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IMPERATIVE TO END OLD GROWTH LOGGING E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 23 May 2021 09:05

 

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goal 15: protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably MANAGE FORESTS,

combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Project 

 

FOR YEARS, BRITISH COLUMBIAN GOVENMENTS HAVE IGNORED INTERNATIONATION OBLIGATIONS INCURRED AND COMMITMENTS MADE ABOUT SAVING OLD GROWTH FORESTS NO END THERE IS SO LITTLE LEFT THAT NOW THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE IMPERATIVE TO  SAVE THE LITTLE REMAINING INTACT OLD GROWTH FOREST IN  fAIRY CREEK. HORGAN HAS EMBARKED UPON  SUPPORTING THE TOURIST INDUSTRY YET, AT THE SAME TIME, HE IS WILLING TO DESTROY BC'S ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE.

A END LOGGING OLD GROWTH LOGGING 

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COMMITMENTS THROUGHTHE CARACAS DECLARATION THE FOURTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON PARKS

 

Through this intention to be "mindful of this Declaration" the member states. through its Ministries of Environment and Forests have made a commitment  tomove from logging old growth to second growth"[relocated from primary to secondary forests (Report on implementation requirements of the Caracas Declaration, Mar. 1992)

                

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 June 2021 18:55
 
The Day UN Buried its Report Focusing on Apartheid in Israel E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 12 May 2021 19:31

The Day UN Buried its Report Focusing on Apartheid in Israel

Credit: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  • by Thalif Deen (United Nations)
  • Friday, April 30, 2021
  • Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 30 (IPS) - When the UN’s Beirut-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), released a landmark 2017 report on “apartheid” in Israel, the United Nations disassociated itself with the study and left it to die--- unceremoniously and unsung.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2021 19:57
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UN Blue Could Urgently Solve Triple Climate Emergency E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 February 2021 12:53
 /IPS Biodiversity, Climate Change, Development & Aid, Editors' Choice, Environment, Featured, Global, Green Economy, Headlines, IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse, Population, Poverty & SDGs, TerraViva United Nations CLIMATE CHANGE UN Blueprintthat Could Urgently Solve Earth€™s Triple Climate Emergencies By Manipadma Jena BHUBANESWAR, India, Feb 19 2021 (IPS) - €œOur war on nature has left the planet broken. This is senseless and suicidal. The consequences of our recklessness are already apparent in human suffering, towering economic losses and the accelerating erosion of life on Earth,€ Antonio Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations said. €
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The Earth Does Not Belong to Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 17 January 2021 15:24

POSTED ON 

JANUARY 17, 2021

from TOMDispatch

Only one thing truly hurt him at a gut level, and it wasn€™t the‚ endangerment‚ of his vice president in a Capitol attacked by a rabid mob sporting the‚ Confederate flag, MAGA hats, and‚ anti-Semitic T-shirts.  Nor, believe it or not, was it even the threat of being the first president in American history to be‚ impeached twice; nor having‚ Deutsche Bank‚ (which kept him afloat for years) and other major corporate entities suddenly sever ties with him; nor even having one of his major financial supporters, Sheldon Adelson,‚ die‚ on him. For Donald Trump, the biggest blow of last week was reportedly the Professional Golfers€™ Association, or P.G.A.,‚ announcement‚ that it was taking its 2022 championship match away from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.  In other words, the man who had visited golf courses more‚ than 300 times‚ during his presidency had suddenly become the golf equivalent of an undocumented immigrant and, according to those close to him, that truly €œgutted€ him.

 

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Renewable Energy Transition Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:41

Renewable Energy Transition Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

ByNalisha Adams

 

A wind energy generation plant located in Loiyangalani in northwestern Kenya. The plant is set to be the biggest in Africa, generating 300 MW. This renewable energy project was supported by the African Development Bank. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

BONN, Germany, Jan 13 2021 (IPS)- 2021 is going to be critical, not only for curbing the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, but also for meeting the climate challenge.

But as Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) was clear to point out, the climate challenge is essentially an energy challenge. And as large polluters continue to commit to targets of net zero emissions by 2050, the world could €” in theory €” potentially address the climate challenge.

 

€œThe energy that powers our daily lives our economies also alone produces about 80 percent of global emissions,€ Birol noted while addressing the virtual COP26 Virtual Roundtable on Clean Power Transition earlier this week on Jan. 11

 

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2021 18:43
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A GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY STATEMENT FOR COP26 in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 14:10

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The activists confronting Shell at the COP24: Three Nigerians Nnimmo Bassey, Gowin Ojo and Rita Uwaka are part of the action

BY GLOBAL COMPLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT

RECALLING THAT In 1988, at the Climate Change Conference in Toronto, three hundred global scientists, along with other participants concluded:

Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequence could be second only to a global nuclear war. the Earth's atmosphere is changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from depositions of hazardous, toxic and atomic wastes and from wasteful fossil fuel use. These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.... it is imperative to act now."

In the Conference statement, Changing Atmosphere Conference in 1988 and they called for the global community, to Reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 20% of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Clearly the industrialized nations have a responsibility to lead the way both through their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

AWARE THAT In 1992, under article 4 of UNFCCC developed states made a commitment to return to 1990 levels by the end of the decade (i.e. 2000) (Article 4, UNFCCC);

RECALLING THAT in September 2007, at the UN, the Chair of the IPCC Rajendra Pachauri supported,"moving from a meat-based diet to a plant based diet.

