Hi there, I am interested in and working for world peace and for environmental concerns. This site is about becoming active. As I am a graphic and fine artist, one of my ways of helping is to make statements visually, and so I’ve made and will continue to make designs for Ts and Mugs etc. which are available for sale, so that everyone interested in making a difference can make their concerns known – preferably in peaceful groups and marches. Check out other vendors too. The important thing is that now is time to become a majority–numbers count. We are not going to be able to save many of the animals, plants, insects, and ecosystems threatened, and we won’t be able to bring back what’s already extinct. One may think, this is too depressing. Yes, much is sad, however, there is so much to be positive and excited about. We can help, many wonderful and astounding stories of people making a difference exist, and I will include links to some of these. We must stop adding to the problem–reducing atmospheric carbon emissions, putting carbon back where it belongs, in the dirt. No more fracking. Preserve national parks. Return lands to their original state. Help clean up rivers. Remove lawns and grow meadows. And though extremely controversial, for those planning on having kids, limit the size of your family to no more than three: seeking to achieve zero population growth. Help make strong the movement toward 100% Green. There are many opportunities, and I believe this is where our economic future lies. Make this century be called The Environment Revolution. It’s time. There will be (actually already are) many changes that we must address and need to prepare for. Let’s embrace the changes and learn to work with it. This is going to be a very challenging time, and we are up for it. Look what we’ve been able to accomplish in the past. Imagine what we can do for and in our future. So despite a fair amount of pain associated with this site as well as with the changes in our lifestyle, it is for the good. Walk into a department store and ask, where does all the surplus go? For some it this site will be a wake up call. Please join me and thank you. World Peace? Absolutely. Earth and World Peace go together Learning to treat all people with dignity and respect will not only bring World Peace, is no different than learning to treat our earth with dignity and respect. This is not a site of sound bites as one may have already guessed. For millennials, I welcome you to express you thoughts beyond 140 characters. Your lives depend on this. It depends on stepping outside of yourself and working hard. Working for the good and watching it manifest, with the help of hundreds of others, make life worthwhile (worth while). Lastly, I am a Nichiren Buddhist, and, hence, my job is earth and world peace, I share a little about this beautiful practice, and I share a little about my fine art sort of career. These including the section on environmental issues are categorized and found in the right-hand column. With respect.
Category: Save Our Home: Endangered Species
This section is primarily concerned with endangered species. Included are links to other sites for information or donations, such as the World Wildlife Fund etc. Examples of things that you can do to help animals are included here as is news of things going on in the world–both inspirational and tragic. The designs are available on t-shirts, mugs, etc. at cafepressdarthandworld peace.com Please like me if you like it. Thank you for caring.
As you can see, I have been working hard on my Save Our Home Buttons, Magnets and a Variety of other items including Ts. I will be adding more soon as there are an infinite number of issues that need to be addressed.
As a Nichiren Buddhist, I know we can all learn to work together in harmony with each other and all sentient beings. Whether you focus on Carbon emissions, on revitalizing our soil, cleaning our oceans, rehabilitating habitats or protecting and saving animals, all is important. Stay open to new ideas and beware of conspiracy theories. We are all capable of treating all with dignity and respect as we must learn to treat our planet the same. We are here as stewards, let us act as such. Let’s get started. Each day we waste is one day closer to crossing over the line of nothing we can do now. It is up to all of us. My designs are available for sale and there are many other vendors and organizations that sale or supply t-shirts for their specific causes. Dress to save, to inform, to become a mass of individuals who are passionate and care. Be peaceful in your efforts. These and other items related to our environmental movement are available at Cafe Press Earth and World Peace
As of December 2015, The good news is that several species of lion are now formally protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act including the critically endangered Asiatic lions of India and a subspecies now called P.l. leo found scatter throughout western and central Africa. Other subspecies are listed as threatened: many living in protected restricted areas.
Throughout the various pages in this blog, habitat loss is one of the main causes of endangerment: in Africa, habitat loss is cause by human population growth and cattle farmers. Here’s a statistic that profoundly exemplifies what habitat lose looks like: less than In West Africa, lions roam in less than 1 percent of their original space: throughout Africa, roaming territory has been reduced to less than one-quarter their original range (Scientific America). Poaching and smaller populations of prey animals are also responsible for both lion and cheetah population decline. In order to continue managing these populations of lions and the management of protected reserves requires a great deal of money. If you love lions, there are plenty of donation and information sites online.
