Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mankind Aims for World Peace Through One Minute of Silence

Global Campaign Wants to Attract Millions of People

NIJMEGEN, The Netherlands, Aug. 25, 2009 /Canada NewsWire/ - Millions, if not billions, of people throughout the world will hold still for one minute on Saturday November 28th, at exactly 15:00 hours GMT, for world peace.

This is the goal of the Dutch organisation Minute-of-World-Peace, which launches a campaign in
133 countries today to ask for people's attention for world peace.

It must set-off a chain reaction, persuading as many people in as many countries as possible to participate. Its first aim is to create awareness.

"If world peace is to be created in the future, it is important that people think about it. If this minute can catch people's thoughts, it will have its effect in the future," initiator Hans Brugeman explains.

Another goal is to actually create a minute of world peace. "The strength lies in the simplicity, because it is easy to participate. Suppose everybody knows about it and holds still for one minute, if even soldiers remove their finger from the trigger for one minute. Then there actually would be world peace, for almost the entire population of earth for the first time," Brugeman

Despite all armed conflicts in the past decades, people still aim for world peace, a survey among 1100 visitors of the minuteofworldpeace.org website shows. 96% of people place world peace in their top ten greatest wishes.

The first press release is distributed to 250,000 journalists and 4,000 news websites in 133 countries. Furthermore, all the people who receive the message are asked to send it through to their family and friends. The organisation seeks ambassadors who want to coordinate and stimulate the campaign in their own countries. Also, people are asked to organise events in
their own countries, like placing stones with a message of peace. These piles could be monuments of peace for people to gather at on Saturday November 28th.

This date is chosen on purpose. It is shortly after the world commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall. The organisation hopes to give all participants the same feeling of freedom and peace that was aroused by that moment.

More information: minuteofworldpeace.org

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

from Change.org

This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the devastation that the storm wrought on the Gulf Coast. There's a clamor underway among poverty activists to get President Obama to mark this anniversary with a renewed pledge to fight for equitable recovery of the Gulf Coast. It's too bad, according to Poverty in America blogger Leigh Graham, that these calls are falling on deaf ears at the White House. If we learned anything from Hurricane Katrina, it's that we need an inclusive framework for fighting poverty and inequality. (Read more)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tracking the progress of H1N1 swine flu

FluTracker - H1N1 Swine Flu and Influenza Outbreak

Provides a world map showing reported cases, compiled using data from official sources, news reports and user-contributions. These maps and the data behind them were compiled by Dr. Henry Niman, a biomedical researcher in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, using technology provided by Rhiza Labs and Google. The maps are compiled using data from official sources, news reports and user-contributions and updated multiple times per day.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bag Pools: Couldn't We All Just Share?

by Sami Grover, TreeHugger.com

I went to the co-op the other day, and once again forgot my reusable bags. It's one of my bad eco-habits - along with dragging my feet over putting up a clothes line. But as I filled my plastic bag in shame (I REALLY don't need any more reusable bags at home!), I was reminded of a comment on a previous post, where someone (whose comment I can no longer find) informed us that their grocery store has a "bag pool" - where you can bring in your old bags, and exchange them for new ones - free of charge. Read the full story on TreeHugger

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Can Social Networking Save the Bees?

Häagen-Dazs has long made saving endangered bees a mission. And that’s no small feat, considering that nearly one third of the world’s food supply is dependant on an extremely vulnerable bee population.

Now Haagen-Dazs and ExperienceProject.com are working together to save these bees through a number of social networking projects....Read the full story on TreeHugger