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Novelle: «Fra elgens perspektiv»

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Anbefaler denne novellen som forsøker å se naturen fra elgens perspektiv:
http://www.vegansamfunnet.no/novelle-fra-elgens-perspektiv

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The Revolution: perle for øyet med rom for ettertanker

October 24, 2013 Leave a comment

På Bergen internasjonale film festival vises nå filmen The Revolution. Dette er en film der Rob Stewart viser oss fascinerende og vakre deler av naturen vi sjelden får muligheten til å se – som f.eks. “flamboyant cuttlefish”. Han viser oss også at en del av dette vil vi neppe se igjen dersom vi ikke løser klimautfordringene. Stewart tar oss med på en reise med mål om å løse utfordringene.

The Revolution får en varm anbefaling. Den vil vise deg nydelig natur og sannsynligvis gi mye inspirasjon til deg også. Du kan se den på Bergen kino ikveld kl 21:50 ikveld eller laste den ned på http://www.therevolutionmovie.com/

“Viktigere enn håp”

October 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Anbefaler på det sterkeste Arne Johan Vetlesen sitt essay “Viktigere enn håp”. “Håp kan bety å bli sittende stille i båten etter at man burde ha forlatt den. I møte med klimakrisen må vi ty til to andre menneskelige kraftkilder.”

Tid for et vegetarisk valg

October 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Tysklands sterkeste mann: Patrik Baboumian Foto: Caroline Pitzke & Christine Fiedler, PETA Deutschland. CC-BY-SA-3.0

Det er en måned siden Stortingsvalget. Hvorfor ikke markere dette med å ta opp et annet viktig valg – nemlig valget av hva vi spiser.

Et solidarisk valg for verdens fattige
I dag brukes ca. 70 prosent av alle jordbruksarealer til oppdrett av husdyr samtidig som dette bidrar med kun 17 prosent av den gjennomsnittlige energien fra kostholdet på verdensbasis. Kjøttforbruket i Norge har økt med 14 kg per person de siste ti årene og 70 % av kjøttproduksjonen er basert på dyr som spiser kraftfôr. Selv blant dyrene som spiser gress, utgjør kraftfôr ofte 40-50%. 40-50% av kraftfôret importeres – bl.a. soya fra regnskogområder i Brasil.

Et valg for dyrene
Dyrene i matindustrien har samme evne til å føle smerte, frykt, glede og samhørighet, som dyr vi har et nærmere forhold til. En gris kan være like hengiven, en høne like redd, en ku like glad, en sau like trist som hvilket som dyrene mange har som kjæledyr. Hvorfor spiser mange griser og høner, men knytter vennskap til hunder og katter? Lærer vi dem å kjenne, forstår vi fort at også disse dyrene har like sterkt ønske om liv og livskvalitet. Les gjerne mer her om hvorfor et vegetarisk kosthold er et naturlig valg for deg som bryr deg om dyrene.

Et valg for miljøet
Å spise vegetarisk er noe av det viktigste bidraget hver og en av oss kan gjøre for å ta vare på jorda vår – for miljøet, klimaet og for vår alles framtid. Rapporten «Livestock’s long shadow» fra FNs mat- og landbruksorganisasjon (FAO) er en av mange internasjonale rapporter om miljøkonsekvensene av kjøttproduksjonen som er av de største belastningene for klimaet. Et vegetarisk kosthold er derfor et av de viktigste svarene på disse utfordringene.

Et lett og sunt valg
Selv om mange tar det vegetariske valget av hensyn til medmennesker, andre medskapninger, naturen og framtiden, viser stadig mer forskning at en vegetarisk livsstil er noe av det gunstigste vi kan gjøre også for vår egen helse. Vegetarisk mat er lett å gjøre både næringsrik og sunn og egner seg for de aller fleste. Det kan være greit å ha med seg noen gode tips for hvordan dette kan gjøres best mulig i ulike livsfaser. Et variert hel-vegetarisk kosthold gir kroppen alle nødvendige næringsstoffer, men under graviditet og amming øker behovet for mange av næringsstoffene og det er viktig at man da er ekstra påpasselig med hva man spiser (klikk her for å lese mer om dette). Det samme gjelder også for barna. Her er også noen tips for et godt vegetarisk kosthold for barna.

Det er en utbredt myte at animalske produkter er nødvendige for å få et godt treningsutbytte eller gode treningsprestasjoner. Som så mange andre myter er denne også avleggs.

Kanskje har du spørsmål om vegetarisk ernæring du ønsker svar på? Ta i så tilfelle gjerne en titt her.

Hvorfor ikke la deg inspirere til å prøve ut mer vegetarisk mat?

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: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bees_victory/?bRuKtbb&v=24665

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: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?rba13

SOURCES

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)
http://www.reuters.com/video/2013/04/29/eu-bans-pesticides-over-bee-fears?videoId=242537247&videoChannel=5

Bee-harming pesticides escape proposed European ban (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/15/bee-harming-pesticides-escape-european-ban

EU says it will push through better bee protections after members disagree over pesticides (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/eu-says-it-will-push-through-better-bee-protections-after-members-disagree-over-pesticides/2013/04/29/eea31ecc-b0d4-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

Save the bees: Protesters swarm around Parliament in support of pesticides ban (Mirror)
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/save-bees-protesters-swarm-around-1855996

Historic vote to ban neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for huge decline in bees (The Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/historic-vote-to-ban-neonicotinoid-pesticides-blamed-for-huge-decline-in-bees-8591807.html

EU to ban pesticides linked to bee decline (Al Jazeera)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/04/2013429133837540126.html

European Union imposes ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths (RFI)
http://www.english.rfi.fr/environment/20130429-european-union-imposes-ban-pesticides-linked-bee-deaths

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides (EU Observer)
http://euobserver.com/environment/119979

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 globalsoilweek.org

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