Meet a grandmother who helps hungry people who cannot afford food for themselves or their children as a result of benefit changes by the Tory government here in the UK. Shirley as a volunteer at the Pecan foodbank in Southwark, South London,
"Come and have a sit down,
my love,” says Shirley Ifield, ushering a pale,
thin young woman to a chair in a brightly
“Do you want a cuppa? Help yourself to a mince pie. Now, how are you today?”
“Oh God,” sighs the woman, fighting back tears. “I’m just so, so stressed.”
“I know,” says gran-of-three Shirley, softly. “I understand. But you’ve come to the right place and I’m going to help you.”
Twenty minutes later, the single mum of two is leaving the Pecan foodbank in Southwark, South London, with three carrier bags of groceries, nappies and toiletries.
Read the fill story:
“In the path of
compassion even if we can save an insect that
has a huge impact on the cosmos.”
Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion
Who cares about insects - not many people. It has to be said that generally the world seems a very uncaring place and selfishness abounds as money and position seem all that people care about and which are sought after at the expense of other people, other animals and the planet. So it is just so heartwarming to see how this lady cared for this tiny being. I suppose though more people tend to respect and consider bees than say your average insect, such as a beetle for instance or a fly. But even so many people would not go to the lengths of this very compassionate and caring lady.
Bees as a species need your help
more about bees and the threat to their
existence and how you can help them.
Bees. Easy Ways to help bees today.
Save the Bees
A US advisory board has been created to help rewrite federal rules concerning the importation of wild animal remains - trophies of African elephants lions and rhinos - is monopolized by said trophy hunters. "Appointees include celebrity hunting guides, representatives from rifle and bow manufacturers and wealthy sportspeople who boast of bagging the coveted Big Five – elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and Cape buffalo." Hardly unbiased.
Donald Trump’s wildlife protection board full of people who like killing animals for fun.
"Review of board members appointed by interior secretary Ryan Zinke indicates they are likely to agree with his position that the best way to protect critically threatened or endangered species is by encouraging wealthy Americans to shoot some of them":
In addition the Trump administration has withdrawn an Obama-era rule that would have set new standards for the way animals should be treated if their meat is going to be sold as “certified organic.”
The following petition which I hope you will sign, shows but one of his misguided policies in regard to animals.
Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Kill
Baby Bears and Wolves:
The Trump Admin is Quietly Approving Lion Trophy Imports for Big GOP Donors
Thirty-eight severed lion heads have entered the United States as “keepsakes” over the past two years. Despite overwhelming public opposition to trophy hunting, big game hunters have found a complicit ally in the Trump administration, which has been willing to quietly approve requests to bring the corpses of threatened African animals.
This video will tell you why this is happening, such as a $5000 donation from the safari club, an organisation that of course supports big game hunting by US citizens
Dr Jones shows you 5 key points that highlight Donald Trump's priorities for the welfare and protection of animals. Dr Jones shows you what you can do to influence some of the decisions to be made.
While he makes some good points I have to say I am not too sure that point five concerning the fact that trump does not have a pet means that he does not care about animals, yes in the case of trump this is likely correct. However many people for a variety of reasons do not own pets including myself - at least at the present time - and this alone is no indicator that you do not care about animals. There are many reasons why someone may not own a pet, for instance health, financial or you simply do not wish to own another sentient being who should in an ideal world be free to live as nature intended. There are many pet owners who do not care about any animal other than their dog or cat and continue to avidly eat the flesh of other animals, go hunting, fishing and commit all manor of abuse.
The Mexican border wall is not only a detriment to human beings but it is bad news for wild animals
An uninterrupted border wall would be a disaster for wildlife and would “threaten some of the continent’s most biologically diverse regions.” this includes 100 endangered species which would be further threatened with the construction of a wall, through which they cannot pass.
"Animals facing some of the stiffest consequences include bighorn sheep, pumas, bobcats and pygmy owls.
As climate change sends temperatures higher, it’s likely that animals will try to migrate north, particularly in the summer, to avoid the heat. Trapping the animals on one side will limit the amount of space and relief the animals can seek as other parts of the environment become unforgiving.
Ecosystems are both intricate and delicate. As Jamie McCallum, a scientist who has devoted his attention to how border barriers affect wildlife, explained to the Huffington Post, “Once there is a disruption to the complex ecosystem in this way, there is a risk of triggering a cascade of secondary effects."
“In a gentle way, you
can shake the world.”
It all seems so overwhelming, the world is in crisis, it is announced that we are now in the middle of the sixth mass extinction and it feels as though our world is falling apart. Climate change, pollution both on land and sea, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, social unrest, racism, the rise of the far right, continuing poverty, crime, an ever increasing list of endangered species... It's a nightmare straight from hell or rather mostly as a consequence of our unjust economic system, namely capitalism which relentlessly exploits humans, nonhumans and the environment in the name of profit for the few at the expense of the many.
