Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Japan PM demands Aus halt anti-whaling 'sabotage'

TOKYO — Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama Tuesday asked his visiting Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd to rein in activists disrupting Japan's annual whale hunt, describing their actions as "sabotage."
Japan's whaling fleet left for its annual Southern Ocean hunt in waters south of Australia last month. Japan uses a loophole in an international moratorium that allows killing whales for scientific research.
Hatoyama retorted that Japan's whaling activities complied with international law

Militant environmental activists of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have set out to disrupt the hunt and are this year using a futuristic powerboat which holds the record for the fastest world circumnavigation.
Hatoyama told Rudd that the Sea Shepherd actions threaten the safety of the whaling fleet and its crew and requested Australia take appropriate action, according to a Japanese foreign ministry statement.
The statement suggested that Rudd again threatened legal action against Japan over the hunt of the sea giants if "a diplomatic resolution proves difficult," echoing similar remarks he made last week in Australia.
Canberra has threatened to haul Japan before the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. In a radio show last week, Rudd said: "I've said that before, I'm serious about it."
But Hatoyama retorted that Japan's whaling activities complied with international law.
The centre-left Australian leader made the remarks during a brief stopover in Japan on his way to UN climate change talks in Copenhagen.
Japan's Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada last week defended whaling and asked Australia to understand that it is part of Japan's heritage.
Copyright © 2009 AFP. All rights reserved.

Monday, December 14, 2009

PM Jets out for Sushi and Sake – But no real action against whaling - Greg Hunt MP

By Greg Hunt Member of Parliament for Flinders Kudos to you Greg! http://www.greghunt.com.au

PM Jets out for Sushi and Sake – But no real action against whaling

Monday, 14 December 2009

The Prime Minister is jetting out for sushi and sake in Japan but real action against whaling is not on the menu.

The PM is presuming Australians have forgotten all the times over all the years that he repeatedly promised international court action against whaling.

To refresh his memory I provide a reminder of the promises that he and Mr Garrett made, below.

Given his promises, Mr Rudd must lay down a deadline for Japan to halt its sham whaling program.

If Japan won’t agree to stop killing the whales, the Prime Minister must follow through with his oft-repeated promise to launch legal action against the barbaric practice.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen the Government more focused on haranguing anti-whaling protestors than tackling those who are holding the harpoons.

Today, the best this Prime Minister can say, as he prepares to jet out to Japan is that: “We'd like to do this in a friendlier, diplomatic way.”

How times have changed.

No wonder the Japanese don’t take him seriously on this issue any more.

WHAT KEVIN RUDD AND PETER GARRETT HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT WHALING AND INTERNATIONAL COURT ACTION

Labor will: Take Japan to international courts such as the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to end the slaughter of whales;

A Federal Labor Government will initiate legal action in the international courts to stop the slaughter of whales.”

Rudd/ Garrett statement, ‘Federal Labor’s Plan to Counter International Whaling’, 19 May 2007

“Labor in Parliament today called on the Howard Government to initiate a case against Japan in the International Court of Justice.”

Kevin Rudd, media release, 24 May 2005

“Our challenge to the Howard Government is to prepare a case now for the International Court of Justice which will bring the international public spotlight on Japan’s claims about its scientific quota of whaling.”

Kevin Rudd, media conference, 20 May 2005

“Regardless of what happens at the IWC meeting, the Howard Government should take Japan to the International Court of Justice to end the barbaric slaughter of whales once and for all.”

Rudd/ Albanese media release, 20 June 2005

“We cannot afford another year of complacency. The Howard Government must act immediately to take Japan to the International Court of Justice.”

Rudd/ Albanese media release, 18 July 2005

“We believe that we need to add to the evidence base when it comes to presenting a case before the International Court of Justice.”

Kevin Rudd, doorstop, Labor’s whaling policy, 20 May 2007

“…take Japan and any other country necessary, to court in the International Court of Justice, in order to bring a stop to this practice.”

Kevin Rudd, doorstop, Labor’s whaling policy, 20 May 2007

“Our approach from beginning has been, what do we need to do in terms of creating evidence for the construction of a possible legal case against Japan to bring a halt to commercial whaling.”

Kevin Rudd, media conference, 17 January 2008

“I know this will be a bit rocky, I understand that, but we have a responsibility here as well.”

