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Some Facts From The Woodland Trust

Hello Lovely Followers,

I was browsing the internet and wondered how many British charities were founded during the year I was born? As some of you may know, I have been known to support a cause or two and I found this interesting post so I thought I’d share it with you all.

Our ancient woodland are very important to me and so I’ve signed petitions and donated money in the past to The Woodland Trust; they want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for both people and wildlife and are a voice for the environment who seek to effect policy change through their research and campaigns.

I’ve kept all the original links and have posted the link to the post itself at the bottom.

 

 

11 must-know facts about woods and forests in the UK

Woods are a vital part of the ecosystems that give us the essentials of life. Woods and forests really are amazing places, not only are they beautiful but they provide us with many benefits. Without them the world would be a very different place. Here are 11 key facts about woods and forests in the UK.

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:

  • i) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable,
  • ii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life,
  • iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares. Access to its woods is free.

1. Woods and forests are cities for our wildlife

(WTML / John Bridges)
(WTML / John Bridges)

Our woods and trees are home to more wildlife than any other landscape. The UK’s woodland has some of our richest habitats providing homes for thousands of species including many of our mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. Woods, and more specifically the trees within them, provide shelter, food and safe places to hide and breed.

Discover wildlife activities you can do with family.

2. Trees in forests communicate with each other through a fungal network or ‘wood wide web’

Fungi have fine threads that spread underground called mycelium. Trees use mycelium like an underground internet to link with other trees and plants. They use these networks to communicate, such as to warn each other of danger. They also use them to share nutrients, older trees will pass nutrients to their offspring that are growing nearby. These partnerships are called ‘mycorrhiza’.

3. Not all rainforests are tropical, we actually have rainforests in the UK

(WTML / Phil Formby) The Celtic Rainforest at Lennyrch in Wales
(WTML / Phil Formby) The Celtic Rainforest at Lennyrch in Wales

The UK is home to a few small pockets of rainforest. They are temperate deciduous forests with a constantly moist environment that encourages growth of mosses and ferns.

4. Woods in the UK are structured with four layers: canopy, understory, herb layer and ground layer

The canopy is made up of the leaves and branches of the tallest trees. The understory or shrub layer is the vegetation below the canopy from smaller trees or shrubs, such as hawthorn, that grow in low light. The herb (or field) layer comes next, plants that grow here depend on how open the canopy is and often need gaps of light to grow. The ground layer is the forest floor filled with mosses, fungi, leaf litter and decaying wood.

5. Galloway Forest in Scotland is the UK’s largest forest at 297 square miles

The next largest is England’s Kielder Forest in Northumberland which is 235 square miles.

6. Around 13% of the UK is covered in woods and forests

(WTML / David Rodway)
(WTML / David Rodway)

The UK is the second least wooded country in Europe after Ireland. In comparison Europe’s average tree cover is 44%. Not enough trees are being planted in the UK meaning we could soon be in a period of deforestation. This is why the Woodland Trust works to create new woodland and connect existing woods by planting native trees.

Find out more about our tree planting.

7. Just 2% of the UK’s land mass is covered in ancient woodland

(WTML / Jane Corey)
(WTML / Jane Corey)

Ancient woodland is defined as areas that have been continuously wooded since 1600 in England and Wales, and 1750 in Scotland. It’s not the trees but the soils that give them this name. The soils have been preserved from human interference for centuries. This has resulted in the development of complex ecosystems that make ancient woods unique and irreplaceable. The Trust is working hard to protect these habitats before they all disappear.

Find out how you can help.

8. The UK’s woods are home to almost half of all bluebells in the world

(WTML / Lesley Newcombe)
(WTML / Lesley Newcombe)

The UK is famous for its stunning bluebell carpets that bloom in our ancient woods from April to May. They are a slow spreading bulb flower with each bulb potentially living for years. New flowers bloom from the existing bulbs every year. But they face many threats from trampling, habitat loss, competition and hybridisation with Spanish bluebells, and from people picking them or digging up the bulbs (this is illegal).

Join the Big Bluebell Watch.

9. The Woodland Trust owns over 1,100 woods across the UK which are all free to visit

We believe everyone should be able to access woods near them for free.  We also buy woods to safeguard and restore them, where we can. We take on sites with existing or ancient woodland or create new woods by planting. Some of our popular sites have both, such as Heartwood Forest in Hertfordshire.

