Earth Hour: too little too late

Contrary to popular belief, “little things” can’t change the world. Many scientists believe that Planet Earth could already be past the point where human activity is the prime mover of climate change. Evidence is trickling in that we are nearing the point where further change in the Earth’s climate could continue even without human activity contributing to it. In short, it is possible that even if humans were to disappear from the face of the planet today, the trajectory of change in weather patterns that humans initiated has already been set. Continue reading»»»

How Corporations Destroyed American Democracy

We’re so screwed. A video that each and every one of us who love this country should take the time to watch. We need to stop fighting with each other and start fighting the real enemies of the people. The ones that have taken over our government and taken away our freedom and democracy. Pull your heads out of your butts. Now is the time to: Wake up, Stand up, Fight back!

How Corporations Destroyed American Democracy – Chris Hedges. Filmed at Socialism 2010 in Chicago by Paul Hubbard

Rescued Baby Sea Otter

Otter 501, a southern sea otter pup, was found on the central California coast June 10th, 2010. She was only a few days old and without human help her chance of survival was slim. Luckily, she was rescued and cared for by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program. We at Sea Studios were lucky to have had the chance to film this incredible process and are creating a feature film, “Otter 501”, based on her experience.

The crew of “Otter 501” spent long hours filming 501 and other wild otters in Elkhorn Slough and we recognized how important this haven is to sea otters. However, we also saw that the Slough has many human visitors – kayakers, fishermen, wildlife enthusiasts – and many of them are not aware of their impact on sea otters and other wildlife. Due to sea otters’ incredibly high energy demands, they are especially vulnerable to human disturbances. As a welcome gift to our friend 501 we want to keep her, and the other animals she lives among, safe from these stressful and costly disturbances. There is one location in particular, the Jetty Road area, where we often saw humans disturbing sea otters. The funds from this project will go to create a permanent sign at that location. This sign, and any others we are able to fund in the Elkhorn Slough area, will show visitors how unique and important sea otters are and how to observe all wild animals respectfully.

Visit our Facebook page to help keep Elkhorn Slough a safe place for sea otters.

Author Alice Walker on How Killing is Symptom of Unaddressed Racism

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet and activist Alice Walker joins us talk about the death of Trayvon Martin. “It’s a symptom of our illness,” Walker says. “We are a very sick country. And our racism is a manifestation of our illness and the ways that we don’t delve into our own wrecks… As a country, we are a wreck. And part of it is that we have never looked to see where we went off the trail… [Trayvon Martin] was ours. And I don’t mean just ours, black people, but all of ours. I mean, these children, they are our future, and they have to be protected.”

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Coral Reefs Are Dying — From Herpes?

Coral Reefs Are Dying — From Herpes?


© Christopher
Mankind! Long before your birth,
alluring was the beauty of Mother Earth.
She bore living things of all kinds…plants and insects, animals and birds.
All, an exotic reflection of her biodiversity,
A diversity you have chosen to destroy!
Why…Mankind…Why?Mankind! Onto the face of the earth you strolled in,
bringing up the rear in all her children.
You were meant to be the pride of all creation,
but you chose to be the bane of life by bringing destruction.
Why…Mankind…why?Mankind! To all life, Mother Earth has been so kind!
Like the mother hen she nurtured her little chicks with affection,
as she toiled to provide food season after season with dedication.
Even to you Mankind, she gave the best in proportion
Only to be sentenced by your actions in damnation!

Mankind! You were created to walk but you chose to walk and fly!
If only you flew like a bird, it might just have been perfect.
But No! You fly in all sorts exuding all sorts.
Now Mother Earth is filled with all sorts because you choose to ride in all sorts.

Mankind! You have an insatiable desire to acquire.
You plunder the earth with impunity,
Oil, coal and iron you chase in disunity,
fighting even your own kind for control and quantity
just to live a life of environmental insanity!

Mankind! Perhaps you have forgotten so soon!
The La Niña drought of 2000, the heat wave in Europe in 2003,
the tragedy of the cyclone in Myanmar in 2008, the constant melting of polar ice caps,
all a consequence of your actions and inactions!
You leave the problems for tomorrow’s generation
running away for your present tribulation.

Mankind! When will you repent of your evil ways?
When will you stop biting the hands that have fed you?
When will you love mother earth like she loves you…?
And stop writing her dirge with your actions?
Mother earth looks upon you with her painful eyes
Sobbing and asking you why…

Christopher Ndubuisi
Climate Change Technical Officer
Peterborough City Council

Source: Protect The Beauty Of Mother Earth, Earth Poem


Lauren Zuniga performs a poem in response to state legislation regarding “Personhood” and the continuous efforts of legislators to wage war on women.

10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Dog

By PetMD

Have you been dreaming of getting a dog ever since you saw the reruns of the television classic Lassie as a kid? Or maybe you were fortunate enough to watch the original series. While your dog might not be able to save you week after week from a burning building, a runaway freight train, or the bottom of a well (and in the time it takes to finish a 30-minute episode, too!), owning a dog can be a wonderful experience.

Image: Helga Weber / via Flickr

Here are 10 things you should know and consider before choosing your canine friend.

1. Dogs Take Up a Lot of Time and Energy.

Yes, they are rewarding. But if you live alone and work twenty hours a day, then perhaps a dog is not the best choice for you. Hey, there are always those super-cool robot dogs!

2. Not Home a Lot? Invest in a Dog Walker.

If you are not often at home, and you really want a dog, you probably should invest in a dog walker. You’d probably be wise to choose a dog breed that isn’t especially needy, too. Check out PetMD‘s Breedopedia to select from a wide variety of breeds.

3. Dogs Need Enough Space.

Any dog you get should be suitable to not only your lifestyle, but your surroundings. If you live in a shoebox apartment,then a large dog is obviously not a good choice.You don’t want your dog to develop health issues, be bored or destroy things. Large dogs really belong in big places with lots of outdoor space.

4. Climate Matters.

Consider which breeds are suitable or your region’s climate, especially if you have a yard and want to keep it as an outside dog.

5. Puppies are Cute, But a Lot of Work.

Puppies require the most work when it comes to house training. If you: (a) don’t want your things chewed up, or (b) don’t have the time or money to train the puppy, consider adopting an already housebroken, adult dog.

Image Credit: Sunsets_for_you via Flickr

6. Your Stuff Will Need Some Rearranging.

Make sure you have lots of chew toys available for your puppy and keep all expensive things (like shoes and clothes) out of its reach; the same goes for chemicals and medicines. Puppies like to investigate and try everything, so make sure there is nothing dangerous around for them to sample.

7. The Vet is Your Friend.

Get your dog vaccinated and spayed or neutered as soon as possible. Oh, and take your dog to the vet for its routine checkups. Your dog will thank you for it and live a much better (and longer) life.

Image Credit: JSF306 Via Flickr

8. Get a proper leash and harness for your dog. A leash too small or too large may hurt it inadvertently during its walking routine, or, worse yet, allow it to hurt others or get loose and run away.

9. Health insurance is a must. Consult your veterinarian as to your best options.

10. Regardless of the dog breed you choose, have fun! They say there is no better friend than a dog. We have to agree.

10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Dog | petMD.