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World Earth Day 2016!!

5 Ways To Connect With Mother Gaia…Landscape-mother-nature-23969148-730-487

Standing Barefoot

It’s easy to become disconnected from Mother Earth when we’re so used to donning shoes or putting our feet into a comfortable pair of slippers as soon as we get home. Break out of your daily routine and increase your connection with Gaia today by placing your bare feet on the ground beneath you. Feel the grass and soil between your toes and welcome earth’s magnetic energy into your body as you do

Meditate outdoors

Find a quiet spot – this could be on a bench or beneath  a tree in a park or in your garden – and take the time to connect with Gaia, free from any interruptions. Close your eyes, inhale deeply for three seconds, hold your breath for another three and exhale for the same duration. Tune into all of the noises that surround you – from the birds, to the bees, to the passing cars and any planes. Just take the time to be at one with nature

Use essential oils

Spraying earthy scents such as patchouli and vetiver in your home will help you to connect to Gaia’s energy. You could similarly drop some aromatherapy oils in the bath, or massage them into your body – just be sure to check any usage guidelines before you do

Embrace crystals

Originating from the earth itself, crystals are a fantastic way to connect with Gaia. Gems such as obsidian and black kyanite will tap into your Earth Star (located below the feet) and Root Chakras. Green crystals such as jasper and green prasiolite are also very useful for igniting earth energy, as is amber

Create a flower offering

Physically connect with Gaia by spending time in nature and collecting a poesy of flowers – you could even make a daisy chain, or a floral garland. Leave the flowers outside, or on a windowsill overnight, to sit under the moon. Send your love and gratitude to Gaia as you place them there – she will receive your gift with thanks.

Source: Soul and Spirit Magazine

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Greenpeace Stunt Stuns Londoners

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25 activists, 15 iconic statutes. One message – Clean Air Now!  Greenpeace activists carried out another astounding series of stuns in the centre of London. The purpose of these demonstrations is to increase awareness of air pollution and demand government action.

Campaigners climbed nelsons column early yesterday morning. Alison Garrigan (29) and Luke Jones (30) ascended Admiral Lord Nelson, towering 52 metres above Trafalgar Square, with an emergency face mask which they placed over his face.

Further stunts were planned across the city at various land marks which the activists chose to prove a point. Oliver Cromwell’s statue was also dressed with a mask; police were called to the scene at 6.00am.

The pair came down voluntarily and were arrested along with two others on the scene for breaching existing bylaws under the police reform and social responsibility act 2011, the Met said.

Famous statues of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, Queen Victoria opposite Buckingham Palace and Eros at Piccadilly Circus have also been given protection against London’s dirty air by environmental activists.

Greenpeace are hoping their campaign, which reinforces the increasing danger of air pollution, will persuade next Mayor of London to take action.

Greenpeace activist Areeba Hamid said: “Monitoring shows that if these statutes were real people, many of them would often be breathing dangerous, illegal air. That’s why we’ve given them face masks. Of course many millions of Londoners, including kids, are breathing that same air. Kitting everyone out with face masks is not the solution; instead we need to see real political action from the new Mayor. We need a Clean Air Zone covering a large part of the city. Whoever wins the election has to stop the talk and start the action.”

In all 17 figures will be seen wearing a mask this morning, including Thierry Henry outside Emirates Stadium and some of London’s most famous statues.

 

Plugging the energy gap – George Osborne’s trilema

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For a long time, many environmentalists were concerned that government efforts to clean up the world’s energy supply were a bit one-sided, in that we were getting on quite well with half the problem – generating clean energy. Meanwhile the other more important half – not generating dirty energy – was being largely ignored.

But here in the UK things have suddenly inverted in a dramatic fashion. Because by the end of this year, we will have 10 fewer gigawatts of coal power than we had at the start of 2015.

This is good news for those of us hoping to live for several more decades, those of us with children, and anyone who has been breathing the toxic fumes released by these plants.

A sensible energy policy would balance these closures with clean power generation or energy savings. But just as the threat of climate change and air pollution have done for coal, so George Osborne’s incompetent meddling has done for the necessary replacements.

The government has made much of going ‘all out for shale’, an industry which has provided the country with exactly 0% of our energy so far — and is unlikely to provide very much more.

However, the real guiding principle of UK energy policy has been facilitating one single power station — Hinkley C — the infamous nuclear plant that was due to come on line in 2017, or 2025, or possibly 2027, or sometime in the early 2030s, or maybe not at all if the delays continue as they have done for the last decade.

Hinkley has required the government to rig the energy markets in a way which favoured nuclear over renewables, just as it became clear to the rest of the world that the future belongs to renewables and nuclear belongs to the past. As a consequence the entirely rational global drop in investment in fossil fuels and nuclear has been matched in the UK with a drop in investment in clean energy, engineered through government policy.

