesia to the USA , map frappe

Geospacial comparison of Indonesia archipelago to the USA_mapfrappe.blogspot.com

Says Monbiot, “Those who commit crimes against humanity don’t hesitate to commit crimes against nature. Though Joko Widodo seems to want to stop the burning, his reach is limited. His government’s policies are contradictory: among them are new subsidies for palm oil production that make further burning almost inevitable. Some plantation companies, prompted by their customers, have promised to stop destroying the rainforest. Government officials have responded angrily, arguing that such restraint impedes the country’s development. That smoke blotting out the nation, which has already cost it some $30 billion? That, apparently, is development.”

The media makes a collective non-decision to treat this catastrophe as a non-issue, and we all carry on as if it’s not happening.

“At the climate summit in Paris in December, the media, trapped within the intergovernmental bubble of abstract diplomacy and manufactured drama, will cover the negotiations almost without reference to what is happening elsewhere. The talks will be removed to a realm with which we have no moral contact. And, when the circus moves on, the silence will resume. Is there any other industry that serves its customers so badly?

Our leverage is weak, but there are some things we can do. Some companies using palm oil have made visible efforts to reform their supply chains; but others seem to move slowly and opaquely. Starbucks, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and Unilever are examples. Don’t buy their products until they change.”

4 Ways to Stop Indonesia’s Forest Fires
by Bustar Maitar November 1, 2015

This article was originally published by Greenpeace International. 
It’s been labelled a “crime against humanity,” the “biggest environmental crime of the 21st century,” and most certainly the “worst climate crisis in the world right now.”

1. Just Stop Clearing Forests Already

Fact: stopping forest destruction is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to prevent catastrophic climate change. It’s estimated that this year’s haze will cost Indonesia’s economy $14 billion.

2. Re-flood, Repair, Regenerate

Re-flooding and implementing other water management measures in critical peatland areas can sharply reduce fire risks — a solution Greenpeace has proposed for years.

3. We Know What You Did Last Summer, and We Have the Maps to Prove It

Greenpeace researchers looked at 112,000 fire hotspots recorded from August 1 to October 26, 2015, which showed that nearly 40 percent of fires had occurred inside mapped concessions: land granted by the Indonesian government to companies for logging or plantation development.

4. Fight Fire by Working Together

The only way to stop these fires is to stop deforestation. Greenpeace is calling for palm oil and paper companies to join forces and enforce a total ban on forest clearance and peatland development in Indonesia. Companies could make this happen. After all, if corporations have the ability to destroy the world’s forests, they also have the power to help save them.
Want to help #StoptheHaze once and for all? Take action today.

“Local fire-fighting teams in Borneo are on high alert, as drought grips the region and fires destroy orangutan forest habitat. Funds are urgently needed to combat the flames.”

Shocking Cruetly Orangutan Prostitutes, Indonesia

Shocking Cruetly: Orangutan Prostitutes in Borneo

Here is how you can get involved, in addition to boycotting Starbucks, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and Unilever (among others),

Rainforest Fire Appeal, Indonesia, help, 2015

Forest Fire Appeal for HELP 2015 Indonesia

(I am posting this, though I am unfinished editing. I have an emergency situation to attend to, so sorry for any glaring editing errors or gaps in info, until I properly edit more later!!)

¡ Solution ! to What Will You Do ? | Citizen Muscle Boot Camp | Be a Climate Changemaker

For those of you who hadn’t caught President Barack Obama’s “State of the Union Address” last evening, he said:

“No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change; 2014 was the planet’s warmest on record, and 14 of the last 15 years since 2000, have been the warmest in history. If the best scientists around the world are telling us our human activities are changing the planet, posing immediate risks to our national (and world) security “we should act like it”. The world needs to reach an agreement to protect the one last planet we have.

A few months ago I wrote this blog What Will You Do? https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/what-will-you-do-the-greatest-story-of-our-generation-dosomething-timeforchange/ containing lots of information to ponder. The title’s intent was to en courage people to participate: we all need to adapt and actively work towards a sustainable and healthy environment.

Turns out there already is a program in place ¡ a solution ! to guide us to work together and dis cover what each of us can do, to invest towards making positive changes. Annie Leonard created the short animated film The Story of Stuff, which has gone from a movie to a movement.

StoryofStuff Project, Movement

StoryofStuff Project From a Movie to a Movement

Annie Leonard’s efforts as an environmental campaigner and communicator were recognized by Greenpeace, who hired her this last year as Greenpeace USA’s new Executive Director. It is she who is orchestrating the Citizen Muscle Boot Camp.

