Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tantra Movement Retreats courses in Romania

[Nederlandse gedeeltelijk vertaling beneden]

This Course with all its elements is created to help you go deep in to your inner ecstasy, bliss and healing. Are you ready for the biggest change in your life? Go for an intensive transformation of sexuality and love to the higher levels.

Below is a list of workshops included in the course. In Romania, the course will be divided into two parts , what each will take three and a half days, from Thursday evening to Sunday evening. The entire course contains 14 workshops, each lasting about three and half hours and have different subjects. The choice may depend on the needs and energy of the group .
At the end of the course (after two modules) you will receive a certificate of completion of the first level Tantric School Movement.

Course program:

Module 1 will be between 10 to 12 July 2015, with a
free donation open presentation on July 9. The presentation will begin at 18, the space on the street. Tipografiei no. 21 ap. 2 Cluj Napoca. More details will be provided to participants.

Module 1 + Module 2 will be held together under a mountain retreat (the location will be communicated in due time) in the period 21 to 29 August 2015.

The cost of participation in each module is 450 RON per person or 800 RON for couples. Payment could be made in advance of the course to account RO88 BTRL Roncal RT02 7242 4901 opened at Banca Transilvania, account holder SC INFO SPIRITUAL SRL-D.

For those who decide for Module 1 (from 10 to 12 July) and pay in advance until July 8, the cost of the course would be 350 lei and 600 for couples. To this you should add cost of accommodation and meals, which will be around 100 lei.

9 days retreat, whole first level course would cost  650 lei (1100 for couples), to which was added the cost of accommodation and meals, what will be communicated later.

Reservations shall be made at telephone number 0747-751035. Confirmation of registration shall be made through an advance payment of 150 lei in the above account until 17 August (to whole first level course retreat) and 8 July (for Module 1).

Don't hesitate to ask the questions mgriks@gmail.com

Below is the list of subjects of the course:

A more detailed description of these workshops is below the list:

1. Taste of Tantra. Introduction to the practise.
2. Expanding the consciousness. Being here and now.
3. Love yourself - recognising your inner lover
4. Sacred energy - worshipping your holy body, recognising your wild soul
5. Male and female energy
6. Dance with tantra
7. Theory about practise. Tips for improving your relationship with yourself, with your partner, with others, with animals, the whole of nature and the entire universe. (open evening)
8. Communication of Love.
9. Sacred Sexuality
10. Preparing for awakening the Kundalini energy
11. Journey to Awaken the Senses ceremony
12. Secrets of tantric touch. Introduction to tantric massage

A more detailed description of workshops of the first module:

Ad 1: "Taste of Tantra" - Introduction to practise



In this introductory workshop we give small examples of simple safe exercises which you can continue practising later with your partner or on your own. Anyone following the instructions from this introduction may rapidly and dramatically improve her/his life. We let you have a taste of what tantra is, and what we teach as a whole course at the School of Tantra Movement.
 A little bit of everything:

- Theory; what tantra means to us and our practical use of it

- sexual meditation

- recognising and training the PC muscle

- open communication

- recognising your Inner Man and Inner Woman

- Awakening the senses meditation

- Breathing together in Shiva Shakti position

Ad 2: Expanding Consciousness.




We invite you to create space for expanding consciousness.

You will discover:

What consciousness is, and how to get ready to open yourself for full consciousness.
How to dissolve blockages in a conscious way and open yourself to a flow of love energy.
How in daily life we can develop and cultivate our inner consciousness.

Expanding consciousness is one of the main purposes of tantra. In this workshop we are going to awake, discover, explore and expand consciousness of here and now, consciousness of female and male energy, consciousness of the witness, consciousness of energy... This workshop may open your eyes, heart and mind in a way that you will never be the same again.

Ad 3: Love Yourself!

Loving ourselves is the foundation of real love, when we love ourselves we can truly love others. When we feel good about our self we will have the self-esteem needed to act in love towards another being. To truly love ourselves may increase the chance of amplifying the love shared
with our partners, family, animals, nature, the planet and the universe.

It has nothing to do with selfishness but rather with expanding love in a healthy way...

