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US banner uses 50,000 activist signatures to send message to Obama by Chuck Baclagon
December 7, 2009, 10:06 pm
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I bet you thought all the action was going down in Copenhagen right now — or at least you thought that until you saw our activists on the roof of the Candian Parliament.

Well, my colleagues back in the States have just taken action as well. About 20 activists unveiled a huge banner in front of the White House with an image of President Obama and the message, “Lead. Save the Climate!”

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Quotes by Chuck Baclagon

From the UN General Assembly special session on climate Change 22 Sept 09

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“Climate change is the pre-eminent geopolitical and economic issue of the 21st century. It rewrites the global equation for development, peace and security.” – Ban Ki-moon

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Dumbo Drop by Chuck Baclagon

September 15, 2009

No, I don’t mean what Um has to clean up, but the process of transporting elephants across provincial borders. An operation as complicated as the movie Operation Dumbo Drop.

As required by Thai law and provincial administration regulations, Elephants cannot walk across provincial borders, they can only be transported by trucks, with prior permissions of the livestock department.

So, early this morning after their usual enormous breakfast; with the help of the mahouts, our veterinarian and elephant transport experts, our great friends delicately clambered onto the back of a truck specially designed for them and were driven across the borders which an elephant can hardly tell, but let us not get into the irony of this bureaucratic joke.

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Washington, we have a problem. by Chuck Baclagon

Xiaowei, a Chinese rock-star, Tshepo, an African activist and Shane, an American-Indian student are part of the small Greenpeace team of Thai and Filipino staff and volunteers, that walked the entire distance of 12 kms with the Chang(e) caravan today.

Watching them through the view finder of my camera, I was reminded of Margaret Mead’s words, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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Walking with the elephants! by Chuck Baclagon

Day213 September 2009

I have walked for many causes in the past.

Inspired by the Narmada Bachao Andolan, I walked with people of the Narmada valley in India who were opposing the  hugely controversial Sardar Sarovar dam, that has wiped out the lives and livelihoods of thousands while delivering very little to those who were supposed to benefit from it.

Moved by the never-say-die attitude of the survivors of the Bhopal gas disaster, I have walked with them many times in their campaign to seek justice from the American multinational, Dow chemicals. This December 4th will be the 25th anniversary of the disaster and one of the longest running people’s struggle.

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It’s the ecology, stupid! by Chuck Baclagon
Greenpeace activists display a banner from a construction crane near the State Department in Washington, D.C., Greenpeace urged government ministers from the world’s 17 biggest greenhouse polluters to‚Stop Global Warming and Rescue the Planet from the devastating effects of climate change as ministers gathered for climate talks under the Major Economies Forum (MEF) process.  © Greenpeace / Tazz

Greenpeace activists display a banner from a construction crane near the State Department in Washington, D.C., Greenpeace urged government ministers from the world’s 17 biggest greenhouse polluters to‚'Stop Global Warming' and 'Rescue the Planet' from the devastating effects of climate change as ministers gathered for climate talks under the Major Economies Forum (MEF) process.

As senior diplomats and politicians from 17 countries headed towards the US State Department building in Washington DC this morning, they couldn’t have missed a couple of Greenpeace climbers dangling below a huge banner bearing a picture of our beautiful blue planet and the words “Too big to fail”.

Climate change will be on the agenda at this meeting, billed as the Major Economies Forum (MEF), and we wanted to remind them to put the planet before profits.

The MEF is President Obama’s remodelled version of Bush’s Major Emitters Meeting. The Bush version was designed as a distraction to real progress, a venue for big economies to look busy while doing nothing. This week we will find out if Obama’s approach is going to be more productive.

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