Underwater Sculpture by Jason de Caires Taylor

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man-at-deskCreator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park, Jason de Caires Taylor has gained international recognition for his unique work. His sculptures highlight ecological processes whilst exploring the intricate relationships between modern art and the environment. By using sculptures to create artificial reefs, the artist’s interventions promote hope and recovery, and underline our need to understand and protect the natural world.

The sculptures are sited in clear shallow waters to afford easy access by divers, snorkellers and those in glass-bottomed boats. Viewers are invited to discover the beauty of our underwater planet and to appreciate the processes of reef evolution.

www.underwatersculpture.com

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First U.S. Fur-Free Department Store

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JC Penney Co., Inc. has become the first chain of department stores in the United States to ban all products made with real animal fur in store locations and on its website. But the good news is not without controversy.

In 2006 JC Penney had a major run-in with the Humane Society of the United States over the mislabeling of some jackets they were selling. An HSUS investigation found that the department store was advertising jackets trimmed with raccoon fur when they were actually using fur from raccoon dogs. These are species of the dog family living in the wild. Furthermore, the research discovered these feral dogs were being captured in China and skinned alive for their fur.

In good faith, JC Penney’s removed the jackets from its racks. The chain of
1,000 stores have been virtually fur-free ever since the incident, but finally decided to make it an official policy. Robert Hood, a VP with JC Penney acknowledged their intent in a letter to HSUS last week that said, “The Company is fur-free and has no plans for fur items in the future.”

HSUS is thrilled with the news and considers the official policy a victory for its fur-free campaign. Spokesperson Pierre Grzybowski said, “They are the first department store chain in the United States to go fur-free, which is hugely significant. There’s been many, many other types of stores that have gone fur-free over the past several years—this is the first of the big traditional department store chains.”

JC Penney follows other types of retail industry leaders like Overstock.com which became the first online store to completely ban the sale of fur products last summer.

And the UK had its own victory for compassionate retailers when the Sainsbury supermarket chain joined the movement and agreed to become fur-free in its fashion line called TU Clothing. Worldwide there are more than 130 well-known fur-free companies.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Presents “The 11th Hour”

A MUST SEE!

http://wip.warnerbros.com/11thhour/mainsite/site.html

Earth Hour–Pass it on to every you know!

On Saturday, March 29 at 8pm millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – symbolizing the need to take action on climate change.

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Quiet Moments

This video was taken by Wildlife Filmaker/Photographer Kim Wolhuter

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Wildlife Filmmaker | Photographer

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ABOUT WILDCASTER
KIM WOLHUTER

I grew up in the wilds of Southern Africa, and am now a professional wildlife filmmaker and photographer.My filming career across Southern Africa is more of a passion than a job and while living amongst the beasts I strive to create an awareness for Africa’s wild places and its animals.
My ultimate goal is to help maintain them for future generations through sustainable development–enhancing the lives of the communities that share the land with the wildlife.
I hope that through the entertainment my films provide, I can captivate the viewer, many of who will be the future stewards of our world’s heritage.

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Inspiration

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Substance for The Soul–Taking Time for Yourself
Modern life compels us to rush. Because we feel pressured to make the most of our time each day, the activities that sustain us, rejuvenate us, and help us evolve are often the first to be sacrificed when we are in a hurry or faced with a new obligation. It is important we remember that there is more to life than achieving success, making money, and even caring for others. Your spiritual needs should occupy an important spot on your list of priorities. Each task you undertake and each relationship you nurture draws from the wellspring of your spiritual vitality. Taking the time to engage in spiritually fulfilling activities replenishes that well and readies you to face another day. Making time for the activities that contribute to your spiritual growth has little to do with being selfish and everything to do with your well-being. Regularly taking the time to focus on your soul’s needs ensures that you are able to nurture yourself, spend time with your thoughts, experience ! tranquility, and expand your spiritual boundaries.

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March 28, 2009 | 8:30-9:30 pm

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931 cities and towns in 80 countries have already committed to VOTE EARTH for Earth Hour 2009, as part of the worlds first global election between Earth and global warming.

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