Find a wood to visit near you.

Charter for Trees, Woods and People
Charter for Trees, Woods and People

10. Last year, on the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forests, a new contemporary Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched for the UK

Over 70 organisations, local groups and thousands of people worked together to create a Tree Charter that will guide policy and practice in the UK. It is made up of 10 principles that illustrate how we should use, value, protect and celebrate woods and trees. Over 130,000 people have shown their support by signing the Charter.

Find out more about the Tree Charter.

11. Spending time in woods and forests, or even just around trees, is proven to boost our health and wellbeing

(WTML / Judith Parry)
(WTML / Judith Parry)

Lots of research provides evidence that woods benefit our health. Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with fewer complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Being near trees helps our concentration by reducing mental fatigue. One study discovered that a forest stroll had beneficial effects on blood pressure, heart rate and the immune system.

Discover woods and forests for yourself

We hope you enjoyed learning some interesting facts about woods and forests in the UK. Why not go and discover the wonder of woods and forests first-hand with your family or friends? We offer lots of activities to get you started as part of our family membership.

Source: 11 must-know facts about woods and forests – Woodland Trust


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A Bit About Greenpeace

Hello Lovely Followers,

I was browsing the internet recently and wondered how many British charities were founded during the year I was born? As some of you may know, I have been known to support a cause or two and I found this post; it’s a history/activism sort of thing and I found it interesting so I thought I’d share it with you all.

I’ve signed petitions and donated money in the past to Greenpeace; they defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, as well as championing solutions.

I’ve kept all the original links and have posted the link to the post itself at the bottom.

 

Greenpeace – Our History

In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada, in an old fishing boat. These activists, the founders of Greenpeace, believed a few individuals could make a difference.

Crew of the Phyllis Cormack on the first Greenpeace voyage (Vancouver to Amchitka) in 1971. © Greenpeace / Robert Keziere.

Their mission was to ‘bear witness’ to US nuclear testing at Amchitka, a tiny island off the West Coast of Alaska, which is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone regions. Amchitka was the last refuge for 3000 endangered sea otters, and home to bald eagles, peregrine falcons and other wildlife.

Even though their old boat, the Phyllis Cormack, was intercepted before it got to Amchitka, the journey sparked a flurry of public interest. The US still detonated the bomb, but the voice of reason had been heard. Nuclear testing on Amchitka ended that same year, and the island was later declared a bird sanctuary.

We’ve compiled a history of Greenpeace through the decades, so you can follow the journey from there to here:

Greenpeace in the 1970s
Greenpeace in the 1980s
Greenpeace in the 1990s
Greenpeace in the 2000s
Greenpeace in the 2010s

Our vision

Our vision is to transform the world by fundamentally changing the way people think about it. We want governments, industry and each and every person to stop viewing the Earth as an inexhaustible resource and start treating it as something precious that needs our protection and careful management. We all need a planet that is ecologically healthy and able to nurture life in all its diversity. Read more about our vision »

How we make change happen

Greenpeace stands for positive change through action. This action takes many forms – from investigating and exposing environmental abuse and lobbying governments and decision makers to championing environmentally responsible and socially just solutions and taking nonviolent direct action. Throughout, we always hold true to our core values of independence, internationalism and personal responsibility. Read more »

Our impact

Our first campaign – to stop nuclear testing – eventually led to The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Since then, with the support of 2.8 million people worldwide, we’ve won hundreds of successes in our campaigns for a greener and more peaceful world. Read more about our impact »

Get active

We are only able to achieve any of this because of the generous help of our supporters who lobby governments and companies, donate money to support our campaigns, campaign locally on their high streets, fundraise for us and put their freedom on the line to protect the planet. Find out how you can get active with us »

Questions

If you have any questions about the organisation, how to get involved or anything else, these questions should help. Read more »

Source: Greenpeace History | 1970s to the present day


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A Bit About Friends of the Earth

Hello Lovely Followers,

I was browsing the internet and wondered how many British charities were founded during the year I was born? As some of you may know, I have been known to support a cause or two and I found this post; it’s a history/activism sort of thing and I found it interesting so I thought I’d share it with you all.

I’ve signed petitions and donated money in the past to Friends of the Earth; they are an outspoken leader for the environment who seek to effect policy change through their research and hard-hitting campaigns.

