Friday, June 14, 2002

Adopt a shark today.
Did you know 79 people were attacked last year?
Did you know 100 million sharks were killed by people last year?
Of the 100 species of sharks 43 species are on the endangered list.

Interested in Land trusts? For those of you from Vancouver Island this is the Cowichan land trust site.

"If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."

"Your individual actions, along with those of thousands of other concerned Canadians are critically important in protecting our environment and building an ecologically-sustainable economy.
Ending South Africa's apartheid system, or establishing the International Treaty on Land Mines or defeating the Multilateral Agreement on Investment were once idealistic goals. They were achieved because caring people were committed to change."

-From the David Suzuki site.

The man!!

I just sent a quick fax to Prime Minister Chrétien, urging him to adopt the Kyoto Protocol.

Just recently in Europe, the prime minister pushed for more loopholes in the climate treaty to avoid making real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Virtually no country in world is accepting the Canadian proposal and it appears that it may be a move to justify pulling out of the treaty altogether, and give in to the interests of polluting industries.

If you can, visit here to urge the Prime Minister to support Kyoto.

Kyoto is the only global strategy to address climate change - the world’s biggest environmental challenge. Urge the prime minister to act with 8 of 10 Canadians, Europe, Japan, and the overwhelming majority of countries around the world in support of the Kyoto Protocol.

Thanks for your time

The Orca conservancy is working for the welfare of Killer whales around the globe.

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Canada in the enviormental news:

Ontario rattled by water-testing scare.

Quebec imposes longer moratorium on new hog farms

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Clix me

If approval goes through there will be a new nuclear waste dump site located 100 miles from Las Vegas. Won't it be nice to come back from your vacation with a special glow? Isn't it bad enough that they used to used to test nuclear weapons out there?

Climate strategy divides nations.

In Kennedy's era they dug bomb shelters. Now we all take little pills. So we protect ourselves from Cancer, what good will that do when everything around us has been contaminated?

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Raffi celebrates 25 years of singalongs with new CD, environmental fight.

Anyone else remember baby beluga?

Monday, June 10, 2002

Interested in investing?

The Observer
Sunday June 2, 2002

Observer Worldview


Under the nuclear shadow

Arundhati Roy, Booker prize-winning author, looks at the conflict
over Kashmir from her home in New Delhi

Arundhati Roy

This week as diplomats' families and tourists quickly disappeared,
journalists from Europe and America arrived in droves. Most of them
stay at the Imperial Hotel in Delhi. Many of them call me. Why are
you still here, they ask, why haven't you left the city? Isn't
nuclear war a real possibility? It is, but where shall I go? If I go
away and everything and every one, every friend, every tree, every
home, every dog, squirrel and bird that I have known and loved is
incinerated, how shall I live on? Who shall I love, and who will love
me back? Which society will welcome me and allow me to be the
hooligan I am, here, at home?

We've decided we're all staying. We've huddled together, we realise
how much we love each other and we think what a shame it would be to
die now. Life's normal, only because the macabre has become normal.
While we wait for rain, for football, for justice, on TV the old
generals and the eager boy anchors talk of first strike and second
strike capability, as though they're discussing a family board game.
My friends and I discuss Prophecy, the film of the bombing of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the dead bodies choking the river, the living
stripped of their skin and hair, we remember especially the man who
just melted into the steps of the building and we imagine ourselves
like that, as stains on staircases.

My husband's writing a book about trees. He has a section on how figs
are pollinated, each fig by its own specialised fig wasp. There are
nearly 1,000 different species of fig wasps. All the fig wasps will
be nuked, and my husband and his book.

A dear friend, who is an activist in the anti-dam movement in the
Narmanda Valley, is on indefinite hunger strike. Today is the twelfth
day of her fast. She and the others fasting with her are weakening
quickly. They are protesting because the government is bulldozing
schools, felling forests, uprooting handpumps, forcing people from
their villages. What an act of faith and hope. But to a government
comfortable with the notion of a wasted world, what's a wasted value?

Terrorists have the power to trigger a nuclear war. Non-violence is
treated with contempt. Displacement, dispossession, starvation,
poverty, disease, these are all just funny comic strip items now.
Meanwhile, emissaries of the coalition against terror come and go
preaching restraint. Tony Blair arrives to preach peace - and on the
side, to sell weapons to both India and Pakistan. The last question
every visiting journalist always asks me: 'Are you writing another

That question mocks me. Another book? Right now when it looks as
though all the music, the art, the architecture, the literature, the
whole of human civilisation means nothing to the monsters who run the
world. What kind of book should I write? For now, just for now, for
just a while pointlessness is my biggest enemy. That's what nuclear
bombs do, whether they're used or not. They violate everything that
is humane, they alter the meaning of life.

Why do we tolerate them? Why do we tolerate the men who use nuclear
weapons to blackmail the entire human race?

· This was first broadcast on Radio 4's Today programme.

Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2002

Sunday, June 09, 2002

Clix me

The mission of the Rainforest Foundation US is to support indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the rainforest in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights by assisting them in:

Securing and controlling the natural resources necessary for their long term well being and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future.

Developing the means to protect their individual and collective rights and obtain shape and control basic services from the state.