“The zero net deforestation goal for 2020 goal is not an idea from outside, it’s a demand from society. Most are in favor of reducing deforestation. There are some groups that want to continue deforesting but they are in the minority.” -Governor Jatene
Governor Simao Jatene of Pará, Brazil told mongabay.com there’s no question Brazil needs to stop deforestation which is good news. Brazil is home to much of the Amazon rainforest, often called “The Lungs Of The World”. The giant forest is so vital to the world it has the attention of many all over the world. Deforestation would spell disaster for all of us and biodiversity on this planet. Pará, Brazil is a state that “is three times the size of California and has lost more Amazon forest — 90,000 sq km of Amazon forest since 1996 — over the past decade-and-a-half than any other in Brazil.” We have already seen how deforestation exacerbates already bad situation in Haiti and famine in Somalia. Continue reading
Everyone wants a piece of Rihanna’s cake. This is the name of the game now. If you have a dope track everybody and their third play cousin 2 times removed wants in. And they used to ridicule Dancehall for having one riddim with several artists on it…Once you’re done laughing at the idea of Rick Ross being on a song with the word “cake” in the title take a listen to the others, including the latest bites of Rihanna’s repetitive cake from Fabolous and the freestyle from Cassidy.
Fab’s version keeps Chris Brown in it. The fact that that collabo exists makes me a little uncomfortable but it works the best and he’s a better singer than her. Cassidy’s ode to crack (cause we really needed another one of those) has the line “whip that bitch like I’m Chris Brown” was crass though. Initially Rozay’s version was my favorite but unfortunately I will have to stick with the Chris Brown remix.
Yasiin Bey and Dead Prez record a tribute to slain teen Trayvon Martin inspired by Nas’ “Made You Look” called “Made You Die” and some behind the scenes footage on what made them decide to do this Yasiin is no stranger to reworking other people’s songs. When you’re done with this download “Niggas In Poorest” a take on the Jay-Z and Kanye West collabo.
Saturday March 31st at 8.30pm 2012′s Earth Hour took place. The hour, which I wrote about in Blackouts, Candlefire and Alcohol Don’t Mix For Earth Hour 2010, is meant to “celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world by switching off your lights for an hour, then go beyond the hour.” I wonder if people take the going “beyond the hour” part seriously or if they just want to take part in this event and watch the images from participants around the world. Enjoy the video.
Photo Credit: Sydney Earth Hour 2012 via facebook.com/earthhour
Words of wisdom from the late Nobel Peace Prize winning Professor Wangari Maathai.
“I kept stumbling and falling and stumbling and falling as I searched for the good. ‘Why?’ I asked myself. Now I believe that I was on the right path all along, particularly with the Green Belt Movement, but then others told me that I shouldn’t have a career, that I shouldn’t raise my voice, that women are supposed to have a master. That I needed to be someone else.
Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.” ––Wangari Maathai
This quote spoke to me. Does it speak to you? Do you face opposition when you want to make positive changes?
Watch the inspiring “I Will Be A Hummingbird” As Told By Wangari Maathai