MY ART SUPPORTING CAMPAIGN AGAINST OIL DRILLING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS AND FOR CREATING A DOLPHINS AND WHALES SANCTUARY    

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© ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS, Realistic and not Manipulated Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters, Cracks, Scratches and Urban Signs

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In early October, oil and gas company Repsol will begin exploratory drilling in the Canary Islands in an attempt to bolster the Spanish economy. Environmentalists and locals in Spain are calling foul on this practice, as the drilling could devastate not only the tourism economy, but also the rich population of whales and dolphins who call this place their home. Tell the Spanish government to stop this oil prospecting and instead create a sanctuary to protect these wild and majestic creatures.

The waters off of the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are jeopardized by oil drilling. One-third of the world’s cetacean species call this place home, and the possibility of an oil spill, loud noises, and contamination could devastate all species. A vast majority of Spanish citizens oppose oil drilling, stating their love for the environment and wildlife, and expressing concern toward tourism. In 2011, several whales in the region were found dead from noise pollution and other factors. These deaths inspired the environmental minister to pitch the idea of making the waters a protected sanctuary—an idea that has rallied many citizens.

Unfortunately, Spain’s own Supreme Court threw out many challenges, as the country is eager to jump-start its economy. Spain relies heavily on tourists to drive the economy, and while many citizens understand this, the government doesn’t seem to. Respol is trying to calm citizens, stating that it is only looking for oil in the area. If oil is found, Respol claims it will openly discuss what is to be done with concerned citizens and government officials.

Respol is only concerned with profits, but many citizens are concerned for their economy and the lives of whales. While the company can claim that it is merely looking for oil, it will no doubt pursue drilling if oil is found. Respol does not care for the whales and dolphins in the area, and it seems like the government doesn’t either. Urge the Prime Minister of Spain to stop oil prospecting, and instead create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins.

I been in the beautiful and wild Fuerteventura. Local people and associations have raised protests. Greenpeace told that the planned oil spill – located in deep waters, at 3000 meters – would required 500 boats to act immediately in order to contain it. Fuerteventura doesn’t have the structure to be able to defend itself immediately against such a disaster…   

Natalia Evora, Environment and Trasports Councillor in Fuerteventura, said to “Fuerteventura Magazine Hoy” : “First of all we must remember that in 21st Century we must speak of energies that do not pollute and we therefore think oil has become an obsolete industry… We must take into account the great damage and risks that this would create in our marine element, for biodiversity and for tourism…The Islands that are Biosphere Reserves, such as Fuerteventura, are creating another energy model and not one that is already being eliminated in many countries because of the problems it has created… An oil spill would immediately close the desalination plants that provide the water we consume”.

 

SIGN THE PETITION…

Dear Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy,

I urge you to stop oil prospecting in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. These waters are home to one-third of the world’s whales and dolphins, and if oil prospecting were to occur here, it would endanger their lives. Furthermore, oil drilling would hurt your nation’s economy, as it is mainly driven by tourism. If the whales and dolphins were to die because of the noise pollution and oil spills, it would no doubt cause severe harm for your nation’s economy.

Many of your citizens are against oil prospecting, and it baffles me that your Supreme Court would even consider backing this endeavor. While I understand that your economy is struggling, it does not give your government the right to harm living creatures. Consider the harm you will be doing not only to your whales and dolphins, but to the environment and your people if you pursue oil drilling.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

http://forcechange.com/130227/protect-whales-from-oil-prospecting/

 

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ART FOR THE WATER: JUMP IN THESE BEAUTIFUL AND WINNING DRAWINGS CREATED BY ITALIAN STUDENTS

Some interesting and beautiful winning drawings created by Italian students of “Luini-Falcone Institute, a Secondary school in Rozzano, in the Greater Milan (Italy). The drawings participated to the 5th  edition of “Friend Water Contest” a social campaign promoted in Italy by Consorzio di Bonifica della Media Pianura Bergamasca through Okay! Monthly magazine.  