 Ad 4: Sacred energy. - worshipping your holy body, recognising your wild soul




Together we create at the workshops a safe space in which we can experience transformational processes. Remember, however, that real change happens outside the comfort zone. We work in a group, in pairs and individually. This day we will focus on the flow of energy through the body, how we experience it and how to inspire and cultivate that.

What is blocking us and how can we be consciously permeable to those blocking energies?

The tantric path opens us to experience our own, our partner's and group's deep energy levels. With thankful Tantric and sexual Tao techniques, we become aware of subtle energies which link the apparent opposites: spirit and matter, sexuality and spirituality, light and darkness, consciousness and unconscious, masculinity and femininity.

By using the keys to the door of connections, to regain our inner strength, we are giving right direction to the flow of energy.

Ad 5: Male and Female energy




Nowadays not so many people are aware that within each of us exists male and female energy. It doesn't matter what sex we are, the balance of those energies determines our health, our contentment, our happiness and fulfilment in our relationships.
 In this workshop we meet the inner woman and man within us, and recognise their energies. We will hear from them how is to live with us, what are their needs, their concerns. How we can improve their (our) life...


We will get to know the differences between male and female bodies and learn how to approach them in a way that allows beautiful sexual energy of love to flow freely, not be forced or imposed on someone or be blocked by some wrong behaviour.

Ad 6: Sharing about the course

Ad 7: Dance with Tantra

Like all my invitations, you may already learn and experience something very useful from them. But only when you read it with your heart and follow with your body... only when you use it, not lose it :)

There are a few passions in my life. One of course is tantra, so being love, making love, giving and receiving love. The other passion is dancing, which is very connected to tantra. Like making love, massage (my other passion ) and dancing are best if I let my mind go. This is not a time for thinking; it is time for feeling. To fall into dance, to follow the sound or even become a sound, to unite with the music. Being tuned like an instrument, fully harmonised with the music. Here and now. Letting go all your thoughts. When we are able to be in that state there is more space for our heart, for our body. Then it is easier to make the connection. Deepening into ourselves... into others.

This is my journey that I would like to share at this workshop with you.
To get more connected we will use some tantric methods like shaking off stress, dancing with blindfolds, different music and movements activating different glands, hormones and different chakras. We will use various touches and approaches. We will awake ecstatic dance in you :)

Descriptions of workshops from whole course you may read here: http://tantramovement.blogspot.nl/2015/04/course-for-all.html



[
gedeeltelijk Nederlandse vertaling]

Deze cursus als geheel is gecreëerd om je te helpen op jouw weg naar innerlijke extase, gelukzaligheid en genezing.
Ben je klaar voor de grootste verandering in je leven? Ga voor intensieve transformatie van Sexualiteit en Liefde tot een hoger niveau.

Below is a list of workshops included in the course. In Romania, the course will be divided into two parts , what each will take three and a half days, from Thursday evening to Sunday evening. The entire course contains 14 workshops, each lasting about three and half hours and have different subjects. 


Course program:

Module 1 will be between 10 to 12 July 2015, with a
free donation open presentation on July 9. The presentation will begin at 18, the space on the street. Tipografiei no. 21 ap. 2. More details will be provided to participants.

Module 1 + Module 2 will be held together under a mountain retreat (the location will be communicated in due time) in the period 21 to 29 August 2015.

The cost of participation in each module is 450 RON per person or 800 RON for couples. Payment could be made in advance of the course to account RO88 BTRL Roncal RT02 7242 4901 opened at Banca Transilvania, account holder SC INFO SPIRITUAL SRL-D.

For those who decide for Module 1 (from 10 to 12 July) and pay in advance until July 8, the cost of the course would be 350 lei and 600 for couples. To this you should add cost of accommodation and meals, which will be around 100 lei.

9 days retreat, whole first level course would cost  650 lei (1100 for couples), to which was added the cost of accommodation and meals, what will be communicated later.

Reservations shall be made at telephone number 0747-751035. Confirmation of registration shall be made through an advance payment of 150 lei in the above account until 17 August (to whole first level course retreat) and 8 July (for Module 1).

Voor vragen schroom niet te mailen naar mgriks@gmail.com ,
Hier kun je kijken voor updates, delen en je vrienden uitnodigen:

Een lijst van wat er in de cursus meegenomen kan worden. De keuze zal afhangen van de energie en behoeftes van de groep.