RECALLING THAT In 2009 at an IPCC press conference at COP15, it was proclaimed that at a 2 degree rise in temperature, the poor, the vulnerable and the disenfranchised would not survive, at 1.5, they might

AWARE THAT in 2013, all member states adopted Sustainable Development Goal 13- Climate change presents the single biggest threat to development, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Urgent action to combat climate change is needed.

APPRECIATING THAT in 2015. at COP 21, Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision NOT with vested national interests

WELCOMING ON August 4 2019 Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated: We are facing a grave climate emergency. We need urgently to accelerate with Climate Action for the transformation the world needs. This is the battle of our lives. It is a battle we can win. It is a battle we must win.

IMPLEMENTING SDG13, ACHIEVING A GLOBAL VISION, ADDRESSING THE CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY, AND KEEPING THE RISE IN TEMPERATURE BELOW 1.5 C WOULD INVOLVE:

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2021 11:19
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Protesters add new blockade to stop old-growth logging near Port Renfrew E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 11 December 2020 10:11

 

 
A group of forest activists have created a new blockade along Bugaboo Creek, near Port Renfrew, where logging company Teal Jones Group is working to clear cut another section of old-growth trees on the southern part of Vancouver Island. (Facebook/Fairy Creek Blockade)

A group of forest activists have created a new blockade along Bugaboo Creek, near Port Renfrew, where logging company Teal Jones Group is working to clear cut another section of old-growth trees on the southern part of Vancouver Island. (Facebook/Fairy Creek Blockade)

Protesters add new blockade to stop old-growth logging near Port Renfrew

Bugaboo Creek protesters demands B.C. to immediately stop old-growth logging on Island

A group of old-growth logging protesters near Port Renfrew have added a new blockade at a nearby site.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2021 18:46
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND DISARMAMENT E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 21 September 2020 07:01

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

(OUTLINE FROM A LARGER DOCUMENT)

(RE POSTED  2020-09-17) LEST WE FORGET  INCREASED MILITARISM AND DEFIANCE OF THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW)

 

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DISARMAMENT POSTER - NORTHERN fRIENDS' pEACE BOARD 1935

UPDATE IN 2020

In December 2016, Canada along with US allies  gave the reason for not adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon, that US nuclear weapons are necessary for the security of Canada  and that Canada would never agree that nuclear weapons would never be used

And in july2017 Canada refused to sign and ratify a Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons which undertakes never under any circumstances to:

(a) Develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (b) Transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (c) Receive the transfer of or control over nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices directly or indirectly;

 (d) Use or threaten to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;

 (e) Assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty;

(g) Allow any stationing, installation or deployment of any nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in its territory or at any place under its jurisdiction or control.

 

And  instead Canada  had  agreed, at a NATO Conference, to the following;

1) Nuclear weapons must be maintained indefinitely.

2) we will improve their use and accuracy (modernize them).

3  wecan use them first.

4) we can target non-nuclear weapons states.

5) We can threaten to use them.

6) We can keep them in Europe, as we are now doing.

7)  We can launch some on 15 minutes warning.

8) We say “they are essential for peace."

And We will never agree that they should never be used.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2020 07:07
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Protecting Nature is Entirely Within Humanity’s Reach: The Work Must Start Now E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:04

 

Inger Andersen is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Credit: The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 15 2020 (IPS) - We have known for a long time that biodiversity, and the services it provides, have been in decline. It is on this background that ten years ago, the international community adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

The goal of the plan, and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, was to halt biodiversity loss and ensure that ecosystems continued to provide essential services.

Governments and the wider society have acted to address the biodiversity crisis. Some nations have made some progress. However, as this Report Card on global progress demonstrates, we have not met the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. And we are not on track for the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity.

Many of you might have heard me speak to the devastating consequences of humanity’s imprint on nature, in particular, the COVID-19 pandemic, a zoonotic disease transmitted between animals and humans, which is by no means the first and will not be the last.

From COVID-19 to massive wildfires, floods, melting glaciers and unprecedented heat, our failure to meet the Aichi Targets – to protect our home – has very real consequences. We can no longer afford to cast nature to the side. Now is the time for a massive step up, conserving, restoring and using biodiversity fairly and sustainably.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:17
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the Leap Manifesto is 5 years old today E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:11

 

 

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Cumberland Community Forest Event E-mail
Posted by admin   
Sunday, 13 September 2020 09:53

Often we post articles about deforestation.  Most of the issues  are large scale.  What we sometimes miss is that most issues involve tree farm licences and some small communities generally are adversly affected by the loss of nature and a beautiful community.   So here is one I thought to mention.  Cumberland is a nice community on Vancouver Island.  The community has been trying to protect a buffer of forest arround their town from deforestation.  Cumberland Community Forest Society

 

They are hosting an event that will showcase some of the values of this forest by holding the First Annual Fungus Fest. 

Guest speakers, online presentations and virtual pubs, guided walks (day and night), art projects, ethnobotany and more!

Your $25 ticket unlocks a program of online and real world events ad curious links for your fungi pleasure.

 

 

https://cumberlandforest.tickit.ca/events/9993-1st-annual-cumberland-fungus-fest

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:16
 
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