SOS StopOilSpill / MY VIDEO AND ART PIECES SUPPORTING FUERTEVENTURA (CANARY ISLANDS) CAMPAIGN AGAINST OIL EXPLORATION IN THE SEA

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS ART – IMAGES OF TORN AND DECOMPOSED POSTERS – FROM “SOS StopOilSpill” VIDEOCLIP

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CLIP SOS StopOilSpill / ANIMOTO

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My “Lacer/Actions” images against oil spill disasters: “And the sea waters rose and screamed all their fury”. This clip was created with my art pieces  – realistic and not manipulated images of torn and decomposed posters – and it supports Fuerteventura campaign against the central government’s decision (Spain) to allow oil exploration in Canary Islands (Biosphere Reserve). 

I been in the beautiful and wild Fuerteventura last june. And I approached its problem. Local people and associations are raising protests. Greenpeace told that the planned oil spill – located in deep waters, at 3000 meters – would required 500 boats to act immediately in order to contain it. Fuerteventura doesn’t have the structure to be able to defend itself immediately against such a disaster…   

Natalia Evora, Environment and Trasports Councillor in Fuerteventura, said to “Fuerteventura Magazine Hoy” : “First of all we must remember that in 21st Century we must speak of energies that do not pollute and we therefore think oil has become an obsolete industry… We must take into account the great damage and risks that this would create in our marine element, for biodiversity and for tourism…The Islands that are Biosphere Reserves, such as Fuerteventura, are creating another energy model and not one that is already being eliminated in many countries because of the problems it has created… An oil spill would immediately close the desalination plants that provide the water we consume”.

FUERTEVENTURA (BIOSPHERE RESERVE) SAYS “NO” TO CENTRAL GOVERNMENT’S DECISION (SPAIN) TO ALLOW OIL EXPLORATION IN THE SEA

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

Fuerteventura is one of the islands wich make the Canary archipelago, a set of islands whose climate, geological, marine and botanical peculiarities have set apart as an area of exceptional natural interest. In order to protect it, a law has been passed, the Law of  Natural Areas in the Canaries, limiting human activity in certain zones. These zones are divided into Nature and Rural Parks, Nature Reserves, Nature Monuments, Protected Landscapes, and Areas of Scientific Interest. In Fuerteventura these areas are the Corralejo, Lobos and Jandia Nature Parks, che Betancuria Rural Park, the Malpais de is Arena, Montaña de Tindaya, Caldera de Gairía, Cuchillos de Vigán, Montaña  Cardón and Ajuy Nature Monuments; the Maipais Grande and Valebrón Protected Landscapes, and the Playa del Matorral which is an Ares of Scientific Interest.

Fuerteventura is now facing central government’s decision (Spain) to allow oil exploration in the Canary Islands. The debate is open. And local people and associations are raising protests.

Natalia Evora, Environment and Trasports Councillor in Fuerteventura, said to “Fuerteventura Magazine Hoy” : “First of all we must remember that in 21st Century we must speak of energies that do not pollute and we therefore think oil has become an obsolete industry… We must take into account the great damage and risks that this would create in our marine element, for biodiversity and for tourism…The Islands that are Biosphere Reserves, such as Fuerteventura, are creating another energy model and not one that is already being eliminated in many countries because of the problems it has created… An oil spill would immediately close the desalination plants that provide the water we consume”.

Greenpeace told that the planned oil spill – located in deep waters, at 3000 meters – would required 500 boats to act immediately in order to contain it. Fuerteventura doesn’t have the structure to be able to defend itself immediately against such a disaster…   

THE LAND OF ALOE VERA PLANTS / MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 6

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Aloe Vera plants ( Aloe Barbadensis Miller) have found in Fuerteventura the best climatic conditions of the world for their development. Conditions I’m enjoying during my stay in  Fuerteventura: clear sunlight, warm climate and scarce rain. You may see Aloe Vera along roads, in the gardens and in several plantations grewed up in the inner areas.