Na die eind van die cursus kan je je School Of Tantra Movement eerste level certificaat krijgen.

Meer gedetailleerde beschrijving kun je onder lezen:

1  Taste of Tantra. Introductie tot praktijk
2  Het bewustzijn verruimen. Hier en nu zijn.
3  Van jezelf houden. Herken je innerlijke geliefde.
4  Heilige energie. Aanbidden van je heilige lichaam, je wilde ziel herkennen.
5  Mannelijke en vrouwelijke energie.
6  Theorie over praktijk. Tips om je relaties te verbeteren met jezelf, je partner, met anderen, met dieren, de natuur en het hele universum.
7  Dans met Tantra
8  Communicatie van Liefde
9  Heilige sexualiteit.
10 Voorbereiden op Kundalini energie.
11 Reis om de Zintuigen te Ontwaken.
12 Introductie tot Tantrische massage.

Meer gedetailleerde beschrijving kun je hieronder lezen:

Ad 1: "Taste of Tantra" - Introductie tot de praktijk

In deze introductieworkshop geven we kleine voorbeelden van eenvoudige, veilige oefeningen die je later kunt blijven beoefenen met jouw partner of in je eentje. Iedereen die de instructies van deze introductie volgt kan snel en dramatisch haar/zijn leven verbeteren. We laten je proeven wat tantra is, en wat we onderwijzen als een gehele cursus bij de School of Tantra Movement. Een beetje van alles:

- Theorie; wat tantra voor ons betekent en ons praktische gebruik ervan
- Seksuele meditatie     
- Herkennen en trainen van de bekkenbodemspier
- Open communicatie
- Herkennen van jouw Innerlijke Man en Innerlijke Vrouw
- De zintuigen ontwaken
- Samen ademhalen in Shiva Shakti positie

Ad 2: Verruiming van Bewustzijn 


We nodigen je uit om de ruimte te creeren om bewustzijn te verruimen. Je zult ontdekken:

Wat bewustzijn is? Hoe ervoor klaar te zijn om je te openen voor volledig bewustzijn ? Hoe op bewuste wijze de blokkades op te lossen en jezelf te openen voor de stroom van de energie van Liefde? Hoe we in het dagelijkse leven ons innerlijke bewustzijn kunnen ontwikkelen en cultiveren ?

Het verruimen van bewustzijn is een van de hoofddoelen van tantra. In deze workshop gaan we het bewustzijn van het ?Hier en Nu? ontwaken, ontdekken, verkennen en verruimen.

Bewustzijn van vrouwelijke zowel als mannelijke energie, bewustzijn van de getuige (observator), bewustzijn en energie.

Deze workshop kan je ogen, hart en geest openen op een manier waarbij je nooit meer hetzelfde bent.

In deze workshop zouden we uit de volgende oefeningen kunnen kiezen:

1. Kundalini OSHO dynamische meditatie, gevolgd door een geleidde ontspanning (korte versie)
2. De handen te openen door de intelligentie van het lichaam
3. Handen te voelen
4. Het reinigen van Auras
5. Golf massage
6. Het herkennen van de innerlijke man en innerlijke vrouw meditatie
7. Ademen - langzaam en sterk
8. Uitbalanceren van energien in de lepel positie


Ad 3: Van jezelf houden. Herken je innerlijke geliefde.


Liefde hebben voor onszelf is de basis van echte liefde, wanneer we van onszelf houden, kunnen we pas echt van anderen houden. Wanneer we ons goed voelen over onszelf, zullen we het zelfvertrouwen hebben dat nodig is om in liefde naar anderen te handelen.
Om echt van onszelf te houden zal de liefde vergroten met onze partners, familie, dieren, natuur, de planeet en het hele universum.
Het heeft niets te maken met egoïsme, maar juist met de expansie van liefde op een gezonde manier.


Ad 4: Heilige energie. - Het aanbidden van je hele lichaam, je wilde ziel herkennen.


