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WWF marks 50 years of conservation but Archbishop Tutu warns greed threatens …

 Zurich, April 29th 2011 – WWF, one of the world’s leading environmental organisations marked fifty years of successful conservation but was reminded of bigger challenges to come.

As WWF staff and supporters gathered in Zurich to celebrate their half-century, guest of honour Archbishop Desmond Tutu – a long-time champion of fair and sustainable development – warned we live in a world threatened by greed and consumerism.

“Our desire to consume everything of value, to extract every precious stone, every drop of oil and every creature from the sea knows no bounds,” said the Archbishop. “This quest for profit subverts our present and our future. There are too many people who are getting better and better at exploiting the environmental heritage which belongs to us all. We are not heading for an environmental disaster – we have already created one.”

“We are meant to live in a world which we share, and we are meant to live as members of one family,” said Archbishop Tutu. “And yet whenever we look around, isn’t it devastating to see the inequities and levels of poverty? Our population is increasing, environmental degradation is increasing. How do we resolve these inequities when all we are told is growth, growth, growth?”

However the Archbishop sounded an optimistic note and said he believed humankind could learn to live within its limits. “There is enough for everyone – but not enough for our greed,” he said. “There’s enough for us all to live a full life – so why do we want to destroy the only home we have?”

Since 1961, WWF has been instrumental in getting more than a billion hectares protected, several species brought back from the brink of extinction, and raising more than one billion dollars in conservation finance. The organisation is now supported by more than five million people and is active in over 100 countries on five continents.

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey highlighted WWF’s record of achievements and said the organisation was vital in today’s world. “The protection and sustainable use of natural resources is one of the most pressing issues today. Thanks to WWF we have learned we have to take a holistic approach to the environment,” she said. “Addressing environmental issues at global as well as local levels becomes ever more important.”

Earlier, guests at the gala event in Zurich heard WWF International President Yolanda Kakabdse outline the advances made in conservation in the past half-century. “When WWF was founded there were no ministers of the environment and no environmental treaties. Today such ministries are found in governments worldwide, and treaties are increasingly used to govern and protect the environment,” she said.

“Right from the beginning, this organisation has been built by individuals with a deep and inspiring passion: a commitment to stop environmental degradation and build a future where people live in harmony with nature, ” said Ms Kakabadse. She also joked that the Duke of Edinburgh – President Emeritus of WWF – would have been present were it not for a family wedding taking place in London. In a message Prince Philip said: “Perhaps its [WWF's] greatest achievement so far has been to make a significant number of people in all communities, in all parts of the world, aware of the serious threats facing the world’s natural environment.”

Al-Jazeera anchor Veronica Pedrosa introduced a video-taped message from world-famous naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough in which he said conservation organisations such as WWF were becoming increasingly important as the planet faces greater challenges. “As WWF has pointed out, this is an issue for everybody because it affects everybody,” said Sir David. “We are dependent on the natural world for everything we need. The job of WWF is more important than ever and it deserves all the support it can get.”

WWF International Director General Jim Leape reminded guests why they were there and of the work still to be done to achieve a fair and sustainable world for all. “The world would be much poorer today without our efforts, yet it is a cruel irony that, for all that we have accomplished together, somehow we have to find a way to do even more. We have to find a way to bend the curves that will define our future – carbon, water, fisheries, erosion of biodiversity; fraying of the fabric of life. We have to find a new way to forge connections with nature.”

“We live in an increasingly urbanised society that is largely ignorant of the wonders that inspire us. And we live in an economy that is still often stubbornly indifferent to the natural systems upon which it depends,” said Mr Leape.