Aloe Vera is a plant from the family of the liliaceous like tha garlic or the onion. It is known since the ancient time for its medical effects. The pulp inside contains a great variety of active principals such as vitamins, minerals and aminoacids. The Aloe Vera is recommended for all type of affections of the skin. Due to its regenerative action, in record time it accelerates the recuperation of the skin and eases the pain.

FUERTEVENTURA, LAND OF ALOE VERA – PHOTOS BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

At the weekly “mercadillo” (market) in Morro Jable I bought “Aloe Vera Gel” from “Absolut Aloe”, one of the local producers (www.absolutaloe.com) . A bottle of 250 ml. contains the extract of about 625 gr.of fresh leaves. They cultivate aloe in an ecologic way and their plantations are controlled by the Regular Council for Ecologic Agriculture of the Canary Government. To ensure maximum quality they sell directly from the producer straight to the consumer. In Fuerteventura you find Aloe Vera products in every stores or shops. Before to buy them, check quality and origins.

About its effects I may say that my skin has received immediate relief after sunburn. And some friends of mine at last solved problems about sun allergies.             

MY DAYS IN FUERTEVENTURA # 1 / DISCOVERING AN ISLAND THROUGH COLORS AND… STREET ART

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

I’m in Fuerteventura (Spain), one of the seven Canary Islands – declared biosphere reserve by Unesco – in the Atlantic Ocean, not so far from the North African coast. Tranquility, peace, quiet, sun and enchanting colors: these aree the elements we can find here.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

Fuerteventura is the colour of its beaches, the sky, the sea, the flavours of its products, its cuisine, its natural reserves, its mountains, its dunes, its winds and the combination of all these things.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

The Island maintains much of its original volcanic heritage made of incredible landscapes and natural contrasts, as Tindaya Mountain,  Betancuria Natural Reserve, the Corralejo Dunes, the El Cotillo fishing villages and the beatiful Jandia Playa, with the most attractives beaches.

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

Fuerteventura is also art and street art, as I will report in the next days… So, welcome in Fuerteventura! A place to discover and to love…

FUERTEVENTURA – CANARY ISLANDS © Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI 2012

STOP THE PLASTIC INVASION ON OUR SHORES: SURFRIDER FOUNDATION EUROPE LAUNCHES THE 17TH “OCEAN INITIATIVES”

  Dear defenders of our shores, river banks, lakesides and seabed, save the dates of 22, 23, 24, and March 25, 2012. The archetypal symbol for the protection and preservation of our coastlines in the fight against aquatic waste, Surfrider Foundation Europe is organising the 17th Ocean Initiatives. This year the target is the plastic that represents from 60 to 90% of the waste found (sources: Ocean Initiatives and UNEP report 2011). Ocean Initiatives integrate into the Rise Above Plastics campaign (RAP) launched by Surfrider US and embraced by the rest of the global network. RAP highlights the inevitable consequences of the plastic invasion on our ecosystems if we do not put a stop to it fast. The objective of the Rise Above Plastics campaign is to reduce the impact of single-use plastics on the marine environment by raising people’s awareness to the dangers of plastic pollution, and by advocating the reduction of their use. The solution lies in the rule of the 4 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Re-Use, and Recycle.

 Through these operations, Surfrider Foundation Europe aims at raising awareness, mobilizing citizens and public authorities to take action against the scourge of aquatic litter. Dear defenders of oceans, lakes, rivers and seabed, save the dates of 22, 23, 24, and March 25, 2012. Hundreds of operations throughout Europe and the world on beaches, lakes, rivers and seabed will be simultaneously organized by volunteers and local chapters. The extent of your mobilisation will also determine the impact and weight the demands of Surfrider Foundation Europe can have on the national and European institutions. With the support of Surfrider’s Head Office, every citizen has the opportunity to get involved in the fight against aquatic waste by organizing or participating in a clean-up operation. Surfrider Foundation Europe is responsible for coordinating the various operations, to provide logistical support to each volunteer and report on the event.

