Action: tigers

There are fewer than 5000 wild tigers left in Asia.
China - where tiger products are officially banned - are breeding tigers on farms in the hope that China will soon allow the sale of products from captive bred tigers.
More than 4000 semi-tame tigers live on these farms (a disgrace in themselves but that's another issue) and the investors in these tiger businesses are pressuring the Chinese government to allow them to sell tiger products.
Reopening even limited legal trade in tiger products from farms would reignite a demand for wild tiger products. It also would give international crime syndicates an easy avenue for "laundering" illegally killed wild tigers from India, Russia and other countries, making law enforcement nearly impossible.
In essence, legal trade in tiger products from China's tiger farms would spark an open season on tigers in the wild.

Please click the link below to add your name to the campaign to end the trade in tiger products.
Two actions:
- add a photo to the tiger mosaic which will be presented to delegates from 171 countries at the June meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
- sign the petition to be presented to China's leaders to ask them to keep the tiger products ban in place.

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Action: UK wildlife crime

Metropolitan police budget cuts threaten wildlife crime prevention
London's Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) plays a vital role in uncovering and stamping out the illegal trade in endangered species, their body parts and derivatives.
WWF have recently learned that Metropolitan Police budget cuts will reduce the WCU by half, severely hampering their fight against wildlife crime.

The budget shortfall is a mere £80,000 a year, a drop in the ocean compared to the overall Metropolitan Police Authority budget of £2.5 billion.

After habitat destruction, the biggest direct threat to wild species is the global trade in illegal wildlife. It has been estimated that this trade is worth around $5 billion per year.

A cut in WCU funding would send out a dangerous signal that wildlife crime is a low priority for London's police force and severely hamper the Unit's ability to combat London's black market for illegal wildlife.

The UK is a hub for the global illegal wildlife trade with more than one million items being seized by HM customs between 1996 and 2000.

In London, the demand for elephant ivory, traditional medicines containing tigers, shahtoosh shawls and many other endangered species is fuelling demand and pushing some species closer to extinction.

The UK is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES strictly controls, or in the case of the rarest species, bans international trade in endangered species, their body parts and derivatives.

But without a properly funded WCU it will be almost impossible to uphold the laws protecting endangered species in the UK.

Email the Metroplotian Police Assistant Commisioner at


Email Hilary Benn MP and ask him to protect the Congo rainforest. Pre-drafted email, just enter your details and click.

The Congo rainforests of central Africa are a natural wonder we can ill-afford to lose. After the Amazon, it is the second largest rainforest on Earth and a major biodiversity hotspot with species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. Millions of people also depend on the rainforest for their survival and like all large forests, it is crucially important for regulating the local and global climate.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this natural wonder is under threat. International logging companies are causing social chaos and wreaking environmental havoc. The World Bank, by far the largest donor to the DRC, is failing to stop this destruction whilst the rainforest is being sold off under the illusion that it will alleviate poverty in one of the poorest countries on Earth.

Moreover, our investigations have shown that taxes paid by the logging companies, which are supposed to fund essential services like schools and hospitals for local communities, are not filtering back to local communities. Furthermore, the logging companies are entering into agreements directly with local people who, in return for timber worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, are receiving gifts of beer, salt and sugar which can be worth no more than $100.

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State at the Department for International Development, is the UK governor of the World Bank and is attending the spring meeting this weekend. Write to him now and ask him to use his influence to ensure there is a real future for the rainforest with proper safeguards put in place to protect it.

Glaciers Shrinking In Tibetan Plateau

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BEIJING, Jan 5 (Bernama) -- Glaciers in China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau, the source of water for many major rivers including in south and southeast Asia, are shrinking at a rate of 131 sq km annually.

Another 13,000 sq km or 28 per cent of the total glacier area would disappear by 2050 if protective measures are not taken, Xinhua News Agency said, citing a latest report by the China Geological Survey Bureau.

The melting of the glaciers at the world's highest plateau would bring abundant water to rivers, lakes and wetlands in the plateau in the short term.

"But as the glacier shrinkage accelerates, the plateau's total water storage will decrease rapidly," said Fang Hongbin, a remote sensing expert, was quoted as saying.

The ice on the outskirts of the plateau have melted by 10 per cent and in the hinterland, the glaciers have shrunk by five per cent.

The plateau is not only losing its glaciers but also wetlands which are dwindling rapidly due to environmental changes and human activity, Xinhua said.


The Green Parasol by Guy Orlando Rose

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Hi everyone.

Today is the 11th anniversary of the hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa by the Nigerian government for protesting against the exploitation of the Ogoni people by Shell Oil. Eight other people were also executed.

At the moment, the people of Rossport, Co. Mayo in Ireland are fighting to keep their lives and land safe, as Shell are starting to work on building an onshore processing plant carrying raw unprocessed gas within yards of their houses and schools. Ireland will not benefit financially from this gas as it was given away many years ago in a corrupt deal. More information about the whole issue is here.

If you are interested, we'd very much like you to view a short video made by The Tara Foundation called Shell in Mayo: A New Nigeria?. Please forward it to anyone you can.

The campaigners' website.

The present situation is that the Irish state and police are acting - as the Nigerian government did - on behalf of Shell, using escalating violent tactics, and the media are shamelessly abandoning any attempt at neutrality, openly calling the local people terrorists. See more at Indymedia Ireland

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Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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Bald Eagle in Winter (Photo: NPS)

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Take Action to Save Our Birds

The pesticide carbofuran is highly toxic to birds. In fact, just one granule of carbofuran is enough to kill a songbird.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to rule on the fate of this deadly pesticide this week. Your efforts could decide whether this toxic pesticide stays on the market or not.

Please fill out this form to send your email urging EPA official James Gulliford to protect birds, fish and mammals by removing carbofuran from the market.

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