W.C.W.T a year in the making
Robin Johnson, Founder and managing Director W.C.W.T
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We would like to wish all of you who support our vital charitable work a very very happy new year, without your support we would not be able to continue our work. So we thought it would be a wonderful time to send out a report looking back on the year. Now we have seen things like Mubarak stepping down from office in Egypt which sparked a revolution causing massive up rise in the Middle East, riots and protests followed, and a positive outcome was found, despite the losses.
I would love to say the same happened in the world of eco things, in many ways I could say things like "Evian Mineral Water" committed to using 20% recycled plastic in their bottles, and that Renault are announcing their full electric car range in the coming months.
However action on the environmental front has been slow this year, unlike some green groups bragging about their bravado's on how much they have accomplished this year, Vital fishing bans have been slowed and (in some cases) stopped, the call for Marine Conservation zones (MCZ's) from Uk based marine conservation groups to the UK government have been received and turned from 127 to less than 30,in the world of all things eco, people have un doubtedly been reluctant. However as it is a new year and the prospect of new goals and new ambitions are born I'm going to give the greatness of what we as a group have done to do our bit in the world of all things good.
This year saw many exciting and wonderfully eco things happen with us. We joined forces with Dakini media in the first part of the year to raise funds for 8 vital tiger conservation charities, the project raising a staggering £120,000 through our wonderful Stars and Stripes Tribute Concert in which the lovely and wonderful artists like Kelly Paige, Lizziness, Wayne, Simon Hardeman and many others joined us at the Old crown pub to perform for the tigers. Following 6 months of strong campaigning and fundraising for the tigers, the project ended,
so it was time to move on. So through my passion for diving and the sea we decided to move onto saving the sea, our aim to raise over £25,000 for our marine conservation project uncontroversially named "Saving Nemo". So we thought "What can we do to be origional and as efficient in getting our message across as possible??" and it struck me, as a child I felt the power of the sea on camera, and realised a film was the answer to my question.
So there I am being driven rather cautiously to the south coast with my film gear. 2 months later and with the kind and expert help of BBC underwater film cameraman and professional dive photographer Steve Trewhella and Doug Anderson, I had made a film, and when the monday night came we showed it on the big screen in the centre of the big city of london. A packed crowd with over 100 people came along helping us kickstart our project. Now with the success of the film we are showing it as an educational aid in schools and it is now available on youtube (http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zaz1C0Ee7mE). So thats our year. I wish all of you a prosperous and happy new year.
A solar success in south Dorset
Reported by Robin Johnson, RHN environment correspondent.
The 1,100 solar panels at Slepe Farm, off the A35 toward Poole, are said to generate over 500,000 kWh of electricity a year. The facility, run by renewable energy company Farm Power, will be one of the last groups to receive subsidies, whereby the cost of the panels are subsidised as they are generating power.
Farm Power Managing Director Mark Simon told W.C.W.T and the BBC : "There is much talk about the need for the UK to build renewable electricity generation."Farm Power is acting quickly to implement solar and other renewable generation capacity in otherwise redundant sites, close to users, where the electricity can be efficiently and non-disruptively generated." But why is solar the way forward I wondered? "Our solar farms allow wildlife to continue to be abundant as it does not impose of the local wildlife. Solar is also better for locals as no noise is produced in the generating of electricity in comparison to wind.
Solar is clear to be the winner in the rather slow race for renewable energy and with Denmark putting their bets on Wind followed by Germany with Solar it looks like quite a tough heat with America slow to jump onto the renewable band wagon, so I suppose only time will tell which renewable source will end the victor, however one thing is for certain if we do not follow suit with Denmark and Holland and invest in clean ways of generating power we can forget about a foreseeable future filled with valleys of flowers and jumping raindeer and consider a muddy cold and temperate climate due to the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere causing a savaging of the worlds ecosystems... and it will be our fault.
*SOUTH CHINA TIGER DECLARED EXTINCT*
Robin Johnson, R.H.N
The south china tiger was declared extinct today by the zoological society of London. The believed "daddy" of all tiger subspecies is thought to be extinct by experts around the world. Surveys and expeditions carried out through china revealed found no sign of a pure breed in the wild or in any Chinese zoo's, passed as Chinese tigers; a mix of Indonesian and Indian tigers.
The south china tiger is one of four tiger subspecies to have lost the battle with poaching and habitat destruction over the last 100 years. Following the extinction Vladimir Putin has called a meeting to action on tiger conservation this year in St Petersburg to aim to double the global number of tigers by 2022. However following the Copenhagen climate change summit, one thing should have been concluded; it is up to us this time...