I’ve kept all the original links and have posted the link to the post itself at the bottom.

 

Friends of the Earth

About Us

Friends of the Earth fights to protect our environment and create a healthy and just world.

Together we speak truth to power and expose those who endanger the health of people and the planet for corporate profit. We organize to build long-term political power and campaign to change the rules of our economic and political systems that create injustice and destroy nature.

About Us

We are more than one million members and activists across all 50 states working to make this vision a reality. We are part of the Friends of the Earth International Federation, a network present in 74 countries working for social and environmental justice.

What we do

Friends of the Earth demands that leaders do what is necessary to defend all people and preserve the environment. We boldly push for what is needed and refuse to settle for what is politically easy, because that is the only way to achieve true justice and equity. We are not beholden to any corporate or political interests.

Our staff engage in hard-hitting advocacy campaigns by producing cutting-edge policy analyses, instigating lawsuits, targeting corporations, and organizing our members on the ground. This strong advocacy has been the key to our successful campaigns over our 48-year history.

Three principles guide our work

Being a bold and fearless voice – The severity of our environmental crisis demands that we be bold in what we fight for and what we fight against. This means challenging elected leaders and public officials, even when it’s not easy or politically convenient. Donald Trump wants to hand over our public lands to Big Oil. So we’re taking him to court to stop the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. We also filed a lawsuit to expose potential corruption leading to his decision to gut protections for Bears Ears.

Fighting for systemic transformation – The world’s problems are too big for tiny fixes around the edges. We are working to transform our economic and political systems through strategic reforms that lead to systemic, radical changes. The corporate agriculture industry holds a lot of power over our food system, and is trying to douse our food with toxic pesticides. But, using the power of our grassroots membership, we transformed the entire industry, and pushed nearly three-quarters of garden retailers to move away from bee-killing pesticides.

Organizing and building long-term power – We are committed to growing and strengthening our activist base to fight for change. In order to build long-term political power, we collaborate with broader movements, because the fight to protect our planet is intrinsically tied to the global struggle for justice and liberation from oppression. When a political appointee or a threatening piece of legislation looms, we work together to stop to it. Trump wanted to make Sam Clovis – a racist, homophobic climate denier – chief scientist at the USDA. We worked with our members and our partners across the broader movement to stop his nomination.

Some of our efforts include:

  • Defending the Environmental Protection Agency and strengthening other agencies’ work to protect public health from attacks by corporate polluters

  • Protecting organic agriculture and working to make sustainable and healthy food available to all

  • Fighting against trade deals that undermine democracy and expand the power of international business

  • Promoting clean energy solutions that are community-controlled and help alleviate poverty

  • Empowering people to hold financial institutions accountable for destroying tropical rainforests

  • Pushing public institutions – both bilateral and multilateral – to improve the lives, livelihoods, and environments of people throughout the world.

  • Supporting community efforts to protect our oceans from fossil fuel projects, including export terminals and coal plants.

 

Source: About Us • Friends of the Earth – Friends of the Earth


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Browsing Around WordPress…

Hello Lovely Followers,

I was browsing through WordPress, using the “Discover” option in Reader and found this post combining my love of books and nature on the Everett Public Library blog. Fabulous!

I’ve kept all the original links and have posted the link to the post itself at the bottom.

 

 

Did You Know? (Bat Edition)

That the bumblebee bat is the world’s smallest mammal?

I found this information on page 175 in the book The Secret Lives of Bats by Merlin Tuttle. The name bumblebee bat is actually a nickname for the Kitti’s hog nosed bat from Myanmar (Burma). It was discovered in 1973-74 and weighs a third less than a United States penny! These bats are only about an inch long.

Bats by Phil Richardson tells about bats’ lifestyles and life cycles. He explains about the different classes of bats and that the Kitti’s hog nosed bat is considered one of the 930 species of ‘microbats.’ This book has excellent photos of many bats. The children’s book Bat Watching by Diane Bair and Pamela Wright has helpful information about removing bats from buildings and where to look for them for viewing. The Magic School Bus DVD has a ‘Going Batty’ episode where you really learn what it is like to be a bat: how they see with sonar, what they eat, and how they take care of their young.