Having evolve in the Northern American Continent and traveling over the land bridge created by the last ice age, the Cheetah spread throughout Asia and into Africa. They are now found only on the savannahs and grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. These beautiful animals numbers are dwindling in protective wildlife preserves in part due to increased competition from lions and hyenas. On top of that, cheetahs tend to wander off the reserves placing them in danger of human conflict. The smaller the population, the less diverse the gene pool, and the more fragile they become to diseases. Attempts at breeding Cheetahs in captivity are very dodgy, and scientist are very concerned for their future (Scientific America).
Living on rugged, mountainous terrain in the Himalayas and Central Asia, snow leopards are able to leap up to 50 feet in the air. They eat mostly wild sheep, goats, and smaller mammals such as pikas, zokors and marmots. Other than habitat loss, diminishing food supply and the illegal wildlife trade, many herders also do revenge killings as they prey on livestock to survive.
WWF considers climate change as perhaps “the greatest long term threat to snow leopards” resulting in “the loss of up to 30 percent of the snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas alone.”
Contact the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) if you’d like to help. They work on conservation projects to protect these animals with the local people, and supports research.
Read more about Snow Leopards and a list of other animals at WWF
According to SumOfUs, a worldwide organization dedicated to “forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy” by encouraging people whom care about these issues to help “hold large corporations accountable for their actions,” a new major study linking the pesticides, particularly neonicotinoid (neonics), on the loss of over 300,000 bee colonies in France. Scientists fear extinction. The manufacturer, Bayer, and other corporations are doing everything they can to stop the ban. If you are interested in saving bees by banning the sale of neonics, sold at many places in the U.S. too, go to the following for more information. Help Save Bees Bleeezzz
There’s another problem for bees, bumble bees and butterflies looming on the horizon, and that the merger of two large corporations, Bayer (the bee slayer) and Monsanto (the Butterfly-Killer. The treat to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, would be due to even more crops sprayed with pesticides by this mega-corporation. Furthermore, this merger makes this the largest seed and pesticide company in the world, “giving them un precedented control over our food supply,” according to Friends of the Earth. If other large scale chemical corporations such as Dow and Dupont, for example, follow suit, control over are food supply could reach 75%. For more information and to help stop Bayer and Monsanto merging, get in touch with Friends of the Earth.
We will be known as the animal that littered. Clean up our environment. Reestablish habitats. Everything on earth will thank you, even this sweet Otter.
The Sea Otters off of the Coast of California have had their ups and down. Their numbers had substantially decrease mid-20th century at which time they were put on the endangered species list. This is good as it means that they become protected and action is taken to help them. As a result, their population numbers increase. Recently, their numbers have been dropping. One reason is that sharks have begun to kill them, but they don’t eat them. I hypothesize that because the shark’s food supply has been reduced due to overfishing and pollution, sharks are trying to eat animals not on their menu. Not liking furry mammals may cause them to spit them out, but the damage to the otter has been done. It is also my thought that sharks attacks on humans have increased, possibly for the same reason mentioned above.
No telling how the Climate Crisis is going to change everything as many animals will not be able to adapt to new conditions. We could be facing massive extinctions which may include us unless we take action now. We must attempt to stop this and protect what is near and dear to us. Help save our home, please. Work for the environment, not against it. We can do it. This will be our new revolution, the Environmental Revolution.
I am finally getting back to my Save Our Home designs–this time featuring primates. Many of our ‘cousins’ are endangered and need help. The loss of habitat is the primary issue. There is a great deal of deforestation and encroachment that contributes to the demise of these beautiful animals: for that matter all that live in these forests are of course endangered too. Entire ecosystems are continuously being destroyed. And sadly, poachers are illegally hunting these animals to extinction to sell as bushmeat. This is illegal though they continue to get away with it.