Pease visit tigercampaign.com to donate to our vital project to save the tiger- before it’s too late.
Pictures are all we have left of this iconic creature.
The Dutch aren’t all flowers
Having travelled to the Netherlands, I found a few slightly depressing stats in terms of the environment. Firstly was pleased to discover Holland were 3rd in the world in the exploration and use of wind power, however the hundreds of millions spent on greening up their economy has breached as they have seen no cost bring back from the green power ad have therefore decided to back down and neglect the fact that climate change isn’t cheap. This tragedy will plump the Netherlands 6th in 2020 due to the reduction of wind turbines in the tulip country.
Obese people to raise global warming rates
An official governmental figure has showed that the abnormal excess of food (in the miles and energy used in the production) contributes more than 3 times more than the average human adding significantly to climate change. Another stat showed that the whole population of the earth were of a standard BMI level a massive 50000 tons of carbon dioxide would be saved per annum alone.
Republicans stopping change and failing; once again
In another green energy dispute led by Wisconsin’s republican governor a dispute from a green energy angle arose. The plans for a green biomass power station were violently rejected, the governor saying in response “No body’s right- if everyone’s wrong” referring to the cost of the project. I suppose this is another way of the republicans trying to reject change and once again, they will fail.
A collision of the solutions
On Friday 12th November an ironic collide took place, a collide of the solutions to the transport end of climate change. In a zero carbon race taking place in Vancouver, Canada, a solar powered electric car collided with a 50 year old cyclist, both objects of transport retaining serious damage, begging the question how much longer do we have to wait for all round transport solution?
Pakistan has encountered some of the worst flooding and torrential rain in decades leaving up to 14 million affected. Many struggle to find food for their families, homeless and desperate.
So why has aid been so slowly distributed? Some say people are still recovering from the tragedies encountered in Haiti but one thing is clear, the sheer intensity of this so called “natural” disaster was almost certainly linked directly to us and the further pressing issue of climate change. It is a known fact that when the surface area of the earth is warmed past its norm hurricane intensity’s increases ergo raising likelihood of these “natural disasters” becoming more harsh and devastating. This is also the case with increased rain patterns and flooding. Climate change is the categorical factor of this disaster; whether we ignore or accept it, the rate we are going we will face furthermore intensity’s of “natural” disasters on a regular basis.
By George Lane, Head of Animal cruelty at R.H.N.
Animals have feelings too. If you are going to keep them locked up in tiny cages where they can barely even move... how would you feel? Some animals are bred in captivity, for example various lizards, cats or dogs; some snakes too. Because they are captive, that doesn't mean they can be treated like 'convicts'. Some pet shops are like jails, some are like relaxing luxury hotels. You want to aim for the luxury hotels while getting an captive animal, although make sure you know where the sellers get them from; as there are puppy mills, kitten mills etc. where they treat them like factory products where the parents are the machines which only need an occasional 'oil' to keep them working (they're underfed).
In a recent article from the Metro, there is a possible large-scale project in the Pacific Ocean to build an island fit for living in. This 'new Venice' made entirely from plastic waste could provide a home for 50,000 people to satisfy the demand of new land for the increasing population.
Recycled Island would be built from 44,000 tonnes of rubbish that threatens the sea life of the Pacific, and be run by electricity created by renewable means- solar and wave energy. A spokesman from the Dutch team says that the city has 3 main aims: cleaning the oceans from a huge amount of plastic waste, construct a sustainable habitat and creating new land. The island is hoped to be at least 10,000 sq km, and agriculture will be included so it can be independent of foreign influence.
Article by James Lane, RHN.
11th June 2010, a Year 8 boy took a survey to see how many out of 50, in City of London for Boys, believed that global warming was natural/caused by mankind/both. The results were more or less the same for the individual options however the 'both' option clearly showed which was the most popular: 30 chose both, and a close battle between natural - 11 and caused by man - 9.
After intense pressure on Nestle to conform and to refrain from the usage of unsustainable palm oil, a much needed target has been set to switch over the general consumption to a sustainable source within 3 years, gently phasing out the devastating catalyst to the destruction of the rainforest. In an exclusive interview with a Nestle associate, he described it as a fair challenge that could be met, expressing concern over finding a new sustainable abundant palm oil source. Is this the break needed to confine and lead the highly unsustainable palm oil market out of the dark realms upon its stands, and show a way to a brighter future? As clichéd as it is, only time will tell.
