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Stopp folkemord i Burma

Det er nå en stor risiko for et tragisk folkemord av folkegruppen Rohingya i Burma. For å unngå dette, må vi alle sette press på lederne i Burma for å hindre at en tragedie lignende til det som skjedde i Rwanda igjen skjer i Burma. Dette kan du gjøre ved å signere Avaaz sin underskriftsaksjon som sender beskjed til lederne i Burma om at de må beskytte folkegruppen som trues av folkemord.  Les mer om dette fra Avaaz:

Dear friends, 

Most people didn’t know who the Rwandans were until 800,000 had been killed. Now, the fate of the Rohingya people of Burma is hanging by a thread as mobs attack them while the police look on. The Burmese President could stop the violence – all he has to do is approve a plan to protect them and ensure it is enforced, while granting them citizenship. Let’s appeal to European leaders to press him when he visits them in days, and stop the next Rwanda: 

Sign the Petition

Most people didn’t know who the Rwandans were until it was too late, and 800,000 of them were dead. Right now, the fate of Burma’s Rohingya people is hanging by a thread. Racist thugs have distributed leaflets threatening to wipe out this small Burmese minority. Already children have been hacked to death and unspeakable murders committed. All signs are pointing to a coming horror, unless we act.

Genocides happen because we don’t get concerned enough until the crime is committed. The Rohingya are a peaceful and very poor people. They’re hated because their skin is darker and the majority fear they’re ‘taking jobs away’. There are 800,000 of them, and they could be gone if we don’t act. We’ve failed too many peoples, let’s not fail the Rohingya.

Burmese President Thein Sein has the power, personnel and resources to protect the Rohingya, all he has to do is give the word to make it happen. In days, he’ll arrive in Europe to sell his country’s new openness to trade. If EU leaders greet him with a strong request to protect the Rohingya, he’s likely to do it. Let’s get 1 million voices and plaster images of what’s happening in Burma outside his meetings with key EU heads of state:

Torture, gang rape, execution style killings — human rights groups are using the term “ethnic cleansing” to describe the brutality in Burma. Already more than 120,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee, many to makeshift camps near the border, while others have fled in boats only to drown, starve, or be shot at by coastguards from neighboring countries. Reports show that violence is escalating — earlier this year President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency after another round of deadly attacks, and it’s just a matter of time until there is a large scale massacre. 

Genocides don’t happen when governments oppose them, but the Burmese regime has been leaning the wrong way. Recently, a government spokesperson admitted that authorities were enforcing a rule that limits the Rohingya population to having only two children and forces couples seeking to get married to obtain special permission. And experts report that government authorities have stood by or even participated in acts of “ethnic cleansing.” President Sein has finally been forced to acknowledge what’s happening to the Rohingya, but he has so far refused to implement plans to stop the violence and protect those at risk.

Until he does, the risk of genocide hovers like a dark cloud over not just Burma, but the world. Through their trade relations, UK PM Cameron and French President Hollande have massive leverage with Sein — if they press him to act when he meets with them this month, it could save lives. Let’s make sure they do. We’ve failed too many peoples, let’s not fail the Rohingya. Join the call now and share this with everyone: 

Time and again, the Avaaz community has stood with the people of Burma in their fight for democracy. When the regime brutally cracked down on Buddhist monks in 2007, Avaazers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars/euros/pounds to provide technical support and training to activists to fight a communications blackout. In 2008, when a devastating cyclone killed at least 100,000 Burmese, but the venal military regime stopped all official international aid from coming in, our community donated millions directly to monks on the front line of the aid effort. 

Our community didn’t exist when genocide was committed in Rwanda, 20 years ago. Would we have done enough to stop it? Let’s show the Rohingya our answer to that question. 

With hope and determination, 

Luis, Jeremy, Aldine, Oliver, Marie, Jooyea and the whole Avaaz team

PS – Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global:


Burma riots: Video shows police failing to stop attack (BBC) 

Burma: End ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims (Human Rights Watch) 

Video shows Burmese police standing by as Buddhists attack Muslims (The Guardian)

The unending plight of Burma’s unwanted Rohingyas (BBC)

Dalai Lama Pleads for Myanmar Monks to End Violence Amid Damning Rights Report (ABC News) 

Thein Sein to visit Britain, France in July (AFP) 

Seier for biene er en seier for verden

May 2, 2013 1 comment

Når EU nå har vedtatt forbud mot bruk av neonicotinoide sprøytemidler, er dette god grunn til å feire. Dette er en stor seier for biene som har vært svært hard rammet de siste årene med kraftig reduksjon i antall. Kraftige reduksjon i biebestandene er ikke bare et tap for biene – det er også et tap for verden. Biene har en svært viktig rolle i pollinering av planter. Albert Einstein sa derfor

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.

