Direct democracy, 2nd people’s assembly on main square in Zagreb
Looking towards United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 17 taking place next month in Durban, South Africa. It’s always good to remind ourselves what is written in People’s Agreement of Cochabamba and how urgent action we need.
World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth April 22nd, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Today, our Mother Earth is wounded and the future of humanity is in danger.
If global warming increases by more than 2 degrees Celsius, a situation that the “Copenhagen Accord” could lead to, there is a 50% probability that the damages caused to our Mother Earth will be completely irreversible. Between 20% and 30% of species would be in danger of disappearing. Large extensions of forest would be affected, droughts and floods would affect different regions of the planet, deserts would expand, and the melting of the polar ice caps and the glaciers in the Andes and Himalayas would worsen. Many island states would disappear, and Africa would suffer an increase in temperature of more than 3 degrees Celsius. Likewise, the production of food would diminish in the world, causing catastrophic impact on the survival of inhabitants from vast regions in the planet, and the number of people in the world suffering from hunger would increase dramatically, a figure that already exceeds 1.02 billion people. The corporations and governments of the so-called “developed” countries, in complicity with a segment of the scientific community, have led us to discuss climate change as a problem limited to the rise in temperature without questioning the cause, which is the capitalist system…
Life in highest and most isolated village in Bosnia is everything but easy. Situated on mountain Bjelašnica at 1469m, hanging on the edge of Rakitnica Canyon which drops 800m below. Surrounded by extreme landscapes and exposed to drastic changes in weather conditions, access to the village is impossible from the first snows in December until late April or even May.
Lukomir is the only remaining traditional semi-nomadic Bosnjak mountain village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is a symbol of historical, cultural and architectural heritage of the country and it is known for the traditional attire of its people. Women there still wear the hand-knitted costumes that have been worn for centuries.
Village has unique stone houses with cherry-wood roof tiles. Every house has a square base, with a fire place in the center. Walls are made of stone and have small windows.
In the village there are 50 houses and only about 20 are inhabited. It is crucial that preparations for cold and long winter start early in the summer. There will be a long, long way before whole village wakes up again from its winter sleep and welcomes arrival of spring.
Zagreb Critical Mass
Zagreb bi trebao svaki dan izgledati ovako, a danas smo pokazali da je to moguće – poručili su iz Sindikata biciklista. Organizatori traže izgradnju biciklističkih mreža
Bilo je nešto hipijevski dobroćudno u atmosferi koja je u nedjelju popodne vladala zagrebačkim centrom: biciklijada koju su organizirale zelene udruge i građanske organizacije koje propagiraju prometnu pravdu za sve sudionike, a kojoj se priključilo oko dvije tisuće biciklista (prema vrlo grubim najranijim procjenama), bila je pitomi protest protiv »auto-kracije« i gradske politike koja nema osjećaja za politiku sažetu motom »dva kotača dovoljna!«. Ipak, dva kotača u nedjelju jesu bila dovoljna stotinama Zagrepčana. U 16.30 povorka je krenula kroz centar prema Ribnjaku: vozili su studenti, umirovljenici, roditelji s djecom, čitave obitelji. »Potrubi za bicikl«, pisalo je na jednom transparentu, i zaista, val solidarnosti prema najčišćem obliku prijevoza preplavio je centar.
Rakitnica River Canyon is one of the most beautiful and least explored canyons in Europe. Cut deeply into mountains, the canyon is 26 km long and it stretches between Bjelašnica and Visočica mountains.
This hidden garden is full of endemic types of flora and fauna. Wolves, bears, otters, birds, wild goats and around 30 endemic plants, flowers and trees can be found in this inaccessible paradise. The crystal clear water, fed by the high mountains above, is drinkable the whole length of the canyon.
Rakitnica River is one of the biggest tributary streams of Neretva river and both are under threat of being devastated by large hydro dams. So far local initiatives have been successful in stopping big projects. However, until the whole area of Bjelašnica, Rakitnica, Neretva and Visočica is protected as one of the most important nature reserves in Europe, there will always be the threat that short term profit of one large hydro dam could permanently flood Rakitnica canyon and destroy the place that should be the backbone of Bosnian nature protection.
Svalbard Island, one of the most wonderful and protected wilderness areas on earth is home to globally important population of this highly endangered marine mammal. Together with Franz Joseph Land, Svalbard share a common population of 3,000 polar bears.
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus), the world’s largest land carnivores and for many people symbol of Arctic wilderness and vulnerability. It has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea.Their scientific name means ”maritime bear”, and derives from this fact. Polar bears can hunt consistently only from sea ice, hunting near the edge of the sea where seals are most common.
For thousands of years, the polar bear has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and the hunting of polar bears remains important in their cultures.
The key danger posed by climate change is malnutrition or starvation due to habitat loss. Polar bears hunt seals from a platform of sea ice. Rising temperatures cause the sea ice to melt earlier in the year, driving the bears to shore before they have built sufficient fat reserves to survive the period of scarce food in the late summer and early fall. Reduction in sea-ice cover also forces bears to swim longer distances, which further depletes their energy stores and occasionally leads to drowning. The late spring hunting season ends for polar bears when the ice begins to melt and break up, and they fast or eat little during the summer until the sea freezes again.
There are some predictions that two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will disappear by 2050, based on moderate projections for the shrinking of summer sea ice caused by climate change. Predictions vary on the extent to which polar bears could adapt to climate change by switching to terrestrial food sources.
Kilimanjaro, literally the “mountain of snow”, is a place where God was said to live, a provider of water for the local Chagga people and, today, the single largest source of tourist dollars in a struggling economy. Research shows that over 80% of the ice cover has been lost since 1912, and given the current rate of decline, he predicts that the ice fields will be gone completely in the next 15 years.
Porters of Kilimanjaro,Tanzania, heart and soul of every climb. They are severely underpaid and many climb Kilimanjaro without adequate clothing, footwear, or equipment. Suffering from altitude sickness and hypothermia, some died climbing.
Penan tribe, last nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo. Out of 16 000 there are only approximately 200 Penan who still live a nomadic lifestyle. Since 1960 they resisted logging operations in their home territories of the Baram, Limbang, Tutoh and Lawas regions of Sarawak. Malaysia’s rate of deforestation is the highest in the tropical world (142 km²/year)losing 14,860 square kilometres since 1990
'La lucha sigue' or 'the struggle continues' chants sound through the streets of Cancun, Mexico where COP 16 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held.In Cancun the world’s governments were under an obligation to find solutions to the climate crisis and offer answers that could guarantee the survival of humanity – but they were not up to the task