Monday, September 30, 2013





Every second breath you take comes from the ocean!
Our ocean covers more than 70 percent of the earth!
The life cycle begins and ends in the oceans!
Our oceans regulate our climate and weather patterns!
Our oceans are natures farmers markets!
Our oceans control the air circulation of the planet!
Water sustains life on earth, beginning in the seas!
The ocean tides and moon work in harmony!
Our oceans feed millions of people!
The ocean currents regulate earths temperature!
The ocean sustains sea life that feed and entertain us!
The sea, waves and beaches are fun!

BBC Documentary on BP Oil Spill Disaster.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout) was an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect, considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which claimed 11 lives, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed unabated for three months in 2010. The gushing wellhead was not capped until after 87 days, on 15 July 2010. The total discharge is estimated at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal; 780,000 m3).

A massive response ensued to protect beaches, wetlands, and estuaries from the spreading oil, using skimmer ships, floating boom, controlled burns, and 1.84 million US gallons (7,000 m3) of Corexit oil dispersant. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was capped and declared sealed on 19 September 2010. However, the months of spill, along with response and cleanup activities, caused extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats and the Gulf's fishing and tourism industries, as well as human health problems. Environmental and health consequences are continuing, with study and investigation ongoing. Some reports indicate the well site may be continuing to leak.

Numerous investigations have explored the causes of the explosion and spill. Notably, the U.S. government's September 2011 report pointed to defective cement work on the well, finding BP most at fault but also faulting Deepwater Horizon operator Transocean and contractor Halliburton. Earlier in 2011, a White House commission likewise blamed BP and its partners for making a series of cost-cutting decisions and not having a system sufficient to ensure well safety, but also concluded that the spill was not an isolated incident caused by "rogue industry or government officials," but resulted from "systemic" root causes and, "absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur."

The disaster spawned over 130 private lawsuits as well as civil and criminal federal prosecutions. In November 2012, BP settled the federal case by pleading guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter related to the explosion and fire, and agreeing to pay a record breaking $4.525 billion in fines and other payments. BP faces other potential enormous payouts to thousands of fishermen, businesses and others harmed by the spill. In November 2012 the EPA announced that BP will be temporarily banned from seeking new contracts with the US government because of the company's "lack of business integrity" during the disaster.

These accidents are taking a big toll on sea health!


If you've ever wondered why
Disney's tales all end in lies
Here's what happened after all their dreams came true

I loved being princess down in -- this beautiful ocean blue
But mermaids are going missing -- they end up in someone's stew
So just try to put yourself in -- to somebody else's gills
You're killing my ecosystem -- with fishing and oil spills
Thank you BP, thank you BP
The British are killing, oil is spilling
Now I can't see... MY EYES!
Chinamen feast on Flounder's fins
Plus the Japanese killed all my whale friends
Oceans are browning, I think I'm drowning
Thanks to BP

Hey, I'm OK, but I'm slightly scared
My husband's a mark for the War on Terror
Aladdin was taken by the CIA
We're not Taliban
You've got the wrong man
In Guantanamo Bay
Prince Ali, where could he be, drowning in wawa
Interrogation from the nation of the "free"
Bin Laden's taken the fall
We're not trained pilots at all
Jafar went crazy and no one put up a fuss
We're for freedom, Genie can vouch for us
Bush was crazy, Obama's lazy, al-Qaeda's not in this country
Set free my Prince Ali

A whore! A whore!
A whore, a whore, a whore!
This town's gone wild since I married Adam
They think I'm going straight to hell
But the charges laid on me
Of bestiality
Could wind up getting me thrown in a cell
No, I'm overrun by mad men
I hear they plan to burn me at the stake
They legit believe I'm Satan
And now I hear that PETA's gonna take my beast away

After John Smith traveled back to England
I helped my people cultivate the fields
More English, French, and Spaniards came to visit
And they greeted us with guns and germs and steel
They forced us into unknown lands of exile
They pillaged, raped, and left us all for dead
So now I'm far more liberal with a weapon
When I separate their bodies from their heads
Have you ever held the entrails of an English guy?
Or bit the beating hearts of Spanish men?
Can you shoot an arrow in some French guy's eyeball?
Can you paint with the red colors in these men
I can murder if I please
Cause I'm dying of disease
I can paint with the red colors in these men

Thanks to BP
Where's Prince Ali?
I've got STDs
Talking Clean Acting Dirty

in a new TV commercial, BP CEO Tony Hayward is offering atonement to those affected by the oil spill.
As Tony Guida reports, his apology isn't winning hearts and minds on the Gulf coast.

Deepwater Disaster - BP Oil Spill (Documentary)

BBC Horizon reveals the untold story of the 87-day battle to kill the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout a mile beneath the waves - a crisis that became America's worst environmental disaster.

Engineers and oil men at the heart of the operation talk for the first time about the colossal engineering challenges they faced and how they had to improvise under extreme pressure.

They tell of how they used household junk, discarded steel boxes and giant underwater cutting shears to stop the oil.

It's an operation that one insider likens to the rescue of Apollo 13.




