Will Children Be Taught E Is For Elephants Or Extinction?

In school, children learn the alphabet by associating the letter E for elephant. Soon that may change. What if children are taught E is for extinction because of the high price for ivory? Elephants are being slaughtered to the brink of extinction because of the high value of their tusks.

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated -Mahatma Gandhi

Groups tied to some of the most powerful terrorist groups poach animals like elephants to fund their activities.

A Vote For The Ivory Trade Is A Vote For Terrorism

Many people do not realize just how sophisticated poachers are. They have sophisticated, high tech equipment, complete with helicopters and high speed all-terrain vehicles. They slaughter wildlife for the sole purpose of raising money which supports efforts by terrorists groups directly involved with human trafficking, the sex trade, and drug trafficking.  Groups like The International Anti-Poaching Foundation work with wildlife conservationists and anti-poaching teams to provide military training to help stop their activities. However, more laws need to be passed internationally to stop these heinous crimes.

A Vote For The Ivory Trade Is A Vote For Terrorism

Will NJ Gov Christie Sign This Bill? 

There is a significant difference between a partial ban and a full ban on the sale of ivory. A partial ban will actually encourage poachers to slaughter the last remaining elephants and rhinos until they are extinct to drive up the prices of their tusks and rhino horn inventory. This is exactly why a partial ban will not be effective. It is more or less putting a Band-Aid on a gushing wound.

Recently, a coalition of anti-elephant poaching advocates submitted their request to Governor Chris Christie in an effort to end the ivory trade and sign S2012 into law. Coalition Letter to NJ Gov Chris Christie Jul 15 supporting ivory sales ban.

Below is a video request to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill that would ban the sale of ivory in the state of New Jersey. A partial ban will not stop the terrorists that poach wildlife to fund their activities.


Listen To The Interview

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer, is joined by elephant advocate, Jen Samuel, founder of ElephantsDC.org to talk about an effort to push through a full ban on the sale of ivory in the state of New Jersey. Click play to listen to the interview.

Get involved!

If you would like to get involved, please help the efforts to pass this bill as well as raise awareness about wildlife poaching. Click here to see more graphics which can be shared throughout social media.

E is for Elephant not Extinction

Please stop poaching for profit. Ask Gov Christie to ban NJ ivory & save elephants.

Elephants are living treasures

Support bipartisan measure to save elephants and rhinos!

 

New Zealand Joins The Fight To Ban Ivory

The sale of ivory is a global problem, not just here in the States but around the globe. As the elephant population dwindles down to the point of extinction, people are joining together all over the world to push for a full ban on the sale of ivory.

People march to raise awareness about wildlife poaching.

Photo: Craig Neilson

Taking Action Beyond CITES: Extinction Is Not An Option!

In a statement from elephant advocate, Fiona Gordon, “data needed to be collected to provide the crucial supporting evidence for the main thrust of the petition which was to call for a ban on all ivory trading in New Zealand.”

Aotea Square

She and fellow advocate, Virginia Woolf, came to the conclusion that it was “no longer enough for New Zealand to abide by CITES regulations alone in trying to monitor and control the trade in ivory because, as clearly emerged from the research, there are people involved in ivory trading here in NZ who seem to be ‘slipping through the cracks’.”

Fiona Gordon’s report reinforces the reasons for the key recommendations of the petition:

  • There should be a ban on ALL ivory trading in New Zealand.
  • The government needs to tighten up on its border controls
  • Implement stronger penalties for those caught illegally trading in ivory as a strong deterrent and to signal to the international community that New Zealand takes it responsibilities seriously in stemming the now out of control illegal trade in wildlife which includes the trade in ivory.
  • Holding an ivory crush of government held stockpiled illegal ivory would also sent out a message to the international community that New Zealand takes its international responsibilities seriously in stemming the illegal trade in ivory to preserve an iconic species.
  • Extinction is not an option.

To read Fiona’s full report, please click the image below.

Children March For Their Future!

Children around the globe are growing up with the fear that iconic species such as elephants and rhinos may be extinct by the time they grow up. This reality has inspired many young activists to take action and stand up for the animals.

iWorry Wellington March with children (Oct 2013)

Will these children grow up in a world where elephants are extinct?

Is Fashion Worth Extinction?

