The United Nations Department of Public Information, Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), founded by photographer and Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE), Obscura Digital, a creative technology studio that has staged multi-sensory media experiences all over the globe, and Fisher Stevens, Academy Award-winning Producer of THE COVE, lit up the United Nations headquarters in a revolutionary call to action for citizens of the world to demand action from their leaders to protect the world’s ecosystems.

If this doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, I don’t know what would.

On Martin Luther King Day, a quote from the reverend:

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

There is however, a World of Soulutions

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Stop the Keystone Pipeline

President Obama has made it clear that Keystone XL can’t be in our national interest — and thus must be rejected — if it increases carbon pollution and makes climate change worse.

It has always been clear that Keystone XL will do just that. In 2014 alone, three major tar sands projects were canceled because they were simply unprofitable given rising costs, lower oil prices and lack of market access from pipelines like Keystone XL. Approving Keystone XL would open the floodgates of climate-damaging tar sands crude flowing through the U.S. — which is just what Big Oil needs to expand production.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation after a Nebraska court removed a major obstacle.

Listen to this NPR interview with Brian Jorde, the lawyer for the Nebraska landowners trying to fight for their property rights, explaining why this might actually be a blow to TransCanada.

If you have never seen the devastation caused by the mining operations in this Canadian area of Boreal Forest (or what was Boreal Forest), watch this video with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

It is time for President Obama to kill this project once, and for all time. Stop this abomination before it’s too late for our environment, our clean air and water.

I urge you to send an email to the President (we know how tuned in he is to social media) urging him to permanently settle this argument. Here is a sample letter I received from the Sierra Club that you can use and email it to Barack Obama -

Dear President Obama,

You have consistently promised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline if it would increase carbon pollution and worsen climate change. It is becoming clearer every day that climate-polluting tar sands development needs Keystone XL in order to expand. This means that your decision on Keystone XL will decide whether massive amounts of carbon pollution will be kept safely in the ground, or whether it will be burned to fuel the climate crisis.

In the year since the State Department’s final environmental impact statement was released, it has become obvious that its predictions severely underestimated Keystone XL’s impact on climate. Far from being “inevitable,” tar sands production is faltering. Three major tar sands projects have been canceled in 2014 alone due to the unprofitability of tar sands extraction. The lack of market access is part of this, and contrary to the State Department’s predictions, transporting tar sands by rail has proven not to be an economically-viable alternative to pipelines.

Even the State Department’s biased analysis considered a scenario where low oil prices would mean building Keystone XL would lead to substantial increases in tar sands production — and that scenario is now playing out. Current oil prices have fallen to around $50 a barrel and many analysts see oil prices staying low for quite some time. This is well below the price range of $92 to $145 per barrel the State Department projected would support continued tar sands expansion without Keystone XL. This carbon pollution is in addition to the carbon pollution — equivalent to adding up to 5.7 million cars to the roads — that the State Department predicted even under the most favorable market scenarios.

Mr. President, there’s no way around it — approving Keystone XL is incompatible with your promise to act on climate. You alone have the power to stop this pipeline from irreparably damaging our climate for ourselves and future generations. I urge you to stay true to your word, base your decision on the plain facts in front of you, and reject the climate-damaging Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

As you can see from this last video, Enbridge is trying to run this dirty oil through one of the most pristine areas of coastal forest in British Columbia, Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest.

Nature Needs A Voice

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My Favorite Bird Photos of 2014

December 30, 2014
Snow Goose Landing

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) photos by Larry Jordan At the end of each year I like to go back and look at the bird photographs I have taken and choose the ones I like the best for a “favorite bird photo” post. I try to pick at least one photograph from each month however some […]

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Wildlife-killing Contests Targeting Nongame Animals Banned by California Fish and Game Commission

December 6, 2014
Coyote

Coyote photo by Robin Silver VAN NUYS, Calif.— In response to overwhelming public support for banning wildlife-killing contests, the California Fish and Game Commission voted Wednesday to adopt regulations prohibiting hunting “derbies” targeting species such as coyotes, raccoons and badgers. The ban came after thousands of Californians expressed opposition to the killing competitions. “We’re grateful […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Idaho’s Cruel Wildlife-killing Contest

November 18, 2014
Coyote Dead on Fence

BLM Approves Unprecedented 5-year Permit to Allow Killing Contests for Wolves, Coyotes, Weasels, Rabbits, Skunks and Others BOISE, Idaho— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today asking a judge to halt an annual, privately sponsored wild animal killing contest that was granted a five-year permit by the Idaho Bureau of Land Management. Recalling Idaho’s infamous bunny-killing […]

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Swainson’s Hawks Are Threatened in California

October 22, 2014
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Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) photo by Larry Jordan The Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is listed as threatened in California. Its numbers have declined significantly in parts of the western United States; and in the western Canadian prairie, reproduction of the Swainson’s Hawk has dropped since the mid-1980s, following a decline in its main prey species, Richardson’s […]

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How Wolves Change Rivers

September 27, 2014
Howling Wolf

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The Bank Swallow Is On the List of Common Birds in Steep Decline

September 24, 2014
Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) photo by Larry Jordan As part of the recently released 2014 State of the Birds Report the Bank Swallow is listed as one of the common birds in steep decline. The report identifies 33 species that do not meet the Watch List criteria but are declining rapidly in many areas. These […]

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Nearly Half of Our Birds Are at Risk of Extinction This Century

September 10, 2014
Common Loon

The National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report should give us all deep cause for concern. The findings are heartbreaking: Nearly half of the bird species in the United States will be seriously threatened by 2080, and any of those could disappear forever. For the first time, Audubon scientists have analyzed decades of historical […]

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Huckleberry Wolf Pack Loses One of Their Own – 2012 Revisited

August 27, 2014
Stop Killing Wolves

One member of the Huckleberry Wolf Pack in Stevens County Washington confirmed killed. A press release from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) which stated “Personnel from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continued their effort today to find and remove up to four wolves from a pack that has killed at least […]

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Mountain Chickadees Showing Off at 10000 Birds

August 27, 2014
Mountain Chickadee Nestling

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) photo by Larry Jordan Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds on the Mountain Chickadee. It includes several photos of the adult birds as they come in to feed the nestling pictured above. I also included a HD YouTube Video showing great close ups of this […]

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The World Loses an Exceptional Comedian and a Compassionate Human Being

August 12, 2014
Robin Williams

To quote Eric Deggans from his NPR piece this morning: “For many years, Robin Williams seemed like a talent who had no off switch. From his standup comedy work to TV roles to talk show appearances to Oscar-caliber movies and performances on Broadway, Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides […]

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The Conspicuous Steller’s Jay at 10000 Birds

July 30, 2014
Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) photo by Larry Jordan Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post on the Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) seen at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Did you like this? Share it:

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove Explosion at 10000 Birds

July 23, 2014
Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) photo by Larry Jordan Invasive species week is happening at 10000 Birds! Make sure to check out my latest post on the Eurasian Collared-Dove and see how quickly this species is spreading across North America. Did you like this? Share it:

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