Det er derfor gledelig at EU har trosset mektige selskapers interesser og lyttet til forskere.

Dear amazing Avaaz community,

We did it — Europe just banned bee-killing pesticides!! Mega-corporations like Bayer threw everything they had at this, but people-power, science and good governance came out on top!!

Avaaz bee die in, Germany
Bee “die in” at Bayer’s headquarters, Cologne

Vanessa Amaral-Rogers from the specialist conservation organisation Buglife, says:

“It was a close vote, but thanks to a massive mobilisation by Avaaz members, beekeepers, and others, we won! I have no doubt that the floods of phonecalls and emails to ministers, the actions in London, Brussels and Cologne, and the giant petition with 2.6 million signers made this result possible. Thank you Avaaz, and everyone who worked so hard to save bees!”

Bees pollinate two thirds of all our food — so when scientists noticed that silently, they were dying at a terrifying rate, Avaaz swung in to action, and we kept on swinging until we won. This week’s victory is the result of two years of flooding ministers with messages, organizing media-grabbing protests with beekeepers, funding opinion polls and much, much more. Here’s how we did it, together:

    • Keeping France strong. In January 2011, 1 million people sign our call to France to uphold its ban on deadly neonicotinoid pesticides. Avaaz members and beekeepers meet the French agriculture minister and fill the airwaves, pressing him to face down fierce industry lobbying and keep the ban, sending a strong signal to other European countries.
Bernie in Brussels
Bernie, the huge inflatable bee, helps deliver our 2.6m strong petition to Brussels
    • Tackling industry head on. Bayer has faced Avaaz and allies protesting at its last three annual meetings. The pesticide giant’s managers and investors are welcomed by beekeepers, loud buzzing, and massive banners with our 1 million plus call on them to suspend use of neonicotinoids until scientists reviewed their effect on bees. Avaaz even makes a presentation inside the meeting, but Bayer says ‘no’.
    • Making the science count. In January the European Food Safety Agency finds that three pesticides pose unacceptable risks to bees, and we jump in to ensure Europe’s politicians respond to their scientific experts. Our petition quickly grows to 2 million signatures. After many talks with EU decision-makers, Avaaz delivers our call right to the EU HQ in Brussels. Later that same day, the Commission proposes a two-year ban!
March of beekeepers
Beekeepers help deliver our massive petition to Downing Street
  • Seizing our chance. The battle to save the bees heats up in February and March. Across the EU, Avaaz members are ready to respond as all 27 EU countries decide whether to welcome or block the proposal. When farming giants UK and Germany say they won’t vote yes, Avaaz publishes public opinion polls showing huge majorities of Brits and Germans in favour of the ban. Avaaz members also send almost half a million emails to EU Agriculture Ministers.Apparently afraid of dealing with citizens rather than industry lobbyists, UK minister Owen Paterson complains of a “cyber-attack”, which journalists turn into a story in our favour! And then comes Bernie — our 6 metre bee in Brussels — a powerful visual way to deliver our petition as negotiations enter the final stages.Journalists flock to Bernie, and we hear we’ve helped get the Spanish ministry to look harder at the science and shift position . But we didn’t get the majority we needed to pass the ban.< /li>
    Bernie in The Independent
    Bernie the bee featured in The Independent
  • Turning the red light green. In April the bee-saving proposal is sent to an Appeals Committee, giving us a glimmer of hope if we can switch a few more countries’ positions. In the final sprint, Avaaz teams up with groups including Environmental Justice Foundation, Friends of the Earth and Pesticides Action Network, plus beekeepers and famous bee-loving fashion designers to organise an action outside the UK Parliament. In Germany, beekeepers launch their own Avaaz petition to their government, signed by over 150,000 Germans in just two days and delivered in Cologne soon after. More phone calls rain down on ministries in different capitals as Avaaz responds to a last-minute wrecking amendment by Hungary, and positions Bernie the bee again in Brussels. Pesticide companies buy adverts in the airport to catch arriving officials, and take to the airwaves suggesting other measures such as planting wild flowers. But their slick messaging machine is ignored, first Bulgaria then — the big prize — Germany switch their stances and this week we win, with over half of EU countries voting for the ban!
It’s been a long haul, to get this win, and it wouldn’t have been possible without scientists, specialists, sympathetic officials, beekeepers and our campaign partners. We can be proud of what we’ve helped to accomplish together.One strong bees advocate, Paul de Zylva, head of the Pesticides and Pollinators Unit at Friends of the Earth said:

“Thanks to millions of Avaaz members who mobilised online and in the streets. Without a doubt Avaaz’s massive petition and creative campaigning helped push this over the edge, complementing our work and that of other NGOs.”