Although many jewelry stores and online retailers claim that they do not support poaching, ivory jewelry is still being marketed. By making products available, this is still contributing to the demand for ivory products which actually encourages elephant poaching. Is a $50 pair of earrings worth the extinction of an iconic species?

Is fashion worth extinction

Is the extinction of an iconic species worth wearing $50 earrings?

Listen To The Interview:

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to elephant advocates, Virginia Woolf and Fiona Gordon from New Zealanders For Endangered Wildlife about their amazing efforts to push through a full ban on the sale of ivory in New Zealand.

Meet Virgina Woolf and Fiona Gordon

Virginia Woolf an Auckland based high school teacher, elephant advocate and driving force behind the anti-ivory trade petition which is currently before the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade select committee in Parliament. She was also one of the coordinators of the October 2013 Global March For Elephants.

Virginia’s motivation for her activism began when a friend in London informed her about the serious threat of extinction elephants faced due to poaching. This ‘awakening’ was then further reinforced by images and information available on FB as well as disturbing footage on YouTube, showing the impact of poaching on elephant herds. She was further inspired after reading an article titled ‘Blood Ivory’ by Bryan Christy in the Oct 2012 edition of National Geographic.

Caroline & Virginia with Tusk & Horn Wildlife Trust

Virgina Woolf (pictured center left) with fellow activists.

Virginia also wanted to support the renowned and respected Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s plea for governments around the world to implement stronger anti ivory legislation to help save the elephants from the very real threat of extinction and therefore decided to sponsor, two baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage in Kenya towards that end. To help deal personally with the devastating impact of the worsening crisis facing the elephants, she decided she had to be proactive and try to do something positive here in NZ to help save the elephants by putting together a petition relevant to the NZ context. Consequently, over a 3 month period, 3,000 of signatures were collected online from around the world while 1300 were collected as paper copies predominantly from the Auckland region. John Banks, Virginia’s electorate Member of Parliament in Epsom at the time, willingly submitted the petition to parliament on her behalf in early May. She had made a special trip to parliament on 16th April to meet up with policy analyst Fiona Gordon and to officially hand over the petition and the report to John Banks on the steps of parliament.

Fiona Gordon is a policy analyst who organized the October 2013 Wellington March for Elephants. After meeting Virginia Woolf, they agreed to work together and created New Zealanders For Endangered Wildlife.

Fiona Gordon (left) and Virgina Woof (right)

Fiona Gordon (left) and Virgina Woof (right)

Take Action!

If you would like to get involved, it doesn’t matter where you live! You can support local and global efforts.

Please visit  March4ElephantsandRhinos.org, tweet, sign and do whatever you can to support their efforts. This is not just an issue in New Zealand but a global problem.

NYC’s Biggest Renewable Energy Event! The Renewable Energy Finance Forum

The Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF-Wall Street) is the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S.  Attendees of this event include CEOs and other senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top transactional professionals in renewable energy finance.

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The event draws an especially senior audience, comprising of over 600 senior decision makers, financiers and professionals in the renewable energy finance field.

Renewable energy, excluding hydropower

If It Happens Here, You Can Make It Happen Anywhere!

Just as Sinatra’s song says, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere…New York, New York! If you want to network with the best and brightest minds in renewable energy, this is definitely an event you should attend!

The reputation of REFF-Wall Street is built on a solid record of attracting the most senior individuals in financing and investment. Attendees can network with 600+ senior executives and hear from some of the most visionary and experienced experts in the renewable energy field!

• Commercial bankers
• Investment bankers
• Investors and fund managers
• Financial analysts
• Project developers
• Technology manufacturers
• Government and regulatory officials
• Board members and advisors
• Venture capitalists
• Insurance companies
• Renewable energy associations
• Corporate CEOs, CFOs and planners

To learn more, please download this pdf about the Renewable Energy Finance Forum by clicking this link.

Get involved! Join The Conversation On Social Media

Join the chat on Twitter by following @ACORE as well as the hashtag #REFFWS!