Samen creëren we een veilige ruimte en samen ervaren we transformatie processen. onthoud wel dat de echte verandering buiten je comfort zone ligt. We werken in de groep, in paren en individueel. Op deze dag gaan we focussen op de energie flow die door het lichaam stroomt, hoe we die ervaren en hoe we die kunnen inspireren en cultiveren. Wat blokkeert ons en hoe kunnen we die blokkades bewust doordringen?  
Het Tantrische pad opent ons om onze eigen, onze partners en de diepe energie levels van de groep te ervaren.
Dankbare Tantrische en seksuele Tao technieken, we worden ons bewust van de subtiele energieën die ons verbinden met het schijnbare tegenovergestelde: geest en materie, seksualiteit en spiritualiteit, licht en donker, bewust en onbewust, mannelijk en vrouwelijk.
Door de sleutels naar de deuren van verbindingen te gebruiken, krijgen wij onze innerlijke kracht terug, en geven we richting aan de flow van onze energie.   


Ad 5: Mannelijke en vrouwelijke energie

Tegenwoordig zijn niet zo veel mensen zich ervan bewust dat er mannelijke en vrouwelijke energie in ons bestaat. Het maakt niet uit van welk geslacht we zijn, van evenwicht tussen deze energieën hangt onze gezondheid, onze tevredenheid, ons geluk en vervulling in onze relaties af.
Tijdens deze workshop zullen we onze innerlijke vrouw en man in ons ontmoeten. We zullen hun energieën herkennen. We zullen van hen horen hoe het is om in ons te leven, wat hun behoeften zijn, welke zorgen er zijn. Hoe kunnen we hun (ons) leven verbeteren…
Daarnaast zullen we de verschillen tussen mannelijke en vrouwelijke lichamen leren kennen. We zullen leren hoe ze te benaderen op de manier dat mooie seksuele energie van liefde vrij zal stromen, niet geforceerd of opgedrongen zal worden aan iemand en niet geblokkeerd zal zijn door verkeerd gedrag.

Ad 6: Sharing of the whole course


Ad 7: Dans met Tantra


Zoals van al mijn uitnodigingen, kun je alvast iets heel nuttigs ervan leren en ervaren. Maar alleen wanneer je het ook met je hart leest en met je lichaam volgt… alleen wanneer je het gebruikt, niet verliest :)

Er zijn enkele passies in mijn leven. Eén daarvan is natuurlijk tantra, dus liefde zijn, liefde bedrijven, liefde geven en ontvangen. De andere passie is dansen, wat zeer verbonden is met tantra. Net zoals bij liefde bedrijven, massage (mijn andere passie) en dansen is het beste om mijn geest te laten gaan. Dit is geen tijd voor denken. Het is tijd voor voelen. Om in dans te vallen, het geluid te volgen of zelfs een geluid te worden, te verenigen met de muziek. Gestemd zijn als een instrument volledig geharmoniseerd met de muziek. Hier en nu. Al je gedachten laten gaan. Wanneer we in staat zijn om in die toestand te zijn is er meer ruimte voor ons hart, voor ons lichaam. Dan is de verbinding makkelijker. Verdieping in onszelf… in de anderen.

Dit is mijn reis die ik met jullie wil delen in deze workshop. Om meer verbonden te raken zullen we sommige tantrische methoden gebruiken zoals het afschudden van de stress, dansen met blinddoeken om, verschillende muziek en bewegingen die verschillende klieren, hormonen en chakras activeren. We zullen verscheidene aanrakingen en benaderingen gebruiken. We zullen ecstatische dans in jou ontwaken :)


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stand with Greece - SIGN PETITION


This week, Greece could be forced to accept grinding and failed austerity policies, or be forced to exit the Euro -- causing chaos. Or we could help create the biggest people-powered push for social democracy ever, get Merkel and others to give up their austerity crusade, and allow Greece's economy space to recover. The Chancellor is hugely influenced by public opinion. Let's create a massive European call for people before banks -- and plaster our voices all over the media. Join now:

Sign now

Dear friends across Europe,

This week, Greece could be forced to accept grinding and failed austerity policies, or be made to exit the Euro -- causing chaos across Europe. Or we could help create the biggest people-powered push for social democracy ever, and pull this crisis back from the brink!

Let's be clear, behind all the debate and jargon there are only two things we really need to know: 1) the most vulnerable Greek people have borne the brunt of brutal public spending cuts -- 4 in 10 kids live in poverty, infant mortality rate has increased by 43%, and youth unemployment has nearly hit 50%! And 2) it's been for nothing -- the debt problem has got worse, not better. So more of the same will mean, well, more of the same -- more pain and more debt.