It’s time to celebrate this breathing space for one of the earth’s most precious and important creatures. But the EU ban is only in place for 2 years pending further review. And around the world bees continue to die from the pesticides which weaken and confuse them, as well as from loss of habitat as we plough up and build over the countryside. In Europe and across the world there’s lots of work to do to ensure sound science guides our farming and environmental policies. And we’re just the community for the job. 🙂

With hope and happiness,

Ricken, Iain, Joseph, Emily, Alex, Michelle, Aldine, Julien, Anne, Christoph and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS: Let’s keep this going — chip in to ensure we can launch rapid-fire, multi-tactic campaigns on the issues we all care about:

PPS: Many Avaaz campaigns — like the German beekeeper one this month — are started by individuals or groups of members. Just click here to see how easy it is to start yours right now:


The bees story, and Avaaz’s role, have been mentioned in hundreds of articles. Here’s a small selection:

EU bans pesticides over bee fears (Reuters)

Bee-harming pesticides escape proposed European ban (The Guardian)

EU says it will push through better bee protections after members disagree over pesticides (Washington Post)

Save the bees: Protesters swarm around Parliament in support of pesticides ban (Mirror)

Historic vote to ban neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for huge decline in bees (The Independent)

EU to ban pesticides linked to bee decline (Al Jazeera)

European Union imposes ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths (RFI)

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides (EU Observer)

Miljøpartiet De Grønne med kurs mot Stortinget i dagens måling

Mange har ventet lenge på et grønt gjennombrudd i norsk politikk. Nå tyder mye på at dette kommer til å skje ved årets Stortingsvalg. I dag ligger Miljøpartiet De Grønne an til å komme inn på Stortinget ifølge meningsmåling fra Respons/Aftenposten/BT/Adressa/Aftenbladet som er referert på

Vil du være med på en grønn bølge du også? Finn ut mer om Miljøpartiet De Grønne

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Gratulerer til alle dyrene som nå slipper unødig lidelse

Gratulerer til alle dyrene som nå slipper lidelse pga forbud mot salg, produksjon og markedsføring av kosmetikk som er testet på dyr!

Tusen takk til NOAH ( og for den utrolige innsatsen NOAH har gjort gjennom mange år for å bidra til at dette nå blir gjennomført!

Hvorfor ikke bli med å støtte NOAH sitt arbeid for andre viktige saker for å bedre vilkårene til dyrene og hindre unødig lidelse som medlem?

Dun: hva er den ukjente prisen?

Mange kjøper dunjakker og dundyner uten å tenke over hva som ligger bak produktene. Disse produktene innebærer dessverre en kostnad i form av enorm lidelse for dyrene i produksjonen. Ofte er det gjess som plukkes levende og vanligvis uten bedøvelse. Mange ganger etterlates gjessene med store sår etter ribbingen. Ribbing av fjern kan best sammenlignes med negltortur. Ønsker du å skåne dyr for slik lidelse, bør du derfor unngå dunprodukter.

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Time to re-discover the importance of the soil

The soil and its resources is often taken for granted. If used unresponsibly our soil can be diminished substantially. It is time to learn a bit more about our soil and how to preserve it well. Use 5 minutes of your time to see the excellent animation below:

This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable.
For more information visit

By: Uli Henrik Streckenbach, Ronny Schmidt, Maik Lochmann, Andrea Abendroth, Marcus Illgenstein, Robin Merrill, Martin Langenbach and Christoph Wieczorek. IASS Potsdam.