On the other end of the spectrum is the world’s largest (baseball) bat. 1,000 Places to See Before you Die by Patricia Schultz shows the huge baseball bat outside of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m sure it will be much easier to see than the bumblebee bat, plus you won’t have to travel as far!

Smithsonian Baseball Treasures by Stephen Wong has a very interesting history of baseball bats and other items. For example, in 1885 a flat bat was used to aid in batting techniques like bunting. There is a great photo of Babe Ruth kissing his bats before the start of the World Series September 29, 1926. Combining both kinds of bats is Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies.

Lastly, baseball has a bat boy (or girl), but the world of super heroes has Batman! Here at the library we have The Batman Strikes, Going… Batty! by Bill Matheny. In this exciting graphic novel Batman fights a bad guy that turns into a bat.

 

Source: A Reading Life – Did You Know (Bat Edition)


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Tuna – what’s my ethical choice?

Hello Lovely Followers,

Where possible, I use my heart when choosing where and what to spend my hard earned pennies on; local produce to reduce on air miles (although also taking into consideration the cost of heating greenhouses to grow year round fruit & veg in this chilly island compared to food naturally found in hotter climes), Fairtrade products to ensure workers are paid an honest wage for their labour, you get the idea.

I was sat ordering the family groceries online this afternoon, when I came to the next item on my list – tinned tuna in water. Although I have previously bought my tuna from Waitrose, the supermarket that I use for my weekly groceries (Asda) didn’t have pole-and-line-caught tuna.

Why do I try to buy tuna that’s been caught this way?

Well, I have seen a couple of nature documentaries over the years that have shocked me by showing us not only the damage to the ocean but the innocent marine life caught inadvertently in traditional net type of fishing.

I was not deterred, as Asda did bring up a variety of producers with tins of different varieties of tuna (perhaps there was ethically/eco-farmed tuna that I was unaware of and sold under a different name); my lack of knowledge sent me to Google.

The following article was top of the search list and although it was posted back in 2014, it did clear up the tuna species question for me. I hope you find it as informative as I did.

(In case you were wondering, went back to Waitrose and bought my tins of tuna there.)

 

Source: Greenpeace – If You Eat Tuna, You Should Know This

 

If You Eat Tuna, You Should Know These Five Fish

by Willie Mackenzie

May 5, 2014

Use this quick guide to get to know the fish on your plate.

Tuna

Illustration by Greenpeace.

Tuna are wild animals, but many people simply understand them as food. Using the shorthand ‘tuna’ can be a bit confusing, as it tends to cover a whole family of species, from the relatively small and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic and beleaguered bluefin.

So I’ve pulled together a quick guide to the tuna species you’re likely to encounter in either the U.S. or Europe.

This is not intended to encourage you to eat them, but to raise awareness of what it is that’s being served up. If you’re going to eat tuna responsibly, here are some issues you need to think about.

There are about 15 species of tuna recognized worldwide, but you are likely to only encounter these five:

Skipjack (Katsuwonas pelamis)

skipjackphoto

Skipjack is relatively small and the most abundant and widely-fished of tuna species. The fish can be up to a meter in length, but is rarely recognizable when served up. It makes up more than 70 percent of the American canned tuna market (often called chunk light). Tuna chunks and flakes in brine or oil, on a sandwich, baked potato, or pizza? Safe bet it’s skipjack.

It’s a pretty abundant species, but there are still issues around how it is fished. In particular, fishing methods indiscriminately harm other species, which end up as bycatch.

Most skipjack is caught using large purse-seine nets. When these are set around Fish-Aggregation-Devices (or FADs, which are really just floating structures that act like fish magnets) they result in huge amounts of bycatch of other fish, as well as sharks, rays, even sea turtles, and, occasionally, whales or dolphins. Using FADs has been shown to increase the amount of bycatch tenfold.

The famous dolphin-safe logo on tuna may tell you that its not caught in a way that deliberately catches or sets nets around dolphins, but it’s no guarantee. And of course, ‘dolphin-safe’ tells you nothing about impacts on other species.

A net bulging with tuna and bycatch on the Ecuadorean purse seiner 'Ocean Lady', which was spotted by Greenpeace in the vicinity of the northern Galapagos Islands while using fishing aggregating devices (FADs).

A net bulging with tuna and bycatch on the Ecuadorean purse seiner ‘Ocean Lady’, which was spotted by Greenpeace in the vicinity of the northern Galapagos Islands while using fishing aggregating devices (FADs).

