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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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Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period

Predator Killing Contest Environmental Assessment Available for 15-day Comment Period | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The BLM is asking for comments on an Environmental Assessment that examines the impacts of issuing a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct a predator killing contest on BLM lands. The comment ...
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GR:  Please send a comment to the BLM.  Instead of killing predators, we should be tending to the habitats that their prey need.  With more than half of Earth's vertebrates wiped out by humans since 1970 (report by World Wildlife Fund), it is past time to begin conserving wildlife species, not killing them for fun.

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James Cameron: Only Veganism Can Save Us Now - MFA Blog

James Cameron: Only Veganism Can Save Us Now - MFA Blog | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
James and Suzy Amis Cameron, the provocative power couple behind the first all-vegan school and countless successful films, are now reported by CNN to be promoting a plant-based diet as the cure for our environmental ills.

The two tout the...

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A great example of leadership from outside government.

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The King's Decree of 7-28-14, "Regarding the United States Navy and the destruction of Hawai'i's marine environment"

The King's Decree of 7-28-14, "Regarding the United States Navy and the destruction of Hawai'i's marine environment" | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

This letter (decree/edict) was written by Ali’i Nui Mō`ī Edmund K. Silva, Jr. Selected highlights are below (bolding is the King's).


"...the U.S. government has no spiritual or ancestral ties to these islands, as myself and my people do, they have raped and pillaged these lands and our oceans with absolutely no regard for the effect such heinous actions will have on our future generations. This abhorrent behavior will no longer be tolerated, as the Kingdom cares deeply for the land, the oceans, and all walks of life, both human and animal, which inhabit this archipelago."

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Ask USFWS and the Department of Interior To Give Panthers Room To Roam!

Ask USFWS and the Department of Interior To Give Panthers Room To Roam! | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Florida panthers once prowled and flourished in America’s southeastern woodlands and swamps, but today fewer than 160 remain.
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GR:  Sign the petition to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Ricky Gervais calls for public to hand in ivory and other wildlife products

Ricky Gervais calls for public to hand in ivory and other wildlife products | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Non-political leadership can support nature conservation as Ricky Gervais is in London.
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Just One Road Can Destroy a Forest

Just One Road Can Destroy a Forest | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
keeping wild areas free of roads is a remarkably cost-efficient way of protecting biodiversity and keeping the planet cool
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As roads increase, biodiversity declines, and Earth warms. The "Road-Free" initiative might have lost steam, but you can help.  Go to http://roadfree.org and register to show your support.

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How should "Flathead National Forest 2.0" look? | Conservation

How should "Flathead National Forest 2.0" look? | Conservation | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Montana's Flathead Forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas of our country, but it needs some work to become more effective for conservation.

"In the northwestern corner of Montana just next to Glacier National Park sits the 2.4 million acre Flathead National Forest. It’s a part of the massive and biodiverse “Crown of the Continent” ecosystem, and is part of a broader collection of protected areas stretching all the way down to Yellowstone. It’s home to more than one thousand native plant species, 70 mammals, and 260 birds. It’s home to iconic American megafauna, like grizzly bears and grey wolves, along with mountain lions, wolverines, lynx, and fishers.

"Starting in the 1930s, concerned citizens and government officials have worked to protect this region, and while it remains mostly unaffected by development, it is starting to suffer the effects of climate change. As glaciers disappear from nearby Glacier National Park, the region will see warmer winters and summers, decreasing snowpack, earlier spring melts, reduced stream flows, and a longer, more severe wildfire season. The animals there will increasingly need more space to roam as their food sources and habitats change with the climate."

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One Special Rhino

One Special Rhino | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"As if timing his arrival to perfectly coincide with 2012-13 as International Year of the Rhino, Sumatran rhino calf “Andatu” was born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in the wee hours of 23 J..."

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Here is an opportunity to pick up a holiday gift and help rhinos.

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Under-the-Radar Environmental Stories for 2015: The Furtive Five

Under-the-Radar Environmental Stories for 2015: The Furtive Five | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

Between crazy weather, international events, and global agreements, 2014 was a year in which climate change took center stage. Whether it was a catastrophic drought in California, accelerated ice melting in Antarctica, or even record-breaking heat disrupting the Australian Open, the impacts of climate change are being felt around the world—and people are starting to take notice.

As we begin the new year, however, there are a number of stories slipping past the public eye that are worth highlighting. Five stand out.

--Siberia’s Natural Resources—Exploited without Scrutiny

--A New Grand Canal

--The Smog of Iran

--The Brazilian Amazon—Is It Really on the Upswing?

