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U.S. Activists: Help Save America’s Arctic from an Oil Spill Disaster | World Wildlife Fund

U.S. Activists: Help Save America’s Arctic from an Oil Spill Disaster | World Wildlife Fund.

Put pet oxygen masks on every fire truck!

This is a GREAT idea. I had never thought of it until I read the story below. I too had a dog die in a house fire and can attest that yes you can lose your possessions but when I lost my dog (Mrs.Brown) it was like losing a best friend. I had 7 dogs at the time and only had enough time to get 6 out, I couldnt find her. We found her at 4 am the next morning in a ball inside one of the bathrooms. It is an aweful feeling I will never shake.

I will find out today if my local fire department has one. If not, it will be my donation. You can do the same in your community.

Firefighters can use a dog oxygen mask to save lives

Firefighters can use a dog oxygen mask to save lives

A homeowner in Ogden, UT was grateful when firefighters arrived on the scene at his smoke-filled house earlier this week.  They pulled him and his old cocker spaniel to safety.  But a few minutes after the rescue, the dog began having trouble breathing and died from smoke inhalation. 

Did you know that an estimated half million pets are involved in house fires every year and that more than 40,000 of them die because of smoke inhalation?

 But like so many statistics in the world of animal welfare, there is a simple fix for these sad facts; add a pet oxygen mask to every fire truck and ambulance in the country.

With the right equipment, firefighters and emergency medical responders say they could save the lives of many pets.  

 October is National Fire Safety Month and Bark 10-4 is using the occasion to launch a campaign that will get a pet oxygen mask on board every fire truck.  These masks are effective on dogs, cats and other companion animals.

 Information from a press release by Bark 10-4 reported that there are more than 30,000 fire departments and emergency medical offices nationwide and many of them don’t have the funds to buy a pet oxygen mask for each of their trucks.

 So Bark 10-4 has created a sponsorship program for the public to purchase a mask for their local fire department.  The mask costs $25.00 and the sponsor can designate which specific fire department receives the gift. 

 “Vets have used oxygen masks designed especially for animals for years,” said Lisa Huston of SurgiVet, the manufacturer of the mask.   “These masks have found their way into the hands of first responders primarily through word of mouth and the generosity of compassionate pet owners.  This program will go a long way toward raising awareness about a product that can save a lot of pets’ lives.”

 Last spring the Rocky Mountain Telegraph reported a story about a house fire that was fully engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived.  Inside they found the bodies of three newborn puppies and their mother.  As they carried each one outside, they realized that one of the puppies moved a little.

 They cooled off his body with water and placed their newly donated pet oxygen mask over his face.  The puppy responded to the treatment.

“When he was first brought out, he was virtually lifeless – showing only a small amount of movement,” Fire Chief Keith McGee said. “And then within about 10 minutes, he began to move around a great deal – trying to wriggle away, out of the oxygen mask – and he began to whine and try to bark.”

Click here to learn more about the Bark 10-4 Campaign.

Do you have 5 seconds for a good cause?

Do You Have Five Seconds for a Cause?

posted by: Rebecca Young 10 hours ago
Do You Have Five Seconds for a Cause?

I wonder how many times we click on the computer every day. Hundreds? Thousands? How many of those clicks really mean something?

Every week tens of thousands of people take just a few seconds out of their day to click for a cause on Care2. And those clicks are not symbolic — each click generates a real cash donation from sponsorships, and Care2 pools all of these donations to give to our nonprofit partners.

When you click to sponsor children in need, your click helps more than you can imagine. Because of all of the people who click every day, Care2 has been able to sponsor 14 children since 2004 through Children International and we have just sponsored two more, Fridah in Zambia and Santanu in India. Sixteen children in countries around the world now receive medical care, school supplies, clothing, sturdy shoes, tuition for education and so much more because you click.

Care2 just launched a new look for the click to donate site, and the changes are not just cosmetic. The back end of the site has been completely reengineered to make it faster for users, and easier for Care2 to maintain and keep up to date.

With this redesign Care2 has kept all of the existing causes you can click for and added a “Click to Protect Threatened Wolves.” This new click for wolves comes none too soon, as the first-ever state regulated hunt of gray wolves in the continental United States began this week in Idaho. Hundreds of wolves could be killed, but our partner Defenders of Wildlife has joined with 12 other conservation groups to challenge this hunt in court. Defenders of Wildlife has been a leader in wolf conservation since wolves first appeared on the federal endangered species list, and played a crucial role in the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995. Every day you click for wolves you generate a real cash donation to help Defenders of Wildlife protect Idaho’s wolves, end aerial hunting in Alaska, and continue efforts to expand wolf recovery in the Northern Rockies.

I estimate someone could click through to Care2’s click to donate site and click one of the buttons in five seconds. Anyone who is online can spare four seconds. And now that the site is considerably faster, you can easily click on all of the causes in under a minute.

So … can you spare a few seconds today? Visit and make a real difference for a cause!

Read more: wolves, children, human rights, click for children in need, click to donate

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Labor Day Wildlife Alert!

Wildlife Alert

Make the Call
for Polar Bears

Polar Bear (Photo: Suzanne Miller, USFWS)

A warming climate could doom polar bears in the U.S.

