Brazil ignores deadline to save Earth's most threatened tribe
"Many in the Awá tribe are still uncontacted, and they are running for their lives because of loggers, ranchers and settlers who invade their land. One told Survival, ‘They are cutting all the trees down! They tie chains to the tractors and they cut everything down. They kill everything in the way. They destroy everything!"
"In March 2012 Judge Jirair Aram Meguerian ordered that all the loggers and settlers should be removed within 12 months. But the deadline has passed – and not a single person has been evicted"
Director Stephen Corry: "This is a huge relief, and shows that companies like Vedanta are not all-powerful: local and global campaigning really does work. Companies and governments worldwide should sit up and take notice – Vedanta has learned the hard way that the days of stealing tribal land with impunity are over. The Dongria have consistently and passionately said no to Vedanta’s mine. Let us hope that they have the final say. It is essential that they are protected from harassment and intimidation at this critical time and that, when it is made, their decision is respected by Vedanta and the government."
The Avatar story is happening right now in Amazonas. Listen to James Cameron telling why he made the film Avatar and his fight to stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon.
The Swedish Sami culture is threatened and UN criticise Sweden for not ratifying the ILO Convention.
The indigenous Sami people who have lived in Sapmi (part of Norway, Sweden Finland and Russia) for thousand of years have to show written evidence for Swedish courts in order to prove their legal rights to land where now private land owners live. Traditionally they have been a nomadic people and in the traditional reindeer herding the reindeers still have to move between summer and winter pasture. UN criticise that Sweden in a report about the Sami issues to UN ignore to mention anything about ratifying ILO Convention 169. Tribal peoples’ lands are being stolen and their communities are devastated. ILO Convention 169 is the only international law designed to protect tribal peoples’ rights. After decisions from the Swedish governement there are also a fast growing population of carnivore animals in Sweden. The number of bears has grown form almost extinct to about 3000. The number of wolves from extinct to around 300 and growing. The wolverin from almost extinct to about 650 and the lynx from extinct to 1250. These pose a severe threat to the Sami reideer culture as 70000 reideers per year are killed by carnivore animals, which is about 25% of the total number of rein deers. They are today probably the biggest threat to the Sami culture and causes immense suffering for the reindeers. The Swedish government try to reduce the problems by licensed hunting, but lobby groups and even EU refuse to listen to the problems of the Sami people. Listen to RadioSweden
Happy galloping Cows 奶牛度假 幸せな牛 행복 한 소
Few cows can feel the joy these cows do. Most of the EU’s 27 countries don’t have specific rules for the welfare of dairy cows. Support better dairy farming by signing the petition: http://www.happycows.eu/sign
Cows released in spring for fresh pasture and green fields after a winter in their indoor winter housing. They are running, galloping and jumping for joy at a Koutsläpp in Väddö Gårdsmejeri. A place where they also arrange Cow Safaris in Sweden.
A tree climbing bear Go Veg?
The number of the Scandinavien Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) is steadily increasing. From having been almost exterminated they today are about 3000 animals in Sweden, more than there has been the last 150 years. They are sleeping almost half the year in their winter quarters. Surprisingly their food concists of 50% berrys, 20-25% ants and 20-25% moose. Wild bears live about 30 years, but can bee 37 years in the park. These bears live in Skansen ZOO in Stockholm, Sweden. All animals in Skansen are either born in the Zoo, acquired from another zoo or taken care of when they are found injured in the wild and can't survive there.
A Chimpanzee power demonstration - drumming in a slide.
Chimpanzee drumming and step dancing in a slide at Kolmården ZOO in Sweden. The intelligent Chimpanzees are very creative when demonstrating their status or power in the group. The Chimpanzees are as many other primates threatened by hunting, deforestation and settlements and have already disappeared from 4 African countries and are close to extinction in many other. See Chimpanzees WWF
5 People Bike, group pedaling in several directions
This smart group bicycle for 5 persons appeared in the streets of Tallin in Estonia. Maybe something for the buses - a Fred Flintstone bus? Group or Family biking, Zero CO2, no pollution.