ACORE on twitter

Listen To The Interview:

In this segment of The Clean Energy View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer talks to energy expert, Michael R. Brower, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy about a very exciting event that is coming up in New York City called the Renewable Energy Finance Forum. To listen to the interview, click play on the video below:

Learn About Michael R. Brower

Michael R. Brower was unanimously elected to be the third permanent President and CEO of ACORE by the Board of Directors on December 30, 2013. He had served as ACORE’s Interim President and CEO after Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn was named by President Obama to be the Assistant Secretary to the Navy for Energy, Installations and the Environment in July 2013. A former ACORE Board member, Brower has decades of experience in renewable energy policy, project development, finance and market development. Michael now leads the organization for implementation of the Board of Directors-ratified strategic plan, directing ACORE’s operational policy and practice; as well as, internal and external relations including financial matters and industry-wide coordination, communications and cooperation.

Michael Brower

Michael Brower

An experienced executive leader, Washington/Capitol Hill veteran and renewables advocate with a proven multi-sector senior leadership record, Michael is a thought-leader and diplomatic communicator known for promoting and advancing every aspect of energy literacy. He helped craft the first ever Energy Title (IX) in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, and played a direct role shaping biomass definitions and tax components in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. Additionally, Michael was involved in helping enact the Section 1603 Cash Grants In Lieu of Tax Credits language in the American Recovery and Relief Act of 2008, and the inclusion eligibility for biomass and geothermal technologies for Investment Tax Credits in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

He enjoys extensive project development experience with biomass, energy crops, wind, geothermal, distributed generation, district heating and cooling, solar, biomass conversion to liquid fuels projects and across his career has developed significant extramural funding for every manner of renewable energy project, regardless of technology. Most recently, Michael was appointed to the United States Energy Security Council, joining a notable cadre of 32 federal and state executive and legislative electeds, post-cabinet leaders, a Nobel Prize winner and retired military flag officers that includes Alan Greenspan, Governor Linda Lingle, T. Boone Pickens, and Robert “Bud” McFarlane. An accomplished international and national speaker, Brower recently keynoted the China Renewable Energy Conference in Wuxi, China and ACORE’s REFF-West in San Francisco.

In January 2006, Michael helped establish Mosaic Federal Affairs LLC, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York law firm Hiscock & Barclay LLP. He is a retired career Naval Officer and Aviator who commanded Sea Strike Squadron Twenty-Two in the first Iraqi War and flew 43 aircraft carrier-based combat sorties during that conflict. He also served in the Secretary of the Navy’s office as Special Assistant for Air Warfare communicating United States Navy legislative policy to the Congress.

After his two decade-plus career in naval service, Michael was a state agency executive director, bank director, farmer, a federal and New York State legislative affairs consultant and Director, Community and Governmental Relations at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

Michael now lives in Washington, DC.

Neonicotinoids: A Disaster In The Making

Dutch Toxicologist, Dr. Henk Tennekes was the first to blow the whistle about the impact of neonicotinoids. In 2010, he urged the world to push for a ban on these chemicals by describing the apocalyptic horrors that await the world in his best-selling book, A Disaster In The Making.

Although there have been numerous studies published by world-renowned scientists such as Dr. Randolf Menzel, Dr. Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Dr. Dave Goulson, proving the impact that neonicotinoids have on bees, Dr. Lu is the first scientist in the USA that has bravely spoken out against the use of neonicotinoids.

The study designed was aimed to replicate the so-called Colony Collapse Disorder

The Harvard Study: Part 1

Two years ago, Dr. Chensheng (Alex) Lu was interviewed on The Organic View Radio show in regards to his research about the impact of the neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, on honeybees. Please listen to the interview below.

Did EPA Protect Bayer’s Market Share?

Clothianidin has been widely used as a seed treatment on many of the USA’s key crops (which include canola, soy, sunflowers, wheat and sugar beet crops) for eight growing seasons under a conditional registration granted while EPA waited for Bayer Crop Science, the pesticide’s maker, to conduct a field study assessing the insecticide’s threat to bee colony health. The EPA moved from granting a conditional registration to full registration of the chemical just in time for the spring planting.

“Clothianidan was rushed to the market in 2003 with a conditional registration, not because imidacloprid was failing but because Bayer’s patent was about to expire. Clothianidin has never met the conditions, has never been legally registered and it appears we have suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to protect Bayer’s market share. The EPA was complicit in this,” stated Tom Theobald.

