Sunday, August 07, 2005

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"Blogging For Greenpeace's" last stand

It's almost 2 PM in the UK, which means that this is my final post of this year's Blogathon.

Thank you to the other members of the team, Sangroncito and Dear Kitty. I really don't think I could have managed a 24 hour shift on my own, and it was really hard going between about 1 and 3 this morning, so i'm eternally grateful to them for being a part of the team.

Thanks also, of course goes to Rianne, Rianne was a guest blogger, a Dutch Greenpeace activist who was posting from Hiroshima, and gave us some excellent commentary on the proceedings of the 60th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb there.

Also, thank you to my blogging partner, from "A Logical Voice", DJEB who did post a few times when it was possible, and I know he probably would have done more if he could.

A big thank you to everyone, who throughout the 24 hour Blogathon dropped by to give support and encouragement, just seeing comments gave some encouragement in the early hours.

And a very special thank you, finally to all those who have pledged to sponsor the team, you are all wonderful people.

People can continue to register to sponsor us at the Blogathon website until the 9th August, so there is still some time for you to decide on whether you'd like to help Greenpeace, and, of course, how much you'd be willing to give.

Well, that's me, over and out. Blogathon 2005 at "Blogging For Greenpeace" is now officially over.

Why did we decide to do this?

Someone in the world has to stand up for the man or woman in the street.

Greenpeace does that.

Someone in the world has to lookout for our future generations futures.

Greenpeace does that.

Someone in the world has to keep an eye on big business.

Greenpeace does that.

Someone has to stand up and be counted

We can all do that! And all the above as well.

How? Well, make a pledge to help us to help Greenpeace, and you'll be taking part in all these things, and more to ensure that we, the public are kept informed about developments related to GM foods, to ensure that your voice is heard loud and clear when we all say "Never Again", to ensure that when anything is discovered about the state of our environment, you will have helped in that discovery.

Please, make a pledge to sponsor us today.

Authors want environmentally friendly books

Ok, 1 hour and 2 more posts to go after this one, finally, the finishing line can be seen. A warning, this post is a mixture of news and begging.

I thought some of our readers might like this report, from Asbury Park Press, which takes a look at an increasing number of authors who are demanding that their books be published on environmentally friendly material. Good for them.

This and many other issues covered already in the past 23 hours here are campaigned on by Greenpeace. The wide range of issues the organisation campaigns on means that it wasn't very difficult choosing Greenpeace as our chosen charity.

Please click here to find out how you can make a pledge to help us to help Greenpeace today!

Would you like to be a Greenpeace volunteer?

Like many other organisations, Greenpeace is happy to accept volunteers.

Please click here to take a look at their volunteer section if you are interested.

Canberra's "Don't worry, be happy" global warming policy

Thanks Dear Kitty for all the effort you've put in with those informative pieces. Ok, it's about 1 minute to 12 Noon on Sunday 7th August here in Britain, and i'll be with you now until the bitter end. (don't worry, only another 2 hours to go)

I know what some of you are thinking, something along the lines of "Oh no, it's the one who is constantly pestering for pledges". Well, yes, you're right, I will be doing afterwards, but not before I share this article with you, from the Green Left Weekly.

The article discusses how, although the Australian government has received scientific advice on the dangers of global warming to Australia, it doesn't seem to want to act on that advice.

Only 4 more posts to go now. Someone make a pledge please. You see, I will beg :)

Crocodiles. My last blogathon blog

Spectacled caimanInteresting reports on crocodilians in the Antilles, Florida, etc.: here; and here.

Especially about the spectacled caiman.

Song, "Snappy the little crocodile" (about a Nile crocodile): lyrics and sound file here.

This is my last blog at the blogathon for Greenpeace.

However, the struggle by Greenpeace and other environmentalists goes on.

My own blog goes on as well; here.

Hiroshima and US and Japanese media

Hiroshima, the Top News Story That Wasn't
Humberto Márquez

CARACAS, Aug 5 (IPS) - The atomic bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima 60 years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, may have been the most crucial event of the 20th century. But it was not the top news story.

That was because censorship and the manipulative media treatment of the tragic event, managed by Washington and Tokyo, greatly muffled the impact of the catastrophe and made the press an accomplice in the war.

These conclusions are reached by a book written by Venezuelan journalist Silvia González, a researcher at the College of Mexico. "Hiroshima, la noticia que nunca fue" (roughly "Hiroshima, the News Report That Never Was") focuses on the bombing and its aftermath to demonstrate how news is censored and manipulated in times of conflict.

Six decades later, "manipulative practices are still repeated, at the direction of those in power, and the media disseminates inaccurate, hasty, exaggerated or biased reports, or just plain rumours, that can affect public perception even in the long term," said González in an interview with IPS.

Read rest of this article here.

Blogathon radio

Sorry to interrupt you Dear Kitty, just a quick note to let everyone know, that if you haven't listened to it yet, you can listen to Blogathon Radio by clicking here.

Ok, sorry about that interruption, carry on the good work Dear Kitty.

Environment news

Environment news can be found at many places on the Internet, including IPS Press Agency; here.

At my blog, primarily the categories environment; science [often: biology] and health and animals.

Madagascar forests threatened by Rio Tinto mining and World Bank

MadagascarMadagascar's unique forest under threat

Ten years ago Friends of the Earth's Andrew Lees died trying to save an idyllic island.

The Observer told his story. Now, as miners arrive, Jo Revill asks if he died in vain

Sunday August 7, 2005
The Observer

One of the world's biggest mining companies has been given permission to open up an enormous mine on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar which will involve digging up some of the world's most unique forest.

The decision has outraged campaigners at Friends of the Earth, who had opposed the plans from the outset.

It is all the more poignant because one of their leading directors, Andrew Lees, died 10 years ago in the same forest while investigating the controversial plans for a mine.

Madagascar is unique for its wildlife - of its estimated 200,000 plant and animal species, three-quarters exist nowhere else in the world.

Its beauty and coastline are also beginning to make it a popular tourism destination and its popularity has been further boosted by the film Madagascar, the animated movie which features animals escaping from a New York zoo and ending up on the island.

But the company, mining giant Rio Tinto, which has the backing of the World Bank for the plan, is adamant that environmental damage will be kept to a minimum.

Read more here.

A nuclear history

Comeclean.org has a useful nuclear history, dating back to the "Manhattan project", and the first ever nuclear test, carried out by the US in New Mexico in 1945.

Let's not allow Hiroshima or Nagasaki to ever happen again. Please, pledge your support to help us to help Greenpeace to make a difference today. Thanks.

Now, it's over to Dear Kitty, i'll be back with you at 4 AM PST, 12 Noon BST, 1 PM CET. Good morning to you Dear Kitty, hope you're raring to go :)

Just say no to GM milk

Do you know if the milk you buy from the supermarket is GM free?

Well, Greenpeace has this handy page for you to take a look at, listing contact details for those supermarkets which can't guarantee that their milk is GM free, along with a handy template letter which you could send to them if you'd like to do so.

As those who've been reading our ramblings regularly will know, GM crops and foods are big issues for Greenpeace, and they do a lot of campaigning to highlight this issue. Please, help us to help Greenpeace to continue their work. You'll feel great after you've made a pledge, honestly :)

Save endangered species from extinction

In between doing some research for this Blogathon, and posting here, I found something a few of our visitors may like. It helped to keep me awake during the early hours this morning anyway:

Eco Quest

Enjoy :)

Deforestation Facts

It's 8 AM on Sunday 7th August here in Britain, and this is the 18 hour marker.