Guests at the gala evening – which was held to say “thank-you” to staff and supporters world-wide – were treated to environmentally-themed theatre, dance, and musical performances, specially-commissioned art installations and a children’s choir. WWF stressed that the costs of the event had been met by sponsors Chopard and Sarasin.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Martin Atkin, Media Director, WWF International, +41 796932985 matkin@wwf.panda.org

A selection of photos from the WWF gala evening are available for download at http://www.lagalerie.com/IMGSRVR/wwf50zh

About WWF:

WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of concerned naturalists and conservationists. WWF’s 50th anniversary on 29th April 2011 marks the signing of the “Morges Manifesto”, a document which led to the founding of the organisation and the first campaign to save endangered species. Since then WWF has grown into one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with more than 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Article source: http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?200186/WWF-marks-50-years-of-conservation-but-Archbishop-Tutu-warns-greed-threatens-environmental-progress

Celebrating Earth Day

DESOTO COUNTY — About 800 people turned out for the first annual DeSoto County Earth Day and celebrated the Blue Planet and all things green.

They also learned about creatures great and small.

Nancy Dunning cradled a baby screech owl named Clippy in her hand as she showed the small ball of fluff to youngsters on the grounds of the DeSoto County Courthouse.

The bay owl, which had been struck by a car, has been rescued by the Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The group, based in Lake Cormorant, rescues injured wildlife and then uses the creatures as an abject lesson in preserving the flora and fauna of the natural world.

The demonstration was part of DeSoto County Earth Day festivities on Saturday.

“I’m hoping that people learned wildlife belongs in the wild,” Dunning said. “Just because you see an injured animal doesn’t mean you need to take it home as a pet. I also hope they learned that animals are very much part of the environment and we need to protect them.”

Valerie Smith, founder and director of Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc., said the Earth Day venue was a huge success.

“They asked about the ARK,” Smith said, referring to a planned $5 million rehabilitation and nature center on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake. “I told them we don’t have the funding yet but someday we will build the ARK.”

Smith said she was amazed at the questions asked by young and old alike during Earth Day festivities.

“It’s been wonderful,” Smith said. “It’s been a successful day. Any time you can educate a child or an adult about wildlife and the natural environment, it’s a successful day.”

The DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority helped educate the public about using recycled wastewater sludge as fertilizer for crops.

DeSoto County Environmental Services officials handed out brochures on stormwater run-off, recycling and helping to keep the air clean.

“We’ve had a good day,” Ray Laughter, DeSoto County Stormwater Coordinator, said. “I think everybody’s learned a few things.”

Other Earth Day participants shared similar observations.

“I think kids in particular are very aware about conservation,” Earth Day Committee member and coordinator Shelly Johnstone said.

Earth Day was held in conjunction with the opening of the Hernando Farmers market and the 8th Annual DeSoto County Museum Day.

“It was a great day and we had beautiful weather,” Johnstone said. “There was a lot of interest. For instance, we’re seeing all of the communities in DeSoto County look at recycling as an answer to issues affecting our environment. Even the pet (adoption) giveaways are examples of that.”

Robert Lee Long: rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252

Article source: http://www.desototimes.com/articles/2011/04/30/news/doc4dbc4df1538df735639284.txt

Call for environmental protection

Abu Dhabi: On the 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF) on Saturday called on UAE residents to live more sustainable lives and work towards protecting the country’s natural environment. In a statement, the EWS said the WWF has seen the protection of more than a billion hectares worldwide since its establishment.

It has also brought back several species from the brink of extinction, including the critically endangered Arabian oryx.

However, climate change have accelerated the biodiversity loss, and could reverse these gains unless conservationists and UAE residents step up their efforts, the statement added.

In the UAE, the WWF leads many conservation efforts via the EWS, including marine turtle protection, creation of sustainable fisheries, establishment of protected wildlife areas and efforts to encourage residents to reduce their ecological footprint.

Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water in the UAE said the work that EWS-WWF carries out is special and important, and spoke of the vital role played by awareness drives.

Article source: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/environment/call-for-environmental-protection-1.801401

When bugs battle, nature wins

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Nature’s Pet Market Location Opening in West Linn, Oregon

The first Nature’s Pet Market store on the Eastside of I-5 in the Portland Metropolitan area is having its Grand Opening on April 30th from 10am-6pm.

