E.O. Wilson Half-Earth Project to Protect Global Biodiversity | Largest River in the Sky | Norway Bans Palm Oil Biofuel to Protect Rainforest

Unless Humanity Learns about Global Biodiverity, We Will Lose Most Species - E.O. Wilson

Unless Humanity Learns about Global Biodiverity, We Will Lose Most Species – E.O. Wilson

In the Malaysian state of Sabah there are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the Environment Minister says.

Sumatran Rhino is Extinct, Lifegate

Another Giant Has Left Sumatran Rhino is Extinct Lifegate

A new report by Greenpeace has found that Mondelēz International (chocolate producers) have destroyed over 25,000 hectares of Orangutan habitat in Indonesia.

Orangutan habitat destoryed by Chocolate makers Mondelez, Cadbury

Orangutan habitat destoryed by Chocolate makers Mondelez, Cadbury

 

This is not about an allegiance to a particular place, political or religious affiliation or identification with a country. It is about realizing that the vast beauty and fantastic life forms of this planet are what make life on earth so utterly fantastic and magical. There is nothing that could replace it. Nothing on a screen or virtual reality could possibly replace a lifeless world. The life on this planet of which humans are a part, are part of this earth’s heritage. Human habits have been choking out life. This is about recognizing the very fragile state that we have left to the rest of the life forms of the world, when we blinked and realized that we’ve been expiring their habitat through the many actions of humans. The life which makes up this planet is so unbelievably beautiful, enchanting and scintillating. This is about honoring this life and doing all that we can to protect it, as if it is your child.

Joel Sartore, Photo Ark, photographing, documenting species

Joel Sartore’s ‘Photo Ark’ photographing and documenting species before they disappear, to get people to care while there’s still time.

Which is why I bring you visually, Joel Sartore’s work, to comprehend what I’m speaking of. Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear—and to get people to care while there’s still time.”

Joel Sartore, Photo Ark, photographing, documenting species

Joel Sartore’s ‘Photo Ark’ photographing and documenting species before they disappear, to get people to care while there’s still time.

The BBC wrote an article Joel Sartore: The man who takes studio photos of endangered species

Sartore wishes to show us the splendor and personality of all of the delightful creatures. Edward O Wilson is designing an interactive means for all of us around the planet to participate in protecting the flora and fauna of our globe.

E.O. Wilson, Half-Earth Project, Caring, Common Humanity

Edward O Wilson proposes the Half-Earth project
Devote Half the Surface of the Earth to Nature

Let’s help him!

Half-Earth Edward O Wilson Devote Half Surface of Earth to Nature

Edward O Wilson Devote Half Surface of Earth to Nature

We can all do this together! Half-Earth is a call to protect half the land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity.

 

Half-Earth Project Maps

Half-Earth Project Maps

Take the Half-Earth Pledge, Learn, Care, Act

Take the Half-Earth Pledge Learn Care Act

 

 

 

 

 

US cities, counties, states already committed, 100% Renewable Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Club Cities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy!
The Sierra Club announces that across the USA, over 90 cities, more than ten counties and two states have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals. These goals bring tremendous hope for creatures since they share our planet. Climate catastrophe; pollution by chemicals, plastics and particulates and the heating of the globe certainly affects habitats on land and sea.

 

Norway is the first country to ban all Palm Oil based Biofuel to protect the rainforest

“Norway’s biofuel industry will have until 2020 to phase out the oil. But palm oil isn’t just found in biofuel; it is also used in a range of food and personal care items from pastries and peanut butter spreads to shampoos and soaps. Those items will still be permitted. The EU is also working toward a 2030 deadline to phase out products using palm oil. And other countries are expected to follow Norway’s lead on palm oil.”

Norway, ban Palm Oil based Biofuel, protect the rainforest

Norway is the first country to ban all Palm Oil based Biofuel to protect the rainforest

The rain forest is not only the ONLY HABITAT for some of the most wondrous creatures, the rain forest is also a magnificent organ of the earth. The Rain Forest is the lungs and the water of life.

PBS The Largest River on Earth is In the Sky - Above the Amazon

PBS The Largest River on Earth is In the Sky – Above the Amazon

There are individuals and groups and whole towns working together.

We can do this. We will do it with attention and love, because life would be very dull without it.

Joel Sartore, photo ark, blogger, Carol Keiter

Joel Sartore photo ark picture and the blogger, Carol Keiter

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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