All the best to one of the most compassionate people on the planet, Dan, a man with the most beautiful heart that I have ever met. You’re one in 6 billion, and I hope that your birthday is every bit as special as you are. Much love, – Me.
If you care, at least a bit for our future, the future of all the species (species
■ noun (plural same)
Biology a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or of interbreeding, considered as the basic unit of taxonomy and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g. Homo sapiens.) in the face of the world, please, read this article fully… and start to do something to change it!
“Our oceans are turning into plastic…are we? Wrist-slittingly depressing, yes, but there are glimmers of hope on the horizon. Green architect and designer William McDonough has become an influential voice, not only in environmental circles but among Fortune 500 CEOs. McDonough proposes a standard known as “cradle to cradle” in which all manufactured things must be reusable, poison-free, and beneficial over the long haul. His outrage is obvious when he holds up a rubber ducky, a common child’s bath toy. The duck is made of phthalate-laden PVC, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive harm. “What kind of people are we that we would design like this?” McDonough asks. In the United States, it’s commonly accepted that children’s teething rings, cosmetics, food wrappers, cars, and textiles will be made from toxic materials. Other countries–and many individual companies–seem to be reconsidering. Currently, McDonough is working with the Chinese government to build seven cities using “the building materials of the future,” including a fabric that is safe enough to eat and a new, nontoxic polystyrene.
Thanks to people like Moore and McDonough, and media hits such as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, awareness of just how hard we’ve bitch-slapped the planet is skyrocketing. After all, unless we’re planning to colonize Mars soon, this is where we live, and none of us would choose to live in a toxic wasteland or to spend our days getting pumped full of drugs to deal with our haywire endocrine systems and runaway cancer.
None of plastic’s problems can be fixed overnight, but the more we learn, the more likely that, eventually, wisdom will trump convenience and cheap disposability. In the meantime, let the cleanup begin: The National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is aggressively using satellites to identify and remove “ghost nets,” abandoned plastic fishing gear that never stops killing. (A single net recently hauled up off the Florida coast contained more than 1,000 dead fish, sharks, and one loggerhead turtle.) New biodegradable starch- and corn-based plastics have arrived, and Wal-Mart has signed on as a customer. A consumer rebellion against dumb and excessive packaging is afoot. And in August 2006, Moore was invited to speak about “marine debris and hormone disruption” at a meeting in Sicily convened by the science advisor to the Vatican. This annual gathering, called the International Seminars on Planetary Emergencies, brings scientists together to discuss mankind’s worst threats. Past topics have included nuclear holocaust and terrorism.”
“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”
“Composting isn’t just for food, silly! You’ll be surprised at all the strange, random junk you can toss in the compost bucket. Don’t draw the line at peach pits and coffee grounds – start chucking the following items into that bucket and watch your garbage bill go down while you create top-drawer dirt (and help the planet, of course).”
When the world misses its history lesson – Remember the Day of the Disappeared on 30 August 2008
“The stories of thousands of people whose whereabouts are simply unknown have been documented by the United Nations, Amnesty International and many other organizations in more than 80 countries since the 1970s.
But there is something you can do to stop this hideous crime once and for all. Twenty-five years ago, the Day of the Disappeared was established by the United Nations for the world to remember those who have been, and are, victims of enforced disappearances. Today, the United Nations and many organizations like Amnesty International are promoting the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances.
This convention – although at first sight only a paper – would be a great first step to achieve justice for the thousands who are still looking for their missing relatives and for those who are held in secret and might be suffering grave abuse today.”
CHINA’S STOLEN CHILDREN – documentary