Clothianidin is agricultures Deep Water Horizon Tom Theobald

Neonicotinoid Truths: A Rotational Vortex

Regardless of how much independent, peer-reviewed research has been published, industry continues to dodge the bullet as every effort is made to shift the blame for the global honeybee population decline to everything from varroa mites,  Nosema ceranae, poor beekeeping husbandry, the weather, etc. Bumblebees, which also have been globally declining are not affected by varroa but are declining rapidly due to neonicotinoid exposure. This has been proven by scientists such as Dr. Randolf Menzel and Dr. Dave Goulson numerous times.

To date, in Australia, there is no record of varroa and yet honeybees suffer the same losses from neonicotinoids wherever beekeepers are exposed. To boot, the term “colony collapse disorder” is an industry coined term to convolute the truth.

Tom Theobald Colony Collapse Disorder is a symptom, not a syndrome

Neonicotinoids: Public Enemy #1

Although Dr. Lu is a highly respected scientist, he received a tremendous amount of backlash in the United States, especially from industry apologists and other venues that have industry ties. Interestingly enough, the European Commission adopted a proposal to restrict the use of three pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoid family (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam) for a period of two years, effective December 1, 2013. Meanwhile, the EPA has done very little to protect pollinators.

It was no surprise to the beekeeping community and environmental advocates that there was no immediate action taken by EPA when over 475,000 honeybee colonies were devastated at the end of the California almond pollination season. The fact that very little attention was given to this historic tragedy does say a great deal.

It is also interesting that this particular study has been given so much attention. Some of our listeners would agree that this attention is long overdue. The wide-spread toxic poisoning caused by the use of neonicotinoids, whether it be administered via seed treatment or as a foliar application is everyone’s problem, especially since it has been scientifically proven that the sub-lethal effects are disastrous. Dr. Henk Tennekes further supported his previous research about the deadly effect of neonicotinoid exposure when he proved the lethal effects of dose-time toxicity on bees.

The Infamous Leaked EPA Memo

With the new Harvard Study, Dr. Lu continues to move forward, exploring the impact of yet another controversial neonicotinoid, clothianidin.

“In our previous study we used imidacloprid, which is the most commonly used insecticide in the whole world. But this year, in this current study, we added another, very commonly used neonicotinoid called clothianidin. We wanted to see whether we could replicate the symptoms of honeybee colony collapse not just with imidacloprid but with clothianidan,” Dr. Alex Lu.

If a bee takes back some pollen that is contaminated with neonicotinoids, the pollen is fed to the pupae Dr Lu

For those of you that have been following The Organic View, back in February of 2011, Tom Theobald was my guest to discuss the “Infamous Leaked EPA Memo.” This interview blew the whistle on the negligence of the EPA as it clearly avoided all responsibility for environmental protection and proper registration of dangerous chemicals. To listen to the interview, please press the play button below.

Response To Dr. Lu’s Study On Neonicotinoids and Honeybees

Bayer Crop Science issued the following statement regarding this new study.

“Feeding honey bees levels of neonicotinoids greater than 10 times what they would normally encounter is more than unrealistic – it is deceptive and represents a disservice to genuine scientific investigation related to honey bee health.”

Dr. Lu responded, “if you weighed a grain of salt, the salt that we commonly use in cooking. A grain of salt weighs about 64,800 ng and we used 0.7 ng, so that is a very very small amount. So you couldn’t even use a balance to weigh this amount of neonicotinoids out.”

The question I have for Bayer is they never publish what is so-called environmentally relevant neonicotinoid concentration that bees could encounter Dr Alex Lu

“The question I have for Bayer is they never publish what is so-called environmentally relevant neonicotinoid concentration that bees could encounter. So, in this case, 10 times higher in their statement is relatively modest. They can say the Harvard Study dose is 100 times higher than so-called environmental relevant concentration but in reality, there is no such thing about environmental relevant concentration. It depends upon where you sample. It depends upon when you sample. It has to be a wide range of concentration that the bee could encounter in the environment. So, I think that statement itself is deceptive, not the scientific finding,” said Dr. Lu.

Listen To The New Harvard Study Part 2 Interview

As we continue our special series called “The Neonicotinoid View” which was created to explore the impact of systemic pesticides, host June Stoyer and special guest co-host, Tom Theobald talk to Dr. Alex Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard about his latest research on honeybees and neonicotinoids titled: Sub-lethal Exposure To Neonicotinoids Impaired Honeybees Winterization Before Proceeding To Colony Collapse Disorder. To listen to the interview, please click the play button on the video below.

