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Ambientalismo: fondatore Extinction Rebellion minimizza la Shoah

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 novembre 2019

Dovrebbe essere capita, rispettata. E invece la Shoah continua a essere minimizzata e banalizzata, come se fosse un episodio con poca rilevanza.A questa lista di persone che ogni anno annovera nuovi nomi, si è aggiunto Roger Hallam, co-fondatore del movimento ambientalista radicale Extinction Rebellion, conosciuta per le continua proteste contro i cambiamenti climatici.Il 52enne britannico in un’intervista al settimanale Zeit ha sminuito l’enorme valore della Shoah:“È un fatto che milioni di persone nella nostra storia sono state regolarmente uccise in circostanze terribili. I belgi sono venuti in Congo alla fine del XIX secolo e l’hanno decimato. A voler essere onesti si potrebbe dire che è un evento quasi normale, solo un’altra stronzata nella storia dell’umanità”.
Ma cos’è la Extinction Rebellion? Prendiamo l’autodefinizione presente nel sito web in italiano del movimento ambientalista:“Siamo un gruppo di attiviste/i che credono nell’efficacia della Nonviolenza nelle azioni e nella comunicazione di tutti i giorni e nella necessità di unirci per poter prosperare. Crediamo nella pace, nella scienza, nell’altruismo, nella condivisione di conoscenza. Nutriamo profondo rispetto per l’ecosistema nel quale viviamo, per questo motivo impegniamo le nostre vite a diffondere un nuovo messaggio di riconciliazione, discostandoci dal separatismo e dalla competizione, sulle quali la società moderna si basa; siamo i narratori di una storia più bella che appartiene a tutti noi, agiamo in nome della vita”.E ancora:“Proviamo rispetto per chiunque, anche coloro che non la pensano come noi: rispettiamo i funzionari in divisa, il Governo e le Istituzioni, nonostante l’inazione riguardo alla crisi ecologica e climatica”.Rispetto per chiunque, ma non per la Shoah, un evento tragico della storia che ha visto morire milioni di persone e visto soffrirne tante altre.

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Oceana Launches Campaign in U.S. and Canada to Save North Atlantic Right Whales from Extinction

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 settembre 2019

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation, today launched a campaign in the U.S. and Canada to help save the North Atlantic right whale from extinction. In a new report, Oceana details the dire reality facing North Atlantic right whales, highlighting their two greatest threats — entanglements in fishing gear and collisions with ships. Since 2017, 28 North Atlantic right whales have been confirmed dead in U.S. and Canadian waters and only around 400 animals remain. Scientists estimate that even a single human-caused right whale death a year threatens the species’ chances of recovery.
North Atlantic right whales were named for being the “right” whale to hunt because they were often found near shore, swim slowly and tend to float when killed. They were aggressively hunted, and their population dropped from peak estimates of up to 21,000 to perhaps fewer than 100 by the 1920s. After whaling of North Atlantic right whales was banned in 1935, their population increased to as many as 483 individuals in 2010. Unfortunately, that progress has reversed.Entanglement in fishing gear used to catch lobster, snow crab and bottom-dwelling fish like halibut, flounder and cod is one of two leading causes of right whale injury and death. Fishing gear from the U.S. and Canada entangles an estimated 100 right whales each year, and about 83% of all right whales have been entangled at least once. Ropes have been seen wrapped around right whales’ mouths, fins, tails and bodies, which slows them down, making it difficult to swim, reproduce and feed, and can cause drowning. The lines cut into the whales’ flesh, leading to life-threatening infections, and are so strong that they have severed fins and tails, and cut into bone.Collisions with ships are the other leading cause of right whale deaths. Right whales are slow, swimming around six miles (9.7 km) per hour, usually near the water’s surface. They are also dark-skinned and lack a dorsal fin, making them very difficult to spot. Studies have found that the speed of a vessel is a major factor in ship-related collisions with right whales. At normal operating speeds, ships cannot maneuver to avoid them, and right whales swim too slowly to be able to move out of the way. This puts them at great risk of being struck, which can cause deadly injuries from blunt-force trauma or cuts from propellers. Emerging threats like seismic airgun blasting, a process used to search for oil and gas deep below the seafloor that creates one of the loudest human-made sounds in the ocean, put the species at even greater risk.

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Second annual save the frogs day declared

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 aprile 2010

Santa Cruz, CA, The scientific community recently declared April 30th as the 2nd Annual Save The Frogs Day. The goal is to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide. Save The Frogs Day events are planned in a dozen countries, including the United States, Canada, Italy, Nepal, South Africa, and Australia. The events are being coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, which is America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Amphibian populations worldwide have been declining at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Up to 200 species have already completely disappeared in recent years. Amphibians are faced with an onslaught of environmental problems, including climate change, pollution, infectious diseases, habitat loss, invasive species, and over-harvesting for the pet and food trades. “Habitat destruction is the primary threat to frogs worldwide” says Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of SAVE THE FROGS! “Pollution and pesticides are weakening frogs’ immune defenses and in some cases even turning male frogs into females”. There are 18,000 registered pesticides in the United States. In recognition of Save The Frogs Day, scientists worldwide will deliver presentations about the amphibian extinction crisis to local schools and community groups and lead evening frog walks. Teachers and students will focus on amphibian conservation, learning about threats to frogs and discussing ways to contribute to conservation efforts. Schools will be participating in international frog art, poetry and essay contests. Save The Frogs Day has been legally recognized by Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia and Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, British Columbia. The amphibian extinction crisis has received very little attention, so Dr. Kriger hopes that Save The Frogs Day will dramatically increase frog awareness on a global scale. “This is one of the most significant environmental issues of the 21st century. Unless we act quickly, amphibian species will continue to disappear, resulting in irreversible consequences to Earth’s ecosystems and to humans,” Kerry says. http://www.savethefrogs.com/day

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