Action: Earth Week Film Festival

Last week was Earth Week Film Festival at HCC. It was and will maybe continue to be, an environmentally themed film festival. This was an Howard Community College Environmental Club event, open and free to the public.

We showed five movies: NOVA’s Power Surge, Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey, NOVA’s Making Stuff Cleaner, Radioactive Wolves, and Burning the Future: Coal in America. They are all great movies and the event was a success. I’ll put up a few pictures and post the links to where you can watch the movies for free online. All but Burning the Future: Coal in America are free online.

I spent a lot of time putting everything together, of course with help from other club members and faculty at HCC. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun.

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Link to Power Surge: http://video.pbs.org/video/1873639434

Link to Broken Tail: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/broken-tail-a-tigers-last-journey/full-episode/6384/

Link to Making Stuff Cleaner: http://video.pbs.org/video/1768954299

Link to Radioactive Wolves: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/radioactive-wolves/full-episode/7190/

Howard Community College Environmental Club

Okay, so, if I did not mention it before, I was elected president of Howard Community College’s Environmental Club. I have been really busy with that, classes, and other extracurricular activities, some of the extra’s I may add even though they are not pagan in any way.

One of the things I got done with the club is stream clean up on campus. We collected a lot of trash and I found a pretty rock and Wendy, who took this photo, found a near fully skeletonized deer. It was a pretty awesome day.

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Also, we volunteered, a few of us did at least, at Samaritan Women. We volunteered at their farm which feeds victims of human trafficking and female veterans. Yes, it’s a Christian ministry but what does that matter? The cause is what matters. The farm is 100% organic, they have a solar powered electric fence too keep out a deer, range fed raised chickens, and they make their own compost. Only three members including myself went so the pictures are few and not of us working. Next time!

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I also volunteered at Howard County GreenFest yesterday (April 13th). It was great and I so wished I had a house and garden to fully take advantage of all the lovely things I could do. It did give me ideas of what to do for club events next semester though.

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The club has a Earth Week Film Festival coming up too, NEXT WEEK OMG IT’S COMING UP SO SOON! I still have a few things to do for it. I hope everything comes together as planned.

 

Action: Saving the Arctic


Greenpeace right now is collecting signatures to turn the Arctic into a protected area to stop oil drilling and to protect the animals. The Arctic is a home for Polar bears, Arctic Foxes, Bowhead Whales, Narwhals, Belugas, and many other animals, some and probably most that live nowhere else. Arctic drilling for oil will destroy habitat for these animals with pipes, oil rigs, and it’s not known what real impact the drilling itself would have on the environment. Of course, this isn’t even taking into account what will happen in the event of an oil spill and oil spills are common.Please sign this petition, here is the link for Greenpeace’s website where you can sign and help protect the Arctic’s wildlife; http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/

ARCTIC ANIMALS YOU’LL BE HELPING!

Narwhals: the Arctic’s unicorn! The only species of whale to have a tusk (an elongated tooth) and little is known about the species. It lives in the Arctic sea and is rarely seen below 65degrees North Latitude. “Narwhal have been harvested for over a thousand years by Inuit people in northern Canada and Greenland for meat and ivory, and a regulated subsistence hunt continues to this day. While populations appear stable, the narwhal has been deemed particularly vulnerable to climate change due to a narrow geographical range and specialized diet.“*

For more information on Narwhals visit (*): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narwhal

Watch videos of Narwhals: http://www.arkive.org/narwhal/monodon-monoceros/video-10.html

Bowhead Whales: The second biggest whale (only second to the Blue Whale) is a baleen whale like the blue whale, and lives only in Arctic and Sub Arctic waters. It’s the longest living whale, living up to and maybe past 200 hundred years and has the biggest mouth of any mammal.

The bowhead is listed in Appendix I by CITES (that is, “threatened with extinction”). It is listed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as “endangered” under the auspices of the United States’ Endangered Species Act. The IUCN Red List data are as follows:

The Bowhead whale is listed on Appendix I[19] of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as this species has been categorized as being in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant proportion of their range and CMS Parties strive towards strictly protecting these animals, conserving or restoring the places where they live, mitigating obstacles to migration and controlling other factors that might endanger them.” (**)

For more information on Bowhead Whales (**): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowhead_Whales

Bowhead Whale videos: http://www.arkive.org/bowhead-whale/balaena-mysticetus/videos.html

Picture Source for Bowhead Whale: http://whalesandmarinefauna.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/iqaluit-bowhead-whale-hunt-underway-canada/

Polar Bears: “The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world’s largest land carnivore and also the largest bear, together with the omnivorous Kodiak Bear, which is approximately the same size.[3] ” (***)

For the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, polar bears have long played an important cultural and material role.[92][93] Polar bear remains have been found at hunting sites dating to 2,500 to 3,000 years ago[95] and 1,500 year old cave paintings of polar bears have been found in the Chukchi Peninsula.[93] Indeed, it has been suggested that Arctic peoples’ skills in seal hunting and igloo construction has been in part acquired from the polar bears themselves.[93]” ***

For more information on Polar Bears visit(***): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_Bears

Videos of Polar Bears: http://www.arkive.org/polar-bear/ursus-maritimus/videos.html

Picture Source for Polar Bear: http://derekberry.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/ode-to-polar-bears/

Arctic Foxes: The Arctic Fox is sometimes called the White Fox or Snow Fox for it’s brilliantly white and fluffy coat during the winter months. It’s a small fox that “native to Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout the Arctic tundra biome.” ****

The arctic fox has a circumpolar range, meaning that it is found throughout the entire Arctic, including the outer edges of Greenland, Russia, Canada, Alaska, and Svalbard, as well as in Subarctic and alpine areas, such as Iceland and mainland alpine Scandinavia. The conservation status of the species is good, except for the Scandinavian mainland population. It is acutely endangered there, despite decades of legal protection from hunting and persecution. The total population estimate in all of Norway, Sweden and Finland is a mere 120 adult individuals.” ****

For more information on Arctic Foxes visit (****): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Foxes

For videos on Arctic Foxes: http://www.arkive.org/arctic-fox/vulpes-lagopus/videos.html

Picture source for Fox: http://www.alexandgregory.com/arcticfox.html