Meanwhile, for now, consider helping monkeys, lemurs, great apes, any primate that is endangered. Check out The Bush Meat Project, Friends of the Earth, World Wildlife Federation, Save Animals Facing Extinction, Green Peace etc. Google the animal you specifically care about, and finds sites the sites that best suit your interests. Check out cafepress.com/earthandworldpeace if you are interested in any products with these designs on them. I want people to get the word out is, to get active, march, and wear clothing with messages on them, mine or someone else’s. Be informed so that when people ask you, you know the plight of the animal you’re were. All of the primates don eye wear because I wanted people to focus on their eyes. They are our cousins, and for me, I can see the souls of each primate when I look into their eyes. Get active. I hope you are all doing well and can help. With deep respect.
An enjoyable brief Ad. Save Our Home: Primates
Look at the following pictures. Look in their eyes. Are they familiar to you? They are our cousins, and they are loosing their homes and killed for food–an illegal practice. Many youngsters loose their mothers, some are rescued. You can support these orphanages. Check online. Aren’t they beautiful?
Jane Goodall, Ted Talks – What Separates Us From Chimpanzee? Answer: Our sophisticated language. Jane Goodall “urges us to start using it to change the world.” I cannot agree more else this blog would not exist.
In the 1960s, Jane Goodall, a primatologist, was the first to live and study chimpanzees in the wild. One of her discoveries, of which there are many, was that Chimpanzee use and modify tools for specific purposes. Though she has studied them for over 50 years, and though she would rather be in the wild studying them today, she has chosen to use our specialty, sophisticated language, to help change the world by focusing on healing our planet. We must become compas-sionate stewards to all that lives on this planet.
Let’s quickly look at our nearest relative and discover just how intelligent and similar they are to us.
Ai (pronounced e) is the Japanese word for love and the name of a Chimpanzee who is considered to be the most skilled Chimpanzee in intellectual performance. Ai loves her computer, and is in essence addicted to it, just like many humans. She will leave her family to play on her computer. She plays games and other complex activities, and can solve them faster than some people. Even more interesting is that she doesn’t like making mistakes. If she gets a score that she’s not happy with, she asks to do it again so that she can improve her score. She does this whether or not food is used as a reward. Interestingly, she must be told in advance that there will not be a rewarded when she completes the task.
Jane Goodall explains that before discovering that chimpanzees make, use, and modify tools, the definition of humankind was “tool-maker”. In 1960, Louis and Mary Leakey, Kenyan paleo-anthropologist, demonstrated that humans evolved in Africa having found two hominid skulls dated as living 1.75 million years ago. Louis Leakey, replied to Jane’s findings, “Ah! Now we need to redefine man, redefine tool, or except chimpanzees as humans.”
Scientists have discovered that many Chimpanzees societies throughout Africa use tools, and each clan has different tools for different purposes.
Jane Goodall says, these patterns of behavior “are passed on from generation to generation through observation, imitation and practice. That is a definition human culture.”
Family life is similar to ours in many ways. AChimpanzees suckle their young for five years. For seven more years, these youngsters are emotionally dependent upon their moms at which time they learn as we do, i.e. from our mom’s during our dependent years. They remain bonded to their families for as long as they live which can be 60 years. They share their lives with their siblings. A group of Chimpanzees is called a Shrewdness of Apes.
They show true compassion and altruism. They “kiss, hold hands, pat others on the back, they swagger and shake their fists in the same context as humans,” says Jane Goodall.
She adds, Chimpanzees also have an emotional life including both mental and physical suffering. They experience happiness, sadness, fear and despair.
They cooperate with each other. The can recognize themselves in a mirror. Rather than the ‘other’, they recognized ‘self’. And, they have a sense of humor.
Bottomline, Jane Goodall is informing us that “Other sentient beings have personalities, minds and feelings.
And now for the message. “When we think about the ways that we use and abuse so many sentient beings on this planet it really gives cause for deep shame.”
An aside. One of the major ways we abuse people (‘other’s), specifically minorities, is to make them less than human, i.e. animals. Not all of us, but many. Therefore, in general there has been little regard for non-human sentient beings. How terribly arrogant.
Chimpanzees are disappearing due to deforestation, encroach-ment, and now because they have become a popular food item. Before, deforestation, human beings lived in harmony with their Chimpanzee relatives. However, these same people who have lost their homes, and hence their culture are those involved with the mass killing of chimpanzees for Bushmeat. They have to make a living somehow, since living as they did is no longer an option.