According to recent research, from 2017 onwards we will be losing billions in potential investment in clean tech, a loss due to the government’s ideologically driven energy policies.

This systemic policy failure impacts on all three aspects of the energy ‘trilemma’ — the government’s chosen framing for energy issues.

Recently the government has emphasised concerns about ‘the cost energy to the bill payer.’ But is this really their main concern, given the lengths they will go to block the cheapest source of power in the UK, onshore wind, and prop up what has been described as ‘the most expensive object ever built’, Hinkley C?

And if their priority really is bills, above all they should encourage energy efficiency — though sadly for George Osborne it doesn’t provide big new shiny high-tech construction projects where the he can model his famous hard hat.

But cost to the bill payer is likely to soon be eclipsed in the headlines by security of supply. The sensible approach to sorting energy security would be to shrink power demand as much as possible using efficiency and other demand management measures. Then, with a smaller gap to plug, the problem could be solved without the need for imported fossil fuels.

Instead the government appears to hope that shale gas or perhaps Hinkley will ride to the rescue. Needless to say, this was not a sensible approach, and our energy supply is getting less and less secure by the day as the likelihood of Hinkley and a significant shale industry continue to drop.

The third part of the ‘trilemma’ is carbon. At a fraction of the cost of either new nukes or fracking, energy efficiency could reduce demand by more MWh than Hinkley or shale ever will. But we do need some new capacity, and the low-carbon, low-cost, high-security option is renewables.

If we carry on fighting the future and clinging on to obsolete industries, then we will have a big and growing problem, and the government seems quite willing to waste billions in order to avoid admitting its mistake — that Hinkley and shale gas are going nowhere.

As things stand, we’re in the bizarre situation of sourcing an increasing amount of our energy from diesel farms – collections of shipping container sized, very dirty diesel generators.

So the question is, will we see a hard-hatted Osborne proudly cutting the ribbon on these humiliating symbols of his failure?

Seabirds and Lighthouses Galore on the Isle of May

The last few months have been a bit depressing – grey skies and rain interspersed with the occasional day of glorious sunshine. Fortunately things brightened up a bit last week. I’ve re…

Source: Seabirds and Lighthouses Galore on the Isle of May

Cleaning up after Imogen (Storm)

Along with the south west of the country, Essex also bore the brunt of storm Imogen. Although the effects were not as severe, winds of up to 100mph swept the region and caused travel chaos for many in Suffolk and Essex.

The yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning from the Met Office was in issued from 3am to 6pm on Monday the 8th of Feb.

The warning said that “gusts of 60-70 mph are likely quite widely” and to “be aware of the potential for disruption to travel as well as possible damage to trees and structures and interruption of power supplies”.

A local from Colchester, Daniel Rozario described the winds as “more powerful than expected, I couldn’t stand up straight”.

Hatfield Forest had to be closed and the QEII Bridge at the Dartford Crossing was shut.

Disruptions also occurred on the railways; Trains to London from Clacton and Walton were unable to run beyond Thorpe-le-Soken causing distress for many commuters.

Rail service operators Greater Anglia have apologised to commuters for the delays caused. There was a limited rail replacement bus service in operation between Clacton, Thorpe-le-Soken and Colchester. The rail replacement bus services added more than 45minutes to the journey time, however further delays on the A12 meant commuters got to their destination much later than expected.

Many commuters were unhappy with the service provided, one commuter expressed their disappointment saying that “Greater Anglia need to do much more to treat their customers fairly, providing better information and access to compensation when passengers are delayed.”

British Airways planes have been diverted to Southend Airport as strong winds caused by storm Imogen hit Essex. Seven aircraft have reportedly been diverted to Southend from London City Airport because of the severe winds in docklands.

Schools were also closed on Monday in various areas of Essex. Temple Mutton – Miltown Hall Primary School – Westbra – St Merry’s were among many of the schools that were closed.

Elsewhere in the country, the strongest winds were reported at the Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight with a gust of 95mph, and the highest waves were in Cornwall with a wave height of 19.1m off St Ives.

More than 15,000 homes were left without power across southern parts of England and Wales. A further 5,000 homes lost power in Ireland. Road, rail and ferry routes were badly affected.

The power company Western Power dealt with 1,400 incidents and restored power to over 96,000 properties in the 24 hours from Monday morning.

“Following advanced weather predictions, we were prepared for its impact,” said a WPD spokesman. Teams from South Wales, West Midlands and East Midlands arrived in the South West on Monday evening, which was the worst affected area, to assist with the final restorations and repairs.

“Extra customer service staff were also on hand to advise customers, answering almost 21,000 calls in an average of around two seconds per call, while also proactively making contact with over 1,000 vulnerable customers on our Priority Service Register.”

