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JOIN US ON SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020, 8:30 PM YOUR LOCAL TIME !

Let’s #ROCKTHEWORLD 

Started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. 

It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.

Sign WWF “Voice for the Planet” petition to let world leaders know that you care about nature and that you demand urgent political action to protect the one place we call home.

Add your Voice

HELP PLACE THE SPOTLIGHT ON NATURE - THE WORLD IS WATCHING!

https://www.earthhour.org/

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Designers come together to shine light on Earth Hour!

Brighton-based studio Evermade and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have joined forces with an international group of 26 creatives to raise money and awareness for Earth Hour.

Each print is designed to bring creativity to the “conversation of conservation”. Artists include Jenni Sparks, James Wilson, Paul Thurlby, Camille Walala, Yeye Weller, Amelia Graham, Benjamin Craven, Giacomo Bagnara, Sarah Gordon, Supermundane…

Scheduled to take place on 28 March at 20:30, 2020’s Earth Hour will be the 14th instalment of the event. Each year, the WWF uses the hour to shine a light on the climate crisis by asking citizens across the world to turn off their lights.

More recently, the scope of the movement has widened, and now also aims to showcase the pressing issue of the world’s nature and habitat loss, as the hands of climate change.

This year, with the ongoing coronavirus crisis affecting countries across the world, WWF are encouraging participants to engage with Earth Hour digitally.

According to Evermade, only 100 limited editions of each print will be made. Each will be priced at £100, with 100 per cent of the profits being donated to WWF. For more information or to browse prints, visit the Evermade website.

The full collection can be found to purchase at evermade.com

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Emmanuel N'Djoké Dibango (12 December 1933 - 24 March 2020)

‘Manu’ Dibango was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone, Vibraphone, Pianist and composer. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. 

Harbouring a deep and ongoing concern for the well-being of humanity, he often used his music and his influence to garner support for various humanitarian causes. 

In recognition of his contributions to the development of music as well as his cultivation of cross-cultural dialogue—particularly between Europe, Africa, and North America—through the arts, he was named the UNESCO Peace Artist of the Year in 2004.

He died from Covid-19.

Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango (Original) 

This song which was released in 1972 and started the Disco movement!

Soul Makossa meaning: “I will dance.”  The lyrics are written phonetically and not in the actual language intended

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Nelson Leirner (São Paulo, 16 de janeiro de 1932 - Rio de Janeiro, 7 de março de 2020)

Boetti Deconstructed II², Wool and Weft, 130 x 260 cm, 2018,

‘Deconstructed Boetti’ - 120 x 225cm - Wool and Weft - 2018 - Single Ed.

‘Metric tape’ - 115 x 200cm - Wool and Weft - 2018 - Single Ed.

‘Unfinished symphony’ - 95 x 240cm - Wool and Weft - 2018 - Single Ed

‘The New Industrial Revolution’

Sim Galeria / Silvia Cintra + Box 4 

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In Mexico City, Art Collective Paints Names of Femicide Victims on Streets,

Last Sunday at 8am, 10 members of the activist art collective, Colectiva SJF, met in Mexico City’s central plaza, el Zócalo, and started painting the ground. In huge white letters, they named victims of femicide in Mexico from the past four years. Over the course of the next six hours, over 200 other women would join them in painting about 250 names.

In 2019, 10 women were murdered every day in Mexico, according to government statistics. According to El Economista, if you compare femicide from 2015 and 2019, there was a 136.1% increase. This year shows no sign of slowing.

President López Obrador has been largely dismissive of the problem, saying it’s being manipulated in the media, and insisting recent protests were tools of right-wing political groups that wanted to hurt his administration. Critics point out that not only has he not addressed the femicide issue head on, but he cut funding earlier this year for services that helped women like daycare, an equal education initiative, and an anti-gender discrimination employment program.

The names of femicide victims, painted on the Plaza del Zócalo, Mexico City (photo by Santiago Arau)

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Two rare white giraffes killed in Kenya,

Park rangers discovered the bodies of the mother and baby, likely slain by poachers.

Kenya had three rare all-white giraffes. Two of them have been killed.

Wildlife officials announced in a statement Tuesday that a female and her seven-month-old were found “in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers” in a nature conservancy in Ijara, northeastern Kenya, likely four months ago. A third white giraffe, the young male offspring of the dead female, is believed still to be alive.

“This is a very sad day for the community of Ijara and Kenya as a whole,” said Mohammed Ahmednoor, the manager of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, in a statement.

The animals had been well-known since 2017, after rangers spotted them while on patrol in the conservancy and posted a video to YouTube, which subsequently went viral. Some viewers left comments at the time sharing prescient concerns that their newfound fame could put the giraffes at risk for poaching.