Sadly, many of the species caught and killed as bycatch are endangered, including several species of open ocean sharks and sea turtles. And when you factor in the scale of the fishing operation to fill those little cans, that adds up to a whole lot of collateral damage, including tens of millions of sharks every year.

Luckily, there are better, cleaner ways to catch skipjack. Look out for pole-and-line caught skipjack, or tuna that has been caught without using FADs.

Yellowfin (Thunnus albacares)

yellowfinpicYellowfin are widespread and magnificently-streamlined fish. And, yes, they have yellow fins, including characteristically sickle-shaped elongated go faster ones. They are found around the world but mostly confined to tropical waters. They can grow to over two meters in length.

Yellowfin tuna can be found either in cans or sold fresh and frozen as tuna steaks. You may also find it in sushi. The package should tell you what species it is (if it doesn’t, don’t buy it).

Like skipjack, yellowfin are caught with purse seines, and when FADs are used, the vast majority are young yellowfin that never get a chance to breed. Another method of catching them is using longlines: lines of baited hooks that can be many miles long. This method of fishing can be very indiscriminate and responsible for lots of bycatch. Sharks, swordfish, turtles, and seabirds can all fall victim to the baited hooks. Longlining is the main reason that global albatross populations are endangered, and as with purse seining, some of the species caught and killed are endangered sharks and turtles, too.

Turtle caught in Spanish longline, Mediterranean.

Turtle caught in Spanish longline, Mediterranean.

There are ways to make longlining better, but the safest way to know that your yellowfin hasn’t come at the cost of other animals’ lives is to look for pole-and-line caught.

However, there are now real concerns that populations of yellowfin have been totally overfished, and in many places are still plummeting.

Here’s a tip: only choose pole-and-line caught yellowfin, and eat it sparingly.

Albacore (Thunnus alalunga)

albacorepicAlbacore is a cooler water tuna, and it even ventures into waters off the U.S. west and east coasts. They have an unusually long pectoral fin and are sometimes referred to as white tuna because of their pale flesh.

Albacore tuna is often sold as solid white albacore in cans. They make up approximately 20 percent of the U.S. shelf-stable tuna market.

Skipjack tuna are caught by pole-and-line off Flores, Indonesia.

Skipjack tuna are caught by pole-and-line off Flores, Indonesia.

Albacore is mainly caught on longlines, but they can be caught with much more ocean-friendly methods, such as pole-and-line and a similar method called trolling.

Most populations of albacore have been totally overfished. The only relatively healthy stocks are in the Pacific, but these are in decline.

Tip: hoose pole-and-line or ‘trolled’ albacore from the Pacific.

Bigeye (Thunnus obesus)

bigeyepicThis is a big, robust fish, found in tropical waters and growing over meters in length. Sadly, bigeye tuna are in trouble, with many populations plummeting in recent years due to overfishing. It’s caught in similar ways to yellowfin, and while you might encounter it served up as tuna steaks, its much more likely you’ll find it served as sushi. It is one of the two species known as ‘ahi,’ along with yellowfin.

Schools of fish circle a fish aggregation device (FAD) floating and continuously attracting fish during a banned FAD fishing season in the Western and Central Pacific ocean in 2009.

Schools of fish circle a fish aggregation device (FAD) floating and continuously attracting fish during a banned FAD fishing season in the Western and Central Pacific ocean in 2009.

Unfortunately, even canned chunk light tuna may contain bigeye. This may actually be because juvenile bigeye are being caught in purse seining nets alongside the smaller skipjack (this also happens with juvenile yellowfin). Catching juvenile tuna, from threatened or overfished stocks, is a big problem because they are caught before they have had chance to breed.

Definitely avoid purchasing bigeye, and avoid conventionally-sourced canned chunk light tuna.

Bluefin (Thunnus maccoyii, Thunnus orientalis, and Thunnus thynnus)

bluefinpicThere are three species of bluefin tuna: Southern, Pacific, and Atlantic, and they are spectacular fish. Growing to over three meters and weighing up to a whopping 1,000 pounds, they are warm-blooded top predators that can accelerate faster than a sports car. They can tolerate warm and cold water. They are found along the coasts of the U.S.