Lake Oswego, OR (PRWEB) April 29, 2011

The newest location for the Nature’s Pet Market Franchise System is the prototype design for future Nature’s Pet Market stores. Included within the premises is a state-of-the-art grooming facility and pet spa as well as a comfortable retail sales environment.

Owned locally by Mason and Kristen Hartman, Nature’s Pet Market West Linn continues the tradition of other Nature’s Pet Market franchises in having area residents own and operate their stores. “Our goal is to be the neighborhood one-stop pet market. Your pet will feel pampered and well cared for with our grooming services, and we offer a huge selection of top-quality food and supplies,” says Mason.

Nature’s Pet Market West Linn will be having its Grand Opening on Saturday, April 30th fro m 10am – 6pm. Manufacturer representatives will be onsite to answer questions and give our samples. Also, several special promotions will be offered during the Grand Opening such as: free giveaways, door prizes, $10 for 10 minute pet massage, and 10% OFF your entire purchase.

“We are honored,” Mason says, “to be able to provide the pet-loving community of West Linn a business that is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and the highest quality natural pet food.”

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Daniel Webb

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Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20110429/bs_prweb/prweb5279924_1

Salazar during Boise visit: Changing nature of wildfires will clash with tight budgets

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is confident he has enough funding to meet the wildfire threats of 2011.

But Salazar warned that climate change and invasions of bark beetles and cheat grass could make larger, hotter fires in the future “the looming Katrina of the West.” Those fires will make balancing the protection of areas like the populated Boise Front and habitat for sage grouse — on the brink of listing as an endangered species — even harder.

“We have to get ahead of how climate change is affecting us,” he said during a tour of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

He said homeowners and communities will have to do more to protect themselves. Only through partnerships with local and state governments will the federal firefighting establishment be able to handle the growing fire problem, he said.

Salazar and his Bureau of Land Management director Bob Abbey said they expect a fierce fire season this year in the Great Basin where sage grouse listing was determined to be warranted but precluded. Since fire is considered one of the major threats to the survival of the bird, the BLM has a high priority for attacking fires in sage grouse strongholds.

But protecting areas around communities comes first. Right now there are more than enough resources for all of the fires burning mostly in southwest states.

But as the fire season gets busier, federal authorities are going to send the big air tankers that can quickly snuff out blazes to fires near homes and people first and sage grouse habitat second.

“That’s when these tough decisions have to be made,” said Idaho BLM state director Steve Ellis.

Rep. Mike Simpson, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, told 300 Interior employees gathered to hear Salazar that everything must be on the table for budget cuts to bring the federal budget back into balance. “We’re going to have to make priorities and obviously protecting lives and property is a priority,” Simpson said.

Salazar and Simpson joined members of the Boise BLM Great Basin smokejumpers in a practice jump near Idaho City Thursday morning. Salazar and Simpson stayed in the plane but Simpson, referring to limits he placed on Salazar’s “Wild Land” inventory program, joked he was concerned.

“I was afraid the secretary might push me out after seeing the budget,” Simpson said.

Both men praised the other, Simpson crediting Salazar for his work on the Gulf oil spill, and Salazar saying Simpson has a deep understanding of his agency.

Earlier Salazar met with Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore to talk about wolves and concerns raised in Canyon County about the future of boating at Lake Lowell.

Salazar said he will have an announcement about wolves and the Endangered Species Act in a few weeks.

“You’ll be hearing from us on reform efforts,” he said.

Rocky Barker: 377-6484

Article source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/04/29/1627849/the-next-big-catastrophe.html

Former Obama Green Jobs Czar Works to Endow Earth with Human Rights

A former Obama administration official is working with the United Nations to extend to “Mother Nature” all the civil rights afforded to human beings. 


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Randy
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LOL
They cant even get human rights for humans right. The earth will end up like so many special rights now that end up elevating certain groups above others. This is about more control of YOU.

Besides, the earth doesnt have feelings, unless of course if you believe in evolution where your ultimate ancestors were a rock. (primordial soup full of minerals got together and decided to live).

 






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