THE WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW PROPHECY

“One day… there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.”

This is how the Rainbow prophecy begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.

The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth. It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the “Warriors of the Rainbow”.

(Source ancient-origins.net)

“One day…there would come a time…” this message is frighteningly becoming a reality and that “time” is coming faster than we dare to think.

How befitting is it then that the mighty Greenpeace sailing vessel “Rainbow Warrior” is named after these mythical folk and Greenpeace exists to be a voice for our fragile Earth, to help find environmental solutions, implement change and take action.

I was fortunate to experience a tour of this iconic ship yesterday during it’s brief visit to Phuket en route to Krabi where it will protest the new coal-fired power plant that is planned to be built there.

Rainbow Warrior III, is a sailing vessel with 54m high masts and 5 sails, it can reach speeds of up to 17 knots under sail. It is staffed by a small crew of 17, who are committed to non violent creative action, paving the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and who are not frightened to confront the systems that threaten our environment. Funded completely by independent donations, Greenpeace does not accept funding from corporations or governments as it travels the globe defending actions and raising awareness to help protect our planet Earth.

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Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 10.15.36The stories and history of Greenpeace are amazing and inspiring. They have a clear vision and purpose alongside dedicated and passionate staff. With 26 independent national / regional organisations, they work directly with communities to protect the environment. They are represented in in over 55 countries globally, and have an office in Bangkok as part of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

For further information check out –www.greenpeace.org

 

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“Bioblitz” – a lovely project for the whole family and community

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Photo: rape bushes(wikipedia)

I never forgot the time my first visitor from Asia, on his first trip to the UK, gawped in wonder at the profusion of yellow flowers that grew along the motorway. He thought they were so beautiful, until I pointed out to him that these plants were actually poisonous weeds: in my teens, I had to clear these rape bushes from the fields before the horses ate them.

 

There’s no doubt, there’s much richness, beauty and diversity in the flora and fauna of lay-bys and hedgerows. I’m not a professional photographer, but whenever I publish and share photographs of aspects of my hometown (Hampshire, UK), people would comment, “Oh, where was that taken?” and almost always expressed surprise when I told them, “Just the hedgerows,” or “Just by the railway line.”

 

Whilst living in Asia, I had a helper from Indonesia who showed me the abundance that was found in the Asian version of lay-bys and hedgerows.  Rosmawati would go for long evening walks in our neighbourhood and would often come back with a stash of plants, flowers, herbs or even unusual insects to show us. I never ceased to be amazed at the treasures she could find in the concrete city that we lived in.

But sad to say, wildlife is fast disappearing all over the world. The naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham is launching a #WeWantWildlife ~ Citizen Science Campaign.

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For ten days, in his Bioblitz, Chris and his team of experts will be visiting 50 wildlife sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat. The aim is to record the wildlife species living naturally in nature, rather than in nature reserves.

Please visit his website, and join if you can!

On Monday, 23rd July 2018, the team will be at Yateley Common Country Park, and so will I!  Please follow us here for photos and updates…..and perhaps start a Bioblitz where you live, too? It’s a fabulous project to involve the whole family and community!

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Photo: “Just the hedgerows” (Hampshire, UK)

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Photo: “By the railway line” (Hampshire, UK)

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Yateley Common: Yateley Common.

Plastic – it needs government involvement

Asia is the worst region for massively producing and underly managing its plastic waste. According to UN Environment:

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On my walk this morning, I saw many discarded ones (which will inevitably end up in landfills and oceans) and was offered many by shopkeepers who automatically pack my purchases into plastic bags.

Try as we might carrying our own reusable bags, our efforts need to be backed by governmental legislation.  This is the success of Ireland’s “PLASTAX”:

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Yesterday, it was reported that the Indian Prime Minister vows to abolish single-use plastic by 2022. You can read it here.

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Here’s hoping that other governments, particularly in Asia, will jump on this bandwagon.

In the meantime, pop over to our ideas section to see how we made a reusable bag from an old dress in less than 5 minutes 🙂  Please click on this link.

 

First Eco Week at BISP

 

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On April 23-26 British International School Phuket (BISP) held their first Eco Week to showcase current and local environmental activity and to raise awareness amongst the whole school community.

A small number of activists and vendors were invited to showcase their eco-products (with lots of hands-on activities), which made it a fun day for everyone.

 

There was widespread participation which made it an interesting, lively and informative week for all. Hopefully, the first BISP Eco Week will have a long-lasting impact on how we live going forward. Here’s our school-wide Eco Week Pledge 🙂

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If you are interested in being part of our Eco Week next year, please follow us by clicking on the Follow” icon on the sidebar (on the left of this page).