Tid for nytenkning: Bærekraftig helse 10. utgave

Forside-Barekraftig-helse-10Norsk nettverk for klima og helse har nå gitt ut tiende utgave av tidsskriftet Bærekraftig helseTid for nytenkning

Utgaven inneholder spennende innlegg av bokaktuelle Per Hjalmar Svae som viser hvordan dagens økonomiske modell har negative “bivirkninger” – ofte på både natur, fysisk og psykisk helse. Han viser også hvordan et paradigmeskifte i måten å tenke økonomi på kan skape bærekraft i naturen og samtidig gi bedre helsevilkår både fysisk og psykisk. Peter Haugan viser i et innlegg at det finnes andre løsninger på energiutfordringene enn dem som ofte blir prioritert idag. I denne utgaven presenteres også studier om helseeffekt av økologisk mat, en grundig rapport om energi og bærekraft (Global Assessment of Energy) og initiativet KlimaKravet. Mer om alt dette finner du i denne utgaven som nå er tilgjengelig på

Bærekraftig helse er et tidsskrift som vil belyse aspekter som ofte glemmes i helsevesenet, nemlig at uten et bærekraftig klima blir det ingen god helse. Bærekraftig helse gir deg klima og helserelatert påfyll hver tredje måned og vi tror du kan glede deg til å lese tidsskriftet. Tidsskriftet er ’open access’ som betyr at du kan dele artiklene med alle du skulle ønske uten bekymringer.

Medlemskap i nettverket (som er gratis) kan også anbefales på det varmeste. Du vil da motta tidsskriftet Bærekraftig helse elektronisk 4 ganger i året. Innmelding kan gjøres på våre nettsider

Du finner forresten også de tidligere tidsskriftene på

Desember 2012, nr. 9,  September 2012, nr. 8,  Juni 2012, nr. 7, Mars 2012, nr. 6Desember 2011, nr. 5September 2011, nr. 4Juni 2011, nr. 3Mars 2011, nr. 2Desember 2010, nr. 1

Vi i Norsk nettverk for klima og helse håper du også vil bidra til å sette fokus på klimaendringene og dens konsekvenser i hverdagen. Del derfor gjerne tidsskriftet med kollegaer, venner og kjente, eller skriv ut en versjon som kan legges på lunsjrommet. Kanskje aller viktigst er det at vi alle går foran som gode eksempler i hverdagen og bidrar med en bærekraftig livsstil. For å få en bedre verden, trenger vi alle å ta i et tak i god dugnadsånd!

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History of climate change negotiations in 83 seconds

February 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Cicero has published a short video summary of the climate change negotiations illustrating some of the challenges that has been evident during the last years. Most nations agree that action must be taken, but most nations want the other nations to initiate the process. See The History of Climate Change Negotiations in 83 seconds:

Published by Cicero under a Creative Commons licence 19. Nov. 2012.

Hva er helseeffektene av økologisk mat?

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Foto: Økologisk kasse. By Aktiv I Flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

Foto: Økologisk kasse. Aktiv I
Flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

To forskere har nå gjort en systematisk oversikt over studier på økologisk mat. Studiene de har inkludert har blant annet sett på helseeffekter som astma og atopisk eksem samt bakterielle infeksjoner (inkludert campylobacter). I tillegg har de sett på forekomst av bakterier som er resistente mot tre eller flere antibiotika og utskilling av sprøytemidler i urin.

Konklusjonen er at det er usikkert hvilke helseeffekter økologisk mat har på campylobakter infeksjoner, atopisk eksem og astma, men at de som spiser mye økologisk mat får i seg mindre sprøytemidler (skiller ut mindre sprøytemidler i urinen) og har lavere forekomst av bakterier resistente mot antibiotika. Det er hittil ikke gjort studier som gir mulighet til å studere helseeffekten over lengre sikt. Det er derfor mulig at lengre oppfølging eller andre utfallsmål ville vist forskjeller. Det ble funnet rester av sprøytemidler i 38% av ikke-økologisk mat mens dette ble funnet i kun 7% av økologiske produkter. Ut fra studiene så det ikke ut til å være større forskjeller i innholdet av næringsstoffer med unntak av noe høyere/gunstigere nivå av fosfor i økologisk mat. Økologisk mat inneholdt mindre av tungmetallet kadmium og mycotoxinet deoxynivalenol. Disse faktorene kan ha gunstig effekt på andre helseforhold, men det har ennå ikke blitt godt nok studert.

Les mer på

Are organic foods safer or healthier than conventional alternatives?: a systematic review.
Smith-Spangler C, Brandeau ML, Hunter GE, Bavinger JC, Pearson M, Eschbach PJ, Sundaram V, Liu H, Schirmer P, Stave C, Olkin I, Bravata DM.  Stanford Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, 117 Encina Commons, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-6019, USA.
Ann Intern Med. 2012 Sep 4;157(5):348-66. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-5-201209040-00007.

