Sunday, April 22, 2007
Thank you for all you do to protect America's wildlife and wild places.
Happy Earth Day! This year, don't forget that 71 percent of our planet is water.
I'd like to take this opportunity to share with you the stories of some everyday individuals who are making a difference, combining their passions and hobbies to alert the public of dangerous threats on the high seas. Check out these friends of Oceana who have planned extraordinary adventures into the briny deep this summer:
|Mother of two Margo Pellegrino, 39, will embark on her maiden voyage in an outrigger canoe from Miami to Maine on an 11-week excursion beginning in May. MORE >>|
|Roz Savage, 39, a savvy sea venturer who already completed a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic, hopes to become the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific on a treacherous three-stage expedition launching from San Francisco in July. MORE >>|
|The Jacobi family completed their sail in an armada of sea kayaks April 19, but not without enduring brutal winds and cases of tendonitis. They conquered the Sea of Cortez in hopes that friends and supporters of their perilous undertaking might support ocean conservation. MORE >>|
Whether you're a land lubber or a seafarer, the ocean in some way impacts your daily life. Take a page out of these extraordinary individuals' books and try stretching your own sea legs.
For the oceans,
Saturday, April 21, 2007
This Sunday (April 22nd) is Earth Day. What could be a better time to celebrate the beauty and importance of the world’s precious ecosystems and its amazing wildlife than to actually experience nature’s wonder with a child in your life?
Take Defenders of Wildlife’s Earth Day Future Pledge! Promise to take your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or another young person in your life out to enjoy nature this weekend at a wildlife refuge, park or forest near you.
Founded 37 years ago, Earth Day has always been about celebrating the rich natural heritage that we’ll leave to future generations. That’s why it’s so important that we take the time to experience the joy of nature with the young people in our lives.
Get out there! Click here to take the pledge and find great wild places in your community.
Sadly, global climate change, out-of-control development and other factors are destroying many of America’s great wild places and threatening the spectacular wildlife that lives there.
It’s up to us to ensure that young people experience the wonder of nature… and learn why it’s so important to protect these natural treasures for future generations.
Pledge to take a child out to experience nature now and start planning your weekend.
With all the amazing things you can see and do in nature, this is one promise you’ll definitely want to keep!
"May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life."
--United Nations Secretary-General U Thant
March 21, 1971.
What Is Earth Day?
"Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet." (Earthday.gov)
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(All the planets in the solar system are warming, so this author does not advocate the unscientific idea of a "global warming kit." Pollution is a disgusting problem, but not the cause of global warming. It is a useful gift kit, nevertheless.)
Earth Day is not just about buying "green." We need to think more about how our lifestyle affects the planet and what we can do to reduce our negative impact.
After you watch the video, take our pledge. Pledge to begin living a One Planet Life by reducing your environmental impact at home, at work, when you travel, and in your everyday activities. It could be as easy as buying a few less clothes or taking public transportation to work a few times a week.
When you sign the pledge, you will receive free Care2 resources via email to help you get started. Sign the pledge today!
Wishing you a peaceful and fun Earth Day!
North Americans live as though there were five Earths.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Canadian fishermen only make a small amount of their profits from selling seal skins.
Put the pressure on the hunters' profits and tell them that this unnecessary hunt must end!
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The seal hunt has officially begun. If they aren't stopped, hunters will club and skin 270,000 seals simply for their pelts. And thousands of baby seals have ALREADY fallen through melting ice and drowned because of the effects of global warming.
But there is still hope. You can send a message to these cruel seal hunters by boycotting Canadian seafood - the source of most of their profits. Pledge to stop the seal hunt using your buying power! >> http://go.care2.com/e/R8AG/hba9/U1cM
Why is a boycott powerful and effective? Seal hunting is an off-season activity for Canada's east coast commercial fishermen. Only a small fraction of their income comes from selling seal skins to the fur industry.  The majority of their annual income is made through seafood products such as snow crab, cod, scallops and shrimp.
By boycotting these products from Canadian fishermen, we can play a part in the end to this brutal hunt.
Sign the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood today and help cut off the profits that fuel the seal hunt! We'll send your pledge to Canada's Minister of International Trade.
When you put the pressure on Canada's fishing industry, you'll be joining the more than 350,000 people who have pledged not to buy Canadian seafood products until this cruel hunt ends for good. Together, we are making a difference to these beautiful, intelligent creatures!
Friday, April 13, 2007
So, you took your kids to the circus. Do you think they'd enjoy knowing how such large, proud beasts as elephants submit to such silly tricks for our entertainment? Do you think they'd enjoy knowing how they're beaten into submission?
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is just beginning its 2007 tour across North America. The circus's cruelty to animals is indisputable.