Yes, between us, we've posted at least every 30 minutes for 18 hours so far, and there are still 6 hours to go! Please, don't shake your head like that at the back, you know you'd really like another post about deforestation wouldn't you?

Well, some facts on deforestation for you:

According to Prosser (1985) 200 years ago there were 1500 million hectares of rainforest. There was only 12% of that left by 1975.

According to National Geographic one hectare of Amazonian rainforest contains more plant species than the whole of Europe.

I thought you'd like to know those useful bits of information, maybe you'd like to make a pledge just to stop me from posting these facts on deforestation for you? Go on, you know you want to make a pledge really!

Make trade fair and sustainable

Another issue Greenpeace campaigns on, which we've not really touched on yet is sustainable trade.

Something that is key however, to enabling fair and sustainable trade is the removal of large corporations from the political processes involved in the World Trade Organisation.

There are many developing nations for example who are members of the WTO, however, they very often aren't invited to important meetings which are by invitation only.

So, the WTO agenda is basically dominated by western, industrialised nations. Large corporations put pressure both on the US and the EU to maintain subsidies on products. In the US the subsidies concerned are on vital medicines, while in the EU, corporations lobby hard for maintaining subsidies on agricultural products and services.

Greenpeace argues for an end to this unfair, and unjust system, do you agree with Greenpeace? If you do then please, make a pledge to support us now. Also, this page at the Greenpeace website gives some ideas for actions everyone can take on this issue.

The marathon continues

Thanks for all your work Sangroncito, it's appreciated. Ok, well as you can see, i'm back, i'm filled to the brim with cafeine, and i'm raring to go again.

It's 7 AM in the UK, 8 AM CET on Sunday 7th August 2005, and we're 17 hours into Blogathon 2005.

So far we've managed to raise US$249 (about £145) for Greenpeace which is great. Thanks to all our sponsors so far. You can find a list of them by clicking here. You can also make a pledge to sponsor us through that page. If you're wondering why you should sponsor us, then click here for all the posts made during the past 17 hours, and you should find a whole range of reasons. I will be posting even more shortly.

So, just about 7 hours to go now, more cafeine needed I think :)

We Need Your Support


This is my last post for Blogging for Greenpeace, but John and Dear Kitty will be pressing on through the night, or day depending where you are on planet Earth.

I've learned a lot during the past 24 hours about our environment, the dangers that it faces and the good work of Greenpeace.

I hope you will join us in supporting the efforts of Greenpeace in defending our planet's environment.

Peace on Earth to you, my friends.

Bush or Greenpeace?


Who do you want watching out for our environment? George W. Bush or Greenpeace?

I choose Greenpeace, and I hope you do, too. Please join us in making a donation to this critical task.

Oil Pollution



When it comes to mixing oil and water, oceans suffer from far more than an occasional devastating spill. Disasters make headlines, but hundreds of millions of gallons of oil quietly end up in the seas every year, mostly from non-accidental sources.

Down the Drain: 363 Million Gallons

Used engine oil can end up in waterways. An average oil change uses five quarts; one change can contaminate a million gallons of fresh water. Much oil in runoff from land and municipal and industrial wastes end up in the oceans. Every year oil road runoff from a city of 5 million could contain as much oil as one large tanker spill.

Routine Maintenance: 137 Million Gallons

Every year, bilge cleaning and other ship operations release millions of gallons of oil into navigable waters, in thousands of discharges of just a few gallons each.

Up in Smoke: 92 Million Gallons

Air pollution, mainly from cars and industry, places hundreds of tons of hydrocarbons into the oceans each year. Particles settle, and rain washes hydrocarbons from the air into the oceans.

Natural Seeps: 62 Million Gallons

Some ocean oil "pollution" is natural. Seepage from the ocean bottom and eroding sedimentary rocks releases oil.

Big Spills: Only about 5 percent of oil production in oceans is due to major tanker accidents, but one big spill can disrupt sea and shore life for miles.

Offshore Drilling: 15 Million Gallons

Offshore oil production can cause ocean oil pollution, from spills and operational discharges.

Greenpeace works tirelessly to protect our oceans from corporate polluters. Please make a donation and help their important work.

Global Crisis as Rainforest Loss Soars


Amazon rainforest loss increased some six percent in 2004 to near record levels - as rancher, soybean farmers and loggers burned and cut down a near-record area of 10,088 square miles of ancient rainforest ecosystems. Rainforest deforestation and diminishment is spiraling out of control wherever the World's last ecologically and evolutionary rich rainforests are found - and particularly in the world's last large rainforest wildernesses found in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo and Paupua New Guinea.

New thinking is desperately needed on rainforest conservation. It is becoming abundantly clear that the forces of destruction marshaled against rainforests - loggers, agriculturalists, oil and mining - will not defeated through status quo policy responses. The World Bank funds soya production, and along with WWF sponsors efforts to reform commercial logging. These approaches have failed and made rainforest loss worse - largely because they have not understood that empowering indigenous peoples is the best way to meaningfully ensure rainforests are sustained.

Read more in Forest Conservation Blog by Dr. Glen Barry

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Greenpeace blasts Australian government for underwater bomb tests

Thank you Rianne, I'd imagine typing on a Japanese keyboard must be difficult.

According to this article, from ABC (Australia) there has been some controversy over underwater bombing tests off the western coast of Australia.

It seems that these tests could have a negative impact on migrating humpback whales.

These are the sorts of issues Greenpeace campaign on, and this is why we are "Blogging For Greenpeace" for Blogathon 2005.

Ok, well, it's 4:30 AM over here in the UK, so that means that i'll be leaving you in the capable hands of Sangroncito. I'll be back with you again at about 7 AM UK time (about 11 PM PST, 8 AM CET)

Read the messages flown on the "Wings of Peace"

On the 5th August over 9400 messages of peace were released on dove shaped balloons in front of the atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima to mark the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb there.

You can read messages sent in by people via this page in English, Japanese, Spanish, Greek, German, Russian and French.

Wings of Peace flying!

More from Hiroshima. Me and my young travel companions have a day of rest, after three days of hard work. Ashwin (14yr), Anouk (14yr) and Hannah (15yr) did a great job the last couple of days!

We visited the Peace Park and Peace Museum at the site where the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima 60 years ago. This was extremely impressive. Images and stories of victims and survivors, heart-breaking, even for adults. Photographs of severely wounded children who did not survive their injuries. Objects that were found in the destroyed area, like melted glass bottles and a clock, completely destroyed, but the metal parts still indicating the time of the explosion: 8.15 a.m.

The kids are seriously impressed. They want to and will tell everybody that this should never ever happen again. They joined a Greenpeace commemoration event, sending a message of peace. Wings of Peace, with 10.000 messages from 160 different countries were flying in the blue sky in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome. (Images can be found at e.g. www.iht.com and www.greenpeace.org).

Every day, the kids write their weblogs on a students website with more than 30.000 members. They did 'live' radio interviews and the main news program for the youth in Holland covered their story. Already a great result, and there is more to come! I am very proud of them. Those who are interested can view their stories and photos on www.greenpeace.nl.