StoryofStuff, Citizen Muscle Bootcamp Signup

StoryofStuff Citizen Muscle Bootcamp Signup

The Citizen Muscle Boot Camp link will take you on your own path – to participate in the change you want to see – and flex your muscles to work together towards a common purpose. It’s designed to guide each of us to finding what we can contribute. It’s flexible, so that you can do what you can, in the time that you can afford.

Week One is starting now, January 20th, 2015.

PURPOSE: Connecting to Your Passions and Skills

Changemakers are at their best, and most powerful, when they’re working from a personal sense of purpose. So, let’s get connected to your unique passions and skills!

Former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers urges all of us as well, to Be a Climate Changemaker. Everyone brings different skill sets to the environmental movement: everyone needs to use their unique abilities to fight climate change, live more sustainably and protect the next generations from environmental toxins.

Moyer’s is perhaps best known for his book based on the 1988 PBS documentary, in which he interviewed Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. Here’s an overview of “The Power of Myth.

SmallBizConnect has a toolkit regarding making your Business Environmentally Sustainable, through making responsible decisions that will reduce your business’ negative impact on the environment.

En finale, an article to digest, submitted January 19th by DON MELNICK, MARY PEARL and JAMES WARFIELD in the Opinion section of the New York Times:“Make Forests Pay: A Carbon Offset Market for Trees”

And now, I have to get started myself to Connect my Passions and Skills

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Alert ! We Need to Address our Plastic Problem ! Charles J. Moore | Hurray ! Boyan Slat | The Oceancleanup

I’ve decided to repost this article in the New York Times written by Charles J. Moore, “Choking the Oceans With Plastic“, because of its importance. This needs to be brought to the world’s attention. Awareness of the epic amounts of plastic that are drifting into the oceans and accumulating in massive islands, is a start. We need to put our heads together towards finding solutions that will educate & create actions and incentives to ameliorate the problem.

“Plastics are now one of the most common pollutants of ocean waters worldwide. Pushed by winds, tides and currents, plastic particles form with other debris into large swirling glutinous accumulation zones, known to oceanographers as gyres, which comprise as much as 40 percent of the planet’s ocean surface — roughly 25 percent of the entire earth.

No scientist, environmentalist, entrepreneur, national or international government agency has yet been able to establish a comprehensive way of recycling the plastic trash that covers our land and inevitably blows and washes down to the sea.”

In addition to the Pacific Garbage Patch

Pacific Garbage Patch

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A 2nd Garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in the Atlantic.

“Since there is no realistic way of cleaning the oceans, advocates say the key is to keep more plastic out by raising awareness and, wherever possible, challenging a throwaway culture that uses non-biodegradable materials for disposable products.”

Tom Bawden in his article posted in The Independent: Plastic Rubbish heaps at sea pose bigger threat to Earth than climate change references the ocean expert Charles J. Moore.

Reccomendations

Moore states, “The real challenge is to combat an economic model that thrives on wasteful products and packaging and leaves the associated problem of clean-up costs. Changing the way we produce and consume plastics is a challenge greater than reining in our production of carbon dioxide,” Captain Moore added.

How to reduce ocean plastic

There are no high-tech methods for reducing the volume of plastic at sea. In fact, those techniques we do have are surprisingly mundane.

• Plastic bag tax: The best way to reduce the amount of plastic is to use less of it, and the best way to do this is to cut down on plastic bags.
• Sieve-like skimmers: These come in a variety of shapes and sizes but essentially they aim to scoop up debris out of the water.
• Screens: Covering gutters and catch basins in urban areas with 5mm screens has reduced the amount of debris flowing down rivers into the sea.
• Circular economy: The basic idea is to recycle as much as possible and to design products in such a way that as little has to be thrown away as possible.”

As Bucky McMahon says in this article ‘The Terrifying true story of the garbage that could kill the whole human race’ “Of course, the petrochemical complex, its dependents and beneficiaries—just about everybody—resist change.”

Yet as we introduce awareness, educate one another and resolve to solve the problem with actions, we can begin to make a difference.

the five major gyres in the oceans around the world

the five major gyres in the oceans around the world

Created by the 19 year old Boyan Slat The Ocean Cleanup is his entrepreneurial creation using technology to combat and reduce the plastic pollution collecting in the world’s gyres.

There is hope!!
Click on this image below of him and listen to his presentation.

Boyan Slat ocean cleanup

19 year old Boyan Slat of the Netherlands

Hurray!

Not only is Boyan Slat brilliant, but he demonstrates resilient determination. He’s not put off by people saying, ‘this can’t be done’, as his speech clearly reveals.

Greenpeace banner: Real change is possible when we work together!

