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Petition to Save Penguins in Peril in Antarctica

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Last night I saw a program on TV about saving baby penguins that was very heartwarming, so this petition seems timely:


Sign the petition

Only 2 baby penguins from a colony of 40,000 survived in Antarctica last year! And scientists say the whole ecosystem could collapse unless we protect it from massive fishing fleets and climate destruction. Countries are about to vote to create a HUGE sanctuary. European leaders want it, but to get them to drive it home we’ve got to show it is a massive public priority. Join now — let’s get a million voices, opinion polls and media ads before the vote.


Dear friends,

18,000 beautiful baby penguins hatched in an Antarctic colony last winter. But just two survived!

The rest starved — and industrial-scale fishing and climate change threaten to wipe out countless other polar species. Scientists say the only way to save Antarctica’s ocean is by urgently protecting it — and if just two more governments give their backing, we can create a massive network of ocean sanctuaries there.

The vote is coming up, and European leaders can bring the blockers on board —if we quickly show massive public support, we can make sure they step up.Let’s make this huge, then run opinion polls, take out media ads, and deliver our voices directly to President Macron and the EU, calling on them to save this penguin paradise, before it’s too late.

Save Antarctica’s ocean wilderness — Sign now!

In 2016, millions of us helped rally public pressure to create the first Antarctic Ocean sanctuary, in the Ross Sea. It is the largest marine protected area on the planet. But it represents only a small portion of the fragile ocean that surrounds Antarctica.

The wildlife there is already struggling because of climate change — and industrial fishing fleets could push this fragile ecosystem over the edge. At least three more sanctuaries are needed to keep this precious wilderness safe. And they could be created if we make sure EU leaders feel this is a public priority.

Whether we win another marine sanctuary there comes down to a single decision. Russia and China are the two main blockers — but experts say that French President Macron and the EU Commission can win them over. Let’s inspire them to action by raising a million beautiful voices to save this polar paradise — join now and share this everywhere.

Save Antarctica’s ocean wilderness — Sign now!

Avaaz means voice in many languages and speaking up for our fragile planet is one of the things we do best. We have helped secure massive marine reserves all around the world — but this time, it’s not just one more sanctuary — we’re going for the entire Antarctic network and this petition will keep building until it is fully established.

With hope and determination,

Lisa, Pascal, Bert, Christoph, Mike, Nataliya and the whole Avaaz team


Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in the Antarctic (The Guardian)

#ANTARCTICA2020 – A vision for the future (ASOC)

So long, King Penguins: Scientists warn climate change may leave these birds “screwed” (Mashable)

Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins (The Guardian)

Plans rejected for East Antarctic marine park (Nature)

EU and China agree ocean partnership – China’s position may be softening (China Dialogue)

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world (The Conversation)

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Terrific Watermelon Tip from my Culinary Daughter

Monday, August 13th, 2018

My youngest child, Basha, is a terrific cook with great food ideas. She gave me a great tip on watermelon that has saved my pieces of cut watermelons from spoiling.


Above is a photo (from the Internet) of cut watermelon pieces sans rind, sitting in a bowl. The juice from the melon drips into the bowl, and unless I eat the pieces in a day or so, the melon begins to spoil the longer the juice sits in the bowl with the watermelon pieces “drowning,” especially those at the bottom of the bowl.


Instead, I now use either my stainless steel steamer in a medium-sized bowl for a smaller melon or my large salad spinner for larger melons.

This is my smaller bowl with a stainless steel steamer that has small legs underneath it for steaming veggies, inserted into the bowl to keep watermelon juice from the cut pieces.



This is my larger salad spinner with watermelon. The outside bowl is larger than the basket, so the space between the spinner and the outer bowl allows the watermelon juices to drip. (I drink that juice.)

Many thanx to my daughter Basha for this terrific tip! I never have
to discard any cut pieces of watermelon again!

CAVEAT: Even though this tip works well, if you have a very large melon, I suggest keeping half intact in the fridge and only cutting up the other half. Whenever you cut fruit, it starts to oxidate (ex. inside of apples turn brown). The melon won’t turn brown, but it will start to change its composition and eventually spoil, so only cut up as much melon as you think you will be eating for the next couple of days.