The tragedy highlights a paradox of how we navigate our connection with nature in the digital age: Social media allows people to experience the joy and wonder of the planet’s rarest creatures—a valuable connection amidst the extinction crisis—while simultaneously putting animals at increased risk. Rarity and exclusivity are among the driving factors of the illegal wildlife trade, so unusual animals are more likely to be targeted by poachers.

The comments section on the original video has now transformed into a tribute wall, as hundreds of people express sorrow as well as anger at the poachers—and at the role the viral video may have played in putting a target on the animals’ backs.

“Hauntingly beautiful. So much magic in this world,” reads one comment on the video from two years ago. Below it, a comment left this morning: “It’s so sad. I don’t understand. WHY?”

National Geographic was among a number of media outlets that reported on the rare giraffes in 2017. It’s delicate—navigating how to report on unique animals without helping to put a target on their backs. When we report on wildlife crime, we typically don’t disclose specific locations for that reason.

Rare beauty

The giraffes likely had a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits skin cells from producing pigment but allows other organs, like eyes, to be dark-colored. This differs slightly from albinism, which inhibits the body from producing pigment in all organs. Despite their inability to produce colorful pigments, giraffes and other animals with leucism don’t face genetic disadvantages to their survival.

The condition, while rare, is not unheard of. It was also spotted in a giraffe calf at Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. Following the birth of a white giraffe in their refuge, the Park announced that it had taken steps to ensure the giraffe was safe from poachers. To date, Hirola had not announced any security measures.

Giraffes are under threat globally. Their populations have declined by more than 40 percent over the past three decades, to just under 16,000, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on the conservation status of wild animals and plants. Poaching of giraffes, which are killed for their hide, meat, bones, and tails, has increased across Africa. And as human populations grow and expand into former wildlands, giraffes have also fallen victim to retaliatory killings for crop damage, vehicle strikes, and hunting for bushmeat.

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Rising From The Ashes Of War, 

Enayat Asadi focuses upon the issues of poverty, injustice and social discrimination in Southwest Asia. For his series Rising from the Ashes of War, Asadi photographed Afghan refugees in transit in Iran, following the Afghan War. To accomplish this work, it was necessary for him to dare to travel through dangerous regions in eastern Iran.

Afghan refugees inside the fuel tank of a bus, where they will stay for about 30 hours as they travel to their destination in Tehran. Each fuel tank can fit seven people but possibility of asphyxiation is very real. The refugees must be get out  before reaching to each checkpoint, skirt around the checkpoint undetected, then re-enter the bus fuel tank. 

Afghan refugees wait for smugglers to give orders for them to enter cars. Around 30-35 people will sit in the luggage tray of each utility. More than 5000 Afghan and Pakistani refugees try to pass the eastern Iranian border to get to a safe place, far from their homeland. Some will stay Iran, others will go to Turkey and Greece.

Three hundred Afghan refugees arrive in Iran, after 12 hours walking on the border path of Iran and Pakistan. Some will stay in Iran, others will go to Turkey and Greece. Iranian police are fighting against people smuggling, however there are some accusations that they also assist smugglers

20 year old Mohammad is an Afghan refugee from Ghondus. He was kept and kidnapped by smugglers for an unpaid 15000 dollars debt. After two weeks, he was able to run away.

© Enayat Asadi 

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Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana. 24 October 2018. 

Nathaniale, 18 from Bolgatanga, has now spent eight years in the scrap yard. His job is to burn appliances and cables in order to extract raw materials like copper, aluminum and iron and then resell them. 

Here he is resting inside a makeshift shelter made by internal parts of old refrigerators. 

From the series “Burning Dreams”. © Carolina Rapezzi

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Katherine Johnson (August 26, 1918 – February 24, 2020)

Mrs. Johnson, who died at 101 on Monday at a retirement home in Newport News, Va., calculated the precise trajectories that would let Apollo 11 land on the moon in 1969 and, after Neil Armstrong’s history-making moonwalk, let it return to Earth.

A single error, she well knew, could have dire consequences for craft and crew. Her impeccable calculations had already helped plot the successful flight of Alan B. Shepard Jr., who became the first American in space when his Mercury spacecraft went aloft in 1961.

The next year, she likewise helped make it possible for John Glenn, in the Mercury vessel Friendship 7, to become the first American to orbit the Earth.

Mrs. Johnson was one of several hundred rigorously educated, supremely capable yet largely unheralded women who, well before the modern feminist movement, worked as NASA mathematicians.

But it was not only her sex that kept her long marginalized and long unsung: Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was also African-American.

She was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures.”

