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    Love is the flower you've got to let grow. John Lennon

The Impact Of Neonicotinoids

Although the pesticide industry claims that there is no evidence as to why the global population of honeybees is rapidly declining, the tremendous amount of scientific evidence proves otherwise. It started when Dutch Toxicologist, Dr. Henk Tennekes blew the whistle on the effects that neonicotinoids have on bees as well as other pollinators and published his research. He then went on to publish a best-selling book, A Disaster In The Making. In the book, he describes exactly what we are in for if neonicotinoids continue to be used in agriculture and in the home environment. Dr. Tennekes has often been referred to as the male counterpart to Rachel Carson who wrote Silent Spring back in 1962. Both books paint an eerie future if human beings continue devastating the earth with chemicals.

Listen to the bees and let them guide you. Brother Adam

Listen to the bees and let them guide you. Brother Adam

According to Dr. Tennekes, neonicotinoids are the most toxic chemicals on the face of the earth. The damage they inflict is cumulative and irreversible. Time is clearly of the essence when it comes to protecting our pollinators. However, the efforts by government officials are not urgent enough.

Retailers Take Action To Protect Bees

Read the report here, and click to see the list of retailers who have committed not to use or sell neonicotinoids. To read the full report, please click this link from our friends at Friends Of The Earth.

tulips are treated with neonicotinoids

Consumers buy tulips that are treated with neonicotinoids without knowledge because it is not mandatory to label them.

Ask President Obama To Do His Part To Save Our Bees!


Michelle Obama: Stand up for bees in the White House garden and beyond

Click here to sign this petition!

Take Action!

There are many things you can do to help honeybees as well as all pollinators.

1. Support your local beekeepers and buy local honey.

2. Grow everything organically.

3. Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs that attract pollinators.

4. Talk to your family, friends and neighbors about going organic.

5. Take The Pledge To Keep Your Garden Bee Safe! Click here to take the pledge!

6. If you would like to learn more about how to help bees, learn about them first. Don’t become a hobbyist beekeeper unless you have a full understanding about what their needs are and can make such a commitment. It is a huge responsibility!

Tell President Obama To Protect Bees!

Listen To The Interview

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, two bee advocates Tiffany Finck-Haynes, head of the BeeAction.org campaign for Friends of the Earth and Larissa Walker, the Pollinator Campaign Director and a policy analyst at Center for Food Safety talk to host, June Stoyer about the importance of honeybees, food security and what people can do to save our bees.  To listen to the interview, click the play button on the video.

Meet Tiffany Finck-Haynes

Tiffany is the food futures campaigner at Friends of the Earth and leads the BeeAction.org campaign. 

Tiffany Finck-Haynes

Tiffany Finck-Haynes

She has led labor solidarity and environmental stewardship campaigns and completed an independent research study in Bolivia focused on the impacts of climate change on bee populations and implications of pollinator declines for the food systems and global ecosystems. Tiffany hails from a seven generation organic family farm in Vermont which taught her the importance of protecting our local family farms and need to build a sustainable and just food system.

Meet Larissa Walker

Larissa Walker

Larissa Walker

Larissa Walker is the Pollinator Campaign Director and a policy analyst at Center for Food Safety. In her role, she integrates national grassroots campaigns with hard-hitting scientific and legal expertise, working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and regulators at key government agencies to affect positive policy change. Larissa spearheads CFS’s pollinators & pesticides campaign, which focuses on protecting bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects from the harms of pesticides and industrial agriculture.

Victory In NJ For Elephants & Rhinos!

Social media has been exploding with the bombshell news that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has passed a bill that will protect elephants and rhinos through the full ban on the sale or purchase of ivory and rhino horns. This historic victory is bringing Democrats and Republicans together.

Thank you Gov Chris Christie for passing the bill to ban the sale of ivory!

Listen To The Interview

Listen to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show as host, June Stoyer talks to ElephantsDC.org founder, Jen Samuel about exciting news from the state of New Jersey as Governor Chris Christie signs a bill that will protect elephants and rhinos from being slaughtered by poachers. Many of these poachers have been associated with terrorist groups involved in human trafficking, the sex trade and drugs! This is a huge victory for all of humanity. To listen to the interview, press play on the video.

Governor Christie Signs Bipartisan Legislation To Crack Down On Black Market Ivory Trafficking

New Prohibition Will Help Discourage Harvesting Of These Products and Protect Endangered Elephant and Rhinoceros Wildlife

China Destroys Ivory for First Time. (Photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)

China Destroys Ivory for First Time. (Photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)

Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today signed into law bipartisan legislation prohibiting individuals from importing, selling or purchasing any ivory or rhinoceros horn product. S-2012 makes federal prohibitions applicable to the ivory and rhinoceros horn trade within New Jersey, and includes strict penalties for those caught dealing in the black market of this industry. The bill will help protect previous and endangered wildlife by targeting traffickers with stiff financial penalties.

“With this legislation, we are making it clear that there are strict consequences for individuals who would seek to profit from trafficking in these products and their harvesting that brings far-reaching, harmful consequences on endangered animal populations,” said Governor Chris Christie. “These stricter measures will help to reduce the amount of criminal activity that surrounds this industry while protecting wildlife populations that are already seriously threatened from this harmful practice.”

“The economic penalties associated with this legislation will have a direct, severe effect on those in illegal possession of ivory” said Senator Christopher Bateman. “Ivory trafficking is at the highest rate ever recorded, we must work with other states to crack down on organized crime connected with ivory sales.”

A Vote For The Ivory Trade Is A Vote For Terrorism

This vote was critical in the battle to fight terrorism!

“By signing this bill into law, Governor Christie is closing loopholes in ivory commerce prohibitions that allowed New Jersey to foster the blood ivory trade and poaching profits for terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda-affiliated, the Lord’s Resistance Army, Janjaweed, and others,” said Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. “Given the role of our ports in wildlife trafficking and the rate at which the ivory trade is driving elephants and other endangered and threatened species toward extinction, these measures will directly contribute to protecting these magnificent species while chopping away at a major funding source for terrorists.”

The penalties include a first offense to be treated as a disorderly persons offense, punishable by fine of $1,000 or double the value of the product, whichever is greater.  A second and subsequent offense would treated as a fourth-degree crime, punishable by a fine of $5,000 or double the value of the product. The bill requires that upon an offender’s conviction, the prohibited product is to be transferred to the Department of Environmental Protection for disposal (via destruction or donation to an educational institution).

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.

The bill would treat the presence of ivory or a rhinoceros horn in a “retail or wholesale outlet commonly used for the buying or selling of similar products” as “presumptive evidence” of possession with intent to sell the product.  The new law does provide important exceptions that allow for the possession and transfer of ivory products when they are used for legitimate law enforcement purposes or educational purposes pursuant to state Department of Environmental Protection permit.

Primary sponsors of S-2012 include Senators Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) and Christopher Bateman (R- Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex), Assembly members Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) and Mila M. Jasey (D- Essex/Morris).

For More information:

Contact: Michael Drewniak or Kevin Roberts



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.


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.

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