Yet Chancellor Merkel and the creditors keep flogging this irresponsible policy, and claim that is what the public wants. 

This week, Prime Minister Tsipras has courageously turned to democracy, and called on his country to say "No". 70% of Greek Avaaz members say they will vote "No". Now if enough of us stand with them, we can show our leaders that the public wants to stop inflicting harm and move instead to debt reduction. Sign now -- when enough of us have joined, Avaaz will cover the media with our call:


https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_greece_loc_eu/?bwQkDab&v=61419

Chancellor Merkel listens to what the people say, and has been known to change course when the moment demanded it -- after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, and massive public protests against nuclear energy in Germany, she agreed to switch off Germany's nuclear power plants.

Yes, political corruption, misgovernance and reckless borrowing by previous governments are ingredients of the cocktail that has brought Greece's economy to its knees. But while 90% of the bailout funds have gone to foreign banks, the Greeks have complied with austerity, privatised and deregulated, cut pensions and salaries, and raised taxes. But, as many predicted, it hasn't helped the debt problem. And the misery is hitting the poorest -- rich Greeks have pulled a lot of their money out already.

This acrimonious standoff doesn't need to be taken to a Greek referendum between two tough choices. A wide spectrum of economists, and powerful world leaders agree on the answer for Greece: a debt conference to restructure and reduce Greek debt, giving the economy breathing room to recover and gradually pay off the rest of its debt over time.

We have a tiny window of opportunity this week to show Merkel and other key leaders that the world supports a "No" to these failed policies. Join now --  let's be the impetus for a critical transformation to put people before banks:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_greece_loc_eu/?bwQkDab&v=61419

Turning a crisis into an opportunity is what a community of our size and power does best. This could be a historic disaster, but if enough of us speak out, we could persuade Merkel to change course, and be European social democracy in action. Today, it's up to all of us to stand up for a humane, people-centred economic system, and it can start in Greece.

With hope,

Alice, Ricken, Spyro, Alex, Marigona, Mike and the whole team at Avaaz

Sources:

Greece over the brink (New York Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/29/opinion/paul-krugman-greece-over-the-brink.html

Creditors' economic plan for Greece is illiterate and doomed to fail (The Guardian) 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/23/creditors-economic-plan-for-greece-is-illiterate-and-do

Europe's Empress Stays Silent (Politico)
http://www.politico.eu/article/grexit-greece-merkel-empress-stays-silent-germany-debt-default/

Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty and Other World-Renowned Economists Demand End to Greek Austerity (In These Times)
http://inthesetimes.com/article/18020/joseph-stiglitz-thomas-piketty-greece-syriza-austerity

Child poverty up in more than half of developed world since 2008 (The Guardian) 
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/28/child-poverty-developed-world-unicef-report-global-recession

Crumbs of comfort don't hide Europe's employment divide (EU Observer) 
https://euobserver.com/news/129396

Health cuts see new-born deaths jump 43% in Greece (Euractiv) 
http://www.euractiv.com/health/troikas-pressure-greeces-healthc-news-533948



Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Heat wave in the westpoort Amsterdam, ADM outreach project!! zibabu, bucket boyz, ADM in juli

Hellloh sweet people on this hopefully not to annoying maillinglist.

There's lots happening all of a sudden. Seems like when it's to chill out people decide to start organizing lots of things. We can miss out on that. First of all the ADM is under threat of eviction. The owner finally after 18 years decides that he/it want's to do something with our home/livelihood/oasis. We won;'t let this happen so we're planning different ways of keeping our little squatted village ours. One way you can help is by signing our petition.

https://secure.avaaz.org/nl/petition/Burgemeester_van_Amsterdam_Eberhart_van_der_Laan_Wij_vragen_u_dringend_om_de_culturele_vrijhaven_ADM_te_behouden/?cljMvjb

Do it!!!!!!!

Now for a long/short agenda of awesome stuff to see and do.

