“Your Guide to a Palm Oil Free Easter…” [#geekgirl]
In Australia it’s not a legal requirement for brands to state whether or not they use palm oil, which makes it an overwhelming task to separate the bad from the good. One very simple trick to avoid palm oil is: EAT WHOLEFOODS. It’d be very hard to sneak palm oil into a banana, carrot, avocado or bunch of fresh leeks, so this is an easy way to avoid palm oil at all costs.
However, on the occasion when chocolate really is the only cure, here are a few major brands that are safe to buy this Easter:
- - Haigh’s Chocolate
- - Koko Black
- - Whittaker’s
- - Lindt & Sprungli – Lindt Excellence and Lindt Creation chocolate blocks (Note that filled products such as Lindor do contain palm oil)
- - Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate blocks – Dairy Milk, Old Gold, Dream
- - Cadbury Green & Black’s chocolate blocks (except Butterscotch; Raisin & Hazelnut)
- - Aldi Stores: Choceur, Just Organics, Moser-Roth…”
Jane Goodall: Seeds of Hope [#geekgirl]
[From an article at billmoyers.com which publishes an excerpt from Jane Goodall’s new book Seeds of Hope] “Right now the biggest new gardening trend in the United States is the elimination of fertilizer-dependent and water-draining grass lawns. Instead, gardeners are discovering the joys of creating more environmentally friendly habitats with native trees and plants — those that have been living in the area for hundreds of years and are adapted to the climate.
My botanist friend Robin Kobaly is an advisor to people who want to grow drought-tolerant gardens with native plants in the Southwest. She says that people are especially enthusiastic about native plants when they live in arid areas, but even in other parts of the country, where there’s more rainfall, gardeners are getting sick of the amount of water it takes to keep grass lawns green. At the moment, gardening with drought-tolerant native plants is just a popular eco-conscious trend. But soon, five to six years from now, Robin believes, “it will be imperative for everyone to change how they landscape and garden as the overriding reality of the lack of water becomes apparent.”
This new gardening movement not only reduces water waste but also provides an attractive habitat for the local wildlife…even the smallest of gardens can make a difference for the wildlife that is struggling to survive. Almost everyone I meet wants to save wild animals and insects, but they often don’t realize how important it is to preserve the anchors of the wildlife community — the native plants.
In urban areas where the gardens and yards are often small, some communities are joining together to create wildlife havens. There is, for example, the “Pollinator Pathway” in Seattle — where a group of neighbors have transformed the scruffy strips of grass in front of their homes, between the sidewalk and the street, into a mile-long bee-pollinator corridor, planted with native plants that attract and nourish bees. Other neighborhoods and individual properties are havens for migrating birds. Robin tells her gardening clients, “Think of your garden as a gas station for migrating birds, a place where they can fill up their tanks — they can’t migrate if they don’t have fuel.”
Don’t Repeal 18C [#geekgirl]
“ICJ Rules Japan’s Southern Ocean Whaling ‘Not For Scientific Research’” [#geekgirl]
[Via an article at seashepherd.org] “In a stunning victory for the whales, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced their binding decision today in the landmark case of Australia v. Japan, ruling that Japan’s JARPA II whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and ordering that all permits given under JARPA II be revoked. The news was applauded and celebrated by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA and Sea Shepherd Australia, both of which have directly intervened against Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.
Representing Sea Shepherd in the courtroom to hear the historic verdict were Captain Alex Cornelissen, Executive Director of Sea Shepherd Global and Geert Vons, Director of Sea Shepherd Netherlands. They were accompanied by Sea Shepherd Global’s Dutch legal counsel.”
“Apparently some news outlets have been told not to report on #MarchInMarch…” [#geekgirl]
Apparently some news outlets have been told not to report on #MarchInMarch. You are sadly out of touch, my friends. You’ll regret it.
— Kelly Gardiner (@kmjgardiner) March 16, 2014
“Seeking asylum is a human right…” [#geekgirl] [#MarchInMarch]
— lizzie (@lizzie_j) March 16, 2014
#MarchInMarch #OneTermTony [#geekgirl]
— John (@jt_melb) March 16, 2014
“Edward #Snowden and ACLU at #SXSW” [#geekgirl]
Edward Snowden appearing at SXSW through 7 proxies…
“We want our courts not to be corrupted…we want to be free…” [#geekgirl]
[There's a tiny fleeting moment in this video that sums up all the terror in which the Ukrainian people are currently floundering: at the 1.03 minute mark, just after she pleads with you that "we want to be free", you can see it. It's a nanosecond summation of the cumulative fear of the inhabitants of any country watching themselves slowly slip into democracy-strangulation... #YesIAmLookingAtYouAussiesAndAmericansandUKResidentsHere.]
“The 1,000 Drones Project: an interview with Joseph DeLappe” [#geekgirl]
“Marc Garrett: Could you tell us why you felt it was necessary to do this project even though there is already much media attention out there relating to the use of drones in domestic, military and commercial culture?
Joseph DeLappe: There has indeed been much media attention surrounding the use of militarized drones as a part of US foreign policy. Our drone policies have received much attention yet, as with the coverage of civilian casualties from the Iraq war, the actual human costs of our drone strikes remains rather illusive. Through the work I am doing regarding drones that specifically focuses on memorializing civilian deaths I hope to actualize the estimates of civilian deaths and to call into question the moral issues surrounding such remote killings. You might say that drones have struck a nerve with me. There is something different about drones. They seem to perfectly combine aspects of our worst fantasies of digital technologies, interactivity, computer gaming and war. One might consider them a bit of a “gateway” weapon (the drug reference is of course intentional here). I suspect we have indeed opened a Pandora’s box leading to the further utilization of remote and robotized weaponry that will make our current drone usage seem quaint.”