Regarding action in the ICJ, interview with Laurie Oakes, Sunday Program, 10 February 2008

Also

On 14 February 2007, Mr Garrett said: “A Rudd Labor Government will pull out all stops in the international courts to stop whaling for all time.”

On 9 March 2007, Mr Garrett said: “A Rudd Labor Government will increase diplomatic pressure on Japan and pull out all stops in the international courts to stop whaling for all time.”

On 7 May 2007, Mr Garrett said: “A Rudd Labor Government will increase diplomatic pressure on Japan and pull out all stops in the international courts to stop whaling for all time.”

(So much for pulling out all the stops.)
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The power of Facebook Pages and how to use it....

I have started two new Facebook Fan Pages for two very important causes!
Its nice to have groups and causes and many Facebook friends but its more important
to start using the Facebook Pages to keep up with your fans! I am overwhelmed by the number of people that have joined right from the start more than 600 fans for both pages on day ONE is a very good start! And it shows that ONE PERSON can realy make a difference! Never forget that you should do whatever you can.. for its the biggest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do so little!

First of all i have started Mashua against FGM to honour the great work of my good friend Lucy Mashua ! Please join her in her battle to fight FGM! You can now see the Fan Box for this new page right here in the
left frame and become a fan and follow the latest updates!
Read her latest blog 

While we celebrate Christmas Girls undergo FGM and Early marriages in Kenya!

to see how you can help her!


Second i have started a fan page for the Painted Dog Conservation a cause that my good friend Fred van Olphen has been supporting for many many years and that needs more attention in order to save the Painted Dogs from extinction! I have also added this Fan Box for this new page right here in the left frame and become a fan and follow the latest updates!

Find out more about making a difference to try and stop Female Genital Mutilation
See what you can do to help Dr. Gregory Rasmussen to protect the painted dogs from poachers!












Laura Dohmen a nine year old girl from the Netherlands she is the youngest ambassador for the painted dog conservation in Zimbabwe and is in a rally to win EUR 2.500,-- for the Painted Dog Conservation Project! She has a very good chance to win this money with your vote and support! She in ranked Number two now that would mean 1.500 EURO for the painted dogs..
But i am sure we can help her win this contest!
Please vote http://tinyurl.com/VoteforLaura

Monday, December 7, 2009

End Mountaintop Removal! Watch this video!

Today, the confluence between mountaintop removal coal mining and climate change is front and center on the streets of Charleston, West Virginia and on stage at the "COP15" United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen.
In Charleston, activists from around the region are gathering in front of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters to demand an end to blasting at Coal River Mountain -- ground zero in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.
And in Copenhagen, Google is unveiling a new layer in Google Earth that dramatically illustrates the choice to be made at Coal River Mountain -- a choice between a clean energy future and the increased threat of climate change.



As Lorelei Scarbro, who lives in Rock Creek, West Virginia, at the foot of Coal River Mountain, says in the video, Coal River Mountain represents a crossroads in our future.
Massey Energy plans to mine more than 6000 acres of mountaintop at Coal River Mountain, which would destroy the opportunity to build a 320 megawatt wind farm on the ridges of Coal River Mountain.
Instead of 320 megawatts of clean energy that would power more than 70,000 homes indefinitely, Massey's plans would release 134 million tons of C02 -- the equivalent of putting 1.5 million more cars on the road for 17 years.
That's what makes Coal River Mountain a "cauldron of Climate Change," in Lorelei's words. That's why Google is showing millions of Google Earth users and the delegates in Copenhagen what's at stake at Coal River Mountain, and why people from around the region are gathering today in Charleston.
Can you stand with the activists in Charleston and the delegates in Copenhagen today by taking two simple actions?
1. Watch the Coal River Mountain Video and forward it to your friends and family. Ask them to join you in stopping mountaintop removal coal mining by signing up at iLoveMountains.org.
2. Email your Senators and tell them to pass the Appalachian Restoration Act. If Congress is serious about addressing climate change, we need this bill to dramatically reduce mountaintop removal coal mining, which is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
Thank you for taking a moment today to help secure a clean energy future for all of us.
Matt Wasson
iLoveMountains.org

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What is The Story of Cap & Trade? Check this story!


The Story of Cap & Trade from Story of Stuff Project on Vimeo.

