Monday, 25 May 2015

Primary Rainforest Cleared For Massive Palm Oil Plantations In Peru


"More than 9,400 hectares of closed-canopy Amazonian rainforest has been removed for two oil palm plantations in the Peruvian region of Ucayali since 2011, according to scientists working for MAAP, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project." Read more here.

Also see our previous article about palm oil. There isn't enough coverage of this issue (certainly none from the main political parties) yet our society uses increasing amounts of palm oil. The obvious answer is: stop buying so much processed food. Or at least avoid anything with palm oil or "vegetable oil" (unless it gives the type, and it definitely isn't palm oil). Cut back on margarine, maybe use olive oil instead. Write to companies which use palm oil and complain - tell them you have stopped buying those products.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Stop TTIP


Time to email our MEP in the European Parliament! Next week there's a key vote on the dodgy TTIP trade deal, including a vote on whether big corporations should be given the power to sue our government. Only five UK representatives will be there, but our MEPs can have a big influence on their votes.

If the vote goes the way the giant corporations want, big business will get even more power to call the shots with our government.

It looks like the vote could go either way. Please can you send a quick email asking your MEP to campaign against corporations suing the government? It'll only take two minutes.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Protecting Species


A good article about why species go extinct (human activity) and what can be done, from Green World (issue 87, Winter 2015).

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tooth Powder


Let's have something positive. Modern toothpastes have all sorts of unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals in. The tubes aren't recyclable, so end up in landfill. There is an alternative though - tooth powder. You can increasingly buy this in health shops because it is much simpler, not needing so many preservatives, foaming agents and so on, and it is actually what people used many years ago. An even bigger bonus is that you can make it yourself at home easily. Here are links to some popular recipes (in no particular order). We'll be trying a combination of them and seeing how it goes.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Who Should You Vote For If You Care About Animals?


It's interesting to compare the different parties' attitudes to animals. This Animal Aid site does just that. In some cases you can even dig down to the level of individuals. (It is no surprise to find out that David Cameron is pro-hunt, pro-shoot, and pro-badger cull. Less well-known is that UKIP’s leader, Nigel Farage, has attended a hunt too.)

You can compare all the main parties. Some come across as wishy washy, such as Plaid Cymru's attitude to animals ("One MP voted for the badger cull; one did not vote and the third is not standing at the next election." / "One MP would repeal the Hunting Act (to make hunting legal again); one is undecided and the third is standing down."). The Green Party comes out on top, and is completely in opposition to the badger cull and hunting. Anyway, have a look around the site yourself, there is a lot of useful information there.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Meat-Free May


Most people eat meat twice a day without even thinking about it. But the amount of meat and fish we feast on is damaging our planet and our health.

  • Livestock production makes up 14.5% of total global greenhouse gas emissions and is one of the causes of deforestation and climate change.
  • Our taste for fish had been stripping the seas; over 70% of the world’s fish stocks are over or fully exploited.
  • Our health is suffering: a shift to lower-meat diets in the UK could prevent 45,000 early deaths each year and save the NHS over £1.2 billion per year.

So consider signing up to go meat-free in May with Friends Of The Earth! Do it with a friend for double the benefit (and support).