By Mayukh Saha,
(Prepare For Change) At a meeting of the Royal Geographic Society of London, Earthwatch Institute declared bees the most invaluable species on this planet, as reported by The Guardian in 2008. And along with it comes this disturbing piece of news. If the bees were to disappear today, mankind would follow suit very soon! Scientists and wildlife experts have joined bees to the list of species that are doomed to extinction in the near future if humanity does not do something about its most beneficial insects. →
Read more via The Bee Has Been Declared “The Most Important Living Being On The Planet” — Prepare For Change
(True Activist) With the rainforests of the world being destroyed and burnt down at a rapid rate by the human society in order to profit from the area of the once lush jungle and home to wild animals, this becomes another problem for those living there.
Animals that seek refuge in jungles and forests have suddenly been displaced and oftentimes have nowhere else to go.
The orangutan population has further diminished because of land urbanization that they are on the brink of extinction, all thanks to human activity. →
Read more via A Pregnant and Hungry Orangutan Has Been Spotted Holding On To The Last Tree Left While Bulldozers Ravage Her Home — True Activist
September 19, 2019 – Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed
Peru has vowed to put an end to palm oil-driven deforestation by 2021, according to reports, in a move that is being hailed as a “momentous win” for wildlife and sustainable agriculture by conservationist group the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
The Andean nation joins Colombia in its pledge to produce the oil without deforestation. Palm oil cultivation has been a booming crop across Latin America, but has also been one of the foremost drivers of deforestation in rural regions. →
Read more via ‘Huge Win for Wildlife’ – Peru Vows to End Deforestation Driven by Palm Oil — Waking Times
(Collective-Evolution) By now many of us know about the destructive nature of palm oil harvesting. As each year goes by about 6,000 orangutans are killed as a direct result of deforestation for palm oil. According to The Orangutan Project, every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forest is ploughed to the ground across South East Asia to make way for palm oil plantations. →
Read more & video clip:”Sadness As An Orangutan Tries To Fight The Bulldozer Destroying Its Habitat” (2:05) — Collective Evolution
(Collective-Evolution) As the Amazon Rainforest crisis persists, our inability to protect our planet poses an existential threat to all of Earth’s inhabitants. As the sky recently turned black over Sao Paolo, Brazil because of smoke (thousands of kilometers away) from the fires that is so thick it can be viewed by NASA space satellites, the world’s leaders were assembled at the G-7 summit in Europe, seemingly more interested in exchanging sophomoric insults than solving the world’s most pressing and urgent problems. According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, almost 73,000 forest fires have been documented this year alone. That’s an alarming 84% increase from what was observed in 2018. →
Read more via Defending the Amazon, Indigenous Rights & Planetary Integrity — Collective Evolution
By Julia Conley
The fight to protect land, homes, livelihoods, and wildlife from destructive, pollution-causing industries turned deadly for more than 160 environmental defenders in 2018, international human rights group Global Witness revealed Monday night in a new report.
Organizers campaigning against the destruction of the environment face governments, contract killers, and private security firms trying to stop them—sometimes working together. In total, 164 people were murdered last year while fighting such forces as the mining, logging, and agribusiness industries from taking over swathes of ancestral lands, communities, and natural habitats.
Read more via Disturbing New Report Reveals How Many Environmental Activists Are Murdered Each Week —
Chlorpyrifos—described by some as “the most dangerous pesticide you’ve never heard of”—is an insect-killing organophosphate. Organophosphates trace their roots back to Nazi-era IG Farben nerve gases; contemporary scientists still describe the compounds as “junior-strength nerve agents” that have a mechanism of action comparable to sarin. Dow Chemical—the company that helped bring the world mustard gas during World War I and napalm and Agent Orange during the Vietnam war—is the manufacturer of chlorpyrifos-containing insecticides.
Read more via Chlorpyrifos: Playing Pesticide Politics with Children’s Health — Collective Evolution