It is easy to feel helpless against the onslaught
However there are so many ways that you can make a difference, even if you are not able to join protests or marches we can all do something.
Here is one simple action you can take to make a difference to help save endangered species - threatened by climate change, also loss of habitat, poaching, hunting .
Care2 is launching a campaign to save endangered species from extinction and needs your help.
When you sign the petition below, "you will become a Fantastic Beast Guardian. Your mission will be simple — help spread the word about some of the world's most endangered animals and support the work of groups dedicated to saving them. You will receive emails with important petitions to sign, brand new photos to share, and other opportunities to make a difference in the fight to save the last of these unique animals from disappearing forever."
Read more and please sign and share the following petition
"The animals we share our world with are under threat; creatures that were once abundant are dying off at an alarming rate. And now, one million species are on the verge of extinction. This isn't a natural occurrence or an invisible hand that's pushing the world's wildlife to the edge. The cause of the coming mass extinction is in plain sight. It is us."
Help save Earth
for all creatures both human and non human by
joining Extinction Rebellion. The need is
We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis: scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown, and we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making.
"For some species, time on our planet Earth is running out
Human beings are the greatest threat to the survival of endangered species through poaching, habitat destruction and the effects of climate change.
Read on to learn which beautiful creatures are most in need of our help, protection and conservation."
Top 10 Most
WWF’S - How to help
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You can make a difference for nature—from speaking out for animals in our Action Center to showing that you care about the planet with an ecard to becoming a WWF member.
WWF's endangered species directory
All life on Earth is under threat. If you care about our world and about both human and non human animals we need to act now. The target of 2050 for zero emissions is too late. Governments need to act faster, not in thirty years time (which means business as usual for greedy corporations) as by then it will be too late.
Listen to Caroline Lucas' (UK Green Party)
speech in recent a parliamentary debate about
the Government's netzero timetable:
We’re living through a climate and wildlife
emergency. One million species are at risk of
extinction and people all over the world are
already experiencing the the devastating impacts
of what is now most certainly a climate crisis -
from disastrous floods to deadly fires.
Scientists say we have a little over 10 years left to avoid the worst impacts of climate change
We need urgent changes to cut the risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and increasing poverty.
Please read the following articles
We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN
"The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people."
"At the current level of commitments, the world is on course for a disastrous 3C of warming."
Loss of biodiversity is just as catastrophic
as climate change
Nature is being eroded at rates unprecedented in human history but we still have time to stave off mass extinctions
"A colleague recently
described how fish would swim into her clothing
when she was a child bathing in the ocean off
the coast of Vietnam, but today the fish are
gone and her children find the story
Another recalled his experiences just last year in Cape Town – one of the world’s most attractive tourism and leisure destinations – when more than 2 million people faced the nightmare prospect of all taps, in every home and business, running dry."
While the UK government has declared a climate emergency it does not act as though there is one, nothing much is being done, setting a target for zero emissions by 2050 is simply thirty years too late!
Clearly it is up to citizens of every country to demand urgent change.
Make a commitment to support one or more of the following. There are plenty of actions everyone can take in addition to strikes, demonstrations and protests. Even simple actions such as signing and sharing petitions, sharing and campaigning on social media, letter writing to government officials all help. Check out the links below and offer your time and talents to save Earth for ourselves, future generations and for every living being with whom we share this beautiful world. Just do what you can when you can, every action helps.
Information, Events and To join Extinction
Click: to find out about events, local
groups and much more
What is Earth Strike?
"We are a grassroots movement demanding immediate climate action from governments and corporations worldwide."
"Our protests, scheduled
throughout 2019, will raise awareness
for a GLOBAL GENERAL STRIKE beginning September 27."
Make a note on your calendars:
GLOBAL GENERAL STRIKE beginning
Click this link to get involved:
Click What you can do
"Whether it’s tackling climate change, protecting biodiversity or promoting equitable and sustainable development, you can join Greenpeace and take action. It doesn’t matter whether you have a little bit or a lot of time to spare – we can use your help."
Read more and take action
Green Peace UK
Green peace also have petitions which are not
easy to find on their website, here is one that
we all should sign:
You are not required to leave either your phone number or email address to sign the petition but if you do so Green peace will use these to keep you updated on how you can get involved through petitions, campaigning, volunteering and donating.
Green Peace international
Also check out Green peace International. At the
bottom of this web page you can sign up to
receive campaign information and action alerts
appropriate to you country or region.
Friends of the Earth UK
Information, events and petitions for you to sign to sign
You can begin by signing this petition to tell
the UK government to double tree cover:
Friends of the Earth International
More news, information and actions to take.
The Climate Coalition