Impressive and successful days.
When I get the chance to visit another Japanese internet cafe, I will tell you more.
(not easy, typing on a Japanese keyboard ;-) )

Blogging For Greenpeace needs you!

If there is anyone else still awake, and reading this, then i'm talking to you :)

You can make a difference today, take a look through all the posts made by the "Blogging For Greenpeace" team throughout the past 13 hours or so, and if you agree with us that Greenpeace is a worthy cause to support, then please make a pledge to help us to help Greenpeace.

You can find out how to make a pledge by clicking here.

No money is handled either by ourselves or the main Blogathon team, after you've registered, made your pledge, and the Blogathon event has finished, you'll receive an email asking you to donate the money you've pledged directly to Greenpeace.

Right, it's time for another cafeine boost. See you in about 30 minutes.

The public has a right to information on GM foods

Thanks Sangroncito, some interesting posts there again. It's just coming up to 3 AM in the UK, Sunday 7th August, and we're just over half way through Blogathon 2005.

Let's take a look at another issue which Greenpeace campaigns on - Genetically Modified foods. This article, from the Cyprus Mail reports on a leaked letter from the US embassy to the Cypriot House President, warning that planned legislation to more clearly label GM foods as such would harm US-Cypriot relations. That's disgraceful, Cyprus should be allowed to impose their own labelling laws without the interference of another state.

One excuse given for the pushing of GM foods on the world is that it helps to solve the problems of hunger, but, as this page from the Greenpeace website shows, that isn't the case.

Will you allow this campaign of intimidation to continue unchecked? Please make a pledge to sponsor us now, and help Greenpeace to campaign against Frankenstein foods.

The Ten Best Things about Global Warming

The Ten Best Things About Global Warming:

10. Why pay for tattoos when melanoma's free?

9. No more pesky weeds. In fact, no more pesky plants.

8. Nile Encephalitis: not just for Egyptians anymore.

7. Furnaces convert easily into tornado shelters.

6. Helsinki: the new Riviera.

5. Middle East oil producers feel right at home - everywhere.

4. Golfers only need a putter and a sand wedge.

3. For those who can't get enough of global warming. One word: Venus.

2. Steaks, medium rare, on the hoof.

1. Three thongs and you're dressed!

(brought to you by Gardenearth.com and the authors of Dead Mars, Dying Earth)

There's actually nothing funny about global warming. Support Greenpeace in fighting global warming by making a donation today!

Do Your Part!

Ever wondered what one person can do to protect the environment? Here are just a few easy and beneficial suggestions:

1. Recycle! Recycling really does make a difference by lessoning the burden on landfills and our natural resources. Find out more about recycling in your area.

2. Take a walk! Each gallon of gasoline used by a vehicle releases 22 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If you must drive, consider carpooling.

3. Do not slack on car maintenence. Keeping tires inflated properly, the oil changed regularly, and the engine tuned can increase a car's fuel efficiency by up to ten percent.

4. Switch three of the most used incandescent light bulbs in your home to more energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

5. When purchasing new appliances, be sure to look for those with the EPA Energy Star label. These appliances use 20-40 percent less energy than standard models.

6. Leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. The clippings act as a natural fertilizer when they decompose and prevents them from occupying unused space in landfills.

7. Think twice before applying chemical pesticides to your garden. Much of this toxic material winds up in our water systems after it is washed into the storm sewers by rainfall.

8. Planting trees and shrubs along side of your house acts as a natural insulator, making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

9. Install a low-flow showerhead. Showers account for 32 percent of home water use, and a family of four can save up to 20,000 gallons per year with these newer models.

10. Thinking about investing? Try investing in companies that are dedicated to protecting the environment or other socially responsible ventures.

11. Use your voice! Contact your elected representitives and tell them your opinions or write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about environmental issues that matter to you.

12. Vote smart! Research each candidate before going to the ballot box. Look at each candidate's voting history for important environmental issues.

And finally, please support Greenpeace by making a donation to Blogging for Greenpeace!

Global Climate Change and You


How can global climate change affect you personally?

That depends on where you live in the world, as the impact of climate change will vary from place to place.

Coastal Areas: Over the past 100 years, the global sea level has risen by about 10 to 25 cm, and scientists predict a global mean sea level rise of 13 to 94 cm over the next 100 years. That means that seaside communities will experience greater beach and land erosion , flooding during storms, and permanent loss of low-lying land as oceans creep inland.

Agricultural Areas: As temperatures increase, so do the prospects for periods of drought and water shortages. On the other hand, climate disturbances such as instense rainfall and flooding can be just as devastating to crops.

Urban and Industrial Areas: Heat plus poor air quality spells trouble for public health; especially for vulnerable populations such as children, poor, the elderly, and those with respiratory illness. Ground-level Ozone, an air pollutant that is harmful to breathe and damaging to crops, trees and other vegetation forms when certain pollutants combine with heat and sunlight.

Everywhere: A rise in temperature alone can cause a rise in mortality rates. During the summer of 2003, an estimated 20,000 people died due to extremely hot temperatures in Europe. Heat is not the only climate change impact to worry about. In many temperate countries, death rates during the winter season are 10-25% higher than those in the summer.

Greenpeace is at the forefront in the fight against global warming. Please join us in supporting them.

Greenpeace Discovers Pirate Fishing Companies

Northwest Atlantic, 3 August, 2005:

The Greenpeace ship the Esperanza has discovered the vessels Lootus II and Madrus fishing in the Northwest Atlantic area.

The Estonian flagged Lootus II and Spanish/Estonion Madrus have been cited numerous times since 2000 for breaking the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) rules. Greenpeace is calling on Estonia and Spain to explain why they are allowing vessels owned by a company with a criminal fishing history to continue fishing in the NAFO area.

"If NAFO cannot get its act together on this very simple level, what hope is there that they can address the destruction of deep sea biodiversity from bottom trawling operations", said Mariajo Caballero on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. "NAFO should insititute a moratorium on this fishing practice immediately until it has its house in order", added Caballero.

The Esperanza is in the NAFO area to highlight the destructive impact of bottom trawling in support of the call by more than 1,100 marine scientists and environmental organisations for a UN moratorium on high-seas bottom trawling.

Please help us support the efforts of Greenpeace in protecting the biodiversity of the world's oceans. Pledge your support, won't you?

Declassified images from Hiroshima

From Democracy Now!:

ERIK BARNOUW: Akira Iwasaki writes, “In the middle of the shooting, one of my cameramen was arrested in Nagasaki by American military police. I was summoned to general headquarters and told to discontinue the shooting. However,” he says, he made arguments wherever he could. “Then,” he says, “came the group of the strategic bombing survey from Washington, and they wanted a film on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; therefore, the U.S. Army wanted to use my film and changed its mind. Now they allowed or rather ordered me to continue and complete the film.”

When this compilation had reached a length of approximately two hours and 40 minutes, the saga entered a new stage. Suddenly, all of the material, negative, master positive, boot prints and paper records relating to it, were all suddenly taken over by the American military, shipped off to Washington and declared secret, and all of this material disappeared from view for almost a quarter of a century. Very few people in government and almost nobody in the film industry was aware of -- was even aware of its existence.

View an excerpt of the now declassied film with Real Player.

Subsidies should be channeled into renewables

I'm not quite sure if i've typed that title right, but I decided to switch back from beer to coffee, as I thought it would probably be wiser.