--Environmental reporting on the upswing?

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  I have to add --Population and --Invasive species.  There were some reports in 2014, but the serious nature of these environmental problems should  have generated much more thought and commentary.

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Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper

Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
LONDON — Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there's faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions that cause climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report.
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GR:  Climate scientists such as James Hansen (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7c2) and biologists such as E.O. Wilson (http://wp.me/p26kDO-7ZO) believe we are in the midst of an emergency.  More than climate change, we are reducing habitat through construction, farming, and grazing; we are aiding the takeover by invasive species (http://wp.me/p26kDO-4we), we are eliminating fresh water supplies for wildlife, and we are polluting the land, air, and water.  Where is the emergency response?

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End Ecocide in Europe | A European Citizen Initiative to give the Earth Rights

End Ecocide in Europe | A European Citizen Initiative to give the Earth Rights | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

The pollution and destruction of our environment, as well as the depletion of natural resources are progressing fast and without restraint. Extensive damage or destruction of ecosystems is called ecocide.

All life on earth, our peaceful co-existence and our own well-being depends on intact ecosystems. Nature provides the necessary resources and our natural environment. We should value and protect this generous gift.

That’s why we request that crimes against nature be recognised as crime. We request direct liability for decision-makers in politics and business, as well as companies responsible for ecocide.

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Here's a direct approach to industry environmental impact.  Make it ALL a crime!  Sign the petition.

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Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

So far the EPA has refused to ban use of neonicotinoid insecticides — despite mounting evidence that they kill bees and other wildlife, despite a ban in the European Union, despite a lawsuit filed by activists and beekeepers. 


But if the EPA is somehow still unclear on the dangers posed by neonics, it need only talk to the official who oversees federal wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean..

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Pressure mounts for EPA to ban neonicotinoid insecticides.

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Living Without Herbicides

Living Without Herbicides | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The herbicides used to kill weeds have two undisputed dangers: They can poison arthropods and the animals that eat them, and they eliminate plants that are hosts for Monarch Butterflies and many o...
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In 2007, I stopped using herbicides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizers on my farm.

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Smuggled elephant ivory price triples

Smuggled elephant ivory price triples | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The price of ivory taken from African elephants slaughtered for their tusks has tripled in the past four years in China, the world's biggest market, conservationists said on Thursday.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Are the people of the world going to allow simple materialistic urges to wipe out such magnificent creatures?  International negotiations have failed.  What's next?  Must the nation homes of the elephant declare war on China and other countries that will not take action to protect elephants?  Of course, if China did outlaw ivory imports, the price would simply explode.  Can it truly be that each grinning, clapping little character gloating over his piece of ivory has absolutely no concern for elephants? 

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Take Action to Protect Wildlife

Take Action to Protect Wildlife | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

"The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" is harmful to wildlife and natural areas in many ways, and would force local land managers to give priority to trapping, hunting, fishing and shooting over all the other ways that Americans and their families enjoy Federal lands, such as hiking, biking, bird watching and kayaking. We all should be able to experience our public lands free from the dangers posed by the tiny minority of those who hunt animals. We also should be free to have those lands and wildlife protected from the dangers of lead poisoning (from lead bullets) -- an issue this bill expressly forbids scientists from even considering.

"Take action to protect wildlife habitat by calling your U.S. Senator today. It only takes a couple minutes, but your calls and phone messages have a powerful impact with legislators. You can simply say....

For more than three decades, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
Garry Rogers's insight:

Our leaders should not risk harming Earth ecosystems. Without formal courses in ecology, they are susceptible to false arguments.  When we allow special interests to supply experts and offer campaign support, nonsense receives equal time. Errors are inevitable.  We have to take the action called for in this article, but we must recognize we are treating symptoms.  Let's also look for ways to call for better nature education.

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Africa's oldest national park counts on sustainability

Africa's oldest national park counts on sustainability | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
People living in and around Africa's oldest wildlife reserve—threatened by armed groups and oil prospectors, are pinning their hopes on sustainable development projects for energy, agriculture and tourism.
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Of course, no development can be sustainable without population control and nature conservation. Without these goals, "sustainability" is just another word for "smash and grab."

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Moreton Island, An Alphabetical Adventure: Q-Z

Moreton Island, An Alphabetical Adventure: Q-Z | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Well, here we are in nether regions of the alphabet, which was always going to be the toughest section of this journey. But by taking a few liberties with semantics and, well, truth, I have success...
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Great photo essay for a large sand island off the Australian east coast.

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