Protect our Oceans: Earth Day Every Day Alert

July 21st, 2018

Too important not to share. The message will cover the right hand margin.

Tell the Antarctic Ocean Commission: Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary
The petition to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources reads:
“Protect the Antarctic and its wildlife from the threats of overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change. Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.”Add your name:

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Dear Ellen,

Tell the Antarctic Ocean Commission: Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary

In just three months, a global commission will come together and vote on whether to create the largest wildlife preserve on Earth. If approved, the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary would protect an area five times the size of Germany – combating the growing threats of overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change.

This week, this ambitious vision became much more likely. After a long-running campaign from Greenpeace and allies, nearly every krill fishing company agreed to abandon operations in huge areas around the Antarctic Peninsula.1 Overfishing for krill is threatening the food supply for whales, seals and penguins.

With the krill fishing industry on board, the campaign to create an ocean sanctuary in the Antarctic has gained major momentum. The European Union and Germany are backing the proposal as well. With enough public pressure on the rest of the countries who participate in the Antarctic Ocean commission, we can make this plan a reality.

Tell the Antarctic Ocean Commission: Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. Click here to sign the petition.

Life in the Antarctic, from the largest animal ever to exist – the blue whale – to the smallest fish, relies on tiny shrimp-like creatures called krill.2 But industrial fishing companies have been overfishing Antarctic krill, which threatens the entire ecosystem.

On July 9, a group of the largest krill fishing companies agreed to voluntarily stop fishing in sensitive areas in the Weddell Sea and around the Antarctic Peninsula by 2020.3 Fishing companies will also observe “buffer zones” around breeding colonies of penguins.

The next step is to permanently protect these areas. The benefits of an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary would be global. Not only would the nearly 700,000 square mile proposed sanctuary create an urgently needed safe zone for penguins, whales, seals and other Antarctic wildlife, it would increase food security and sustain a healthy ocean that can soak up carbon dioxide and help tackle climate change.

We have until October to convince world leaders to protect the ocean at the bottom of our planet.

Tell the Antarctic Ocean Commission: Create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. Click the link below to sign the petition:

Thanks for fighting back,

Brandy Doyle, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. Josh Gabbatiss, “Krill fishing industry backs massive Antarctic ocean sanctuary to protect penguins, seals and whales,” The Independent, July 10, 2018.
  2. Greenpeace, “Create an Antarctic sanctuary,” accessed July 12, 2018.
  3. Gabbatiss, “Krill fishing industry backs massive Antarctic ocean sanctuary to protect penguins, seals and whales.”

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Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

July 17th, 2018

When my friend Ina recommended this book, I went right to the library to borrow a copy. I loved the movie Under the Tuscan Sun (also a book) and knew I would find this book interesting. And I did.

Frances Mayes writes about four American women, one of whom is the narrator, Kit, in her early forties, already living in Tuscany, Italy, and I suspect is actually the author Frances Mayes. The other three women are between the ages of 60 and 70, checking out a senior living facility that they are considering moving to. Two are widowed and one is separated from her husband and I believe is in the process of divorce. (I read it two months ago and cannot remember what state of un-marriage she is in, probably because I was divorced and found the whole ordeal painful!)

The three women rent a villa in Tuscany and befriend Kit, who is the book’s narrator, and her husband.  As the story progresses we find the older women coming out of the shells of their previous lives in the US and blossoming into strong, yet sensitive women. Each woman finds her niche, either something she had started before she came to Italy and had abandoned, like one character who stopped painting when she married as a young girl, or breaking new ground with their talents and skills.

The book is believable, although I had difficulty accepting the fact that three strangers could get along so quickly and easily, but other than that, I found each women’s story delightfully enlightening and entertaining. When the younger woman discovers she is pregnant for the first time in her forties, she and her husband are thrilled, and the birth of the baby adds another delightful element to the story. This baby has four mothers, not one, since the three women are fully on board for the birth and babyhood!

The descriptions, the dialogue, and the story line are engaging, and as the women blossom, so does the story. While I first thought it would be an easy “beach book,” I soon realized that the book is actually not a beach book, but rather one that I found thought-provoking, as the women find their way through post-middle age through interesting work and equally interesting new relationships with the local residents as well as the older men they meet.

My feeling is that the narrator is the author Frances Mayes (in the book she is also a writer), and based on information about Mayes at the end of the book, is actually about real women friends that she met in the US or in Italy. Of course, Mayes has fictionalized the characters, so perhaps there is a little fairy dust sprinkled in the story. But I enjoyed it thoroughly and I may just add a villa in Tuscany to my bucket list!