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Civic Disobedience and Climate Change

Civic Disobedience and Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
On July 30, the whole world watched as 13 Greenpeace activists dangled from ropes tied to the St. John's bridge in Portland, Ore., red and yellow streamers catching the wind. They were blocking the exit of the Fennica, Shell's ice breaker headed to the Arctic to facilitate drilling. These young activists hung there for 40 hours in makeshift platforms and slings during some of the hottest days on record, before the police and Coast Guard brought them down. One hundred feet below them, filling the river with their colorful small boats, were Portland's "kayactivists" from the local Climate Action Coalition -- some were experienced paddlers, others kayaking for the very first time. On shore stood over 500 people, cheering and chanting "Stop that boat!" Some were moved to tears by this unprecedented spectacle and by the courage of the protesters.
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Civil disobedience must often be disagreeable and even unlawful.  The term implies an argument with existing practices and laws.  Whistleblowing, marching, and gathering are essential to maintain a healthy democracy. 

Human rights and welfare are the common focus of civil disobedience, but some, like the Greenpeace activists in the photo, believe that animal and ecosystem rights are equally important reasons for civil disobedience.  This is usually justified by arguing that humans cannot survive without a healthy ecosystems occupied by healthy animal and plant populations.  There is another, rarer, form of this justification:  Nature, consisting of air, rocks, water, soil, animals, and plants has inherent importance unrelated to humans, not because of how humans benefit from nature, but because nature has equal rights to exist.

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Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war.

Forget the war for biodiversity, it’s just war. | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

A contributed essay from Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of Political Ecology of Development, SOAS, University of London.

Conservationists are facing some difficult and critically important choices over how to conserve elephants and rhinos in the wake of a rapid rise in poaching. But there appears to be a rush towards more militarised responses, which intersect with the strategic aims of the US-led ‘War on Terror’. Elephants and rhinos themselves may be fast becoming the latest weapon in this war. This is not ‘back to the barriers’, which implies a defensive position - it is an ‘offensive’ position extending well beyond protected areas. It could easily lead to an escalation of violence that will undermine decades of work with local communities, and it runs counter to the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights.

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Good discussion of the use of force to protect wildlife.

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In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup

In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Campaign leads to plunge in demand for shark fin soup; conservationists hope to also wean Chinese off ivory.
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Stick with jade.

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret--a Review of a Terrific Video

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret--a Review of a Terrific Video | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The movie goes far beyond the obvious impacts of livestock production such as overgrazing of rangelands, and talks about everything from water pollution (from manure) to energy use in the production of meat to the mistreatment of meat producing animals by humans. Overall it makes a very cogent and articulate argument against meat/dairy consumption.

"They even take on Alan Savory, advocate of more livestock production as a means of reducing global warming, pointing out that methane production from domestic animals is one of the largest contributors to warming climate, and vastly exceeds any ability of grazed grassland ecosystems to absorb more carbon.

"The video is full of facts illustrated with great graphs like how many more gallons of water or the amount of land required in the production of a hamburger vs. a veggie burger that will make it easy to understand why livestock are one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity and ecosystems.


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GR:  The Earth could get along just fine without us.  If anyone can think of an ecosystem function that requires our presence, I would like to hear about it.  Circumstantial and fossil evidence indicates that even when human numbers were small, the fires, animal drives, and plant preferences had harmful effects.  Ecosystem resilience absorbed early human impacts, but now with more than seven billion of us, the impacts are simply overwhelming earth ecosystems. Livestock?  Earth could tolerate a few domestic beasts, but not the billions we have now.  Watch the video.

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Tanzania to Employ 500 Wildlife Conservators

Tanzania to Employ 500 Wildlife Conservators | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Tanzania will employ about 500 new wildlife conservation staff in the upcoming fiscal year to reduce the staff shortage at the country's wildlife authority, Tanzania's Daily News reported Monday (June 23rd).
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Now add some sport hunters and you have firepower and funds.

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Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push

Canada Silences Scientists, Targets Environmentalists in Tar Sands Push | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Five years ago this month, the firm TransCanada submitted a permit request to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The project has sparked one of the nation’s most contentious environmental battles in decades. The Obama administration initially appeared ready to approve Keystone XL, but an unprecedented wave of activism from environmentalists and residents of the states along its path has forced several delays. Among those pressuring Obama for Keystone XL’s approval is the Canadian government, which recently offered a greater pledge of reduced carbon emissions if the pipeline is built. 


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Greed takes Canada.

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