Background: The health benefits of organic foods are unclear.

Purpose: To review evidence comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods.

Data Sources: MEDLINE (January 1966 to May 2011), EMBASE, CAB Direct, Agricola, TOXNET, Cochrane Library (January 1966 to May 2009), and bibliographies of retrieved articles.

Study Selection: English-language reports of comparisons of organically and conventionally grown food or of populations consuming these foods.

Data Extraction: 2 independent investigators extracted data on methods, health outcomes, and nutrient and contaminant levels.

Data Synthesis: 17 studies in humans and 223 studies of nutrient and contaminant levels in foods met inclusion criteria. Only 3 of the human studies examined clinical outcomes, finding no significant differences between populations by food type for allergic outcomes (eczema, wheeze, atopic sensitization) or symptomatic Campylobacter infection. Two studies reported significantly lower urinary pesticide levels among children consuming organic versus conventional diets, but studies of biomarker and nutrient levels in serum, urine, breast milk, and semen in adults did not identify clinically meaningful differences. All estimates of differences in nutrient and contaminant levels in foods were highly heterogeneous except for the estimate for phosphorus; phosphorus levels were significantly higher than in conventional produce, although this difference is not clinically significant. The risk for contamination with detectable pesticide residues was lower among organic than conventional produce (risk difference, 30% [CI, 37% to 23%]), but differences in risk for exceeding maximum allowed limits were small. Escherichia coli contamination risk did not differ between organic and conventional produce. Bacterial contamination of retail chicken and pork was common but unrelated to farming method. However, the risk for isolating bacteria resistant to 3 or more antibiotics was higher in conventional than in organic chicken and pork (risk difference, 33% [CI, 21% to 45%]).

Limitation: Studies were heterogeneous and limited in number, and publication bias may be present.

Conclusion: The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Primary Funding Source: None.

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Hvorfor det er et stort skritt for klimaet når Kina innfører CO2-skatt

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Kina får ofte mye kritikk for sin klimapolitikk fra norsk hold (selv om innbyggerne i Kina slipper ut betydelig mindre enn hva vi gjør i Norge per innbygger). Situasjonen i Kina er imidlertid slik at mange av områdene i Kina er blant de som er og vil bli hardest rammet av klimaendringene. Dette gjør at Kina har sterke incentiver for å gjøre tiltak mot klimaendringene. Nå har en representant fra finansdepartementet varslet at Kina vil innføre en CO2-skatt (etter Nordhaus modellen). Selv om størrelsen på CO2-skatten sannsynligvis blir lav i begynnelsen, er innføringen av CO2-skatt i Kina et vendepunkt og en god mulighet til å legge press på andre nasjoner til å følge opp dette viktige steget.

Det finnes to hyppig omtalte økonomiske virkemidler for å øke kostnaden på klimagassutslipp. Det såkalte “cap-and-trade” og en flat CO2-skatt. Cap-and-trade setter et tak for hvor mye som kan slippes ut og deretter auksjoneres CO2-kvotene ut til selskaper som slipper ut CO2. Cap-and-trade har noen fordeler ved at prisen justeres etter “etterspørselen” av CO2-utslipp, men har også noen ulemper. EU har idag innført et slikt system, men per idag er prisen så lav at systemet nærmest er i ferd med å kollapse og gjøre ordningen irrelevant. CO2-skatt derimot setter en pris for utslipp av en viss mengde CO2 som betales av de som slipper det ut (evt kan det betales av de som henter det ut som igjen øker salgsprisen).

Det ser ut til å ligge i kortene at det parallelt med innføring CO2-skatten i Kina vil det også bli stopp i subsidier til fossile drivstoff. Dette er et svært viktig punkt siden mange fossile energikilder da vil bli mindre lønnsomme enn de er idag. Slik vil incentivet til å hente opp fossil energi bli mindre. Dette vil igjen gi større incentiver til å satse på fornybare energikilder. Kina har allerede gjort et solid arbeid i å satse på fornybare energikilder inkludert solcelleenergi og gir subsidierer til selskaper som lager solcellepaneler mens Norge bruker tilsvarende subisider på oljenæringen. Her har vi med andre ord mye å lære…

Det at Kina nå har tatt dette viktige skrittet kan sette press på andre nasjoner til å følge opp. Her har altså Norge en ypperlig mulighet til å ta ansvar. 

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