Critically endangered bluefin tuna is seen being traded on the dock at the port of Kesen-numa City, Miyagi Prefecture, North East Japan.

Critically endangered bluefin tuna is seen being traded on the dock at the port of Kesen-numa City, Miyagi Prefecture, North East Japan.

In recent years, bluefin tuna has been severely overfished. Atlantic and Southern bluefin are already classified as endangered, and Pacific bluefin populations are at only 4 percent of historic levels. Traditional methods of catching them in traps and on lines have given way to large purse-seining catches targeting them as they come together to spawn. The fashion for sushi has driven this demand. As they get ever scarcer and ever more expensive there are real concerns for the future of bluefin.

In the U.S., you should only find bluefin in relatively expensive sushi. It may be labelled as o-toro. But it’s best to avoid bluefin altogether due to plummeting stocks.


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Starfish-killing robot close to trials on Great Barrier Reef – BBC News

An autonomous starfish-killing robot will be ready for field trials on the Great Barrier Reef this month, researchers say.

Source: Starfish-killing robot close to trials on Great Barrier Reef – BBC News


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Whaling – time to stop it, permanently!

Please, one person can make a difference!

The beautiful Fin Whale

The beautiful Fin Whale

 The Icelandic whaling fleet is about to leave port to hunt and kill 150 endangered fin whales. We’ve come close to shutting down this barbaric operation before and now we have a chance to end it for good.

 

As the whalers sharpen their harpoons for this year’s hunt, their boss is trying to ship last year’s whale meat to Japan right now. Over 1,700 tonnes are about to be sent through the icy passage between Russia and the North Pole. But if the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis simply removes their flag from the vessel it can’t leave port! Tourism is the main pillar of their country’s economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight.

St Kitts and Nevis Flag

The St Kitts and Nevis flag

We have just six days before the boat could set sail.

Our community already helped push European countries to shun this shameful trade. Let’s now get St. Kitts to stop helping the whalers! Sign now and share with everyone urgently — Avaaz will deliver our voices straight to the new Prime Minister, and if he doesn’t respond quickly, Avaaz’ll target his biggest tourist market – the US – and show how St. Kitts is supporting the slaughter of these majestic beings:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc

Kristjan Loftsson

Kristjan Loftsson

Iceland’s entire fin whaling industry is run by one man, Kristjan Loftsson, but his business is barely breaking even, so if we stop the whale meat from reaching Japan we can sink his profits! Other nations have removed their flag from vessels in response to public pressure over other environmental concerns so we know this can work for the whales. All we need to do is create a scandal and get a delay to make the crossing to Japan impossible.

Japanese whalers plan to resume “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary despite widespread opposition, and St. Kitts and Nevis votes in support of Japan’s “research” at the International Whaling Commission. If we take them out of the equation now we can strike a deadly blow to both Icelandic and Japanese whaling at the same time!

Pressure has been mounting globally and nationally to stop the Icelandic whalers. This could be a turning point for the whales. Together we have the power to turn the International Whaling Commission into the International Whale Conservation Commission. And we can get started by stopping this year’s harpooning and this whale meat shipment! Sign the urgent petition now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc

We know our voices work! Following our 1 million strong petition in 2013, the Dutch government blocked Iceland’s whale meat shipments docking in the Netherlands. And together with Greenpeace, our community managed to get fin whale meat sent back to Iceland from Germany. Since then major shipping companies announced they would never ship whale meat again. We’re making it harder and harder for this industry to make a profit. Let’s shut it down for good!

With hope,

Lisa, Danny, Alice, Ricken, Mel, Nick, Rewan and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Iceland sends shipment of 1,700 tonnes of whale meat to Japan (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/05/iceland-sends-shipment-of-1700-tonnes-of-whale-meat-to-japan. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/05/iceland-sends-shipment-of-1700-tonnes-of-whale-meat-to-japan)

Desperate whalers go north (Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/whale-meat-iceland/blog/53241/

The Winter Bay (Vessel Fider – shows where the ship carrying the whale meat is and which country is registering it)
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/WINTER-BAY-IMO-8601680-MMSI-341433000

Japan to resume whaling hunt despite IWC warning (AFP)
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/japan-resume-whaling-hunt-despite-iwc-warning-105354478.html#ohHmAJ1

Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

To contact Avaaz, please write to us at www.avaaz.org/en/contact or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).