Greenpeace

Together We Can Do So Much

Coming up on the 21st of September on the autumnal equinox, is the Climate March in New York City organized by a number of global environmental organizations.

Peoples Climate March 9_21_14
In a community outreach, various groups have organized screenings of their informative movie about climate change.

Climate Change Disruption

Climate Change Disruption
the film

“Climate. Change. Disruption” is a film by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott. They ask you to be a part of the largest climate march in history.

Our actions matter!

And here’s a pic of Carol Keiter, the blogger, beneath one of the creatures featured by the photographer Joel Sartore, who is capturing photos of all the species, in his series, the photo ark.

Joel Sartore, animal catalogue

Picture of primate, compliments of Joel Sartore’s photo catalogue of species and me, Carol Keiter the blogger

Worth Taking Your Time to Breath In All of This Message

Earth Upworthy, Home

Our Earth, Our Home

I happened to look at this eloquent short video by Bitthu Sahgal brought to us through Upworthy. It brought tears to my eyes. Densely populated with images and edited so articulately that the message is profound. It is a testimony to our home, the earth, which humans share with all of its creatures. Our earth, our mother, is hurting, from what we humans have been doing. Human beings have the unique capacity to grasp this information, understand its implications and do something about it, before it is too late.

Upworthy Video If you Live on Earth

If You Live On Earth, You Must Watch This

Earth_home_upworthy

Earth_home_wetlands_upworthy

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Desmond Tutu.

In other words, one who witnesses something that is wrong and does nothing, is an accomplice.

I want

Human Want and Greed

sliced up earth looks like circuit board

Slicing up the natural world until it looks like a circuit board

Habitat_loss_Upworthy

We Share Our Planet, Kumi Naidoo GreenPeace

We Share Our Planet, Help Us Remind Those Who Forget

Issac Cordal Politicians Discussing Global Warmingl

Politicians Discussing Global Warming

This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”

Below are several links to blogs I’ve written previously, regarding recognizing how precious our earth is, having compassion for the creatures that share this earth and leaning in to taking responsibility towards doing what we can to change our habits. We need to bring her back into balance, and make this our top priority.

http://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/the-truth-earthlings-love-letter-to-the-earth-thich-nhat-hanh-kumi-naidoo-greenpeace-saving-the-earth-from-ourselves-only-after-cree-indians/

Banksy street art Global Warming

Global Warming

https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/dothemath-350-org-bill-mckibben-global-climate-crisis-washington-d-c/

WHAT WE CAN DO

Carbon_Capture

Carbon Capture How It Happens

Read about and watch these videos to familiarize yourself with the impact of your actions & educate yourself about how your own personal actions can positively affect change!: The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better

The Story_Of_Stuff _ Annie Leonard

The Story Of Stuff Project Annie Leonard

People's Climate March September 21st NYC

People’s Climate March September 21st NYC

Water Dragon

Water Dragon

If you wish to donate to my cause of sharing information, please do so. If you are aware of any groups or individuals who may wish to listen to my intentions and help me to reach them, please help to guide me and put me together with those who may wish to financially help me reach these goals. My intentions are to continue to write, photograph, illustrate, compose music and basically communicate in order to educate the public about social injustice, raising peoples’ awareness about what they can do to have a lighter environmental footprint, advocating for animals through writing and producing music that gives a voice to creatures whose time is limited due to habitat loss and poaching as well as completing the writing of my interactive eBook which is geared as a multi-lingual educational tool involving a great deal of scientific discovery, for which I will compose music for a soundtrack. It all takes time, and it’s worth it. I’ll be happy to join a group full-time who are involved in projects of this sort as well.

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My first intention was to blog this announcement: I must shift from merely writing blogs to gaining income through submitting articles to publications, and subsequently linking these to my blogs. It will be a much more convoluted process; taking the time and effort to research first what publications may want to print the information I write, and then after sending the query, waiting to hear from them. I have little choice, since I have no income whatsoever.

An article I will write promptly, is a social anthropological one. It came from a conversation that I had last evening, in which i was bringing up parallel points that are all cases involving increased community, at the cost of less freedom. The examples tied together are through people I have known who have delivered their first-hand observations of communities in which they lived. Hopefully, you will get to read this if one of the publications or internet magazine sites that I send the query to opt to print it.