Anyway, it's about 12:30 am on Sunday 7th August in Britain, and yes, i'm still here, pleading with you to help us to help Greenpeace to make a difference. You can find out how you can do that by clicking here.

Onto the subject of the post. As I probably should do. Greenpeace have called for subsidies to be scrapped on nuclear energy, and for those subsidies to be channeled instead to renewable energy. I quite agree.

Greenpeace reveals Monsanto application for pig patent

As you are probably aware, Greenpeace is in the news a lot, on various issues which they campaign on.

This article, from Harold Doan and Associates takes a look at a patent application by Monsanto covering pig breeding:

"If this patent gets granted, Monsanto could control the normal breeding of pigs to a large extent, without any real invention behind it. The experience farmers have with this company so far let them expect a further shocking exercise of squeezing royalties and suing farmers on global scale," warned Gall. "This patent application is so absurd we wonder what Monsanto will come up with next?"


Indeed.

Do you want to allow these sorts of things to happen without being exposed by Greenpeace, and other similar groups? If you don't, then please help us to help Greenpeace today.

Stay Warm, Be Cheap

For those of you living in the north, up to 20% of your income can go into keeping yourself warm. As a boy growing up, I used to bundle up in thick boots, snow pants, coat, scarf, toque (what Canadians call a wool hat, eh) and mits.

While at home, I used to park myself over the heating vent to warm to the appropriate level. Other times I just copied my cat. Abbey would go to the south facing front window, find a sunny spot and lie down. Little did I know that that cat was really onto something.

Anyone building a new house in Canada has the option of installing electric heat (now at scandalous prices - Hooray for privatisation!) or gas heating. There are other choices among the mainstream heating systems, but those are the two main.

Why not be cheap? Why not learn from the cat? Any new house can utilise the free power of the sun, if the they want. I'm talking about passive solar heating. It works like this: place your house so that the long side of it faces the sun instead of the standard of making the long sides facing east/west. Next, along the sun side, make a concrete floor that will act as a heat sink. Then install a row of good double or triple pane windows that will cast sunlight onto your heat sink. Voilà! You now have a passive solar house.

For those consecutive cloudy days that sometimes come, you can install a masonry stove like a modern version of a Korean ondol or Chinese k'ang.

The result? You'll live a toasty, inexpensive, eco-friendly winter immune from any energy crush.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

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Abolish nuclear weapons

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki atrocities should have taught the world that humanity should destroy its weapons of mass destruction, but, unfortunately it hasn't.

I've always believed that nuclear weapons should be abolished, and countries who possess these weapons should destroy them.

Greenpeace's website has a section devoted to the abolition of nuclear weapons, which you can take a look at by clicking here. An excerpt from the Greenpeace website:

Over 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have left a legacy of global and regional contamination. People living near the test sites have suffered from cancers, stillbirths, miscarriages and other health effects -- and are still suffering today. Many had to leave their hometown or island as it became too contaminated to live there.


Help us to help Greenpeace to make a difference today.

Blogathon 2005 continues

It's about 11 PM on Saturday 6th August in the UK, and we're about 9 hours into Blogathon 2005.

You've heard a few of the reasons to make a pledge to sponsor us, and you can find out how you can do that by clicking here.

As you can see from our posts, we all believe that Greenpeace is a worthwhile cause, and we want to say thank you so much to everyone who has made a pledge to support our efforts for Greenpeace.

We've already had $249 (about £145) in pledges so far, but we'd really like more to help Greenpeace to make a difference on the issues that we've highlighted so far, and more.

Please make a pledge to help us to help Greenpeace.

You can email me at blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk if you'd like to do so.

Goodbye Glaciers

Glaciers are dwindling almost everywhere. In the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, all the glacers are shrinking. In Antarctica, and atop mountains in China, Peru and Argentina, glaciers are melting fast, as is the icy cap of Mount Kilimanjaro. If the current trend continues, in 30 years Glacier National Park on the Montana-Canada border will have no glaciers.

Some glaciers started melting hundreds of years ago. The demise of Muir Glacier may have been hastened by a shattering earthquake in 1899. Natural variations in the earth's climate, caused by volcanoes or wiggles in the earth's orbit and orientation around the sun, which alter the amount of sunlight hitting the continents, have caused ice ages to come and go. But lately, especially in the past 50 years, almost all experts agree, a spike in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere has exaggerated the greenhouse effect, in which a buildup of certain gases traps heat. What's more, because carbon dioxide lingers in the atmosphere, and because people are burning more carbon-dioxide-releasing fuel all the time, the change in the next 150 years will dwarf the change in the past 150 years. "It's going to be a very different world, a much warmer world", says Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University.

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Women and Greenpeace Test for Toxins

San Francisco Bay Area women are taking environmental health into their own hands. With the help of Greenpeace and the Sierra Club, thousands of women will give hair samples to test for mercury and other toxic exposure. Women have more body fat than men, so their bodies can store more toxins. And this exposure to toxins is important not just for women themselves but also for fetuses and breast-feeding children.

Potentially toxic chemicals pervade our environment. They come to us in our food and in the personal-care products we use. Toxens of special concern to women include industrial pollutants such as mercury, but also common ingredients in body-care products that many women use.

A lot of the ingredients in personal-care products - soap, shampoo, hair dyes, nail polish, perfumes, etc. - are know and probable carcinogens, reproductive toxins or mutagens. Similiarly, most of the mercury coursing through our veins is a legally permitted pollutant from coal-fired power plants. It is released into the air when coal is burned, then enters the food chain.

Greenpeace mercury-testing results show that one in five women of child-bearing age tested above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's limits. One in six pregnancies are coming to completion at risk for elevated levels of mercury, according to Greenpeace. That's more than 600,000 children born a year with elevated risk.

Please join us in supporting Greenpeace's efforts in controlling environmental toxins as well as its other programs to protect our environment.

USA: green turtle nest first in Virginia

Green sea turtle
After big sad news, a bit of small, more positive, news:

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. Aug 5, 2005 — A green sea turtle dug out a nest in the sands of this resort beach and left 124 eggs the first documented case of the protected turtle laying its eggs in Virginia.

State and federal wildlife officials are agog by the discovery along a stretch of beach lined by vacation cottages.

"It was just kind of a big 'Wow!' for me," said John Gallegos, a senior biologist at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

"It is a mind blower," added refuge director Jared Brandwein.

The green sea turtle, which is protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act, commonly nests in southeastern Florida, although a few females previously have laid eggs on beaches as far north as North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The turtles, named for their greenish body fat, weigh 250 to 450 pounds as adults.

They are herbivores, feeding mainly on sea grass and algae, and do not begin reproducing until they are 20 to 50 years old.

While it's possible that green sea turtles have nested in Virginia before, there was no record of it until now, said Sandy MacPherson, national sea turtle coordinator at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services office in Jacksonville, Fla.

Read more here.

And now, I hand over. See you all tomorrow (well, for me, 7 August).

USA: Bush administration in denial on science

Bush science policy cartoon
The US Bush administration is in denial on mercury, poisoning the American environment.

They are in denial on scientists' work on global warming.

This is part of their broader attitude to science:

US: ACLU hits Bush administration’s anti-science policies

By Jamie Chapman
6 August 2005

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently issued a scathing indictment of the Bush administration’s record on science.

Its report, entitled “Science Under Siege,” was issued on June 21.

