About Whale of a Time

Whale of a Time is riding the wave of change, promoting successful stewardship of our planet to create a peaceful, morally just, humane and sustainable culture, while ensuring survival of all species and their natural habitats. Whale of a Time organises creative and fun, inspiring and empowering events on environmental issues to encourage active participation living a sustainable lifestyle inspired by a positive attitude. We engage young and old from all walks of life through the Whale of a Time Community, the Whale of a Time Festival and the Whale of a Time Workshop. Our work has been recognised by many national and community and environmental awards schemes.

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Information is Beautiful: Which fish are good to eat?

Over-exploitation. Destructive fishing techniques. Polluting fish farms. How do you know which fish are fine for your fork?

In an age of over-fishing and crashing marine stocks, it's difficult to keep track of which fish are ethically kosher. Here I've pooled and visualized the latest consensus and data from the Marine Conservation Society (PDF), Greenpeace and the SeaFood Watch.

The Guardian published a guide and information on ocean-fish friendly fish. Read more here

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Oceans on brink of catastrophe - report by The Independent

Marine life facing mass extinction 'within one human generation' / State of seas 'much worse than we thought', says global panel of scientists

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor

The world's oceans are faced with an unprecedented loss of species comparable to the great mass extinctions of prehistory, a major report suggests today. The seas are degenerating far faster than anyone has predicted, the report says, because of the cumulative impact of a number of severe individual stresses, ranging from climate warming and sea-water acidification, to widespread chemical pollution and gross overfishing.

Read full report here

Just do it - at The Ritzi in Brixton on 15th July

Exciting news! Just Do It- a tale of modern-day outlaws from acclaimed film maker Emily James, will be opening at the Ritzi in Brixton on July 15th. In the making of Just Do It, Director Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups Climate Camp, Climate Rush and Plane Stupid. With unprecedented access, the film gives a fun but earnest glimpse into a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world. Just Do It introduces a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way. They super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse all despite the very real threat of arrest. Putting aside the doom and gloom of many environmental documentaries, Just Do It  will leave audiences empowered rather than overwhelmed.

For us on the Just Do It team, this is a film intended to inspire people to take action on climate (along with the rest of our world's social and environmental issues) and we plan to show it to as many people as possible to meet that end.

With much hurrah, Just Do It will be at The Ritzi in Brixton at 8.45pm along with a sure to be rousing Q&A from Director Emily James.  You can nab tickets here.  Click here to watch the trailer. And please spread the word! If you bring along five people to the screening, we will give you a complimentary ticket.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Vote YES to YOUR Health Rights!

ARE YOU AWARE that your right to choose to heal yourself and your loved ones with herbs is seriously threatened?

ON THE 30TH APRIL 2011 (YES, it's happening right now) this EU directive comes into place dissallowing certain herbs to be sold in the European Union, including in the UK.

If you haven't heard much about it, then that's because it's been very cunningly brushed under carpets, hidden from public view, but that's changing...

We urge you to watch this short video which will explain why and how many of the herbs you are used to finding in your health food shops will simply vanish from the shelves from the 30th April.



Neurotoxic corn seed treatments kill bees!!!

read more at http://bee-life.eu/en/article/8/

Austrian / German article at http://www.imkereizentrum.at/

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Defra Launches First White Paper on the Natural Environment in Twenty

A detailed programme of action to improve the quality and increase the value of the natural environment across England.

Defra has published The Natural Choice: Securing the Value of Nature, a White Paper setting out its vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years. The Paper includes a detailed programme of action, which aims to improve the quality of the natural environment across England, halt the decline in habitats and species, and strengthen the connection between people and nature.

Plans in the Paper are directly linked to the groundbreaking research in the National Ecosystem Assessment that showed the strong economic arguments for safeguarding and enhancing the natural environment.

The natural environment will be incorporated into economic planning which will support the growth of the green economy and expand business opportunities. Chapter 3 of the White Paper identifies action to support businesses along the supply chain to understand and manage their global and local environmental impacts.

The White Paper also acts on the recommendations of Making Space for Nature, a report into the state of England’s wildlife sites, led by Professor John Lawton and published in September 2010, which showed that England’s wildlife sites are fragmented and not able to respond to the pressures of climate change and other pressures put on the land. The Government has published its response to the Lawton Review alongside the White Paper.

Key measures in the White Paper, which also takes forward recommendations contained in Making Space for Nature, include:

Reconnecting Nature

New Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), transforming rural and urban areas and providing bigger, connected sites for wildlife to live in and adapt to climate change. With a £7.5 million fund for 12 initial NIAs to demonstrate just what can be done. Professor Sir John Lawton has agreed to chair the panel to allocate funding.
Biodiversity offsetting – new way for developers to ensure wildlife sites are not lost and make them better by making and improving other sites.
New Local Nature Partnerships to strengthen joined-up action across local agencies and organisations, with a £1 million available this year.
Phasing out peat – working with the horticulture industry to phase out peat use, which will help to protect and restore peatlands, which are valuable carbon sinks, habitats and part of the ecological network. A task force to consider all options to phase out use of peat in the supply chain will be chaired by Dr Alan Knight OBE.
Connecting People and Nature for Better Quality of Life

Green Areas Designation allowing local communities to give protection to areas that are important to them for recreation, the view or their importance for wildlife.
Better urban green spaces for the benefit of cities and towns. Support for parks, gardens, and tree planting which benefit people and nature alike.
More children experiencing nature by learning outdoors, through practical support to schools and reducing red-tape for outdoor learning.
Strengthening local public health activities which connect people with nature for better health.
New environmental volunteering initiative “Muck in 4 Life” to improve places in towns and countryside for people and nature to enjoy.
Capturing and Improving the Value of Nature

Natural Capital Committee – an independent body to report to the Government’s economic affairs committee chaired by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This body will put the value of nature at the heart of the Government’s economic thinking, and advise Government about the best way of securing natural assets for the future.
An annual statement of green accounts for UK Plc – showing where the economy has withdrawn from the value of nature’s bank balance, and where it has invested in it. This will help measure green growth alongside GDP.
A business-led Task Force chaired by Kingfisher Group Chief Executive Officer Ian Cheshire, to expand the UK business opportunities from new products and services which are good for the economy and nature alike.
Caroline Spelman, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said:

“The natural environment matters to us all – not just because it makes us feel good when we stumble across a bluebell wood or spot a pair of goldfinches, but because we are now all able to see the terrible price we would pay if we lost what we have or neglected to care for it. Nature belongs to us all, and we’ve all got a vested interest in protecting it.

“That’s why the true value of nature should be built in to the decisions we make – as individuals, organisations, businesses and governments – so that we become the first generation to leave the environment in a better condition than we found it. This is what ‘The Natural Choice’ will help us all achieve.”

Full details of the White Paper are available here (opens new window).

Source: Defra, 08/06/11