What is The Story of Cap & Trade?

The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the "devils in the details" in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.

Modern environmentalism is entering a new phase. The idealists have been shoved to the margins. Corporate partners that have mastered public relations are hiring political lobbyists to make the case for government regulations that will shift the cost of controlling carbon emissions to taxpayers and generate revenues for private sector players.

You should realy go and see this:
http://storyofstuff.com/capandtrade/
Carbon Trade is BAD NEWS for this planet!
The USA will have to REDUCE REDUCE REDUCE! 80% until 2050....but its not just about CARBON DIOXIDE its much more about the complete impact that the modern society has on this planet.... We need 3 planets in Europe 5 in the USA if all the world would live like we do...

http://tinyurl.com/OneEarthOneMission


Al Gore could become world's first carbon billionaire
Al Gore, the former US vice president, could become the world's first carbon billionaire after investing heavily in green energy companies.




Last year Mr Gore's venture capital firm loaned a small California firm $75m to develop energy-saving technology.

The company, Silver Spring Networks, produces hardware and software to make the electricity grid more efficient.

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The deal appeared to pay off in a big way last week, when the Energy Department announced $3.4 billion in smart grid grants, the New York Times reports. Of the total, more than $560 million went to utilities with which Silver Spring has contracts.

The move means that venture capital company Kleiner Perkins and its partners, including Mr Gore, could recoup their investment many times over in coming years.

Few people have been as vocal about the urgency of global warming and the need to reinvent the way the world produces and consumes energy as Mr Gore. And few have put as much money behind their advocacy and are as well positioned to profit from this green transformation, if and when it comes.

Critics, mostly on the political right and among global warming sceptics, say Mr. Gore is poised to become the world's first "carbon billionaire," profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in.

Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, has claimed that Mr Gore stood to benefit personally from the energy and climate policies he was urging Congress to adopt.

Mr Gore had said that he is simply putting his money where his mouth is.

"Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country?" Mr. Gore said. "I am proud of it. I am proud of it."

 Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, has claimed that Mr Gore stood to benefit personally from the energy and climate policies he was urging Congress to adopt.

Mr Gore had said that he is simply putting his money where his mouth is.

"Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country?" Mr. Gore said. "I am proud of it. I am proud of it."

 Thanks to misreading the significance of a brief period of rising temperatures at the end of the 20th century, the Western world (but not India or China) is now contemplating measures that add up to the most expensive economic suicide note ever written.

 Al Gore’s Carbon Empire:
Cashing in on Climate Change
http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/v1217525953.pdf

 Modern environmentalism is entering a new phase. The idealists have been shoved to the margins. Corporate partners that have mastered public relations are hiring political lobbyists to make the case for government regulations that will shift the cost of controlling carbon emissions to taxpayers and generate revenues for private sector players. 

President Barack Obama's announcement that the U.S. will offer an unprecedented pledge to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 at the Copenhagen climate talks in December may seem impressive at first blush. But look closely, and you'll see the "cuts" he has offered are, at least in the short-term, essentially meaningless. The reason is twofold. First: The cuts start from a 2005 baseline, when the baseline the scientific community has put forward is 1990. As a result, these cuts translate to a mere 4 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, when what we need is a 25-40 percent cut in U.S. emissions below 1990 levels by 2020.

Reason number two: Even these measly cuts could all be met by the buying and selling of an invisible, unverifiable, entirely manmade commodity: the carbon offset.

Obama's offer of cuts is based on the cap and trade proposals that have passed the House and are moving through the Senate. Both versions allow polluters to meet their pollution targets by actual cuts or by trading excess pollution with another polluter who has exceeded his targets. Carbon offsets go one step further and allow polluters to carry on polluting so long as they pay a small penance for every ton of CO2 they emit above their cap. Carbon offsets are attractive to polluters because they are, in general, a cheaper price to pay than actual cuts or traded emissions. However, buyer beware: cap and trade proposals now on the table will open up a whole new derivatives market in carbon, a market open to gaming, corruption, and the creation of a new "carbon bubble" that, when it bursts, could take down far more than just our economy. Furthermore, the quality of carbon offsets within the cap and trade program are, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, virtually impossible to verify.

 Read more
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daphne-wysham/cap-and-trade-should-go-t_b_374255.html

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