STOP Mining Companies from killing the West Coast's unique biosphereThe West Coast has a unique and ecologically critical ecosystem and the following is under immediate threat if the mining company EEM is not stopped immediately in the Supreme Court. The Langebaan Lagoon (which is a RAMSAR site and a marine protected area) is an 'aquifer dependant lagoon' and the Elandsfontein aquifer which feeds the Lagoon has been described by experts as 'highly vulnerable and susceptible to anthropogenic pollutants and disturbance' and 'potentially extremely environmentally sensitive' due to its intergranular sandy structure. The Department of Water Affairs have outlined in their research that: • the Langebaan Road aquifer and the Elandsfontein aquifer are connected with one another as different influences have the same impact on the monitoring holes of both aquifers, • water flows from the Elandsfontein aquifer to the Langebaan Lagoon through Geelbek, • water also flows from Elandsfontein to the Langebaan Road aquifer, • if the aquifer should be dried up for whatever reason, the sand formations, will lose its capability to store water permanently, • if pollution of any nature should occur the Langebaan Road aquifer, Elandsfontein aquifer and the Langebaan Lagoon will be affected. EEM is proposing to mine within: • a 10-million-year old aquifer, which is a critical groundwater source within a 30 km radius, • a Core 1 area of a UNESCO Biosphere, • an internationally significant heritage area, described as an “Origin of Man” site, • a Critical Biodiversity Area, • a Buffer zone of the West Coast National Park and • a climate adaptive corridor, • an area that is signed into an international Convention on Biological Diversity treaty (South Africa is a signed partner) as part of the Park Expansion Plan Program, • a priority climate change adaptation corridor where they will be mining on endangered vegetation with 16 Red Data species, • a most vulnerable municipality with regards to climate change, • a planned protected area, • a groundwater catchment area, and • an inter-regional biodiversity corridor.
Food For LifeOur food industry, the world over, has become unacceptably adulterated for the benefit of profit and at the expense of our health and the well being of our agricultural animals and crops. The use of toxic chemicals, genetically modified foods, the literal abuse of agricultural animals - during their short lives and in their killing - needs to be actively opposed, prohibited, and such active prohibition must be vehemently enforced. The facts speak for themselves. There is a wealth of information available showing you how things really are, only if you look for it or really HEAR it when it shows up on your face book or twitter account, and like. These are all the horrible and REAL things that we don't WANT to see, that we DO NOT see, that happen ALL THE TIME behind the scenes: When we are buying our spatchcock chicken for the braai on Saturday, that screamed with terror before it was killed, shrills you would never forget, or was thrown abusively into a trough like an inanimate object to sleep at night, or that lived in darkness it's entire life. Or when we are eating our bacon and eggs, the pigs being terrified in their last moments of life while being crushed under weight to 'economically' mass slaughter, the eggs of the chickens developed unnaturally so, causing much physical distress to the chickens themselves. And even to munching on our genetically modified popcorn while watching television, that one can hardly call real food. Agricultural so abused, with what they are fed, how they are bread, how they live, how they die. So abused far beyond what we would accept in any situation in society. And crops so adulterated that we have no idea the impact that it has on our own health - until we make an effort to investigate, or until it is too late for our health to know better and to do something about it. This information should be freely available and always at the fore front of knowledge about our food. But if that were the case, we would all certainly eat organic vegan. And so we should, at this stage at least, while the issue is so unregulated, unenforced, unopposed and unapologetically allowed. People need to know about this. We need the education to make better choices, and education on how to stand up for our rights, to oppose toxins in our food and to oppose the abuse - abuse of not only agricultural animals but to oppose our very own abuse by the food industry itself. We need investment in this area. It must be as important as education, as housing, as social services and like. We need to taking this seriously. This is EVERYONE'S problem and EVERYONE CAN do something about it. Serve the world that you live in. It is all we have. What keeps us alive, is all we have.
Keep Fracking Out of the Drakensberg & KarooThe Drakensberg is the source of water on which over 5 million people, in cities like Estcourt, Howick, Pietermaritzburg & Durban, depend on for their water supply. If Fracking is permitted all life in our province stands to be jeopardised. Each fracking well uses between 6 and 25 million litres of water and up to 150 000kgs of sand to create cracks in the rocks and release the gas. Farming in the Drakensberg & Karoo will also be destroyed if the water is polluted, affecting our food supply and raising food prices considerably. We are a water scarce country which has abundant sunlight - surely we should capture this source of energy rather than destroy our water supply? Technical Cooperation Permits have been issued to Rhino Oil and Gas and Sungu Sungu to explore the possibilities of extracting shale gas in Balgowan, Kamberg, Karkloof and surrounding areas.
Say NO to Release of GMO Vaccine in South AfricaIntervet (Pty.) Ltd would like to introduce the vaccine, Innovax®- ND, to South Africa under the Genetically Modified Organisms Act (GMO’s) of 1997, Innovax®- ND is a frozen, cell associated, live virus vaccine that contains the recombinant serotype 3 Herpes Virus of Turkeys (HVT) with the Fusion gene of Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV-F). The HVT/NDV-F strain contains the Fusion (F) gene from NDV. It is approved for in ovo administration for 18-day embryos and by subcutaneous vaccination for healthy 1-day-old chickens. There have already been significant warnings about the use of genetically modified virus and vaccines. A research paper published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health in 2006 stated: "Genetically modified (GM) viruses and genetically engineered virus-vector vaccines possess significant unpredictability and a number of inherent harmful potential hazards... Horizontal transfer of genes... is well established. New hybrid virus progenies resulting from genetic recombination between genetically engineered vaccine viruses and their naturally occurring relatives may possess totally unpredictable characteristics with regard to host preferences and disease-causing potentials. ...There is inadequate knowledge to define either the probability of unintended events or the consequences of genetic modifications." Genetic Modifications While scientific progress on molecular biology has a great potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment by commercial interests. The biodiversity and environmental integrity of the world's food supply is too important to our survival to be put at risk. Intervet (Pty.) Ltd Furthermore Intervet (Pty.) Ltd is nothing more about then a front organisation for the international research and development, production and marketing company MSD Animal Health. Who are also known to use dogs, cats and other animals in experiments at MSD Animal Health.
Stop China exploiting the natural wealth of TibetChina is ripping apart the fragile ecosystem of Tibet, forcing many Tibetan nomads to give up their way of life as grazing their herds becomes impossible. The Tibetan plateaux is the source of many great rivers feeding the Indian sub -continent. Interference with these could cause immeasurable harm to forests and people, .