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.
MPA NEEDED FOR PROTEA BANKS, SOUTHAFRICATo put Protea Banks under a MPD is necessary because our sharks need to be protected and they can only survive through networks of global marine protected areas. Sharks are not only vital for the survival of our oceans but they also have become highly important assets for eco tourism. If the sharks die, the ocen dies too !!!
GREEN PEACE KEEPERSChildren live by example and they become our future leaders of the world. The example we teach them now, will determine who they become when they are older. setting the proper example of how the planet should be treated and what is important to keep it alive, will allow them to understand these actions and practice it themselves in their adult years.
Pour une meilleure gestion des ordures ménagères à Saint-LouisBien qu’inscrite au Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité (UNESCO), bien qu’ancienne capitale de l’AOF et considérée comme capitale culturelle du Sénégal, malgré la présence de plusieurs réserves naturelles protégées sur son territoire étendu, la Ville de St-Louis croule aujourd’hui littéralement sous les déchets. Les déchets sont les premiers à nous accueillir à Saint-Louis, ils jalonnent notre chemin dans la ville, ils défigurent les paysages pourtant paradisiaques, ils contaminent notre fleuve duquel est extrait l’eau que nous buvons, ils ulcèrent les espèces terrestres qui nous nourrissent, ils font le foyer de maladies graves pour ceux qui n’ont pas accès à la salubrité, ils contaminent les sols pour les décennies à venir, ils étouffent les espèces terrestres et marines protégées qui viennent ici nicher, ils marquent à jamais négativement le touriste et donne une idée bien triste de l’Afrique. Ils sont notre quotidien et nous pourrions être tentés de croire qu’il s’agit ici d’une cause perdue. Nous, résidents de la Ville de Saint-Louis du Sénégal, nous nous y refusons !
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.