Tonight Thursday 2 juli Bucket boyz @ Climate Camp
https://www.groundcontrolcamp.net/en/
All week there will be workshops, actions, nice people, and nice music in the evening.
We play at 21:00

Friday 3 juli Keko yoma, Skampida, the Balcony players @ ADM
https://adm.amsterdam/event/concert-skampida-colombia-keko-yoma-chilli
Great latinskarockreggeafolkklezmir dance your ass off bands.
Dinner at 19:00
Concert @ 21:00

Zatersag 4 july Zibabu/Bucket boyz @ Gezi Festival rotterdam
http://gezifest.nl/en/
nice little festival commemorating and celebrating the Gezi resistance in turkey. All day long.
zibabu 22:00
bucket boyz a pit everywhere.

Sunday 5 July No surrender and Mud city trash daddies @ Climate camp
https://groundcontrolcamp.net/en/
Don't surrender (rock n'roll, Fr)
www.dontsurrender.fr
Mud city trash daddies (ska reagge stinky legends, Nl)
21:00 bands start

Wednesday 8 Juli Berk @ Einde van de wereld
Berk at a poetry night solo or with any body that wants to join.
Great restaurant food served at 19:00
show starts at 20:30
Javakade 61 Amsterdam

Friday 10 Juli Bucket boyz @ Wasted festival
http://www.wastedlab.nl/nl/night/
Festival about recycling and all that junk.
Bucket boyz are planned at 21:30
Ticket are free but you have to sign in or something check the website.


Sunday 12 Juli Bucket boyz @ de Kaaij
http://dekaaij.nl/
Lindenberghaven 1c, Nijmegen

Saterday 18 JUli Bucket boyz @ Nomads Gathering
https://amsterdamnomadsgathering.wordpress.com/
Vondelbunker, Amsterdam

See you hopefully soon and enjoy the warm bier and sunburns.
sweaty love from the Amsterdam swamps.

P.S 14th of juli the bucket boyz are going to do some recording in a fancy studio. So if you think we have to change or record a song or what not tell us soon before the world has to listen to the way we see the world forever.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Guess who just said goodbye to fossil fuels?! good news

Just in case you missed this last week! --

Dear Avaazers,

Our appeals followed G7 Chair Angela Merkel everywhere for 6 weeks.

Many told us it was a pipe dream, but the G7 Summit of leading world powers just committed to getting the global economy off fossil fuels forever!!!

Even the normally cynical media is raving that this is a huge deal.

And it's one giant step closer to a huge win at the Paris summit in December -- where the entire world could unite behind the same goal of a world without fossil fuels -- the only way to save us all from catastrophic climate change.

For 2 years our community has led global public mobilisation for this goal, including:
  • spearheading the gigantic, momentum-changing, 700,000 strong climate march last year
  • a 2.7 million person petition for 100% clean/0 carbon delivered to dozens of key leaders
  • scores of rallies, high-level lobbying meetings, opinion polls, and ad campaigns, all funded by our community
  • a 3 month all-out push for the G7 summit leadership, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to put this on the agenda and agree to this goal

Our work is far from done, but it's a day to celebrate -- click here to read more and say congratulations to everyone else in this incredibly wonderful community!!

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_here_we_come/?bwQkDab&v=61209

We spearheaded the largest climate march in history - nearly 700,000 strong and a game-changer for political momentum.

Just last year climate change seemed to many of us like a behemoth that was dooming our species to a significant probability of extinction due to our own stupidity and corruption.

But with hope, and good strategy, (the Avaaz effect:)), and the efforts of many leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis, and organisations like our friends at 350 and the Guardian newspaper's work on fossil fuel divestment, as well as killer research from groups like the World Resources Institute, most experts now believe the tide is turning, and momentum is building to get a global deal in Paris this year that will set the world on course to a solution. It will be a long fight, we cannot afford to drop our guard, but today, we celebrate a battle won!!!