Joel Sartore, animal catalogue

Picture of primate, compliments of Joel Sartore’s photo catalogue of species and me, Carol Keiter the blogger

https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/gross_domestic_problem_-why-measurement-of-wealth-depends-on-a-healthy-environment/

DoTheMath | 350.org | Bill McKibben | Global Climate Crisis | Washington D.C. |

On November the 18th, 2012 Bill McKibben who started 350.org, brought his United States DoTheMath tour to an end in Washington D.C. The tour included a presentation, prior to a demonstration circling the White House at its conclusion. McKibben spoke of the recklessness of the oil industry and the ecocide brought on through their “extreme energy” techniques.

I calendared the arrival of the tour to the East coast months ago, then signed up for the final day of the event in Washington D.C. McKibben talked to a capacity crowd at the Warner Theater in Washington prior to the March. The audience consisted of every age group; from people with babies in tow, to college students to retirees. He featured projections of his travels around the globe visiting the people of countries who are at higher risk due to global warming, for example low lying areas in India and Asia; pointing out that those most affected by climate change are the ones who have contributed to the phenomena the least.

He implicates the fossil fuel industry as the major culprits. They ravage the environment the most, specifically with the following extreme methods.

Deep Water Oil Drilling, which this link to an article in the New York Times indicates, “After a yearlong drilling moratorium, BP and other oil companies are intensifying their exploration and production in the gulf…and expanding into Cuban and Mexican waters…beyond most American controls.”

Fracking – Hydraulic fracturing which rapes, I mean reaps from the earth to extract natural gas. As this article in IVN Independent Voter Network describes, “The Price of Fracking: Earthquakes & Groundwater Contamination”. In addition, as this article in the Nation reveals, Fracking involves excessive contamination that causes farmers to become ill as well as livestock. “Exposed animals “are making their way into the food system, and it’s very worrisome to us,” Bamberger says. “They live in areas that have tested positive for air, water and soil contamination. Some of these chemicals could appear in milk and meat products made from these animals…No one doubts that fracking fluids have the potential to do serious harm. Theo Colborn, an environmental health analyst and former director of the World Wildlife Fund’s wildlife and contaminants program, identified 632 chemicals used in 
natural-gas production.”

The rally in Washington D.C. specifically focused on the destruction that will result if the Keystone XL Tar Sands continues and morphs into a continental pipeline construction to feed the energy needs of the U.S.

The picture above is from a National Geographic article “Canadian Oil Sands” describing this boom and its worth. Its worth to the oil industry is at a cost that will result in enormous irreparable environmental destruction.

Bill McKibben’s DoTheMath presentation consisted of a slideshow of places around the globe affected by global warming and a number of talks by various people. Among them was a representative of the indigenous Indian tribe in Canada whose sacred homeland and culture are being destroyed by their proximity to the tar sands pits. Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., president of the Hip Hop Caucus spoke of disinvesting in the fossil fuel industry. A video recorded message featured Desmond Tutu, the South African social rights activist, who was one of the first people to join 350.org at its inception. He, as well as a video message by the founder of GreenPeace, Kumi Naidoo, spoke of the fact that this is not merely an environmental issue, but a moral one. His blog features this photograph to the left. And to remind you of all of the different unique creatures that share this planet, take a look at Joel Sartore’s photographs.http://www.joelsartore.com/galleries/the-photo-ark/ Irreversible damage to the planet and the extinction of its species is not only a crime against humanity and future generations, but utmost criminal negligence against all of life and creation. It is insanity.

Disinvestment in companies involved in “extreme energy” was the critical topic; fracking, tar sands, mountain top removal & deep water drilling. Each spoke of the need to “disinvest” in the Fossil Fuel Oil giants, just as the Western businesses had disinvested in the South African government, which was THE primary vehicle that finally ended apartheid.

Disinvestment means to encourage your bank, university, school, church – virtually any establishment – to stop investing in anything that has to do with the fossil fuel industry. Ironically, the industry gave lots of money to presidential candidates, and will seduce anyone who wants to be their spokesperson. “Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign“. When these giants are no longer getting blanketed with funds, they can not continue to do what they are doing.

Ironically, on my trip I pulled out a Christian Science Monitor magazine that I’d brought with me in case I had the time to read, one of the first articles I came upon was talking about oil harvest and ecocide.

The world’s 10 largest oilfield technology companies are listed here.

The top fifteen United States based oil and gas companies ranked by assets are listed below.

After we prepared with some chants, we went out to march from Liberty Square, circling to cross before the White House and back.
chants like
• We are unstoppable another world is possible
• hey Michelle tell your man stop the keystone pipeline plan

I had hitch-hiked from PA to DC, and learned a lot from the driver’s with whom I traveled, about numerous topics. Several were aware of 350.org, which made me happy.

From my former article on this blog https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/gross_domestic_problem_-why-measurement-of-wealth-depends-on-a-healthy-environment/