Please call your senators and urge them to support decisive action to reduce carbon emissions and help our wildlife survive the impacts of global warming: 



Report the Call



… and deliver this message:

My name is Michael Alexander and I’m calling from Gibsonton today to remind my senators that climate change poses an unprecedented threat to human communities, fish and wildlife habitat and the natural resources we depend on — resources like clean air and water — and recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating and hiking.

As someone who cares about wildlife and the irreplaceable value of our natural world, I ask Senator [Your Senator’s Name] to pass climate change legislation that will:

  • Significantly reduce greenhouse gas emmissions in the U.S., and
  • Provide 5% dedicated funding from the funds generated under the bill to safeguard fish, wildlife and the natural resources that we need to survive.

Please fill out this quick survey to let me know that you called your senators. Based on your feedback, I will be following up with high-priority senate offices to remind them that you called and that you care about global warming and wildlife. 

A recent White House report predicts that climate change could cause Alaska’s polar bears to disappear from the wild within 75 years. [1]

Recent polls indicate broad public support for legislation that would curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions. But that hasn’t stopped Big Oil and their allies from using scare tactics and misinformation to oppose common-sense efforts to address global warmingthe single greatest threat that America’s wildlife faces today.  

Please call your senators today — then let us know you called. With your help, we can ensure a brighter future for our wildlife — and our planet.

With Gratitude,


Marcia Lesky Marcia Lesky
Director of National Outreach 
Defenders of Wildlife







Labor Day is coming up and America’s wildlife needs your senators to get working on legislation to address climate change.

Please urge your senators to stand up for polar bears and other wildlife struggling in a warming world with a quick phone call or email to their local offices:

Update: Earthship Biotecture

August, 2009

**In this issue**

**New AC LED Chandelier
designed by Earthship Biotecture, uses only 13 watts!**

**My Internship with Earthship Biotecture
by Jennifer Mor Stacy**

**My Internship with Earthship Biotecture
by Jana Sensat**

**Boston Carpenter on the road to become Biotect

**Patagonia Earthship

**Montana Earthship is complete

**Living Off the Grid: My Trip to Taos, New Mexico

**True health Care Reform Lies in Relocalizing Stewardship

** <>
Michael Reynolds on the Colbert Report**

Thanks for the Experience

I was one of the interns for May,…the only one who didn’t
accompany you to Nogal. Even though I missed out on that experience, I
was glad
to stick around to help out Ted’s crew on the new educational
facility. They are a great group to work with and Ted and Tim taught
me volumes…

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Earthship Testimonials

“The word of the future is LOGIC. Not rules, not regulations, not
politics, not religion.

Unadulterated logic is what will get us through.”

Earthkeeper Hero Project

by Wendy Jewell

It all started in the 70’s. Michael Reynolds, a newly minted
architect from the University of Cincinnati heard through the media
that everyone was littering the streets and highways with aluminum

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“In an Earthship I felt like I was an active participant in a non
destructive relationship with the ecosystem. In my box-architecture in
Oakland, I feel like an alien colonist…this way of life is
completely unnatural. Thank you for providing us with an opportunity
to sample Earthship living, it was much more moving than I ever
expected. I’m saving every spare penny I have to build as soon as

“Last night I saw the Garbage Warrior documentary and I was very
impressed with your developments and your perseverance. You deserve
tremendous credit for fighting the good fight for our planet and not
giving up or slowing down. One story I have told many time is when we
were walking on the high mesa and suddenly you took off running full
bore. I stood there for a second until I realized that if I wanted to
continue talking to you I would have to run after you. It looks like
you have been running full bore ever since. Keep it up.”

The Incredible VIGA RUN!

Lumberjacking hijinks & feats of eco-friendly strength on distant
mountaintops! Sustainable harvesting at its most entertaining, for

Earthship Newsletter

for the worldwide earthship community
**New AC LED Chandelier designed by Earthship Biotecture

New AC LED lighting designed by Earthship Biotecture. New Chandelier
that only takes 13 watts and has great lighting! Conventionally it
would have taken 300 watts. see the picture…

In our continuing effort to use less electricity while providing a
better product, we are beginning to replace all lighting in the
Earthship with LEDs. This method of lighting last virtually forever
and uses a fraction of the power of Compact Fluorescent lighting and
Incandescent lighting. – click to read more…

**My Internship with Earthship Biotecture

by Jennifer Mor Stacy

I was inspired to learn more about Earthships from my brother who
worked with the company on two international projects. He was
eventually hired to work with the crew. His excitement led me to
investigate the company and the concepts. I did a lot of reading and
asked a lot of questions, trying to find problems with the concept.
The more I learned though, the more I became convinced that this is
the direction we need to be moving as a society in terms of housing.
The next step was to get involved. I wanted to be part of the process
that breaks down the cultural and institutional barriers that slow the
growth of nonconventional housing development… – click to read

**My Internship with Earthship Biotecture

by Jana Sensat

Week One: I have completed my first week of the internship and it is
amazing! I am also amazingly soar, but it feels good. My arms are
beginning to get some definition to them! The first day we got a tour
of the Earthship Community and saw some new things being built as well
as some beautiful, finished residences. The “mothership” of all
Earthships is the Phoenix. It is a maze of gardens and rooms with few
walls. Spaces are divided by planters filled with veggies and banana
trees. At the front of the house, there is a dinning area surrounded
by a pond. What a lovely place to eat! – click to read more…

**Boston Carpenter on the road to become a Biotect

“Two years ago my wife, Kelly, asked me if I was happy. I’d never
really thought about it before; I had my life, my family, my house,
but I realized that the answer was ‘no’ . Everything I had always
wanted in life had suddenly become an anchor, and as Kelly felt the
same we made plans to leave, to take trips to try something different
but it just never happened, life always got in the way.