With gratitude and joy,

Ricken, Alice, Emma, Iain, and the whole Avaaz team

PS: the G7 declaration is just a commitment, and we need to hold them accountable, but commitments matter - sending an immediate signal to dirty and clean energy investors that will help accelerate the clean-energy boom we desperately need. There's more info on the summit and how we helped win this on our celebration page:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paris_here_we_come/?bwQkDab&v=61209

Sources:

Merkel convinces Canada and Japan on CO2 (Politico)
http://www.politico.eu/article/germany-canada-japan-emissions-pledge/

G7 leaders bid 'Auf Wiedersehen' to carbon fuels (Reuters)
http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/06/08/g7-summit-idINKBN0OO25120150608

Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mass extinction - sign petition for elephants



Scientists just released shocking research that says the world is on the verge of a tragic "mass extinction" of countless species. But they also say there's time to stop it, and they have a proposal for action -- but they say to win we have to reach everyone. Sign their petition and then share it with everyone:


Sign the petition

Dear friends,

It's all over the news — scientists just released new research that says that we're on the verge of a mass extinction of hundreds of species that "could easily, easily ruin the lives of everybody on the planet".

They say we're losing countless species, from dolphins to elephants to rhinos, at rates up to 100 times higher than normal — and it's dismantling Earth's whole biological framework. And it's all because of us, the humans.

But they also say this: there is still time to stop it, though not much.

The scientists — some of the most highly respected in the world — have written a proposal to world leaders about how we can stop the mass extinction and literally save the world. They say the best chance we have of getting urgent action is if we share it everywhere, and educate everyone about what's happening.

Avaaz was made for moments exactly like this -- our community makes up more than 1% of all internet users. If we each share it with one person that's 2%, 2 people that's 3% etc, etc... We could literally be the best chance to spread the word, and we can do it in days! Join now and share this urgent wake up call with everyone: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_mass_extinction_34_twks/?bwQkDab&v=61058

Dear friends,

It's all over the news — scientists just released new research that says that we're on the verge of a mass extinction of hundreds of species that "could easily, easily ruin the lives of everybody on the planet".

They say we're losing countless species, from dolphins to elephants to rhinos, at rates up to 100 times higher than normal — and it's dismantling Earth's whole biological framework. And it's all because of us, the humans.

But they also say this: there is still time to stop it, though not much.

The scientists — some of the most highly respected in the world — have written a proposal to world leaders about how we can stop the mass extinction and literally save the world. They say the best chance we have of getting urgent action is if we share it everywhere, and educate everyone about what's happening.

Avaaz was made for moments exactly like this -- our community makes up more than 1% of all internet users. If we each share it with one person that's 2%, 2 people that's 3% etc, etc... We could literally be the best chance to spread the word, and we can do it in days! Join now and share this urgent wake up call with everyone: 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_mass_extinction_34_twks/?bwQkDab&v=61058

It's not the first time in history an extinction event has happened — the last time was 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs and almost everything else on the planet died out. But it's the first time that this kind of biological disaster is happening simply because one species (us) is abusing natural resources past the point of sustainability. 

The scientists were incredibly conservative in their estimates, so it could be even worse than we think. But they're hopeful - one of them even said to CNN "I'm optimistic in the sense that humans react, in the past we have made quantum leaps when we worked together to solve our problems."

They've drafted a memo for governments that lays out the solutions and the actions we can take - which include taking urgent action to stop climate change, supercharging our conservation efforts, and drastically reducing pollution.

Scientists don't always venture into the world of politics with their conclusions, but this brave group of them are doing just that and we can put the strength of global people power behind them so they can win.
Click to sign, and then share with everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_mass_extinction_34_twks/?bwQkDab&v=61058

Someday I'd like to have kids but I think a lot about whether it's the right thing to do, since we're so likely to leave behind a far less beautiful, less hospitable world for all our children (and theirs). It is in moments like these, of great crisis and great opportunity, when the Avaaz community has so often risen up for the planet and won -- and given me hope that one day I'll raise a family and be proud of the world I introduce them to, and hand over to them.

With hope and determination,
Mia, Alice, Emma, Mais, Danny, Sobaika, Luis and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it's humans' fault (The Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/22/the-earth-is-on-the-brink-of-a-sixth-ma....