Say NO to £24bn Nuclear Power Project in Somerset!

George Osborne could be about to make a huge mistake.

He’s preparing to spend billions on a new nuclear plant at Hinkley in Somerset. If it goes ahead, Hinkley nuclear plant is set to be the most expensive object on Earth  – sucking up huge amounts of money that could be spent on renewable energy instead.

But right now we’ve got a chance to stop him. The finance director of EDF -the energy firm that plans to build the reactor –just resigned amid concerns that Hinkley could plunge the company into a financial black hole.

It’s going to be pretty embarrassing for George Osborne if he ploughs on when Hinkley’s cost could bankrupt the company building it. So let’s seize this moment to turn up the pressure on the chancellor. Let’s tell him now’s the time to scrap Hinkley — and spend consumers’ cash on renewable energy instead.

Sign the petition:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/stop-hinkley

If George Osborne pushes ahead, Hinkley will be the first nuclear plant built in the UK in two decades. But the chancellor’s plans are going nowhere fast. The reactor design is so complicated that no one’s sure if it will even work. One nuclear expert went so far as to call it “unconstructable”. And three other power stations -in France, Finland and China – that are trying to use the same type of reactor are suffering from huge delays too.

The cost of the project is staggering. Best guesses say Hinkley could pass £24 billion, easily making it the most expensive power station in world history.

It’s shocking that George Osborne can keep on backing Hinkley, even as the cost keeps going up and up. Can you help tell him that thousands of us think that backing renewable energy is a better use of our cash? Sign the petition here:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/stop-hinkley

While Hinkley nuclear plant has spent almost a decade in limbo, renewable power projects have been far quicker to build. The London Array; the world’s biggest offshore wind farm took less than three years to construct. And even if building Hinkley was to begin tomorrow, by the time it’s up and running the cost of renewable energy will have dropped even further.

Though George Osborne might tell us we need Hinkley to keep the lights on, we know this is far from the truth. Recent research showed that as soon as 2030, the UK could be powered almost entirely by renewable resources. The UK is one of the windiest places in Europe, we’ve got huge untapped potential in solar power, and we’re surrounded by sea too.

If you agree that natural sources of energy like these should top government investment, not more risky and expensive nuclear power, please sign the petition now:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/stop-hinkley

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Fracking Westminster #frackminster

Greenpeace built a 10m high fracking rig outside Westminster in protest at govt plans to force fracking on UK. This was done to bring the local impacts of fracking to the heart of the democracy.

A New Threat to the Arctic

The Arctic is facing a new threat! As climate change melts away the ice that has protected this unique region for millennia, destructive fishing fleets are threatening to exploit newly accessible parts of the pristine waters around Svalbard in the northern Barents Sea.

This is urgent. A whole ecosystem is at risk. It will have unforeseen and disastrous effects on all animals in the area, their habitat and also their source of food.

In 2015, Greenpeace’s strong movement had a huge victory when Shell announced it will halt its Arctic drilling plans, but now we need to come together again to stop the latest threat facing the region. If we don’t act now, this fragile and undiscovered ecosystem could be destroyed forever.

Join the movement to protect the Arctic from destructive fishing: secure.greenpeace.org.uk/protect-arctic

Under the melting ice, the Arctic is home to countless unique ocean animals, like sea butterflies, bowhead whales and Greenland sharks. But governments and industry seem willing to ignore threats to the region’s immense biodiversity in pursuit of profit.

Over 7 million people around the world have already joined the movement to Save the Arctic. Together, we can draw global attention to this incredible part of our natural environment and highlight what we risk losing if we do not come together to save it.

Greenpeace: Say no to Fracking!

Last year Lancashire council voted against allowing the fracking industry to drill. But now David Cameron’s government has announced the decision could be recalled. The final say lies with one minister — Greg Clark. Sign the petition to tell him not to overrule Lancashire council’s decision to say no to shale gas.

Greenpeace built a 10m high fracking rig outside Westminster in protest at govt plans to force fracking on UK. This was done to bring the local impacts of fracking to the heart of the democracy.

Many people have been active on twitter. promoting and largely supporting this form of direct action with use of “#frackminister”.

A new Populus poll released by Greenpeace shows that nearly two-thirds (62%) of people in the UK think their local council, not central government departments, should decide whether to accept or reject fracking applications in their local area.

The fracking rig at parliament was not real, but the threat the industry poses most certainly is. We must keep working to expose the risks and make sure Lancashire, Yorkshire, Sussex and everywhere else in between stays frack free.

When people learn the truth about fracking, their support for it immediately drops, that is why it is vital to educate people about the harsh reality and effects of fracking. People power has kept fracking firms at bay in the UK for almost 5 years now, and Greenpeace are adamant on keeping it that way.

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