Saturday, June 30, 2012

Israel: Outlaw Monkey Breeding Farms!


Israel: Outlaw Monkey Breeding Farms!

Most of the 1,500 monkeys held at Israel's Mazor breeding farm will eventually be sold to laboratories for use in toxicology tests. During the tests, the monkeys will be force fed drugs and chemicals, and all who survive the experiments will be euthanized. Other monkeys will be sold for use in torturous brain experiments involving immobilization, water deprivation and surgical removal of the top of the skull. Again, most surviving monkeys will be killed after the experiments are finished.
The monkeys held at Mazor breeding farm were separated from their families at a young age, causing extreme trauma for the young monkeys and their mothers. Young monkeys are visibly distressed and look for their mothers after being separated, and some die as a result of the stress.
Breeding farm managers view monkeys as nothing more than profits, despite their clear expressions of physical and emotional pain. Please urge Minister Erdan to outlaw monkey breeding farms in Israel.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

End fossil fuel subsidies

Dear friends,

Over a million people have called on world leaders to end fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio Earth Summit -- a no-brainer policy that could take one trillion tax dollars from Big Oil and reinvest it in green energy. But they've failed to deliver -- even with the backing of the EU, the US and most G20 countries! The talks end in just hours. Now is our chance to save them and the planet's future.

Brazil's President Dilma is hosting the summit and has the power to reopen discussions and demand a timeline for ending polluter payouts, but she is considering walking away with the weak language presented by a team of bureaucrats. We can stop her in her tracks.

Dilma has hours to emerge as a global climate hero. Sign this urgent petition now and forward to everyone -- at 500,000 signers, Avaaz will deliver it straight to Dilma's hands and run an urgent, hard-hitting ad in the Financial Times:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rio_save_the_planet/?tta

In the last 2 weeks, we've already made huge strides towards an end to fossil fuel subsidies. Together, we've:

*Unfurled giant trillion dollar bills with our friends 350 on beaches in Rio and in Los Cabos that garnered the attention of major media across the globe and delivered a 1 million strong call to end harmful polluter subsidies.

*Delivered a petition with over 750,000 signers directly to UK Prime Minister Cameron and the Mexican chair of the G20 summit.

*Massively impacted the vote in a UN poll -- making fossil fuel subsidies the top priority for the Earth Summit. We won with over 66% of the vote!

*Flooded the Mexican and New Zealand environment ministers with messages calling on them to push for an end to polluter payouts.

* And our team on the ground in Rio and Los Cabos has tirelessly lobbied politicians -- attending dozens of meetings with high level officials from key countries.

The stage is set and Dilma has the perfect solution to turn the talks around: a clear and timely end to fossil fuel subsidies. We only have hours for this final push to action --- click below to sign:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rio_save_the_planet/?tta

The movement to end fossil fuel subsidies is at a tipping point. Over 1 million of us signed petitions calling for action, from Rio and Delhi to London and Sydney. As we enter the 11th hour of the Rio Earth Summit, let's continue to push until we win!

With hope,

Iain, Antonia, Jamie, Emma, Ricken, Diego, Pedro and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION:

UN environment haggle runs into problems ahead of summit (France 24):
http://www.france24.com/en/20120618-un-environment-haggle-runs-problems-ahead-summit

Rio+20: anger and dismay at weakened draft agreement (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/19/rio-20-weakened-draft-agreement

#EndingFossilFuelSubsidies in Pictures, Video & Tweets: Why Rio+20 Needs to Act (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jake-schmidt/endingfossilfuelsubsidies_b_1607288.html

G20 Fossil Fuel Protest Video (Reuters):
http://in.reuters.com/video/2012/06/19/g20-fossil-fuel-protest?videoId=236062951&videoChannel=117460

Activists hail success of Twitterstorm (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jun/18/twitter-storm-fossil-fuel-subsidies?newsfeed=true

Update on #EndFossilFuelSubsidies Proposals at Rio+20 (350.org Blog)
http://www.350.org/en/about/blogs/update-endfossilfuelsubsidies-proposals-rio20

Negotiations text "an epic failure" (Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/press/releases/Greenpeace-comment-on-state-of-Rio20-negotiations-text-for-adoption/

Latest text of the Rio+20 conference
http://avaazpress.s3.amazonaws.com/295The%20Future%20We%20Want%2019%20June%202.45am.doc

Monday, June 18, 2012

How To Be Happy


Is there some secret that those who always seem happy are hiding?  Not at all.  They just have a way of turning negative into positive.  Below are a few ways you to can start bringing more happiness and less negativity into your life.

*Take care of yourself physically. It's much easier to be optimistic when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.

*Be thankful. Stresses and challenges don't seem as terrible when you remind yourself of the things that are right in life.

* Don't Assume. Don't waste time worrying that you did something incorrect unless you have evidence that there is something to worry about.

* Don't use absolutes. Thinking and talking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never' makes the situation appear worse than it is.

*Think positively. Your thoughts can't hold any power over you if you don't judge them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and don't follow it.

*Get and give hugs. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up.

*Increase your social activity. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!

*Volunteer. Everyone feels good after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.

*Don't dwell on the negative. It's never productive, because it's not rational or solution-oriented; it's just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment - go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.

Practice does indeed make perfect.  Before long, the above traits will become automatic. You will look back and realize how far you have come.  You will have become one of the ones people look to for the "secret" of happiness.