It documents the White House’s distortion, abuse and quashing of legitimate scientific inquiry in order to promote its political agenda.

The ACLU commissioned the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to draft the report.

The UCS issued its own report in February 2004, entitled “Restoring Scientific Integrity in Policymaking.”

This earlier statement has since been signed by over 6,000 American scientists, including 48 Nobel laureates, 62 National Medal of Science recipients, and 135 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The new ACLU/UCS report shows that in the intervening 16 months the Bush administration, far from responding to pressure generated by the earlier UCS recommendations, has deepened its attack on science.

Such political hot topics as government backing for creationism over evolution or state intervention in scientifically supported legal rulings on the case of Terri Schiavo are not addressed.

By focusing on four main areas that are less in the public eye, the authors establish how negatively the Bush administration has impacted the practice of science in the United States.

The first section details the unprecedented control that government exercises over the control of information.

Read more here.

People prefer wind to nuclear energy

One of the things Greenpeace campaigns on is for clean energies. BBC Scotland commissioned a poll which was published in April 2005 on whether people preferred nuclear or wind energy.

According to the poll, 73% of people questioned would prefer more wind farms, while only 17% would prefer the nuclear option.

It's quite obvious from these poll findings that people overwhelmingly reject nuclear energy, and want to see cleaner energy methods used more often.

Now, over to Dear Kitty once again, hello Dear Kitty.

Did you know?

Hello again. We're about 6 hours into Blogathon 2005, and yes, we're still going!

Thanks to Rianne, Sangroncito and Dear Kitty for their posts, they will be back.

Did you know that more than half of the world's plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests?

Did you also know that scientists estimate that one million species will be extinct by 2050, according to the scientific journal "Nature"?

Species affected would include Queensland's orange white spot skipper, the Brazilian Cerrado, the azure winged magpie and the spotless starling, among others.

You can help us to help Greenpeace to campaign against deforestation, and damaging climate change by making a pledge today. Please do, you'll find you'll feel better for it afterwards :)

Listening System May Help Save Right Whales

North Atlantic Right WhalesAfter the sad news on the small Egyptian butterfly, somewhat better news on whales, the world's biggest animals; always part of Greenpeace's stuggle:

BOSTON Aug 5, 2005 — Small survey planes, daylight and luck have long been the best tools for scientists hoping to spot the rare North Atlantic right whale.

The results aren't too impressive.

An estimated one in four whales are spotted by aerial surveys, leaving the rest vulnerable to ship strikes or fishing gear entanglements.

But scientists say an underwater listening system they're developing will dramatically improve detection and reduce whale deaths.

The "passive acoustic" system would find whales and immediately transmit their location to nearby vessels.

"It will reduce (ship) strikes, period," said Richard Merrick, chief of the protected species branch at NOAA Fisheries, New England.

Read more here.

Egypt: global warming threatens to kill world's smallest butterfly

Bush science policy cartoonEurekalert! reports:
Global warming's effects extend to world's smallest butterfly

The latest issue of Conservation Biology examines the viability of the Sinai baton blue and the results of human population pressures.

The study predicts that in the absence of global warming, grazing, and plant collection (three activities directly linked to humans) the world's smallest butterfly would persist for at least 200 years.

The population could withstand small increases in grazing intensity that would decrease their climate, but not increases in temperature.

As the level of global warming raises its impact, extinction rapidly accelerates.

This implies "…that there may be an annual average temperature, specific to each endangered species, above which extinction becomes much more likely," authors Martin Hoyle and Mike James state.

There is no such threshold of grazing pressure.

The authors mapped the entire global range of this butterfly and obtained data on the intensity of livestock grazing.

The Sinai baton blue is one of only two endemic animals in St. Katherine's Protectorate, one of Egypt's most recently designated protected areas.

Based on the authors' model, the effect of global warming on the chance of extinction does not depend on the future level of habitat destruction due to this grazing; the growing number of families that live on the protectorate keep a small herd of goats and sheep that graze on the plants the butterflies thrive on.

Global warming is the deadly culprit. "If the areas of habitat patches individually fall below certain prescribed levels, the butterfly is likely to go extinct,"the authors conclude.

Environmentalism in our Daily Lives

There are many ways the environmental movement has impacted and changed the way we live in California:

- In California the gas hoses at the gas station are required to have a vent that sucks the gas fumes back into the pump to minimize the fumes entering the environment.

- At the grocery store we are asked whether we want a "paper or plastic" bag. Some stores offer a 5 cent credit if you bring your own bag.

- Recycling aluminum cans, glass bottles and cardboard have become a way of life for all Californians.

-It is common for homeowners to install low-flow toilets and showers to conserve water in this semi-arid part of the country.

-More and more people have switched to flourescent lightbulbs to save energy and lower their electricity bills.

- Hybrid cars are becoming the rage as well as an environmental statement.
-local communities are fighting the encroachment of big box stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot because of environmental issues around increased traffic and other quality of life issues.

Can you think of ways the environmental movement has impacted and changed your daily life?

Greenpeace is an important part of the worldwide environmental movement. Please join us in supporting their efforts.

Living Green

I'm thinking of the ways we "live green" in our household. We recycle our cans, glass, and paper products. We separate our organic waste in the kitchen so that it may be used as compost in our garden. I personally don't own a car. My housemates do, but they use public transportation to get to work everyday. My friend and owner of our building installed solar panels on the roof so that over time we save energy. We have a small but beautiful urban garden in our backyard that attracts birds, bees and butterflies because every bit of green helps.

I know there are other ways where our household needs to improve in order to "live green". We need to learn to buy produce and food that are grown locally and don't require long-haul transportation to reach their destination. We can buy more organic foods to support the use of natural farming without harmful pesticides. We can plant plants that are native to the California climate that don't require large amounts of precious water to maintain.

Do you think about ways of "living green" in your household? Greenpeace's website at http://greenpeace.org has helpful tips on ways you can support the environment in your daily life.

And won't you join us in supporting Greenpeace's valuable work? Thanks for your support.

Our Fragile Seas

Although my home base is San Francisco, I spend many months of the year in Latin America. The past few years I've been living part-time in Salvador, Brazil. Salvador is Brazil's fourth largest city. It is beautiful and historic but suffers from all of the ills associated with poverty and poor environmental planning.

I most notice Salvador's environmental pollution when I walk along its beaches and swim in the warm South Atlantic waters off its shore. On some isolated beaches where bathers don't congregate the sand is littered with garbage, plastic bags, syringes and other debris washed ashore by storms. When swimming in the water I'm likely to see plastic bags and styrofoam containers float by. It is tragic to see such tropical beauty marred by so much garbage. Imagine how all of that waste affects the water quality, plant and animal life in the oceans. Salvador is just one large city. Multiply Salvador by millions and we can see the impact that man-made pollution has on our fragile oceans.

Greenpeace is at the forefront of protecting our seas and working to stop environmental damage to the oceans and the life they support. Won't you join us in making a donation to Greenpeace's vitally important work?

Life in the Slow Lane

Greetings from San Francisco, California! It's 9:00 a.m., I've recently crawled out of bed and I'm nursing a hot cup of coffee.

I live in the United States, where the automobile is king. This is especially true here in California, where living without a car is about as rare as a clear, smogless day in Los Angeles.
Fortunately the city of San Francisco is an exception to the rule that life is virtually impossible without a car. Our city is compact and enjoys an excellent public transportation system.

