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Dorothee
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Rainforest of Papua New Guinea

Rainforest of Papua New Guinea

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May 15, 2011
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| 01:07 PM Nov 22 2013

Dorothee

Germany

Since Papua New Guinea is known for its annual typhoons that ravage this country annually in winter and in spring and since this photo shows a forest, I decided to upload this here: The German newspaper “GEA” published an article today according to which an expert who commented on the typhoon that killed many citizens of the Philippines stated that a disaster like this could have been prevented or at least eased if people hadn’t deforested huge parts of this island. Anyway he says that reforestation could help in situations like these since – even though it’s hard to believe – even single trees that stand nearby for example a house can ease some of the croft of this wind and thus reduce the damage. Thus he gave us the piece of advice that we should support reforestation-projects and those that try to prevent that further damage could come to these forests.

| 08:46 AM Feb 27 2012

Dorothee

Germany

Reuploaded in order to draw the attention of as many people as possible to this subject: Please! Please! Please! You would do me the greatest favor by at least just reading this. If you don’t have the time to read anything, then at least read the last clause, please. Thank you!
I know the following doesn’t even affect this country. Of course it doesn’t affect its nature either. It’s just that I’m looking for a pretence to post the following under as many photos as possible: In 2011 there was a discussion in Uganda about whether or not death penalty shall get reintrodiced and if people also should be sentenced to death for being gay. International protests ( also and especially from Obama, the president of the USA ) made them abandon this discussion for the moment. However now they decided to recontinue and if we don’t intervene they are going to kill people simply for behaving according to their nature. Yes, for natural behaviour, because homosexuality can be found everywhere! There are reports and footage proving that homosexuality can be found in the animal kingdom, too. They even filmed intelligent animals, like whales, dolphins or primates which showed homosexual behavior. So you can’t say that this is condemnable, because of being against nature. They say that this is condemnable, because the Old Testament condemns it. When an US-American Christian theologian held a speech about why homosexualty was condemnable according to the OT she received a letter saying something like “What do you think. How much money should I ask for when I sell my daughter into slavery? Because that’s exactly what one sentence written in the Old Testament allows me to do. How should I kill my uncle for growing two things in one and the same field?” You can’t just fix a whole theological theory on one single quotation. 1 Thess 5,21 even says that we should firstlky test it an only keep it if it’s still good. I don’t want to go any further. If you really want to know why I – a strictly religious lady – am against discriminating homosexuals and even think that my religion tells me to do so, then you should read “http://www.englishbaby.com/findfriends/view_photo/596319?page=4”. It’s the comment of 03:13 AM Mar 08 2011.
However David Bahari, a member of Uganda’s parlament as well as of its ruling party also had a comment in favour of this upcoming law, saying that homosexualty could destroy family structures and tolerating homosexuals could have a bad influence on children. I agree on the first comment. Even most younger people still have problems trying to accept “gays” as some still circulating jokes about homosexuals prove. Also organisations like “La Refugee” that adopt adolescents who got abandoned by their parents simply for being gay prove that homosexuals have serious trouble trying to fit in even into their own family. However this could also be considered as a social problem rather than a problem caused by homosexuals. After all the history of Judaism also is full of discrimination, persecutiion and not just one genocide and today nobody would say that the Jews were to blame for what happened to them. Only real nerds would still walk around saying something stupid like “Well, if these Jews hadn’t been Jews none would have killed them. So the problem obviously was that they were Jewish!”
His second comment however sounded like – excuse the word – rubbish to me. I’m sorry, but what sort of influence does he imagine here? That a kid who gets asked why he / she is gay could defend this attitude of his / her by saying “But Peter from 9th grade is homosexual, too. So I make love to someone of my sex, because I want to be like him.”?
What about another example? Nearly all children have an idol and usually this is a movie or a pop star. Does Bahari really think that if one of these stars was gay, a child of under ten years would say “Gee! When I’m grown up, I want to be gay, too.”? I suppose – or at least I hope – not! This would be just ridiculous.
If you want to do something against this madness then please sign the following petitions or inform others about them:
“http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/27844/”
“https://secure.avaaz.org/en/uganda_stop_homophobia_petition/”
We beat Uganda’s anti-gay bill once! I’m sure we can beat it twice and – if necessary – three times. Thank you for your support!

| 08:36 AM May 18 2011

Dorothee

Germany

On January 1, 2001 Chevron Niugini Ltd. (CNGL), with help from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), formed a unique NGO to protect the fragile rainforests of Papua New Guinea. The new organization creates a model that other companies already are emulating, and arguably marks the first time a major environmental group has helped an oil company create a foundation for sustainable development.
The CDI (Community Development Initiative) Foundation’s story begins in 1993, when Chevron proposed to explore PNG’s pristine rainforests.
The Kutubu area’s Kikori Basin is home to some of the planet’s rarest wildlife – the world’s only underground roosting bird, the world’s longest lizard, largest pigeon, biggest moth, and second-largest butterfly, to name a few. WWF has rated the area as one of the earth’s 200 greatest environmental treasures.
In 1994, the CNGL-operated Kutubu Petroleum Development Project and WWF formed the Kikori Integrated Conservation and Development Project (KICDP) to protect the Kikori catchment. Project pipelines were buried, produced water reinjected, road construction minimized, and spills eliminated. KICDP conducted biodiversity surveys, raised community awareness about the negative impacts of industrial-scale logging, helped local residents develop a sustainable fisheries strategy, and established environmentally friendly, homegrown businesses.
A World Bank report called the project “a model for other resource developers operating in ecologically sensitive environments.” When Pulitzer Prize-winning environmentalist Jared Diamond visited CNGL’s facilities, he observed, “I found Papua New Guinea’s most endangered bird and mammal species much more abundant here than outside the area leased by Chevron.”
The CDI Foundation helps carry the work forward. An operational entity with its own staff and facilities, the foundation has assumed responsibility for CNGL’s existing health, education, agriculture, skills development, and cultural programs. CDI integrates WWF’s efforts to protect natural resources and supplements its community outreach components. New initiatives strengthen local development agencies and bolster conservation.

| 11:32 AM May 15 2011

Dorothee

Germany

“http://www.rainforest.org/funds/save-an-acre” and “http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/asiaandthepacific/papuanewguinea/giving/” belong to organisations that give you the possibility of getting involved in the protection of this natural area – that meanwhile is disappearing faster than they expected only years ago. At least that’s what I read.

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