Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Monday, 30 November 2009
AMY AND APE FALL IN LOVE OVER CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUE
Amy Winehouse joins a list of world-class recording artists to support ARTISTS PROJECT EARTH – otherwise known as APE – with an exclusive new version of Sam Cooke’s seminal track ‘Cupid’.
Recorded for APE - the internationally recognised climate change and natural disaster support charity - this sublime cover follows hot on the heels of The Killers ‘Hotel California’. It is hoped the track will drive awareness and raise funds for the charity ahead of COP15, the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18, where APE will have a strong presence, representing the concerns and contributions from the world’s leading musicians over the issue of Climate Change.
Recorded earlier in the year, ‘Cupid’ has received huge radio support in recent weeks, especially from Steve Wright / Radio 2 and is set to become one of the surprise hits of the year.
And all for a really great cause!
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
I think she felt a little downhearted, as she said she works for money not time off.
Is this the way Tesco reached their record breaking £3.1bn profit - the highest on record for a British retailer earlier this year?
Will chief executive Mr Terrence Leahy be getting visits from the ghosts ofChristmas Past, Chrismas Present and Christmas Future because let's face it Tesco employee's aren't looking forward to a very Happy Christmas this year. But Ho Ho Ho they can have time off next year - but no extra money to go anywhere or do anything with during that time off.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
WWF is renewing its calls for an international trade ban in Atlantic bluefin tuna, after the commission responsible for managing stocks, failed to agree on measures that will ensure the recovery of the species.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas endorsed a proposal from its chair, the EU, Japan, Morocco and Tunisia to drop the 2010 eastern bluefin quota from 19,500 tonnes to 13,500 tonnes, still far too high to enable stock recovery.
A key study presented to ICCAT in Recife showed even a strictly enforced 8,000-tonne quota would have only a 50 per cent chance of achieving a recovery in eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna by 2023. Another ICCAT study showed only a total fishing halt yielded significant chances of the bluefin population recovering enough to no longer qualify for high-level trade restrictions by 2019.
Sally Bailey, Marine Programme Manager at WWF-UK said: “Now, more than ever, WWF sees a global trade ban as the only hope for Atlantic bluefin. ICCAT’s reduction in quota is not based on scientific advice, and is entirely unacceptable.”
WWF had lobbied the meeting for a fishing suspension and determined action against illegal fishing, estimated to considerably inflate the most recent (2008) catch estimates of 34,120 tonnes. During the Recife meeting almost all harvesting countries were formally identified by ICCAT as breaking its rules – like EU tuna fattening farms accepting fish without proper documentation. The massive overcapacity of industrial fleets in the Mediterranean also continues to hamper conservation efforts, yet the problem remains insufficiently addressed by the tuna commission.
The season for industrial fishing for bluefin tuna with purse seine fleets was reduced from two months to one, but remains open during the peak of the spawning period of 15 May to 15 June when the tuna are most vulnerable. ICCAT also continued to ignore long-standing calls to establish sanctuaries in key bluefin tuna spawning grounds such as the Balearic Islands off Spain.
It is now vital that member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to line up behind global trade restrictions on Atlantic bluefin tuna. CITES is to consider a Principality of Monaco proposal that Atlantic bluefin be listed for the highest level of trade restrictions at a meeting in Doha next March.
Friday, 13 November 2009
20 male staff at The National Trust's Wimpole Hall are being encouraged to use a straw "pee bale" when answering a call of nature.
"The Trust, which actively campaigns on climate change, said answering the call of nature outside saves both on water and the energy used in flushing the lavatory. " - read the complete Daily Telegraph article by clicking here.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
"A tree a day keeps the doctor away" is the title of an interesting little article by The Woodland Trust about woods and health,
read it here
The photograph of urban trees is borrowed from The Woodland Trust as well, apparently research show that people are more likely to walk in urban locations if trees line the street.
Oh and if anyone wondered why the lack of posts take a look here - we're all so excited.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
PLEASE COVER THIS RELEASE ABOVE ALL ELSE! THE CLIMATE DEMANDS IT!
And Rhythms Del Mundo
Taken from the album ‘Rhythms Del Mundo Classics’
Artists Project Earth (APE) / launched 30 Nov 2009
KILLERS GO APE TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE NEW TRACK FROM THE KILLERS, RELEASED TO SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL DISASTER SUPPORT CHARITY ARTISTS PROJECT EARTH (APE).
The Killers recorded this cover version of the classic Eagles hit as part of their contribution to raise awareness and funds for the APE charity which, in the last month alone, has made awards of $100,000 to support both the natural disasters in Asia Pacific and the UK-based climate change group The Transition Network. Recorded with the APE house band, Rhythms Del Mundo, ‘Hotel California’ has been given an Afro-Cuban treatment and is already a smash radio hit all over Europe.