I am one of those rare Californians who don't have a car. My primary means of transportation are my two feet. When my destination is just a bit too far out of range for walking I hop on my bicycle. I've recently attached a sign to the back of my bike that says "Bicycling: A Quiet Statement Against Oil Wars". When I really need to go far I can take the BART train, MUNI subway and bus system, a little cable car that goes "halfway to the stars", or a ferry across San Francisco Bay.

I wish more Californians would join in me by leaving their cars at home and finding alternative, non-polluting means of transportation. Think of the benefits! Weight loss, time to relax and read the newspaper on the way to work, a great way to view the scenery instead of the tail lights of the car ahead, and most of all the satisfaction of knowing that one isn't spewing pollution into our fragile atmosphere.

I'm taking a walk later today, followed by a fun bike ride out to the park, and finally I'll grab the subway to meet some friends later this evening. My fellow Americans, won't you join me?

Never again!

More on Hiroshima from Hiroshima. A day of sad remembrance, but also a day with a positive message. So many people gathering in the Peace Park to call for peace and abolishment of nuclear weapons.

August 6, 2005, 8:15 am. must be the most impressive moment to be at the place where 60 years ago the air exploded. An enormous explosion than, followed by 70.000 people immediately dead. About 60.000 people gathered now, in a minute of intense silence. After the Peace Declaration that is read by the Mayor of Hiroshima, doves are released from the earth, it seems. They fly over the crowd, 60.000 people looking up to the sky. It gave me an intense feeling of hope.

Hope that all these people will actually make a difference. Hope that the Peace Declaration (soon to be found on http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/mayors/english/) by Mayor Akiba, if only partly, will come true. Hope that world leaders might think one moment extra whenever they decide on developing a new nuclear weapon, on attacking states that maybe have WMD, on opening a new reprocessing plant to produce more plutonium.

And as long as there is hope, there is a point in fighting for it. That is what Greenpeace does. That's what makes me proud to work for Greenpeace.

More to come from Hiroshima after some sleep.

Do you know who has nuclear weapons?

So, we've now reached the 2 and a half hour point of this 24 hour marathon. It's probably around the right time for a nuclear check up.

Do you know who has nuclear weapons? Comeclean.org has a piece on the nuclear states.

The US, UK, France, Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan are all known to have nuclear weapons. North Korea is also thought to possess them.

If you want to live in a nuclear free world, then please help us to help Greenpeace to campaign against all the weapons of mass destruction in the world, and make a pledge to sponsor us.

2 and a half hours gone already, this is flying by. DJEB, my blogging partner from "A Logical Voice", as you will see is now able to make a post or two here, so thanks to DJEB for his support.

Also, thanks to all those who have pledged to sponsor us so far, and those who have given us support and encouragement; if you haven't made a pledge yet, just think what good your pledge could do in the Greenpeace campaigns against nuclear weapons.

Sangroncito is next up. Hello there Sangroncito, i'll be back at around 8 PM UK Time (about 3 PM EDT)

We want your pledges!

Well, i'm back, with my drink. Ok, thanks Dear Kitty, and indeed, Dear Kitty will be back at around 11AM PST, 7 PM BST or 8 PM CET.

We've already looked at a couple of the issues Greenpeace campaigns on, and we will, of course be looking at some more over the course of the next 22 hours or so.

In the meantime, this is another appeal to ask that you make a pledge to sponsor our efforts. We're taking part in this Blogathon to try and raise some money for Greenpeace, and we need your help to do that. You can take a look at how you can make a pledge by clicking here.

You can listen in to Blogathon radio here.

Japan remembers

Today was a hard day for us to get through here in Japan. At 8:15am on August 3rd, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped "Little Boy" on the city of Hiroshima and its 60kg core of uranium 235 was detonated. On that day, the aggressor turned into the victim. Its explosion with a force of 13 kilotons of TNT flattened a radius of 1.5 miles and killed 70,000 to 80,000 people outright with many more later dying of radiation sickness that the U.S. claimed was "Japanese propaganda." (As of August 2004, the City of Hiroshima claimed 237,062 dead as a result of the bombing.

Inside the Truman administration there was a debate on whether to drop the bomb in an unpopulated area to demonstrate its power or to see what it could do on a city. The arguments of Secretary of State James F. Byrnes won out with Hiroshima being the first target.

Claims, most notably from Byrnes, say that the bombs saved lives in the war. However, Japan was looking to end the war anyway. Take for example the words of then President Truman on July 18, 1945, President Truman: "telegram from Jap Emperor asking for peace…. Believe Japs will fold up before Russia comes in. I am sure they will when Manhattan [atomic bomb] appears over their homeland." Another among many examples is Walter Brown, aide to Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, who on Aug. 3, 1945 wrote "agreed Japs looking for peace…. "

I could go on about how the bomb was really for the Russians to let them see what the U.S. could do, but this is familiar to the point of cliche. Thus is will end by saying that every year in the peak of summer we here mourn as we will again on August 9th.

Remember Hiroshima: US WMD's out of The Netherlands

Nuclear bomb

Press release [The Netherlands]

Peace activists arrested at military air base Volkel

Volkel, 6 August 2005

This Saturday morning, military police has arrested eleven peace activists at the military air base Volkel.

There, they were demonstrating against the presence of United States weapons of mass destruction at Volkel.

Activists there report this.

On the roof of a military communication building, the activists of Action against Nuclear Weapons, Onkruit and the Peace Action Camp demonstrated with banners.

The action started at 8.15, exactly 60 years after the nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima in 1945.

From a later press release of this morning:
At Volkel are twenty nuclear bombs, each of them fourteen times stronger than the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
More on this, including Hiroshima mayor's speech: here.

And now I hand over the Blogathon baton. However, "I'll be back" (Gee, that sounds like Schwarzenegger whom I do not want to sound like ...).

More blog entries on Greenpeace

Greenpeace stampsToday, 6 August-7 August is the 24 hours Blogathon for Greenpeace; in which the blog Dear Kitty is also participating.

Other Dear Kitty entries mentioning Greenpeace can be found: here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Frankenstein foods? No thanks!

I first heard about Greenpeace's campaigns against GM crops and foods some years ago, and thought to myself, yes, I completely agree with their stand on this.

No one knows the full implications of genetically modified crops and foods, no one fully understands how they will affect their environments, and no one has proved that GM foods will not cause any adverse health effects.

A poll found taken in 2004 by Which found that 58% of people surveyed try to avoid foods contaminated by GM ingredients.

If you want to help Greenpeace to campaign against these Frankenstein foods, then please, pledge to sponsor us now.

Well, now it's over to Dear Kitty for the next couple of posts, i'm off to get another drink :)

Welcome to Blogathon 2005 at "Blogging For Greenpeace"

Well, the day has finally arrived. It's just about 2 PM in the UK, which means that for the next 24 hours between myself, Sangroncito and Dear Kitty, we'll be posting an entry here at least every 30 minutes, and asking you to pledge to sponsor us.

We'll try and look at some of the important issues tackled by Greenpeace, such as GM crops, pollution and nuclear weapons.

Most importantly, we need you - your support and encouragement will keep us going through the next 24 hours.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Register today, and pledge your support for our Blogathon efforts.

