2011-01-21

Ninja Banana Skin Vs Evil Poltree (Photos)


IN A LAST VALIANT ATTEMPT TO SAVE ALL BANANASKIN KIND
LUKE BANANASKINWALKER LANDS ON THE EVIL POLTREE IN THE HOPE THIS EVIL FORCE WILL BE AT LAST DEFEATED


UNFORTUNATELY THE POWER OF THE CHOCOLATE SOURCE WAS NOT WITH LUKE BANANASKINWALKER IN THAT FATEFUL MOMENT.....


POWER WANING..... LUKE BANANASKINWALKER KNEW ITS FATE WAS NOW SEALED

THE POWER OF THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE IS NO LONGER WITH YOU


NOW WILL YOU FEEL THE SHARP SIDE

OF MY PICKINATOR'S BEAK


AND YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD DEFEAT ME? I HAVE YOU NOW LUKE BANANASKINWALKER


TERMINATED! PICKINATED! DESTROYED!

2011-01-20

Environmental Coalition Calls On Presidents Obama And Hu To Declare Global Climate Emergency


OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA & PRESIDENT HU JINTAO
January 19, 2011

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20003

Dear President Barack Obama & President Hu Jintao:

It is time to publicly acknowledge that the continued burning of
fossil fuels threatens the survival of civilization. The science is
incontrovertible on this fact, yet the response from government is
business as usual. Our two nations dominate world carbon emissions.

No civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural
support systems, nor will ours. It is with a deepening sense of dread
over the fate of future generations that we call on you to acknowledge
the severity of the global climate emergency by placing climate
stabilization at the top of your policy agendas.

According to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and NOAA's
National Climatic Data Center, 2010 tied with 2005 as the hottest
year in recorded history. Last year was also the wettest on record in
terms of global average precipitation, according to the Global
Historical Climatology Network, with devastating impacts felt across
the globe. Estimates by the World Health Organization are that the
Earth's warming climate contributes to more than 150,000 deaths each
year. Here's what else we're facing:
• Crop-withering heat waves

• A melting Greenland ice sheet that threatens to raise sea level
23 feet

• Fires transforming carbon-storing tropical rainforests into
carbon emitters

• Ocean acidification imperiling the base of the seafood chain

• Melting glaciers in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau
threatening the dry season irrigation water supplies - and food
security - of hundreds of millions of people

• Ever-deadlier storms creating growing numbers of climate
refugees

• Scientists predicting 1/5 of living species being driven toward
extinction by mid-century

This is just the beginning. Nature tells us time is running out, but
we can't see the clock. As we blindly reach critical climate "tipping
points," things promise to get worse, much worse. Central to the
solution is a wartime-like mobilization by the governments of the
United States and China to cut carbon emissions 80 percent (based on
2006 levels) by 2020. This is required if we are to reduce carbon
emissions to 350 parts per million in the atmosphere, the level top
climate scientists say is safe for humanity.

There is no more important measure of presidential leadership than
living up to the expectations of our children to protect their
future. Every day our respective governments fail to act, their
future grows more perilous. We await your response.

Sincerely,

Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute

Rev. Sally G. Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project &
Interfaith Power & Light

Brent Blackwelder, President Emeritus, Friends of the Earth

David Blittersdorf, President/CEO, AllEarth Renewables, Inc.

Jan Blittersdorf, President/CEO, NRG Systems, Inc.

Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

Lisa Daniels, Executive Director, Windustry

Brock Evans, President, Endangered Species Coalition

Ross Gelbspan, Author

Paul Hawken, Author

Randy Hayes, Executive Director, Foundation Earth & Founder,
Rainforest Action Network

Courtney Hight, Co-Director, Energy Action Coalition

Julia Butterfly Hill, Co-Founder, The Engage Network*

Chuck Kutscher, Former Chair, American Solar Energy Society &
Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory*

Eric Lombardi, Executive Director, Eco-Cycle

Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org

Erich Pica, President, Friends of the Earth

Phil Radford, Executive Director, Greenpeace

Kieran Suckling, Executive Director, Center for Biological Diversity

Rebecca Tarbotton, Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network

Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

James A. Walker, Former President, American Wind Energy Association

Tom Weis, President, Climate Crisis Solutions

*Institutional affiliation listed for identification purposes only

Tom Weis, President

Climate Crisis Solutions

2548 6th Street

Boulder, CO 80304

(303) 378-1364 (mobile)

www.rideforrenewables.com


2011-01-18

Double the support for NZYF members in 2011

With over 1500 members it’s hard to believe that only 5 years ago New Zealand Young Farmers had a membership of just 450 people. A membership increase of 25% in 2010 alone has created the need for a greater support base for NZYF members.

Previously NZYF Club members were supported by two Rural Development Officers; one in the North and one in the South. That number has now doubled with the appointment of three new Field Officers and previous South Island RDO, Duncan Trotter, moving into the role of Extension Manager and Tasman Field Officer.

Duncan, based in Christchurch, has been with NZYF for four years, a member for 12, and is looking forward to passing knowledge on and supervising the new Field Officers while giving more support to Club members.

“By doubling our staff we double the time and effort we are able to put into supporting our members by forging strong relationships with those that make this organisation tick. It also gives us more time to promote NZYF and increase membership.”

Joining Duncan is Lou Thwaites as the Lower South Field Officer, who will bring a lot of experience to the new role, having been previously employed as the NZYF Coordinator.

Lou is looking forward to helping out with an area she knows well: originally from Tuatapere she now lives in Hinds where, in her spare time, she helps partner Jamie out with the contracting business he’s involved in.

“I’m really keen on promoting the opportunities for Professional Development, within the rural professions, and growing Club and individual membership by getting the NZYF message out there.”

Amanda Murray, based in Waipukurau, starts as Lower North Field Officer this week and brings with her a strong rural background, having grown up on a sheep and beef property in Marlborough, and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Lincoln University. Brand new to NZYF; Amanda is excited about learning more about the organisation and its members.

“I’m looking forward to not only working alongside our members but also helping out with The National Bank Young Farmer Contest, especially because the Grand Final is in Masterton this year, and of course to support the next generation of farmers through the new TeenAg programme too.”

Rounding off the new team is Casey Huffstutler; based in Te Awamutu where she is a member of the local Volunteer Fire Brigade. Casey has not only made the move from the automotive industry but also from Southland to become the Upper North Field Officer.

Casey has been heavily involved with NZYF as a member for two years, former vice chair of the Otago/Southland region and was on the organising committee for The National Bank Young Farmer Contest Grand Final and the NZYF Conference in Gore last year.

“I can’t wait to use my current knowledge out in the field and I am really keen to let young rural people know what a fantastic opportunity it is to be part of an organisation that offers so much; everything from Personal Development, friendship, leadership opportunities and more.”