The damage we have done to the forest, to these people, to chimpanzees and the ecosystems in general. Shameful. The roads created to access these forests are now used to hunt chimps and transport their carcasses to market. Bushmeat preferred over domesticated meat–big bucks. Go to The Bushmeat Project for more information.
So, what do we do? Jane Goodall says, use our human specialty, sophisticated language, to inform people about what we are doing to our environment as a result of disregarding everything that allows the earth to do what it does naturally to be healthy. We must teach people to be wise stewards, and we are beginning to truly understand how to do this. Write. Speak. Create videos. Use our amazing abilities and our technologies to heal our world.
A problem that must be addressed is the increasing disconnection people have with the natural world. Jane Goodall asks us to get involved with the Roots and Shoots Project: a program designed to reconnect people to the natural world by teaching young people to care about our natural world– a hands on approach to learning about our environment, introducing and taking care of animals, and discovering and doing something for their local environments. Go to www.rootsandshoots.org
Jane Goodall, and so many other, including myself, believe that every single individual does have a role to play in healing all aspects of our environment. If not involved already, learn to love and have compassion for all life.
Jane Goodall says we can do this because, (1) human brains can solve our problems, (2) nature is resilient, and (3) we have an indomitable human spirit. Indomitable meaning impossible to subdue or defeat.
Lastly, she adds “Buy things that are ethical to buy and don’t buy those that are not.” To watch the video that this article is gleaned from Google Ted Talks JaneGoodall. With great respect, love and compassion.
Four out of six Gorilla species are now on the critically endangered list. For example, in the last twenty years, seventy percent (70%) of the Eastern Gorilla population is gone due to illegal hunting. There are many organizations that are working to help Gorillas: World Wildlife Fund, Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Fund, The Gorilla Organization and more. Check out Ten Ways to Help Mountain Gorillas.
All over the world, many species of Old World Monkeys are endangered, usually due to loss of habitat and encroachment. There are also collectors and a pet trade for some species. You can check out which Monkeys you’d like to help.
Lemurs are so special. They live in one place, Madagascar. 80% of their habit has been destroyed which means several species are already extinct and the remaining are endangered. They are often hunted. Protection of these beautiful animals must become a priority. Tourism has helped.
Spending most of their time as tree dwellers, lemurs live in small groups (12 to 18 individuals) called a Conspiracy. Hm! And, here’s a fun fact. Lemurs have two tongues. Since they spend much needed time grooming themselves and each other, this evolutionary development has two different functions.
The main tongue is used for eating fruit, flowers insects and slurping nectar out of the center of flowers. A smaller stiff secondary tongue, found under the main tongue, serves as a grooming tool. This stiff tongue allows lemurs to remove bits and pieces from a lemur’s skin, occasionally yummy treat is found.
Lemurs lower teeth jut out and are used as a comb when grooming themselves and others. Sometimes hair, insects and other unwanted particles get cause between these teeth, and so, this stiff tongue is used as a toothpick. Wish I had one of those–not.
Lastly, lemur’s have nails at the end of their fingers and toes except for their second toe on each foot which ends in a claw. Since lemurs do not use their hands for grooming, this claw comes in handy (or footy) for grooming and a good scratch. The Aye Aye Lemur is the only lemur that has more claws than nails.
As always I ask, please help these animals even if only through your words.
The Bornean Orangutans are now critically endangered. Loss of their rain forest habitat is the main reasons why their population is in rapid decline. Illegal hunting doesn’t help. Of all the apes, this one is my favorite. I don’t know why, they just melt my heart. I won’t go into great detail here, but this really hurts. These orangutans are found starving to death due to loosing their food supply. We just cannot do this anymore. We must treat all life with the same respect as we treat ourselves. They are here for a reason. These beautiful animals have lived on earth fo an estimated two million years, and then along comes human beings. Why are we all so abusive, and I mean all, including myself, for we have participated in the destruction of habitats without even thinking about it. Let’s think about it now. Do you want to tear up that piece of land for an oversized home and a lawn, never mind the materials we use (natural and synthetic). Over population has been the primary reason for the destruction of our planet. Industrialization, the use of fossil fuels, and improper agricultural techniques are why we are having a global crisis. We must make noice. Peaceful Demonstrations.