Event’s posters are available online; all information on Ocean Initiatives is available at: www.oceaninitiatives.org

ABOUT SURFRIDER FOUNDATION EUROPE

Surfrider Foundation Europe is an environmental non-profit making organisation (conforming to the French law passed in 1901) created in 1990 in France (Biarritz). In the course of its existence it has acquired real expertise in researching environmental issues, campaigning on the local scale as well as creating and disseminating educational tools. Today it brings together a network of 1700 volunteers, 10000 members and over 45000 supporters with around forty local branches, active in 12 European countries. For more information: www.surfrider.eu

SOS STOPOILSPILL / VIDEOCLIP

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/s-o-s-stopoilspill-my-artworks-against-offshore-oil-rig-activities/

STOP ALL’INVASIONE DI PLASTICA SULLE COSTE: SURFRIDER FOUNDATION EUROPE LANCIA LA 17A EDIZIONE DI “INIZIATIVE OCEANICHE”

Appuntamento per tutti i difensori delle nostre coste, argini, fiumi e fondali marini il 22, 23, 24, e 25 marzo 2012. Simbolo per eccellenza della protezione e salvaguardia del nostro litorale, per lottare contro i rifiuti acquatici, Surfrider Foundation Europa organizza la 17ima edizione delle Iniziative Oceaniche. Quest’anno l’obiettivo è la plastica che rappresenta dal 60 al 90% dei rifiuti (fonti: Iniziative Oceaniche e rapporto dell’UNEP 2011).

Le Iniziative Oceaniches’integrano alla campagna Rise Above Plastics (RAP – Riduciamo la nostra impronta di plastica!) lanciata da Surfrider Stati Uniti e impiegata dal resto della rete mondiale. RAP spiega quali sono le conseguenze di questa invasione nelle nostre coste se non interveniamo rapidamente. L’obiettivo della campagna Rise Above Plastics è di ridurre l’impatto della plastica a unico utilizzo sull’ambiente marino sensibilizzando sul tema dei pericoli dell’inquinamento plastico e indicando come poterlo ridurre alla base. Come soluzione, la regola delle 4 R: rifiutiamo, riduciamo, riutilizziamo e ricicliamo. Surfrider Foundation Europe ambisce attraverso queste operazioni a sensibilizzare e mobilizzare i cittadini e i poteri pubblici al fine di lottare contro il flagello dei rifiuti acquatici.

Appuntamento a tutti i difensori degli oceani, laghi, fiumi e fondali marini il 22, 23, 24, e 25 marzo 2012. Centinaia di operazioni ovunque in Europa e nel mondo in spiagge, laghi, fiumi e fondali marini saranno simultaneamente organizzate da volontari e dalle antenne locali. Da questa mobilitazione dipendono l’impatto e il peso delle rivendicazioni di Surfrider di fronte alle istituzioni nazionali ed europee. Con l’appoggio della sede di Surfrider, tutti i cittadini hanno la possibilità d’impegnarsi per combattere i rifiuti acquatici organizzando o partecipando a un’operazione di pulizia. Surfrider Foundation Europa s’incarica della coordinazione delle differenti operazioni, di apportare un sostegno logistico a ciascun volontario e di promuovere l’evento. Tutte le informazioni riguardanti le Iniziative Oceaniche sono disponibili sul sito: www.oceaninitiatives.org

 

Surfrider Foundation Europeè un’associazione ambientalista (legge francese 1901) creata nel 1990 in Francia (Biarritz). Durante il corso della sua esistenza, ha sviluppato una reale competenza nel campo della ricerca, azione locale come anche nella creazione e diffusione di strumenti pedagogici. Oggi l’associazione unisce una rete di 1700 volontari, 10000 aderenti, più di 45000 simpatizzanti di una quarantina di antenne locali attive in 12 paesi d’Europa.

Per maggiori informazioni: www.surfrider.eu