CNN Gulf Coast Oil Disaster

Voice of America on Animals Demise - BP Oil Disaster  

By Deja Dragovic
The Green 
With the BP Oil Spill trial starting, here is a recap of the environmental impact caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill in April 2010.
Due to a delicate ecosystem that exists in the Gulf, of the many different species of flora and fauna interacting perfectly in their natural environment, the disruption of their regimen brought many disruptions to the entire chain of species.
These types of disasters limit the growth principle of ecological and environmental systems, restraining the species in their natural habitat, their supply of food, water and other essentials for their survival. This way the supply of resources changes and causes major drawbacks to the already established patterns in the area.
The damages may include direct impact on food stocks and fisheries, their economic and tourism losses due to environmental constraints such as contamination and pollution of waterways and land.
The habitat, already fragile and subject to varying climate change forces has been hit with unexpected sludge of oil – a substance that is poisonous, hard to sponge, and which leaves physical residue on the surrounding ecosystem.
The marine ecosystem, the coastal territory, the conditions of the physical and inbred activities—are all at stake following such a disaster. Oftentimes the media and the industry are quick to analyze only the tangible effects such as the oil smudges in the sea and their washing up along the coast. However, the cleanup is only an immediate resolution, the true impact is seen and felt only after the emergency steps have been implemented. In the long run, the spilled oil may produce oxidized compounds which exposure the ecosystem to high levels of toxicity. MORE




Race to save Ecuador's Yasuní national park from
oil lobby

Green groups campaign for a petition to force a national referendum to block president's unilateral sanction for drilling. MORE

Frackademia: The People & Money
Behind the EDF Methane Emissions

A peek behind the curtain show the study's results - described as "unprecedented" by EDF - may have something to do with the broad spectrum of industry-friendly backers of the report which include several major oil and gas companies, individuals and foundations fully committed to promoting the production and use of fracked gas in the U.S. One of the report's co-authors currently works as a consultant for the oil and gas industry, while another formerly worked as a petroleum engineer before entering academia. The study will likely be paraded as "definitive" by Big Oil, its front groups and the media in the days and weeks to come. A DeSmogBlog exclusive investigation reveals the study actually stands to make its pro-gas funders a fortune in what amounts to industry-favorable data meant to justify shale gas in the public mind as a "bridge fuel" - EDF's stance on gas - now and into the future. MORE

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Warriors of the Rainbow

“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

― Cree Indian Prophecy

copyright Marilyn Morningstar 2013 Antarctica

Stories from the Rainbow Warrior Videos


Warriors of the Rainbow by Eye's of Fire

Last century an old wise woman of the Cree Indian nation, named "Eyes of Fire", had a vision of the future. She prophesied that one day, because of the white mans' or Yo-ne-gis' greed, 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. There would come a time when the "keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs" would be needed to restore us to health, making the earth green again. They would be mankind's key to survival, they were the "Warriors of the Rainbow". There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit. MORE



Harmony Lambert, one of our New Hands on Deck, has native American roots and was raised in the Chumash native American tradition. In the 7th episode of our web mini-series, Stories from the Rainbow Warrior, Harmony retells the story of the Warriors of the Rainbow, and talks about the meaning of activism. 

The book which inspired the naming of the Rainbow Warrior was William Willoya's Warriors of the Rainbow, available from Amazon here:

William Sykes supervised the construction of the new Rainbow Warrior. Join him on a tour of the ship as he discusses the unique sailing rig, the process of landing a helicopter on board and shows us around above and below decks.

Anyone who thinks life at sea on a Greenpeace ship is glamorous should take a look as the Rainbow Warrior sails straight into a perfect North Sea gale between Stockholm and Bremen. 

Pablo from 'The New Hands On Deck' is hit by sea sickness, along with other crew members and the Swedish guest artist Regina Lund.

Before leaving the ship Regina sings "Rainbow Star" - a song she entered the Swedish music competition 'Melodifestivalen' in 2007.

See the previous episode where Regina Lund is getting onboard Rainbow Warrior in Stockholm: 

Whenever you ask a person who has been on a Greenpeace ship, who the most import person aboard is, they always answer; the cook. So in this 9th Episode of Stories from The Rainbow warrior, we meet Walter Rodrigues and explore life in the galley.

Martti tells the story of of how he went from an unhappy sailor working for an oil company to a sailor on a Greenpeace-ship who became an activist and how this choice in life and taking part in making a difference makes him feel.

The Rainbow Warrior sails into a Force 7 gale to test her sailing rig against the elements. 

En route from Bremen to Barcelona we kept looking for dolphins all the way from the English Channel and in the Bay of Biscay, but only when we reached the Strait of Gibraltar we were met by a large group of dolphins playing and swimming in front of the ship. They put on such a great welcome that was definitely worth waiting for.

Kumi Naidoo on Greenpeace Activists
Detained in Russia

Antarctica Research Stations EXPOSED

What It's Like To Spend A Year In The
Beautiful Wastes Of Antarctica

Antarctica is an isolated, frigid desert of ice and snow. It’s practically another planet. And it can bestaggeringly beautiful. Ian Hey did something most of us would never dream of and spent a year there. This is what it was like.
The footage, stills, and timelapses cover a variety of events in and around the Halley VI lab, from getting supplies to taking care of maintenance to just hanging out. It’s all fantastic. Kinda makes you want to visit right? MOVIE

This is the first part of our Journey south to Halley research Station.
Witness the cold difficulty in getting to Research stations in Antarctica.
 It takes wee longer than expected!