A Modern Day Dr. Dolittle For Bumblebees!

If you were smitten by the world of Dr. John Dolittle by Hugh Lofting and love bumblebees, you will adore Dr. Dave Goulson’s A Sting In The Tale. Dr. Dave Goulson is a world-renowned scientist who is admired for his expertise, advocacy and ground-breaking research on bumblebees. He has also been featured numerous times on The Organic View Radio Show, to discuss the impact of neonicotinoids on bumblebee health. His research has effectively demonstrated the lethal impact of neonicotinoids on bumblebees. It remains undisputed, despite the protestations of pesticide manufacturers.

There are so many things about bumblebees that people don't know and we keep finding out new ones all the time. That is the fun of being a scientist Dr Dave Goulson

Are Children Disconnected From Nature?

In this day and age, children are bombarded by manufactured content which barely simulates the beautiful world that can only be found in nature. I asked Dr. Goulson if he had any advice for encouraging children to study and learn about our pollinators.

The thing that really worries me is that kids increasingly don't spend a lot of time outdoors. They don't learn about the natural world. What could be more important than understanding the world we live in? Dr. Dave Goulson -interview on The Organic View Radio Show

“The thing that really worries me is that kids increasingly don’t spend much time outdoors. They are not allowed to go out without supervision so much. Most kids don’t really encounter nature very much. It is not really done much with schools either. Many schools don’t really taken the kids out too much. They don’t teach them about the natural world. What could be more important than understanding the world we live in,” stated Dr. Dave Goulson.

A Sting In The Tale

Quite naturally, his interest in pollinators, especially bumblebees, stemmed from early childhood. A Sting In The Tale is a charming, educational and humorous view of the bumblebee world from an expert’s eyes. It is a great book for parents, teachers or people who are enamored by the natural world we live in.

Sting Jacket USA revised 102313

Please click the book image to get a copy of the book!

Bee Fascinated!

If you ask someone who is young or old to draw a picture of a bee, he or she will typically draw a bumblebee. They are well-known because of their fuzzy appearance and by the sound of their deep buzz. They are quite friendly and go about their business, stinging only as a defense, mostly ignoring other animals and people.

According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, there are around 250 species of bumblebee in the world, and most of these are found in the northern hemisphere, although South America has a few native species, and New Zealand has some which were introduced from Britain.

Bumblebees are warm-blooded. They generate heat by flapping their wings about 200 times a second Dr Dave Goulson

Listen To The Interview

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, world-renowned bumblebee expert, Dr. Dave Goulson talks to June Stoyer about his adventures with bumblebees. Please click the video to listen to the interview.

Meet Dr. Dave Goulson

After a childhood chasing butterflies and collecting bird’s eggs, Dr. Dave Goulson studied Biology at Oxford University, and then earned a PhD on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Dave Goulson

Dr. Dave Goulson

Shortly afterwards, he received a lectureship at University of Southampton, where he stayed for 11 years. It was there that he began to specialize in bumblebee ecology and conservation. In 2006, he became Professor of Biology and Stirling University.

How “Bee kind” is your garden?

How “Bee kind” is your garden? Click the image to find out!

In 2006 he founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, a membership-based charity devoted to turning the latest research into on-the-ground conservation.

Bumblebees often make their homes in gardens. Find out how you can attract them to your garden or deal with existing nests.

Bumblebees often make their homes in gardens. Find out how you can attract them to your garden or deal with existing nests. Click this image to learn more.

Please support the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Every dollar helps!

Please support the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Every dollar helps!

The trust now has 8,000 members, 10 staff, and has created over 2,000 hectares of flower-rich habitat for bumblebees. For this work Goulson was awarded the prize of ‘Social Innovator of the Year’ by the Biology and Biotechnology Research Council in 2010, and the Heritage Lottery Award for the best Environmental Project,also in 2010. In 2013, he moved to Sussex University. Dr. Goulson has published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects, authored Bumblebees; their behavior, ecology and conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), a popular science book about bumblebees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2010, he was BBSRC “Social Innovator of the Year” and in 2013, won the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology from the Zoological Society of London. For details of research and publications, please visit: Goulson Lab

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