My First Blog

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"
Something I ask myself regularly. Today is the first time that I post a blog.
Thanks to my colleagues, I will be posting blogs about my experiences during the next weeks. I will be doing lots of things for the first time! First time in Japan, first time traveling with someone elses kids, first time attending the Hiroshima memorial.... It will be a very special experience, I'm sure. Fun, but also really impressive. Visiting the place which was destroyed by the second nuclear exposion ever, 60 years ago. Sending messages of peace, 'Never Again'.
Today my travel companions will visit our office in Amsterdam for a last briefing. Ashwin (14), Anouk (14) and Hannah (15) have the responsibility to tell the story of nuclear weapons and their experiences to other school children and to the media. It will be an impressive week for all of us, which hopefully results in equally impressive blogs.

See you soon!
Rianne

Greenpeace Rocks!

Wow! I just made my pledge and it felt great to give my support to Greenpeace. It's easy to register and particpate. Please join us on Saturday, August 6th. I 'm looking forward to it!

Sangroncito

Join Us!

I hope you'll all join us in "Blogging for Greenpeace" on Saturday, August 6th. I'll be writing more about this here and in my blog in the near future. I can't think of any environmental organization more deserving that Greenpeace. As we suffer through another record-breaking summer we can feel first-hand how our environment is changing rapidly. Greenpeace is at the forefront in addressing the critical environmental issues facing us.

See you on the 6th!

Sangroncito

Item 6 - Paintings For Pledges



And, the 6th piece, a watercolour of a small village pub, with very friendly staff in the northwest.

If you'd like the full version of this piece, then all i'm asking for you to do is to sign up here, then indicate a minimum pledge of $5 (About £3) at this page once you've registered at the site.

When you've done that, if you'd like this watercolour painting, please send me an email - blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk to let me know that you've made a pledge for this piece, quoting "Item 6 - The Junction" and the name you've registered, and made a pledge under. I'll then confirm the postal address with you that you'd like me to send the piece to.

No money is handled by myself, or indeed the Blogathon team, when the event is over, you'll receive an email asking you to forward the amount you've pledged to donate directly to Greenpeace.

Paintings For Pledges - Item 5



Well, onto Item 5, this is a part of a watercolour of Poinsettias in bloom.

If you'd like the full version of this piece, then all i'm asking for you to do is to sign up here, then indicate a minimum pledge of $8 (About £5) at this page once you've registered at the site.

When you've done that, if you'd like this watercolour painting, please send me an email - blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk to let me know that you've made a pledge for this piece, quoting "Item 5 - Poinsettias" and the name you've registered, and made a pledge under. I'll then confirm the postal address with you that you'd like me to send the piece to.

No money is handled by myself, or indeed the Blogathon team, when the event is over, you'll receive an email asking you to forward the amount you've pledged to donate directly to Greenpeace.

Paintings For Pledges - Item 4



This is item 4, it's a watercolour scene of a couple of houses in a small Lake District village, i'm sorry but I can't remember the name of the village now.

If you'd like this piece, then all i'm asking for you to do is to sign up here, then indicate a minimum pledge of $10 (About £6) at this page once you've registered at the site.

When you've done that, if you'd like this watercolour painting, please send me an email - blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk to let me know that you've made a pledge for this piece, quoting "Item 4 - Lakes Houses" and the name you've registered, and made a pledge under. I'll then confirm the postal address with you that you'd like me to send the piece to.

No money is handled by myself, or indeed the Blogathon team, when the event is over, you'll receive an email asking you to forward the amount you've pledged to donate directly to Greenpeace.

Item 3 - Paintings For Pledges



Ok, here's the 3rd piece, this is quite a dark watercolour painting of the Tollbooth Tavern in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was very damp, and cold that day, which is why I used the colours that I did.

If you'd like the full version of this piece, then all i'm asking for you to do is to sign up here, then indicate a minimum pledge of $10 (About £6) at this page once you've registered at the site.

When you've done that, if you'd like this watercolour painting, please send me an email - blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk to let me know that you've made a pledge for this piece, quoting "Item 3 - Tollbooth" and the name you've registered, and made a pledge under. I'll then confirm the postal address with you that you'd like me to send the piece to.

No money is handled by myself, or indeed the Blogathon team, when the event is over, you'll receive an email asking you to forward the amount you've pledged to donate directly to Greenpeace.

Paintings For Pledges - Item 2



Ok, here's the 2nd piece, this is a part of a print taken from a watercolour painting of Whitby, up in the north east of England.

If you'd like the full version of this piece, then all i'm asking for you to do is to sign up here, then indicate a minimum pledge of $5 (About £3) at this page once you've registered at the site.

When you've done that, if you'd like this watercolour painting, please send me an email - blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk to let me know that you've made a pledge for this piece, quoting "Item 2 - Whitby" and the name you've registered, and made a pledge under. I'll then confirm the postal address with you that you'd like me to send the piece to.

No money is handled by myself, or indeed the Blogathon team, when the event is over, you'll receive an email asking you to forward the amount you've pledged to donate directly to Greenpeace.

Item 1 - Paintings For Pledges

Leading up to, and during our 24 hour Blogathon efforts, I'll be offering some original watercolour paintings and prints, in return for your pledges to support us.

Although I don't claim them to be masterpieces, several people have said in the past that they like them, and I have seen a couple hanging in people's houses (Perhaps they hang them up when they know i'm going around to their house :) )

Anyway, let's start with this first offering, this is a small part of a watercolour painting of Mevagissey harbour, in Cornwall. (England).

If you'd like the full version of this piece, then all i'm asking for you to do is to sign up here, then indicate a minimum pledge of $8 (About £5) at this page once you've registered at the site.

When you've done that, if you'd like this watercolour painting, please send me an email - blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk to let me know that you've made a pledge for this piece, quoting "Item 1 - Mevagissey" and the name you've registered, and made a pledge under. I'll then confirm the postal address with you that you'd like me to send the piece to.

No money is handled by myself, or indeed the Blogathon team, when the event is over, you'll receive an email asking you to forward the amount you've pledged to donate directly to Greenpeace.

(Sorry, I couldn't fit it all in on the scanner, but you can get a general idea of the style of the piece)

Why Greenpeace is a worthy cause

There are many reasons why I think Greenpeace is a worthwhile cause to support.

The organisation is hard working, and campaigns tirelessly on a number of fronts, all over the world. Take this article, from News.com.au as an example of their work to publicise the effects of GM contamination:

EIGHT Greenpeace activists staged a protest in the office of Bayer
CropScience in Melbourne "to show what it's like to have an unwanted
presence of
contamination".Greenpeace is demanding the biotech giant take
responsibility for
a genetic engineering contamination that was revealed in
Victoria last week.

"Bayer don't seem to care that their genetically
engineered canola has
contaminated Australian exports to Japan, so we're
here to start holding them
accountable," campaigner Jeremy Tager said from
outside the building.

Or this one, from the Edinburgh Evening News, which takes a look at a legal bid by Greenpeace to protect dolphins from fishing nets:

The group is seeking court orders forcing the Government to completely ban "pair
trawling" for sea bass within 200 miles of the UK.
The controversial
fishing
method, which traps dolphins, involves two boats dragging a net
between them.
Greenpeace says Government observers witnessed just one pair
of UK trawlers
killing more than 150 dolphins last year.