Antarctic research stations: exposed to the elements and now to the public

New exhibition brings together research stations that have survived in one of the most inhospitable places on the planet
The Belgian base, Princess Elisabeth, is the first zero-carbon station, powered by wind and solar energy and built from super-insulated wooden cassettes. Photograph: International Polar Foundation
A primary colored caterpillar on skis, a silvery pod on stilts and an electric blue starfish: they could be prototype vehicles for the next installment of the Star Trek franchise, but these are all architectural responses to making shelter in the coldest, windiest and driest place on Earth.
Curated by the British Council with the Arts CatalystIce Lab brings together a series of research stations from the last decade of our forays into Antarctica – extreme buildings for one of the most inhospitable places on the planet.
The exhibition, on show at the Lighthouse gallery in Glasgow before travelling to Manchester in October, comes after the recent completion ofHalley VI, the latest iteration of Britain's home on the Brunt Ice Shelf, where temperatures drop to -50C, winds rage at 100mph, and the next nearest humans are 700 miles away.
With snow levels rising by over a metre annually, it is a climate that has caused previous stations to be buried every 10 years. Photos show the rusty frame of Halley III emerging from a thick white cliff-face, like chocolate shards in a slice of Viennetta.
To avoid the same fate, Halley VI can move. Jacked up on ski-legs, its bulbous pods can be dragged over the ice, recalling the Walking City of 1960s dreamers Archigram. It has the same pop sensibility, with capsules wrapped in union flag colours like a little piece of Britain laid out across the endless white sheet.

Halley VI in Antarctica, from the Ice Lab exhibition
Halley VI in Antarctica, from the Ice Lab exhibition Photograph: British Antarctic Survey
National customs also continue within. Menus from the scientists' midwinter feasts in the 1950s feature toasts to the Queen, in between courses of penguin's eggs – a dish that has since been strictly outlawed.
While Halley's pods extend like the carriages of a train or a street of terraced houses, it is interesting to see how other countries have opted for structures that reflect their own national characters. The American McMurdo base rambles in a complex of big box industrial sheds, like a chunk of suburban sprawl. It is thought to have the biggest carbon footprint of any building in the world. The Belgian base, Princess Elisabeth, is the first zero-emission station, powered by wind and solar energy and built from super-insulated wooden cassettes. Photos show its crew assembled around a long banqueting table, with exposed timber beams giving the feeling of a cosy beer hall.
The Indian Bharathi station shares similar eco-credentials, constructed from the very shipping containers that carried the building equipment to the site. Fitted with long panoramic windows, its interior has the look of a first-class airport lounge from the 1970s, with reclining executive chairs and cream leather sofas. It is a far cry from the slick computer renderings of South Korea's ambitious Jang Bogo complex, due to open next year as one of the biggest stations yet. A stealthy three-pronged star, encrusted with a blue sequin skin of solar cells, its aerodynamic body hovers above the ice on delicate legs. It is the encapsulation of Korea's fast-paced technology-driven national identity.
Compared with the primitive cabins of the first Antarctic explorers, these are buildings as high-performance machines, the architectural equivalent of zip-up Gore-Tex to Shackleton's tweed. As architect Sam Jacob writes in an accompanying essay, they show a "hyper-accelerated history of architecture itself, progressing from the hut to the space station in just over a hundred years".
It is an architectural leap that mimics a scientific leap: researchers now spend their time launching balloons to search for primordial antimatter and hunting for ghost particles with a telescope buried 2.4km into the ice.
There are hints of a possible next chapter to come. David Garcia, of speculative studio Map architects, exhibits a plan for a subterranean station imagined as a spidery network of wormholes and caves, burrowed into the ice using caterpillar diggers.
Inspired by the way igloos use compacted snow for insulation it would, he says, entirely remove the need to transport foreign materials to Antarctica. Nor would it require dismantling or removal, melting in seven to 10 years and leaving no trace. The future of Antarctic architecture may be entirely invisible.
Ice Lab New Architecture and Science in Antarctica is at Architecture and Design Scotland at the Lighthouse 26 July to 2 October 2013
• This article was amended on 29 July 2013. The Belgian Princess Elisabeth station is zero-emission, not zero-carbon as previously stated. The article also stated that the American McMurdo base is at the South Pole, but is in fact on Ross Island, at 77 degrees south.


Antarctica's great Southern Ocean is the last pristine ocean wilderness left on Earth. This year leaders from 25 countries have an opportunity to create the world's largest marine sanctuaries around Antarctica. The proposals are in front of them, the science has been done, all they need to do is say YES. Tell our leaders to make the right decision when they meet this year and protect these waters for future generations.

Share this video and visit our website to take action: JOIN US! SIGN HERE!


Go to Wikipedia to read about ALL the Antarctic Research Stations - It is pretty astounding!

Argentine Base 2013 Marilyn Morningstar