Love Honey? Love Fruit? Love Bees! When we think of helping bees, we most often think of the honey bee. There are more than 20,000 bee species, and all of them are endangered. There are many theories related to why bees are disappearing–disease, pesticides, cell phones, GMOs and urban and farming deserts.
One of the best things everyone can do to help bees is to create a meadow with year round flowers. If you don’t have a back yard or are unwilling to dig up parts of your lawn (or all of it), you can create a meadow in a pot–great for city dwellers. Do not use pesticides. Do consider replacing part of your lawn with bee and butterfly friendly flowers: indigenous plants always. Bee deserts include lawns, monoculture farming, urban areas and so on: any broad area that doesn’t have a year round food supply for these busy pollinators. Hedgerows with a variety of flowers are a fabulous way to help bees so consider this instead of fences. If you like golf, see if you can influence the owners to plant patches of indigenous flowers along fairways, around the clubhouse and so on. Without bees, much of our food will disappear. We depend on them.Lastly, if you are worried about bees stings, don’t, unless you are allergic to them. They really don’t want to sting you as they will die. They are not aggressive by nature. They will only sting you if you frighten or feel threaten, even if you’re trying to help them. I’ve been stung three times, once when I was trying to save a bee from drowning–he didn’t know I was helping him, once when I felt something tickling me and, without looking, swatted it. Ouch! The third time, well…..I found a large beehive growing into the walls of my garage. I called a beekeeper. Unfortunately, we had to dismantle the hive. Dressed for the occasion with smoking gun in hand, we worked for a couple of hours–the beekeeper hoping to capture the queen so as to start another colony. He actually heard her fly away. Rats! After we were done, he put all of the honeycombs and so many bees in my kitchen. I said, what are you doing? He replied, “You can’t keep it outside, the ants’ll get it.” I was not comfortable around bees, a bit frightened. Nevertheless, there I was with this huge hive and hundreds of bees–not doing very well sad to say, flying and walking around as I dismantled the combs and collected the honey. It was fascinating to see the interiors of the hive. It took two days. And so, the third time I got stung was because I accidentally put my hand on one. I learned not to be afraid of bees. If fact, I’ve had a crush on them ever since. Please do what you can to help these magnificent and vital insects.
For several videos on this issue search the web. For some reason I am not able to link these for you, so here’s a great Ted Talks on Why Bees are Disappearing https://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing?language=en
I’m still blogging to myself. Have been very busy trouble shooting all the issues that have come up with regard to getting started online. As a result, I still haven’t reached out to social media. Meanwhile, I have decided that I’m creating a series of Save Our Home designs – some new, some seen before and edited. I’m going to create bunches more including getting back to my fine art. Stopping the causes of continuing global warming, and working for world peace is the goal. Much can be done. BELIEVE. I welcome all that will be coming to my blog, and I look forward to some great conversation. Remember, these are on t-shirts, mugs and more, and the buttons will be available on my website. Make your voice heard.
In Search of Oil and Military testing, Sonic Booms have caused those sea mammals that use sonar to communicate to flee their habitat, bleed from their orifices, and the inability to communicate with each other (to hear or to be heard). Since these beautiful animals communicate across seas, and are fleeing their habitats reproduction is being hindered. There are several articles written about this. Here’s one .
I was watching Nova the other night, program entitled Lethal Seas. Bottomline, our seas are becoming increasingly acidic due to carbon emissions. By the end of the century, if nothing is done to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, there will be relatively no coral reefs: a habitat that supports 25% of the fish in our oceans. When oceans beome more acidic, the brain functions of fish is compromised. The shells of Shell fish, such as clams and lobsters, cannot form in the embryonic stage.
Scientists are rigorously searching for answers and solutions throughout the world. As of yet, they are discouraged about the future of our oceans. The great die off during the Permian age killed 96% of all that lived in the oceans. Naturally, terrestrial vegetation and animals died off in great numbers too, approximately 90%. This die off event was due to carbon emissions from volcanoes: same cause, same effect we are experiencing today only this time humans have cause this trend.
The Industrial Age Experiment must be replace with The Alternative Energy Age or the Environmental Age. Make a statement, get educated and political, seek solutions, wear t-shirts stating your views. It’s our future.