By Robin Johnson,
In an amazing new report, the Guardian revealed the true extent of how willing supermarkets and food suppliers are in the topic of sustainable palm oil. A massive 1.75 million tonnes of sustainable palm oil has the potential to be used without any extra effort, despite this only a mere 14% of that is actually being used. All for what? A small premium cost. They are confronted by this decision, are they wiling to pay a bit extra to save the planet? Amazingly, no. Despite all their pledges and promises to use sustainable palm oil, they still are not willing to pay the small extra cost. However the most shocking thing of all is that they ask for it to be produced, they have it produced, then they see the price and walk away still flaunting their eco credentials to their customers. So who is to blame? Mainly amazingly shops like Waitrose who are in fact part of the John Lewis Partnership which supports and promotes the Prince's rainforest project. This complex story shows just how unwilling supermarkets and food suppliers are to phase out unsustainable palm oil.
A shocking new story discovered how climate change is already seriously affecting Kenyans, as they are facing the most devastating drought for over 40 years. Their livestock are dying, their food supplies minimal and their water supply literally nonexistent; they rely on Western supplies of handouts for food, this case of severe drought should not be happening, however this is a minimal effect of climate, we will be in for a much harsher future if we do not act. Scientists say this case is linked to climate change, this surely is a warning to us that we have to act now or it will be too late.
Alistair Darling has urged global leaders that change will have to be made at Copenhagen or we will face a devastating future of global warming. He is just one of the millions of people who will be holding their breath whilst the summit is in action, real actions and goals will have to be made or it will have been for nothing and we may not have another chance.
The End of the Line
You may have heard of the new inspiring and thought-provoking documentary and film "The End of the Line". This film reveals the truth behind the fish that we eat, including: Bluefin Tuna, Haddock, Plaice and many more, who are indeed increasingly overfished. The film shows shocking graphs which publicise the incredible decrease of fish populations all over the world.
a picture of a Bluefin Tuna, one of the species almost fished to extinction.
This is one of the many strengths of the film. The film doesn't just outline people's views on the over-fishing crisis, but also what people may think against this idea. The film also has such a simple question: Where does our fish come from? Along with this the film shows us the link from the depleting of our oceans to the upcoming hazard of climate change, as fish droppings take in CO2 and fish are vital for many different marine ecological systems. Two RHN members went to see the film and were thouroughly amazed by the truth about over-fishing, which is happening right under our noses without actual public awareness! The three main points that the producers of the End of the Line were trying to get across to the public are that you must:
Our rating: 4/5
For more imformation go to http://www.endoftheline.com
In a new report issued by the U.S agriculture department it has been revealed that in fact a massive 1 million square kilometres of crops could simply subside in Africa due to severe changes in climate, and overall due to climate change. This could pose major threat to many many African people and cause a major disaster, however this would be only a small effect of the harsh but real change in climate.
In a shocking investigation into palm oil lead by the Independent, new facts have been revealed about how unknowingly we are all in fact contributing to the vast depletion of Borneo's rainforests and all of its unique wildlife. It was revealed that almost 50% of the UK's most popular brands do indeed use unsustainable palm oil. They include Hovis, Fairy Liquid, Persil, Ariel, Kellogs Special K, Crunchy Nut and hundreds more. What was more astonishing was the fact that they just simply mask it as "vegetable oil" or "vegatable fat". Buying these brands are contributing enormously to climate change, but even if you check the label for palm oil, it will just say something different! For the list of brands with palm oil in look below.
Rank; Brand; Manfacturer; Sales; Palm oil?
