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Happy Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

Is it that time of year already?! What happened? I blinked and it turned from January 2 to February 25th!!

Wait, I know what happened…

A new kitten, my partner moved up, work has been exciting and busy, getting myself fit again, seeing the world’s greatest acupuncturists, and moving house, starting soccer again. Yep, that’s kept me busy.

Oscar joined us January 2nd and reminded both Britt and me of the value of emotional IQ. That little ginger boy, at 10 weeks old, had a higher emotional IQ that anyone I’ve ever met or could imagine. He tamed the highly-strung Rogue (kitten no. 1, a ferrel off the street), who certainly made it clear she hated his guts and wanted him outta the house! He put up with her hissing, squawking, scratching, and general bitchyness to tame her within 10 days to become his life long friend and sister. They do nothing but play together all day, and are deeply bonded. Yes, occasionally she still attacks him and hisses at him, but it’s short lived, and within no time she has him pinned and is “lovingly” (in a controlling manner) cleaning him. They’re gorgeous. Click on this link to watch a short video of her cleaning him – so cute! (the below pic is a screen shot from the video): Rogue & Oscar

My gorgeous partner has moved up to Sydney, and it’s fantastic. She’s settling in and getting to know her new home well. We went to the marriage equality march last December, and we’re both very much hoping that 2012 is the year that finally brings change. What’s frightening is that its in living memory that white and black couldn’t marry (which thankfully has changed, and people are now horrified at that past human rights violation), yet people are still think it’s ok to limit consensual adult love in same sex couples. Love is love, and two consenting adults should be allowed to marry, regardless of sex, creed or ethnicity.

Yes, I said marry. The government department is “Births, Deaths and Marriages”, making “marriage” a secular word.

Bring on Mardi Gras, and bring on positive change in 2012.

6th great extinction

In my last blog post I was discussing some of the human rights abuses that are very likely to be exacerbated as a result of climate change. The issue of climate change doesn’t stop with obvious and direct human rights abuses though; it extends to all aspects of our livelihood and the livelihoods of the millions of species around us. If we think about how fragile and complicated our ecosystems are it concerns me greatly how blasé our governments continue to be regarding the implementation of strong green legislation. If we consider the recent article entitled “Over 25% of flowers face extinction – many before they are even discovered: Scientists say human activity could spell the end for a quarter of all flowering plants, with huge impacts on food chain” written by Juliette Jowit in the Guardian on July 7, it certainly gives food for thought!

In a report written by the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) two quotes jumped off the page at me. The first was regarding an unprecedented investigation into collapsing bird life in Victoria, Australia. Deakin University ecologist Andrew Bennett said “In this case it’s birds. What is concerning is that we don’t know what’s happening to other groups – to reptiles, to mammals, to invertebrates.” Even though we have developed rather amazing industries and tremendous ways to manipulate genes and grow life in petri dishes, the fact remains that we depend on ecosystems and the environment. If we think about the fauna and flora surrounding us as the canary in the coal mine, well…. it’s not looking quite so healthy anymore and we are at risk of snuffing it out completely.

The other quote that jumped out at me was also by Bennett. He quite aptly states “when we have a financial crisis we put vast resources into it. But we have a biodiversity crisis, and nothing is happening”. This crisis Bennett is referring to is not isolated to Australia. We are presently facing history’s 6th great species extinction; only this one is man made and to a large extent still preventable.

To help those more vulnerable, and to save species from a great extinction, it’s us who have to change. We need to pressure our governments to invest in sustainable energy, and we need to reduce, reuse and recycle on a grand scale. We desperately need to stop logging our precious old growth forests, as continues to happen around the world, and insist that our friends, families, offices and governments buy 100% recycled paper and use FSC wood.

Civil society is certainly getting stronger and louder about these issues, and that supports the notion that we will eventually see positive change – but will that change come too late?