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// An invitation from the U.N. //

The United Nations dedicates each year to the address and exploration of global issues. 2012 is the international year of Cooperatives, and Sustainable Energy for all. 

The U.N. includes 193 member states so it most likely represents you. Never forget the U.N. exists to represent you. Use it positively when you can, respond to it, challenge it. 

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There are ways you can be involved in 2012’s U.N. observances; activities, global events and online participation. Learn more, act, speak and share. This is your world we’re talking about.  

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// EARTH HOUR 2012 - But why?//

Saturday 31 March 2012: 8:30pm

This is that hour where everyone switches of their lights and we think about what we rely on and why. and how it’s effecting the Earth. 

Note: This only works if you actually do it. No, I mean if you actually do it. The reality is we rely on energy because it gives us choice. and in taking, we take from other things. 

People love the idea - Earth Hour pumps the event with drama - but will people make the sacrifice. Please do, every hour of your life. It’s a lifestyle not an event. 

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// A Reminder//

Take this moment to pause Tumblr and check everything that’s not in use in your house, is turned off. 

  • Phone charger
  • Radios
  • TV
  • Lights
  • Heaters

Turn it off at the mains. right now. Just GO!

// Japan announces Fukushima nuclear site as stable.//

I’m sure we all remember the earthquake that hit Japan last March, 2011.

The Tohoku earthquake, also known as the Great East Japan earthquake, and its subsequent tsunami absolutely devastated Japan and made headlines around the world. At 9Mit remains one of the most powerful earthquakes in global history. It was responsible for 15,842 deaths and an estimated economic cost of $235 billion. 3485 people are listed as missing.

Photo: Asahi ShimbunA woman mourns the devastation of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, in northern Japan on March 13.’

The flooding, shock waves and preceding after-shocks destroyed lives, homes and infrastructure along the east coast of Japan and this was a gigantic natural tragedy. One particular impact however ignited international debate over a man made destructive energy: Nuclear Power.

The tsunami, with waves reaching 10km inland, caused a number of nuclear accidents. Most terrifyingly there were Level 7 meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant Complex. It posed a national emergency to human health and the environment. The world has seen the effects of nuclear meltdowns before, most notably at Chernobyl, Ukraine 1986 and Three Mile Island, U.S.A. 1979. The catastrophic radioactive contamination released into the atmosphere following such incidents can prove fatal. Even younger generations born decades after a meltdown have suffered cancers and sickness attributed to these disasters. 

Photo: Unharvested Apples hang from a contaminated tree near Chernobyl, December 1989.

Photo: Chernobyl 25 years on - in the abandoned city of Pripyat.

So when Fukushima’s Nuclear powerplant was proclaimed unstable the world panicked. 

Government agencies from many countries responded directly to the crisis by addressing their own nuclear programmes. In Germany 200,000 people protested on the streets against nuclear power as a viable energy alternative. In May, following a popular anti-nuclear rally, the Swiss government outlawed the building of new nuclear power reactors in their country. 

But now, after 9 months, the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has declared the Fukushima site as stable. 

Source: The Guardian Newspaper

It is clearly a relief that things have recovered at all. But what is the future for nuclear power? It remains an extremely developed source of energy and large scale disasters are rare enough for nuclear development to continue. Of course we will run out of fossil fuels and nuclear power provides an alternative.

However, most environmental NGO’s and political bodies have anti-nuclear agendas. If you are interested, read Friends of the Earth’s (UK) paper: Why nuclear power is not an achieveable and safe answer to climate change.

But not everyone agrees. There is an Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy community on the web that argues for the continuation of nuclear power. The debates goes on.

Whatever we believe, it is important to remember the lives lost and more endangered last March in Japan.

We are simultaneously powerless to Earth’s floods and quakes, and unnaturally powerful in our development of nuclear power. Both are devastating, only one we can control… although many say we are doing our collective best to change the world’s climate too. 

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// Facebook goes Green (?)//

This is huge news. Let’s hope it actually happens - Facebook has announced it is aiming to use clean, renewable energy to power its entire system in the future. This would mean an end to using coal - an unsustainable resource that emits vast quantities of destructive carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. 

The announcement follows a two year campaign led by Greenpeace to make Facebook Green. Greenpeace is famous for its extremely intense and high pressured style of campaigning, which has won the international organisation many arguments over its 40 years to protect the planet. In this case it was just the ticket! Quite frankly I’m in a state of shock. If Facebook keeps its word this could have a great impact on environmental awareness, corporate responsibility and everyday effort. Extracts from Greenpeace’s press release below:

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Facebook is used by over 800 million people worldwide and is uniquely powerful.  For better or for worse it has a significant daily impact on many people’s lives, especially young people, and acts as a social planner, life journal and communicating device proving it both international and extraordinarily personal.  If environmental campaigns are given more space on Facebook, it will undoubtedly effect their success. 

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Source: The Guardian

Facebook’s decision to headline renewable energy will bring the issue into homes across the world whilst pressurising other companies to do the same.

Here are some videos about Greenpeace’s campaign (Unfriend Coal) which had the support of 700,000 followers. 

// Low Carbon Travel: Moving Planet//

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Some of you may already know about today’s Moving Planet events. There is a full post about it on Nektarina’s main webpage (read it here!) If you have not heard about it, I will give you a sweet and brief introduction.

Moving Planet is an international effort to explore alternative, low carbon forms of transport. Many famous organisations including 350.org and Oxfam have collaborated to create a programme of events worldwide that encourage sustainable ways of moving. 

The official website: http://www.moving-planet.org/

We all know that cars, vans, buses and especially aeroplanes are bad for the environment. They produce a lot of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels which add to greenhouse gases and result in ecological problems like climate change. We also know that the easiest and greenest way of moving is on our own two feet. 

But today is about being creative, so here are some alternative, albiet perhaps outrageous transport ideas…

* Moonwalking on a giant pair of Jumping Stilts?

* The Shweeb?

Combining a monorail with cycling. Passengers have their own transparent pod and power their way down the set route. I think this sounds like a brilliant idea!

* Turkish legend claims that in the 17th Century an Ottoman aviator called Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi flew across the sea with a large pair of homemade wings. What a great story.


(Photo: http://bit.ly/pRLyqk)

Note: Don’t forget to use energy saving lights for your bicycles. 

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