1. Coke, Coca-Cola, £969m, NO
2. Warburtons, Warburtons, £709m, YES
3. Walkers Crisps, Pepsico, £487m, NO
4. Hovis, Premier Foods, £405m, YES
5. Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury, £374m, YES
6. Kingsmill, ABF, £363m, YES
7. Nescafe, Nestle, £352m, NO
8. Andrex, Kimblery-Clark, £345m, NO
9. Lucozade, GlaxoSmithKline, £342m, NO
10. Robinsons, Britvic, £299m, NO
11. Tropicana, Pepsico, £288m, NO
12. McCain’s Chips, McCain, £265m, NO
13. Pepsi Cola, Pepsico, £258m, NO
14. Whiskas, Mars, £233m, NO
15. Lurpak, Lurpak, £228m, NO
16. Muller Corner, Muller, £219m, NO
17. Persil, Unilever, £210m, YES
18. Flora Spreads, Unilever, £200m, YES
19. Heinz Beans, Heinz, £199m, NO
20. Pedigree, Mars, £198m, NO
21. Cathedral City, Dairy Crest, £187m, NO
22. Felix, Nestle, £186m, NO
23. Galaxy, Mars, £185m, YES
24. Youngs Frozen Fish, Young’s, £184m, YES
25. Kit Kat, Nestle, £183m, YES
26. Heinz Soups, Heinz, £182m, NO
27. Red Bull Drinks, Red Bull, £182m, NO
28. Danone Activia, Danone, £175m, NO
29. Birds Eye Fish, Birds Eye, £175m, NO
30. Bold, Procter & Gamble, £174m, SUSPECTED*
31. Mr Kipling Cakes, Premier Foods, £174m, YES
32. Wrigley’s Extra, Wrigley, £170m, YES
33. Ariel, Procter & Gamble, £157m, SUSPECTED*
34. Pringles, Procter & Gamble, £143m SUSPECTED*
35. Princes Fish, Princes, £136m, NO
36. PG Tips, Unilever, £134m, NO
37. Tetley Tea, Tata, £134m, NO
38. Dolmio Sauces, Mars, £133m, NO
39. Silver Spoon, British Sugar, £132m, NO
40. Birds Eye Poultry, Birds Eye, £130m, YES
41. Maltesers, Mars, £130m, YES
42. John West Fish, John West, £129m NO
43. Cravendale, Arla, £129m, NO
44. Ribena, GlaxoSmithKline, £129m, NO
45. Weetabix, Weetabix, £128m, NO
46. Muller Light, Muller, £127m, NO
47. Mars, Mars, £123m, YES
48. Uncle Ben’s, Rice Mars, £122m, NO
49. Kellogg's Special K, Kellogg’s, £122m, YES
50. Fanta, Coca-Cola, £118m, NO
51. Finish Dishwasher, Reckitt & Benckiser, £117m, NO
52. Volvic, Danone, £117m, NO
53. Ginsters, Ginsters, £114m, YES
54. Schweppes, Schweppes, £112m, NO
55. Innocent, Innocent, £110m, NO
56. Heinz, Ketchup Heinz, £110m, NO
57. Danone, Actimel Danone, £108m, NO
58. Fairy Laundry, Procter & Gamble, £107m, SUSPECTED*
59. Fairy Liquid, Procter & Gamble, £107m, SUSPECTED*
60. McVitie’s Digestives, United Biscuits, £106m, YES
61. Comfort, Unilever, £106m, YES
62. Bakers, Nestle, £104m, NO
63. Kenco, Kraft, £104m, NO
64. Goodfella’s Pizza, Northern Foods, £101m, YES
65. Birds Eye Veg, Birds Eye, £100m, NO
66. Petit Filous, Yoplait, £100m, NO
67. Velvet, SCA, £99m, NO
68. Dairylea, Kraft, £99m, NO
69. Lenor, Procter & Gamble, £98m, SUSPECTED*
70. Airwick Aircare, Reckitt Benckiser, £96m, NO
71. Evian, Danone, £96m, NO
72. Daz, Procter & Gamble, £95m, SUSPECTED*
73. Irn Bru, AG Barr, £92m, NO
74. Doritos, Pepsico, £90m, NO
75. McCoys, United Biscuits, £90m, YES
76. Anchor Spreads, Arla, £89m, NO
77. Haribo, Haribo, £89m, YES
78. Bisto Gravy, Premier Foods, £89m, YES
79. BM Cooked Meat, Bernard Matthews, £88m, YES
80. Hellmanns, Unilever, £88m, NO
81. Kleenex, Kimberly-Clark, £88m, NO
82. Quality Street, Nestle, £85m, YES
83. Richmond Sausages, Kerry Foods, £84m, YES
84. CrunchyNut Cornflakes, Kellogg’s, £83m, YES
85. Magnum, Unilever, £79m, YES
86. Hula Hoops, United Biscuits, £79m, NO
87. Bessies Potatoes, Heinz, £78m, YES
88. Chicago Town Pizza, Dr Oetker, £77m, YES
89. Capri Sun, Coca-Cola, £77m, NO
90. Sensations, Walkers, £77m, NO
91. Cadbury Cakes, Premier Foods, £76m, YES
92. Young’s Chilled Fish, Young’s, £75m, YES
93. Cadbury Roses, Cadbury, £75m, YES
94. Oasis, Coca-Cola, £75m, NO
95. Yeo Valley Yogurts, Yeo Valley, £73m, NO
96. Pot Noodles, Unilever, £73m, YES
97. Aero, Nestle, £73m, YES
96. Pot Noodles, Unilever, £73m, YES
97. Aero, Nestle, £73m, YES
98. Surf, Unilever, £73m, YES
99. Kettle, Kettle, £73m, NO
100. Clover Spreads, Dairy Crest, £72m, YES
Sources: Sales statistics: AC Nielsen. Palm oil: The Independent
* Procter & Gamble, which uses palm oil in a wide variety of products, will not disclose its use in individual brands