The World's Sixth Extinction Event Is Upon Us (The New Republic)
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122111/worlds-sixth-extinction-event-upon-us

The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/21/mass-extinction-science-warning

Scientific Consensus for Action (Proposal for leaders by scientists to avert mass extinction)
http://consensusforaction.stanford.edu/statements/Consensus_English.pdf



Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Days to save whales - at least sign petition



Icelandic whalers are about to start harpooning over 150 endangered fin whales. But if we can get a tiny Caribbean nation to remove their flag from a ship that's carrying millions of dollars worth of fin whale meat to Japan, we can hit them where it hurts. Stopping this sale could turn the tide. The ship could leave in six days. Add your voice and share this urgently:

Sign the petition

Dear friends,

The Icelandic whaling fleet is about to leave port to hunt and kill 150 endangered fin whales. We've come close to shutting down this barbaric operation before and now we have a chance to end it for good.

As the whalers sharpen their harpoons for this year's hunt, their boss is trying to ship last year's whale meat to Japan right now. Over 1,700 tonnes are about to be sent through the icy passage between Russia and the North Pole. But if the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis simply removes their flag from the vessel it can't leave port! Tourism is the main pillar of their country's economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight.

We have just six days before the boat could set sail.
 
Our community already helped push European countries to shun this shameful trade. Let's now get St. Kitts to stop helping the whalers! Sign now and share with everyone urgently -- Avaaz will deliver our voices straight to the new Prime Minister, and if he doesn't respond quickly, Avaaz'll target his biggest tourist market - the US - and show how St. Kitts is supporting the slaughter of these majestic beings:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/?bwQkDab&v=61053

Dear friends,

The Icelandic whaling fleet is about to leave port to hunt and kill 150 endangered fin whales. We've come close to shutting down this barbaric operation before and now we have a chance to end it for good.

As the whalers sharpen their harpoons for this year's hunt, their boss is trying to ship last year's whale meat to Japan right now. Over 1,700 tonnes are about to be sent through the icy passage between Russia and the North Pole. But if the tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis simply removes their flag from the vessel it can't leave port! Tourism is the main pillar of their country's economy and we can put their reputation on the line by throwing them into our giant global spotlight.

We have just six days before the boat could set sail.
 
Our community already helped push European countries to shun this shameful trade. Let's now get St. Kitts to stop helping the whalers! Sign now and share with everyone urgently -- Avaaz will deliver our voices straight to the new Prime Minister, and if he doesn't respond quickly, Avaaz'll target his biggest tourist market - the US - and show how St. Kitts is supporting the slaughter of these majestic beings:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/?bwQkDab&v=61053

Iceland's entire fin whaling industry is run by one man, Kristjan Loftsson, but his business is barely breaking even, so if we stop the whale meat from reaching Japan we can sink his profits! Other nations have removed their flag from vessels in response to public pressure over other environmental concerns so we know this can work for the whales. All we need to do is create a scandal and get a delay to make the crossing to Japan impossible.

Japanese whalers plan to resume "scientific" whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary despite widespread opposition, and St. Kitts and Nevis votes in support of Japan's "research" at the International Whaling Commission. If we take them out of the equation now we can strike a deadly blow to both Icelandic and Japanese whaling at the same time!

Pressure has been mounting globally and nationally to stop the Icelandic whalers. This could be a turning point for the whales. Together we have the power to turn the International Whaling Commission into the International Whale Conservation Commission. And we can get started by stopping this year's harpooning and this whale meat shipment! Sign the urgent petition now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/?bwQkDab&v=61053

We know our voices work! Following our 1 million strong petition in 2013, the Dutch government blocked Iceland's whale meat shipments docking in the Netherlands. And together with Greenpeace, our community managed to get fin whale meat sent back to Iceland from Germany. Since then major shipping companies announced they would never ship whale meat again. We're making it harder and harder for this industry to make a profit. Let's shut it down for good!

With hope, 

Lisa, Danny, Alice, Ricken, Mel, Nick, Rewan and the whole Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Iceland sends shipment of 1,700 tonnes of whale meat to Japan (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/05/iceland-sends-shipment-of-1700-tonnes-of-whale-meat-to-japan.

Desperate whalers go north (Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/whale-meat-iceland/blog/53241/

The Winter Bay (Vessel Fider - shows where the ship carrying the whale meat is and which country is registering it)
https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/WINTER-BAY-IMO-8601680-MMSI-341433000

Japan to resume whaling hunt despite IWC warning (AFP)
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/japan-resume-whaling-hunt-despite-iwc-warning-105354478.html#ohHmAJ1



Avaaz.org is a 41-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.