Basically, in Boston work always felt like a 9 to 5 job, where you
go in, get the job done and leave. Here everyone will hang out
together after work and have a beer, there’s no rush to leave.” –
click to read more…

**Earthship Biotecture for Patagonia

After hearing about Earthships, Cheryl who lives in Buenos Aires,
Argentinas capital, contacted us to see if we could help teach this
impoverished community how to build very simple one roomed Earthships.
Used tires, an Earthship’s main component, are plentiful the world
over (with 290 million being thrown away in the States alone every
year) and the dump in Bariloche is no exception. It is also filled
with a considerable amount of other ‘garbage’ that, with the proper
knowledge could be transformed into cosy housing…

– click to read more…

**Living off the Grid: My trip to Taos, New Mexico

by Summer Rayne Oaks – model, eco-activist

I’ve been a bit delinquent in my web posts as of late. This is
what happens when you’re in the beginning stages of a new business.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t had time to take a few trips: Taos
being one of them. This past month I met up with my good friend Paul
who decided to pack up and head to New Mexico to build some
Earthships. I had never heard of them until one night he encouraged me
to watch Garbage Warrior. – click to read more…

**Miles City, Montana Earthship –

is complete!

2 bedrooms, one bathroom. about 1600 sq ft. no tiny utility bill –
about $100 US per year – for propane. (oven and clothes dryer) Watch a
video of the completed project, check out the image gallery from
beginning to end – click to read more…

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Coping with Fuzzy Lines in Animal Neglect

This is one of a few of my main issues in life. I have been a dog owner since I was 7 years old. I understand all the expenses and the time and patience required. I understand circumstances change and new arrangements must be made. But my God, would you leave a child behind to fend for itself if you had to relocate? Would you put your child on a chain tied to a tree and leave it there for months at a time? Would you neglect your baby or young child loving attention or abuse them by yelling all the time?

In my studies I have found that men who abuse their wives are the ones that also abuse pets and have no regard for animals in general. Women who abuse animals are often diagnosed with mental problems. We must have greater accountability from the people that are responsible. I put my main focus on breeders. Problem is they are closely tied to Humane Societies and Veterinarians. Humane Societies as a rule do not do anything to help curb pet overpopulation. They do this to not upset their paying membership made up of these breeders. The Vets of course, will never take a stand against the breeders they profit too much from keeping the situation as is.

Can you believe someone would abandon these pups?

Can you believe someone would abandon these pups?

Last week, six dogs in poor condition were rescued from a home in deplorable condition in Bothell, WA. With the animals’ hair matted, teeth rotting, and deformed feet, plus garbage and feces littering the property, it seemed a rather clear-cut case of animal neglect. But what do you do when people treat their animals badly, but not exactly illegally? It’s a question I’ve faced on several occasions, and as I raise my daughters to care kindly for animals, I struggle to explain why some animals are treated so poorly.

I spent my summers on a farm in Indiana, and every day after strolling across our field and past the little wood, I’d see a dog chained to her doghouse. I never saw her running free, never saw anyone walking her. They claimed that if they didn’t chain her, she’d roam the neighborhood. But that didn’t seem like a good excuse to me.

When I lived in Palo Alto, my family would pass certain fences on our twice daily walks and a dog on the other side would bark ferociously. I could peek through holes in the fences and recognize that I never saw these dogs walking around the neighborhood – something very unusual because I knew dozens and dozens of the dogs who lived near me. Combined with their appearance and attitude, I was fairly certain the dogs never saw past the fence in their little yards.

In both of these cases, I didn’t feel like I could report the dog owners for abuse. I felt so terrible for these dogs, but didn’t really know what to do. I was almost willing the owners to do something illegal so I could finally take action. But nothing ever happened – I never had that moment of clarity when I felt I could finally call animal services and report the neglectful owners.

So I’d like to know how many of you have witnessed chronic poor treatment of animals in your community. When it’s not legal abuse, have you taken steps to protect the pets? What have you done to help the animals?
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This is where I’ll be Saturday night!

doubledamageTampa Bay Derby Darlins present DOUBLE DAMAGE

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2009
Time: 8:30pm – 11:55pm
Location: USA’s Skateplex
Street: 5313 E. Busch Blvd
City/Town: Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay Derby Darlins present Double Damage! First, Tampa’s own Cigar City Mafia take on the Broward County Derby Grrls! Followed by undefeated rivals The Black Widows and Switchblade Sisters!