News // 6 News by Beverley Luckings
Lives do not matter in a post-Covid Kenya where ‘Profit Before Life’ remains a fact. So please sign the petition ‘Save Nairobi National Park – Save NNP’ to stop the construction of a luxury hotel that will destroy these animals’ habitat. The June 30th deadline for public comments on development plans for Nairobi National Park looms. Under the cover of coronavirus, the government of Kenya has pushed through development plans which will have detrimental impact on indigenous communities and wildlife.
“To ignore an entire Maasai community and its livelihood for the enjoyment of a few is the “othering” of our lives,” – Nkamunu Patita, Maasai community leader.
The fate of nature reserves across Kenya and Africa hangs by a string as a precedent is set. The Nairobi National park was formed in the 1940s when the Maasai elders foresaw the City of Nairobi developing rapidly. As wildlife and nature is their way of life, they parted with their land, in agreement that the land be used for the sole purpose of conserving and preserving wildlife. The last few decades have seen the park encroached, land grabbed, sliced off and a massive railway cutting in through a protected area! We need to honor these previous traditions by NOT developing the park.
Please sign the petition here bit.ly/3eGbV0I and give support here gf.me/u/x6t98a
30.06.2020 show complete article
RANKIN fotografierte anlässlich des 72ten Geburtstages der NHS eine Portraitserie mit Ärzten und Pflegepersonal der NHS die täglich und dies immer noch an vorderster Front arbeiten um sicherzustellen das die COVID-19-Pandemie kontrollierbar bleibt. Denn vorbei ist sie noch lange nicht. Die Bilder werden anlässlich des 72ten Geburtstages der NHS im ganzen Vereinigten Königreich an Bushaltestellen, auf Billboards und belebten Fussgängerzonen inklusive Piccadilly Lights in London zu sehen sein.
Auf den Motive zu sehen: ein ICU Consultant, eine COVID-19 Critical Care Krankenschwester, eine Hebamme, ein Psychiater, ein Pfleger, ein Apotheker, usw. - allesamt wichtige Schaltstellen in einem inzwischen gut funktionierenden System.
Fotograf und Regisseur Rankin : “As the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, I was moved by the incredible efforts of people across the NHS and I wanted to document who they are and their role in fighting this disease. Taking a portrait is a unique and intimate experience, even with social distancing in place. Everyone had their own inspiring story which to them was just doing their job. I hope these images portray the resilience and courage they show every day in the face of real adversity."
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive : “This has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history, with our amazing staff providing care to almost 100,000 hospitalised Covid patients, and many more in the community. Nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists, cleaners and countless others have pulled together, bolstered by thousands of former NHS staff who came back to help, alongside a new generation of students who stepped up. As we approach the NHS’s anniversary, these striking portraits pay tribute to all NHS staff and their extraordinary dedication. On July 5th we also want to say thank you to those from all walks of life who have played their part in helping the NHS and our communities deal with this unprecedented health emergency.”
The participants have been photographed unhidden by PPE, to reveal the people behind the masks and celebrate the individuals they are. Alongside each portrait, NHS staff have shared their own personal stories from the frontline, providing a unique and touching insight into the lives of the people who are battling this pandemic and saving lives.
Emma Kelly, a critical care nurse at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At first, I thought it must be the wrong Emma as I feel like I’m just doing the job I’ve been trained to do. While all of us who work for the NHS do the job because we want to care for and support our patients – it is lovely to be recognised in this way and to be able to share our stories with the world”
Dr Farzana Hussain, a GP at Project Surgery, Newham, said: “It’s difficult to put into words how privileged I feel to be able to go to work every day and make a difference to people’s lives and to help battle this global pandemic. “Now more than ever, it’s important that we see the humanity that makes up our GP practices, community services and hospitals. Every member of staff has their own story, fears and hopes for the future. I think Rankin’s photography brings this out really well.”
To read all statements GoSee : england.nhs.uk///rankin-unveils-powerful-portrait-series-dedicated-to-frontline-staff-to-mark-nhs-birthday
30.06.2020 show complete article
Whoopi Goldberg has teamed up with Extinction Rebellion in a beautiful new animation set in the future. The stunning 3 minute film looks back from 2050 to show how people came together to save the world from the climate crisis. The team behind 'The Gigantic Change', together with Passion Pictures – who created the famous Orangutan advert for Iceland – knew that Whoopi’s iconic voice would bring a perfect sense of gravitas to the performance. She is a prominent campaigner on environmental issues, so she had the power to inspire many of her followers to take action.
The urgency of the situation clearly resonates with her, and many others, but the challenge is to communicate this urgency to the wider public. This is the primary purpose of The Gigantic Change. After seeing the film, viewers are directed to a simple page outlining the most effective actions they can take to save the environment. This could be anything from diet and travel all the way up to civil disobedience. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in such films as The Color Purple, Ghost and Sister Act, and lent her voice to the animated classic, The Lion King. She is one of a select group of artists to earn an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. She has a strong voice on climate issues and is an active supporter of numerous causes and humanitarian efforts.
About - Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their government. Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us. The consequences of this crisis include the sixth mass species extinction, global pollution, and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices. Human extinction is also a possibility if we do not take immediate action. GoSee: thegiganticchange.com
10.06.2020 show complete article