Two PETA investigators tracked Ringling at every stop of its 2006 tour. Out of public view, they documented on videotape that Ringling employees were viciously hitting elephants and striking them with bullhooks until the animals bled and cried out—in addition to many other acts of cruelty.
According to eyewitness accounts, Ringling's head elephant trainer savagely beat an elephant with a bullhook behind her ear, on her leg, and on her back. The trainer swung the bullhook with such force that its point was embedded inside the elephant's ear canal.
The abuses that PETA has uncovered have led to multiple open investigations of Ringling by the U.S. government and have cost the circus a national tour sponsor. PETA's work has left "the greatest show on Earth" with dwindling attendance numbers.
But Ringling still refuses to retire its abusive animal acts. I am writing to you today to ask for your help pressuring Ringling and all companies that use animals for "entertainment" to stop their abusive practices.
For animals, another Ringling tour means another year of beatings and long days chained or confined to cramped, poorly ventilated boxcars.
If we work together, we can hold Ringling accountable for its cruelty to animals. But we need your support. Please make a donation today to support our campaign to get live animals out of circuses and all other forms of entertainment. There is nothing entertaining about animal abuse!
Can I count on your support to help stop Ringling's abuse in the name of family entertainment? I sincerely hope that the answer is yes. You and I are the only hope that these animals have.
For all animals,
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. Your support will help PETA expose the suffering of animals used by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and get animals out of entertainment acts. Please stand with us for the animals' sake by supporting our vital work with as generous a tax-deductible donation as you can afford. Thank you.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Happy (B)Earth DayThis April brings not only showers, but a double celebration: Earth Day and our diamond anniversary. Yes, Defenders turns the ripe old age of 60 this month, and we’re not slowing down in the least! Back in 1947, we started out as Defenders of Furbearers with one person on staff and 1,500 members. Today, more than 140 scientists, lawyers, policy experts and educators are working to save imperiled wildlife and the places it lives. And we couldn’t do it without the support of the more than 850,000 activists and supporters like you who make it all possible.
Celebrate Defender’s 60th Birthday -- and Earth Day -- by taking a look back at our accomplishments through the eyes of six creatures. And stay tuned throughout the year for more ways to celebrate!
Celebrate Earth Day - for the month of April only receive a free camper bag with membership to Sierra Club.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Open-ended support for the occupation of
The 'new' Congress has failed its first test. It could have used the power of the purse to end Bush's spectacularly disastrous war on
The Democrats' version of the supplemental has far too many loopholes in it, which could leave tens of thousands of US troops in
Our job as a movement not to accept the Democrats' "this is the best we can do, this is what the traffic will bear" posture.
Too many Members of Congress, even ones who initially voted against the war in 2002 and heap deserved criticism on Bush for his policies, voted for the supplemental spending bill funding the war, for fear of being smeared as "not supporting the troops." Some Members even speak as if the troops will be stranded in the desert and have to hitchhike home if they vote down the supplemental appropriations bill.
This is cowardly nonsense, and they know it. Congress has appropriated over $450 billion for the war. If there isn't enough money lying around to bring the troops home safely, Congress could take it out of Star Wars "missile defense" or the "Reliable Replacement Warhead" budget or some other Pentagon boondoggle.
There's only one way to support the troops -- bring them home to the warm embrace of their families as soon as possible.
Congress needs to know we demand action now. We cannot wait while more lives are lost and the price tag for Bush's folly soars toward the trillion dollar mark.
Peace Action is not advocating 'cut and run'. We call on Bush to swallow his arrogant pride, go the United Nations and ask the international community to help us extract the US military from this no-win occupation before it spreads to Iran and engulfs the entire region in a far more dangerous and deadly conflict.
NEWS BRIEF: "US to attack Iran by end of April", Yahoo News, April 5, 2007
"Kuwait City, April 4 (Xinhua) The US is planning to attack Iran's nuclear reactors and other nuclear facilities by the end of this month, the Kuwait-based Arab Times newspaper reported Wednesday. Citing anonymous sources in Washington, it said that various White House departments had started preparing the political speech to be delivered by the US president later this month, announcing the military attack on Iran. The speech will provide the 'evidence' and the 'justification' for the US to resort to the military option after failing to persuade Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions..."
Since June, 2003, President Bush and his Cabinet officials have repeatedly threatened to attack Iran. The President marched soldiers to the Iranian border and then quietly marched them back. The President repeatedly beefed up carrier presence in the oceans off Iran, and then quietly dispersed them once the public threats ceased.
We were told to expect an "October Surprise" in both the 2004 and the 2006 elections, i.e., an attack on Iran.
Therefore, since recent history has truly taught us to be wary, we can only wait to see what will transpire.