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Doctors Alarmed By Fukushima Radiation Levels

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Photo Credit: “Fukushima children get to play outside for the first time in 5 months” by CBI Polymers, Inc.

Japan is now facing ever increasing fear and concern due to the Tsunami ravaged Daiichi nuclear plant. The amount of radiation released within 5 months is equivalent to more than 29 “Hiroshima-type atomic bombs’ and the amount of uranium released is “equivalent to 20” Hiroshima bombs. Continue reading

Greenpeace Says Barbie Destroys Rainforests

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Greenpeace is accusing Barbie of destroying rainforests in Indonesia “including areas that are home to some of the last tiger, orangutans and elephants, just so she can wrap herself in pretty packaging.” Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, has been using paper packaging for the world’s most famous toy from Indonesia’s most notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

So habitats full of animals and trees are being destroyed for cheap packaging that you’re going to throw away anyway? Does that make sense to you?

Watch the video below where they break the news of Barbie’s misdeeds to Ken.

Take Action: Tell Mattel to stop destroying rainforests for toy packaging.

greenpeace.org/ken

A New Warrior: Protecting Mother Nature

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Greenpeace’s newest campaign, A New Warrior, is the type of social change and activism that we all should be proud of. The Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace’s international ship, has been protecting Mother Earth since 1978, and now they need your help to build a new one. You can purchase a part of the ship- from a wrench to pieces of the sail- and your name will appear on a plaque inside the ship along with other donors and contributors. There are thousands of items left to buy and their website offers interactive maps so users can determine the exact location they would like to make a purchase.

In a recent Washing Times Opinion piece, Ted Nugent stated that Millennials, those aged 13-29, “sleep as their future crumbles.”  While I would love to see the civil disobedience that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, and would without a doubt be one of the many placing a flower into the barrel of a gun, our young generation is not as apathetic as he states.

According to Time Magazine, young people voted “in numbers rarely seen since the general election of 1972” during the 2008 Presidential election. Across American colleges and universities, including my place of study, Indiana University, students are taking a direct role in leadership, especially when it comes to the environment. No longer can I, as with many of my peers, stand by while the natural environment decays because of “business-as-usual.”

This is your opportunity to foster an alternative to “business-as-usual.” Not only should you help build a ship that protects our natural environment, but next time you hear about an apathetic young generation, stand up and say something. Anything. It is our responsibility to do so.

Sources: Greenpeace, The Washington TimesPew Research, & joshspear.com

VIDEO: South African Climate Change activist, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, On The U.N. Climate Summit

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[W]e either get this right, as rich and poor countries acting together, and we secure the future of our children and grandchildren—if we get it wrong, ultimately we all go down together.

Yes, the U.S. might go down after Bangladesh and some small island states, but in the end, it’s in the self-interest of the U.S. government, and certainly it’s in the interest of the American people, that they join the party.” ~Kumi Naidoo

One of South Africa’s leading climate change activists, Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International and the chair of the board of the Global Campaign for Climate Action,
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