Meanwhile, Greenpeace are also fighting against the deterioration of the Spanish coastline due to over development, as evidenced in this article, from the Globe and Mail:

"Pollution, massive urbanization, intensive fishing and the deterioration of
riverbeds are combining to have an amplified ecological impact and are
plunging
the coastline into a precarious state," Greenpeace said in its
fifth annual
report on the health of the Spanish coast.

You can help them to publicise and fight on these causes, and others by agreeing to make a pledge towards Greenpeace today.

It's easy to pledge to sponsor us, just click here, then click on register, fill in your details (you don't have to use your real name when pledging to sponsor us if you don't want to) then log in, return to our participation page, scroll down, and pledge to support a very worthwhile cause.

No money is handled by either ourselves, or the Blogathon team, when the Blogathon event ends, you will be sent an email to ask you to forward your donation to Greenpeace.


Introduction and how to sponsor the "Blogging For Greenpeace" team

Hello all,

just a brief (well, it might not be so brief by the time i've finished) introduction for you.

Firstly, for those who have, until now wondered what on earth a blog is, this is a blog. As you can see it has entries stamped with the date and time.

The Blogathon is an annual event where bloggers of all shapes and colours agree to post to their blogs at least every 30 minutes for the duration of the 24 hour event for the charity of their choice.

This year, the Blogathon begins on Saturday the 6th August at 9 AM Eastern Daylight Time in the US, 2 PM British Summer Time in the UK, 3 PM Central European Time, or if you're visiting from Japan, 10 PM.

We've agreed to support Greenpeace for Blogathon 2005, as they do some very good work to raise awareness of GM crops and foods, pollution, coastal erosion, the continuing nuclear threat and more. You can find out more about what Greenpeace does by clicking here.

Leading up to and during the Blogathon, there'll be entries here from Dear Kitty, Sangroncito, myself and Rianne.

Rianne is a Dutch Greenpeace campaigner, who will be in Hiroshima with a group of school children to mark the 60th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb there, and has kindly agreed to do some guest blogging for us.

If you'd like to sponsor us, and help us to raise some money for Greenpeace, it's quite easy to do so. Firstly, please click on "Register Today" which you can find at the top of each post, (right click and open in a new window, if you'd like to continue to read this introduction) then, please fill out the boxes on that page, once you've submitted the information you can then log in with the username and password you registered at the Blogathon site with.

Registering at the site means that when the Blogathon event is finished, all sponsors will receive an email reminding them about their pledge, and asking them to forward their donation to Greenpeace. There is a link on the sidebar for you to make your donation online once the Blogathon is complete.

Once you're logged in, to be able to sponsor us you need our participation page; this is where you can see details of the Blog's name, the blog's chosen charity, and a list of sponsors so far. You can reach our participation page quite easily by clicking on "pledge your support for our Blogathon efforts" which is at the top of each entry here.

If you're logged in when you've reached that page, and you haven't already made a pledge to sponsor us, you'll see a box with the amount you'd like to pledge. The minimum amount you can pledge is $1 (All pledges made are in US$, however, there is a useful link to a currency converter at the bottom of each post). Please enter the amount you'd like to sponsor us for, then decide whether you'd like to be anonymous or have your name listed as one of the sponsors, and click submit. When you've done that, you've pledged to sponsor us, thank you.

I hope this explains in a little more detail, than the previous introduction did, a little bit more about the event, and how you can give your support.

If you make a minimum pledge of $5 at the Blogathon website, and would like a link to your site or blog to appear at the top of the "A Logical Voice" blog, then please leave a message in the comments section here, to let us know, please remember to include your name (so it can be checked with the pledges made), along with your site/blog's name, and the address of the site/blog.

As an additional treat for visitors to "Blogging For Greenpeace", i've donated a few watercolour paintings and prints for our Blogathon efforts to try and raise a bit of extra money for Greenpeace. If you'd like one of the paintings or prints featured, then please follow the instructions in the individual entries for each piece.
Please click on any of the following to view the pieces:

Item 1 - "Mevagissey", Item 2 - "Whitby", Item 3 - "Tollbooth", Item 4 - "Lakes Houses", Item 5 - "Poinsettias" and Item 6 - "The Junction"

If you have any questions or comments, please do leave a comment, or email me - blogging_for_greenpeace@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Register today, and pledge your support for our Blogathon efforts.

Less than 48 hours to go until Blogathon 2005

Well, registrations have closed now for people to become a blogger in the marathon that is Blogathon 2005.

There are 261 individual and team blogs taking part this year to raise awareness and, more importantly, donations for the charity of their choice, as you'll no doubt know, we'll be "Blogging For Greenpeace", and would really appreciate all the support and encouragement that you could manage.

You can still make a pledge to sponsor us here.

Please click here for more instructions on how you can help us to help Greenpeace make a difference.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Register today, and pledge your support for our Blogathon efforts.

Most Germans in favour of phasing out nuclear energy

According to this article, from the People's Daily Online, most Germans are in favour of an end to nuclear energy. A poll for Greenpeace found that 70% of them would like to see the energy phased out.

Help keep the Greenpeace ships on patrol

One of the issues Greenpeace campaigns on is bottom trawling, it's an important issue which should be tackled, the page takes a look at the destructive nature of bottom trawling:

The destruction of deep-sea life in international waters off the east coast of Canada is especially troubling because, unlike most other international waters, there is a regulatory body in place to regulate high-seas bottom trawling in that area: NAFO, the North Atlantic Fisheries Organisation.

But according to Bruce Cox, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, NAFO "is bound by red tape, has little punishment for member countries... and it turns a blind eye frequently to infractions of their own rules."


If it were not for Greenpeace highlighting this serious issue, and others, then people like you and I would not know about them. Help us to help Greenpeace to continue to highlight important issues by pledging to sponsor us today.

Friday, July 29, 2005

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BlogShares Mission: Make a minimum pledge of $10 first and you get 44 BlogShares chips

A Mission has been set up at the BlogShares website, for anyone else who is a member there. The first person to make a pledge of at least $10 at the Blogathon website to sponsor us, and leaves a message at the BlogShares mission page, giving the name they've made a pledge under and the amount wins 44 chips.

The Federal Bureau of Intimidation

It's certainly worrying when the FBI spies on groups like the ACLU and Greenpeace, as this article, from the Greenpeace site asks, "Who's next? The Democratic Party? The New York Times?" The FBI should focus its investigations on real criminals.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in US federal court charging that the FBI is wrongfully withholding information about its investigations of peaceful organizations. The FBI has thousands of pages on Greenpeace, the ACLU, and other organisations but to date less than 20 pages have been received under Freedom of Information Act requests.

The group of 6 climate pact is worthless

Greenpeace have responded to the 6 nation "climate pact". You can read the press release by clicking here:

152 countries have now ratified the Kyoto Protocol, which contains legally binding emissions cuts for industrialized countries for the period from 2008-2012 (the first commitment period) and negotiations for the second and subsequent commitment begin in earnest later this year in Montreal. This 'pact' looks like yet another attempt by the US and Australia to derail these negotiations and condemn future generations to a world ravaged by climate change.


Indeed, some sort of voluntary scheme is worthless, gas emmissions targets should be compulsory.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

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Add your message to the "Wings of Peace"

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, ballons will be released, each with a personal message from people around the world, calling for peace, and an end to nuclear weapons.

You can add your message to the thousands of others which will be released by clicking on the image below:


Wings of Peace