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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Help speak up for B.E.A.R.S. in Alberta!

From their website:

"Action Grizzly Bear is a campaign initiated by local and international conservation voices focused on advocating the recovery of Alberta’s grizzly bear. It is a grassroots campaign designed to network people concerned about the imperiled grizzly and mobilizes them with the knowledge and tools to take action. At such a critical time for grizzly bears, taking action to recover it will be up to the public. Let the government know we want to continue to call Alberta “grizzly country” and that we want future generations to be able to do the same."

Alberta is now on the front lines of the disappearance (forever) of the grizzly bear species with an estimate of fewer than 500 remaining, down from an estimated 6000 only 200 years ago.

"Despite a provincial policy to maintain a healthy and viable grizzly bear population and the Endangered Species Conservation Committee’s recommendation (2002) to list the grizzly as threatened in Alberta, the government has yet to make any clear commitment to recovering this valued species. They have yet to list the bear as threatened, they have not dedicated a budget for recovery and they recently disbanded the grizzly bear recovery team. It is time for action."

"With your help, Action Grizzly Bear is calling on the Alberta Government to commit to recovery and immediately implement the five fundamentals known as the B.E.A.R.S Essentials for Recovery."

The B.E.A.R.S. Essentials for Recovery:

Budget dedicated for recovery
Endangered species legislation listing
Action on habitat
Reduce conflict and human caused mortalities
Science based recovery team

To read more about what you can do to ensure that Grizzly Bears remain existing as a species in Alberta, please visit:

Source of image:Image by: John Good - NPS Photo

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.