The song will be heavily promoted in the run up to COP15 – the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18, where it will be the soundtrack to the conference (there’s even talk of a performance – but more on that in due course). Killers fans will love the unexpected foray into Cuban-style-west-coast-LA-rock from Brandon and the boys; and anyone else interested in Climate Change will be sure to pay attention and purchase!
APE & Rhythms Del Mundo
Artists Project Earth (APE) is the vision of a Music Industry Legend: Kenny Young may not be a familiar name to most, but few would not immediately recognise his biggest song, the 1964 classic ‘Under The Boardwalk’. It’s one of the most played and covered songs in pop history, made famous by The Rolling Stones, The Drifters, Sam and Dave, The Beach Boys and many other artists. Young, who wrote the Grammy Award winning song ‘Ai No Corrida’ for Quincy Jones, had spent 30 years penning hits for the biggest stars, including ‘Crew Love’ by Jay-Z and ‘Spirit of the Forest’ performed by Joni Mitchell, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry and others.
However, the last 10 years has seen Kenny channel his energy towards the battle against Global Climate Change. His mission has been to specifically engage with the artistic community, developing musical projects that raise money and awareness. Young’s song-writing profile has enabled him to pull together the biggest artists, including U-2, Paul McCartney, Sting, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Paul Simon, REM, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Seal and others for ELF's Rainforests conservation projects. His first project, 1991’s ‘Earthrise’ was a No.1 hit album in the UK and globally. For APE he produced ‘Rhythms Del Mundo Cuba feat. musicians from the Buena Vista Social Club’ in a collaboration with Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Jack Johnson, Sting, U-2, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, and Radiohead.
The Killers ‘Hotel California’ is also available on the album ‘Rhythms Del Mundo ‘Classics’ which features cover versions from many international stars including The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Keane, Editors, The Zutons, Fall Out Boy and others. All are united in raising money to support APE and its climate change initiatives. Together, ‘Rhythms Del Mundo ‘Classics’ and ‘Cuba’ albums have sold over 1 million albums worldwide, raising millions of dollars for charitable causes. Every year APE makes an award of $100,000 to one or more climate change initiatives from the proceeds of the album sales. To date APE has supported over 170 different climate change tackling causes and natural disaster relief.
For further information please visit http://www.apeuk.org/
Monday, 19 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Seen the film?
Do you believe it?
Does it worry you?
Is there anything ordinary people can do?
YES! YES! YES!
How about this for a start?
"A computer that is used for four hours a day and turned off the rest of the time costs about $70 less a year than one that is left on all day and all night. It also reduces the machine's CO2 emissions by 83%. "
"Turn off the lights when you leave a room and turn off electrical appliances at the mains. Standby can use between 30% and 70% of the energy the appliance uses when it is on."
We can all do that, can't we?
And there are loads of other things ordinary people can do to help combat climate change, I 've quoted from 100 Places To Remember Before They Disappear where you'll find a further 98 "examples of how you, your family, companies and politicians may solve or counteract the effect of climate problems."
Take a look and if you're intending to blog today join over 8,000 fellow bloggers by posting about climate change for Blog Action Day 2009, you can find out more and sign up here.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Monday, 5 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
"In a trial at 94,000 homes in 19 council areas last year, a quarter of those taking part reported terrible smells and infestations of maggots, flies and rats. They said that in the summer the stench grows worse and the slop buckets attract even more vermin. "
The Telegraph asks us - Do you want a slop bucket in your kitchen?
Thinking about it, our household don't actually have any food waste to put in the bins what with chickens and ferrets and dogs and quail pretty much all of ours gets eaten by something. ( In fact I could probably use more for the compost heap).
What do you think?
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
In 1809 a young girl named Mary Anne Brailsford planted some apple pips in her garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Eventually the garden passed to Matthew Bramley and the Bramley Seedling was cultivated by local nurseryman Henry Merriweather. All the Bramley apple pies, apple sauces and Bramley apple juices you've ever eaten or drank have been descended from that pip planted by young Mary Anne and the orginal tree still stands.
We'll be picking Bramley apples for the next few weeks and if you're interested you can join us on a "virtual" apple pick, we're posting photographs from the orchard on our website over the next few days, you'll find them in theWhat we are doing section
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
Reminds me of a story I used to read to my children when they were little.
About working boots and Sunday Boots, the Sunday boots were horrid to the working boots but guess what one day the Sunday boots were relegated to working boots and the working boots became flower planters.
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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
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