Frozen Planet lie

I am sincerely disappointed. The polar bears cubs in the documentary were

Sir David with a polar bear in the last episode of Frozen Planet

not “beneath the snow” as Sir David said.

Who you can trust nowadays if even BBC Frozen Planet disappointed you?

A part from irony, actually when I saw the footage I tough “how they have reach them under the snow?”

And it is even worst to know the sad destiny of this two little creatures.

Sir David said it was right that the programme disguised the origins of the footage because telling the truth would “ruin the atmosphere” for viewers.

He told ITV1’s This Morning: “During the middle of this scene, when you’re trying to paint what it’s like in the middle of winter in the Pole, do you say, ‘Oh, by the way, this is filmed in a zoo?”

“It would completely ruin the atmosphere and destroy the pleasure of the viewers. It’s not a falsehood.”

On this point I have to agree with him, but even if this story will partially

Maybe a too mean cartoon from the Mail Online

ruin the reputation of the programme and of the Frozen Planet team, all their work remains priceless.

And the most important thing is that the message behind those incredible image remains the same.

This story has rather strengthened the SOS message on the climate condition and shows us that it is already quite impossible to see polar bear cubs because they are less and less.

This uncomfortable truth is in front of us. The BBC made a mistake but we do not have to throw away another occasion to reflect on the climate changes and the wildlife situation.


Wrap annual conference: Caroline Spelman talks about waste

This is my report from inside the conference.

“British business could save around £23 billion a year by improving the way they use energy, materials and water” said the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman.

Speaking at the annual WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) conference the Spelman pointed out that developing our energy system is not anymore only an environmental issue.

After praising WRAP for cutting millions of tones of household food waste since 2006, she explained the necessity for the manufacturers to change their way of producing and using energy.

For Mrs. Spelman “good resource management will help rebalance the economy and put it on a more sustainable footing”.

With the financial crisis and the risk of recession companies need more than ever to save money and cut the cost of their business.

Saving energy is not he only measure on the agenda. The waste sector is a “bright star”, she continued, of economic growth with a projected three to four per cent increase a year.

According to Spelman, local Governments have the responsibility to engage local people in reducing and converting the sources of energy because business could not sustain all the cost of economic recovery.

The local Governments support must also have a surveillance function because even in the waste industry, police have recorded some very disturbing issues that risk ruining this new sustainable trade.

“I’m sure all of you have heard about the increasing problem of metal theft. A problem that is disrupting travel. Putting power supplies and communication systems at risk. And that even affected Remembrance Sunday last weekend, through the outrageous theft of memorial plaques” said Spelman.

“It is important that across Government we act decisively. We must make sure that there’s no hiding place for anyone involved in this illegal trade. So I’ve got a message for metal thieves – they can expect a knock at the door”.

To fight this illegal trade the Government has increased the penalty and these criminals can now face a heavy fine, a possible criminal prosecution, and ultimately jail.

The Secretary assured the commitment to stamp out illegal trade and help the legitimate companies with the Green Economy Road map that was launched in August. Its publication has helped us develop a dialogue between Government, business and society.

Then Spelman concluded by saying that “this is a dialogue that will enable us to meet our ambitions for a thriving green economy. An economy that creates the right conditions needed to transform it from one of waste and inefficiency to a more sustainable model and one that demonstrates green growth. A model that creates the right conditions for innovation and entrepreneurs to flourish. Allowing the market for waste materials to grow. Creating opportunities for collection, recycling, reprocessing and recovery of more waste”.

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day (BND) is an international day of protest against consumerism observed by social activists.

by Steve Rhodes

Typically celebrated the Friday after American Thanksgiving in North America and the following day internationally, in 2011 the dates are November 25 and 26 respectively.

It was founded in Vancouver by artist Ted Dave and subsequently promoted by Adbusters magazine, based in Canada.

If you are stressed for the Christmas presents this protest it just what you need! Lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life – shopping.

The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Mexico in September 1992 “as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.” In 1997, it was moved to the Friday after American Thanksgiving, also called “Black Friday”, which is one of the ten busiest shopping days in the United States. Outside North America and Israel, Buy Nothing Day is the following Saturday. Adbusters was denied advertising time by almost all major television networks except for CNN, which was the only one to air their ads. Soon, campaigns started appearing in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and Norway. Participation now includes more than 65 nations.

Saturday November 24th 2012 will be the next Buy Nothing Day (UK). It’s a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries – only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.

Nature through a lens

This afternoon with Fra I have been to the Natural History Museum of London where I saw an amazing photograph exhibition, WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2011. Most of the photos show free animals in their natural habitat or beautiful unspoiled landscapes. The photos are taken around the world, they are mainly captured in natural parks, by professional and amateur photographers. The exhibition will run until March 11 and it definitely worths the ticket (only £4.5).  Online on the Natural History Museum site is possible to order and buy all the photo or you can found the beautiful Portfolio in the shop.

Some of the animals represented in the photo are extremely rare and to be threatened with extinction. One example is Tiny warm-up by Cyril Ruoso (France).

Folded up into a fur-ball, this youngster is warming its extremities in between bouts of play and feeding. He is part of a band of about 70 or so Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys living high up in China’s Qinling Mountains, surviving on lichen, leaves, bark and buds. ‘If mother is not around to cuddle up to, then sitting like this is the best way to keep warm in the extreme winter cold,’ says Cyril. Sitting apart from its mother also makes such a little monkey vulnerable to attack by goshawks or golden eagles. The species is endangered, and this subspecies probably numbers no more than about 4,000. The total population of all races of golden snub-nosed monkeys is only 8,000-20,000.

During the entire exhibition it seems to be in those beautiful places, so we have to think how we risk to destroy them every day.