St-Laurent Academy science teacher, Michael Leveille created a Totem pole representing the sustainable
values we wish to encourage. The Eagle and the Lion represent strength
and courage. The front symbols represent self, communication, and
learning. The reverse side celebrates air, soil, water, and life.
Next Monday (August 5th), it is all about#Youthin
the UN! Mark your calendars for the coming event: "UNiting for Youth",
kicking-off the celebration of this years International Youth Day!
More than 700 youth connected from USA, Belgium, Brazil, India, Lebanon and Nigeria
will discuss with Ban Ki-moon and Senior UN Officials #YouthDevelopmentand the UN initiatives for youth. Don’t miss the live broadcast of the event: Webtv.un.org#YouthDay. Follow the#UNYouthEnvoy on Twitter: @AhmadAlhendawi. Follow the conversation using #YouthDay.
The event is scheduled for 10 am EDT on August 5th – tune in through Webtv.un.org and get involved!
A new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and
the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much
more difficult than previously thought.
Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony
Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million
beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have
included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But
in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE,
scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of
Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides
contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings
break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do
not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at
July 29 is International Tiger Day, and all over the world people will
celebrate the great cat and all that it represents – environmental
security, clean air, clean water and clean government.
International Tiger Day is a time to spread the word that
saving the remaining wild tigers means saving ourselves – from
climate disasters, from the scourges of corruption and organised crime,
from a future void of the magnificence of nature.
will be spending International Tiger Day participating in a tiger
conservation workshop in China being hosted by the Government, with
support from the Global Tiger Initiative
an opportunity for our tiger campaigners to engage directly with
Chinese officers and decision-makers, to spur them into action against
the criminal networks that control
the trade. We know from our own investigations and insights into the
who, where, what, why and how of the trade, that
a lot more could be done to disrupt these networks by using targeted law enforcement.
Where there is a will, there is a way. The question is, whether the
Government of China will put its money and resources where they
Demand reduction is an equally important aspect of combating illegal trade, but in China policies which support
a parallel legal market for the skins of captive-bred tigers
are proving highly counterproductive. This failed experiment is in fact
stimulating demand and thus driving the poaching of wild tigers and other Asian big cats.
leadership, strong supportive policy and collaboration, however, demand
reduction campaigns can be successful and this workshop provides an
opportunity to focus on a positive
would truly be an International Tiger Day worth celebrating if, in this
20th anniversary year of China’s domestic tiger bone trade ban,
China extended that commitment to end all trade, in all tiger parts and
products from all sources, wild and captive.
For more information about the workshop, click
here. For live updates on EIA’s responses and inputs, follow us on
Facebook and Twitter (@EIAinvestigator).
If you want to help make the changes the wild tiger
needs, write to your Head of State and urge them to reach out to the
new leadership of China, asking that every possible action is taken to
end demand for tigers and other Asian big cats, including an unambiguous
end to policies which promote trade and putting
more investment into enforcement resources to disrupt the major criminal networks controlling international illegal trade.
St-Laurent Academy is creating a Totem pole representing the sustainable values we wish to encourage. The Eagle and the Lion represent strength and courage. The front symbols represent self, communication, and learning. The reverse side celebrates air, soil, water, and life.
More than 50 percent of the toys sold in the market
contained hazardous chemicals like lead, cadmium and mercury which could lead
to neurological dysfunctions, brain damage and even lead to death, according to
a monitoring report from the concerned government department. The concentrations
of these chemicals were found to exceed the limits set by Centre for Disease
Control, United States.
In Nepal, there’s no monitoring
of pesticide use. In the name of high productivity farmers
of Kavre district are mostly suspected of using overdose of pesticides. Even banned pesticides like Chlordin, DDT, Aldrin,
Dialdrin, Murex, BHC, Linden, etc are reported to be used in Nepal. Even after
20 years of the passage of the act against high pesticide use farmers continue
to use it intensely.
mythical freshwater lakes Surinsar in Jammu district and Mansar in Samba
district have not received proper attention, in spite of the government’s
pledge to develop the spots as tourist centre. Both the lakes have mythological
connections – associated with Mahabharata and even considered sacred by Hindus.
Most farmers of
Phuntshothang village are attracted towards teak plantation as alternate cash
crops since they found it to be easy to grow, free from
profitable in the long-run. Teak is most sought-after hardwood and grows
profusely in the southern side of Bhutan.
SNV is investing in
the next generation of development professionals through its innovative Junior
Through the Junior
Professionals Programme SNV will place 12 Junior Professionals in SNV sector
programmes to work and learn alongside SNV seniors in our Agriculture, Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and Renewable Energy programmes.
50% of the pool will
be Dutch with the other 50% drawn from the countries where we work.
Find more information
on our Junior Professionals Programme by clicking on the SNV-JPP brochure (see
right) or download it directly here.