Katherine Johnson, photographed at Fort Monroe, in Hampton, Virginia. Photography by Annie Leibovitz.

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Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana 9 November 2018. 

Rashida is a young girl originally from the North of Ghana, she sells water in the scrap yard of Agbogbloshie. 

Along with other girls living in the area, she carries water bags into a wheelbarrow and sell them for 1 Ghanaian Cedi (the equivalent of £0,15) to workers who need to extinguish the fire and cool down the copper extracted from burning cables, wires and other appliances. 

From the series “Burning Dreams”. © Carolina Rapezzi 

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Pop Smoke (20 July 1999 - 19 February 2020)

Bashar Barakah Jackson early Wednesday died after being fatally shot during an invasion by armed intruders in his home in Hollywood Hills, 

Pop Smoke was 20…

Mutch Love and Condolences to his Family & Friends 💔💔💔

JACKBOYS, Pop Smoke, Travis Scott - GATTI (Official Music Video)

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saddayfordemocracy·2 months agoPhoto

Microplastic Photos Series 

by Sweet Sneak Studio for Copenhagen Zoo,

The plastic consumption worldwide has been increasing at an alarming rate becoming an important source of pollution for our planet. Our plastic waste ends up in the sea and in nature where it takes decades to degrade. 

Plastic also enters our food chain as microplastics.

Microplastics are small plastic pieces, less than 5 mm long. Because of their tiny size, they can escape water treatment filtration systems and spread out into our oceans and other water bodies.

We consume microplastics not only through seafood, but also through drinking water because of the plastic bottles which have the highest content of microplastics. Scientists have found microplastics in beer, honey and sea salt.

The exact impact of microplastics on our health is not yet clear but we know that plastic is harming nature. 

To shine a light on the problem and to create more awareness on the consequences of single-use plastics, Sweet Sneak Studio created this exhibition portraying eight different foods in which scientists found traces of microplastics.

Photography by Morten Bentzon

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Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium), 1969,

The white dot in the centre might represent a bullet hole — focusing on it for 60 seconds, and then looking away at a blank wall, conjures an illusion of the flag in red, white and blue!

Offset lithograph in colors, on wove paper, Signed in pencil, numbered 260/300, 

Published by the Committee Against the War in Vietnam, with the artist’s copyright ink stamp, with full margins, in good condition, framed,

Image: 17 x 26 in. (432 x 660 mm.), Sheet: 20 ½ x 28 ½ in. (521 x 724 mm.)

Christie’s

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Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) 

In his youth, poverty was all too familiar to Kirk Douglas, the son of immigrants who migrated from Russia early in the 20th century to seek a better life. Anne Douglas was born into privilege in Hannover, Germany, until the Second World War divided her family and turned privilege into hardship.

Kirk and Anne Douglas were destined to find one another and in their own way share their experiences with those around them. Through Kirk Douglas’s success in the film industry, they found themselves looking to do more than simply live as celebrities. They wanted to give back – not only in thanks for their many blessings, but as a means of teaching their children and grandchildren the lessons they had learned.

The Douglas Foundation’s principal goal is to help those who cannot otherwise help themselves.  Its primary focus is improving the education and health, fostering the well-being, and most importantly developing new opportunities for the children who hold our future in their hands.  

Recognizing the crisis in health care today, the Douglas Foundation also lends its support to medical research, equipment, and programs within the health system that strive to enhance the quality of care in local communities.

Blair Underwood helps Kirk Douglas serve at the Los Angeles Mission and Anne Douglas Center’s Thanksgiving meal for the homeless, in Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. on Nov. 24, 2010. 

Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images  / http://www.douglasfoundation.org/

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World BEYOND War has been putting up billboards around the world. 

They’ve generated news, been used to create events, helped spark the creation of new chapters, and educated huge numbers of people.

We need your help to be able to put the same billboard back up in July when the world’s media, thousands of activists, and the Democratic Party’s delegates are gathered there.

With your help, we hope to also put up messages of peace in Ottawa, Canada, this spring during the enormous weapons show that we’ll be countering with our #NoWar2020 conference and week of actions.

We also want to put up billboards in Okinawa in support of base closure activism, and in Tokyo during the upcoming Olympics.

We can only do this with your help.

Donate to our billboards campaign and be sure to mention in the comment box where you’d most like to see billboards.

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Ai Weiwei, “Bombs” (2019),

This dramatic, large-scale print is a compilation of 3-D renderings of 50 conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction developed by a number of countries. 

The bombs are arranged chronologically, from a 1911 grenade to a 2019 guided nuclear missile.

Offset lithograph, 72 x 48.” 

© Ai Weiwei Studio. 

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