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Green Planet …info on Kenaf -Working with Nature – a Repost

    featured photo is a sunset over Mumbai

The Wall Project – Brightening people’s lives.

Posted on 25. May, 2010 by admin in India, odd stuff

The Mumbai Wall Project began with a blank white compound wall, with an intense burning of “something has to be done to it” It starting with a few enthusiastic people, it has grown to be a bigger and bigger project seemingly taking a life of its own.

It was an initiative to add visual elements of colour, form and texture to a space, to make the area more alive and generate a feeling among people who pass by it daily. Not knowing how people would react, the first onlookers came out slowly and curious to see what was happening and then slowly people and even young kids came out to help and play their part.

Dhanya Pilo, Art Director and Founder of The Wall Project, notes: “Wall art has always existed in India on temple walls, village houses or old Bollywood art, creating a personality unique to each township.” Since public art has always existed, a creative platform of this kind was the logical next step.

The Wall Project have painted in many many nooks and corners of Mumbai. Bandra is the best location – as the best way to see all the wall art you need to cycle/walk around and you will find art work all over Bandra. More recently the wall project, got permission from the city to beautify the North –South roads in Mumbai as a canvas with everything being an inspiration, art, music, nature, love, the abstract, real life and the city itself. (This road is a huge landmark) Everything is acceptable apart from adverts, religious views, political slogans, and foul language. The premise that a work of art can make a colorful difference in the lives of individuals, communities, and cities, The Founders believe that grey, ugly spaces deserve beautification.
Everybody is welcome, not just artists, and they are always looking for permission and interesting locations to paint.

They have worked with a lot of people, shop owners, hospitals, NGO’s and the Alliance Francaise, Kaos Pilot, and are being invited by more people to showcase their ideas/skills. In January ‘08 they collaborated with Fine Art students of Rachana Sansad, Mumbai and painted shops as well as some other walls.

Over the years a lot of talented Graffiti artist from all over the world have come to paint, from Swedish writer Finsta to French writers Dezer, Keflione, Migwel, Rock, Posh, Seth, Boogie & Kid etc have all come and left their designs/marks/stories in the streets of Mumbai giving locals something to smile about.

Regarding, “The Great Wall of Mumbai” – on the Tulsi Pipe Road – They had been eyeing that wall for so so long. They had painted on walls of private homes, shops, schools, etc and they wanted to paint on major public spaces but thought that the process of getting permission would be too daunting and bureaucratic. They were completely surprised when R A Rajeev, Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC approached them. He gave them complete creative control, it was a dream come true. Around four hundred people of all ages came to help. Some were not artists, some were not. It was about being inclusive and including the local population and the turnout was great.

The Mumbai Wall Projectis bringing the streets to life, in a positive and colourful way with more than 300+ pieces all over Mumbai.

If you want to keep in loop join The Wall Project Facebook Group, they posting most information there, and you can let them know if there are any specific ways you want to be part of the group. They say even dormant members will eventually get colourful, and out of their cocoon.

“This process allows one to be more observant about the spaces we use and move within and how we can use various art forms in the public sphere to generate an interest in the minds of our daily human lives. The wall project in its own way tries to start a conversation, with no political or religious attachments.” – Dhanya Pilo & Nitya Amarnath

Fuel – A different way of thinking?

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by admin in mishmash

As you may or may not be aware, I don’t feel that Carbon Dioxide is the the villain at the centre of the world’s problems . I personally believe that is a convenience for Governments to generate revenue amongst other things, a distraction from other more important matters. What I do believe, is that we are extremely wasteful of dwindling resources and are polluting our planet at an alarming rate… More kids are suffering with asthma that ever before. More people have respiratory illnesses than ever before. We are killing ourselves and the planet with pollution and waste in a thousand different ways.

So I was pleased to find The Fuel Film website

A few pollution information gems to consider:

• The levels of toxic diesel fumes inside school buses are 4 times higher compared with outside the buses.

• According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 2 million premature deaths are caused each year due to air pollution in cities across the world

• A Scottish study has shown that jogging with traffic around results in reduced blood flow to the heart. This is particularly dangerous for people with stable heart disease, because it can trigger off cardiac arrhythmia or even a heart attack

• Every year 335,000 Americans die of lung cancer, which is a direct result of air pollution

And we are not talking CO2 pollution here, just all the other nasties that get pumped into our atmosphere for us to breath.

The Fuel Film… Educational, Informative and surprisingly entertaining

The Big question from sceptics is: … That crops for bio-fuel takes away the ability of the world to feed it’s growing population, this is answered in a couple of ways in the film.

One solution of several is in using marginal land, another is algae
For those that don’t know: Marginal land is land that is difficult to cultivate and is not being used for food crops. This land could be used to grow biomass crops to be used for bio-fuels. California has apparently 1 million acres of marginal land that could generate 5 billion gallons of bio-fuels per year.

Now, while not 100% convinced that it is possible to ‘grow’ all our fuel requirements, it nice to know that there are alternative possibilities and people willing to fight to get them heard.

All it needs now is the desire from Government and vested interests to make it happen… Having said all that what is happening in the Gulf is a wake-up call for the world….

But is anybody listening? Because as sure as death and taxes we are not going to give up our love affair with the car easily

For more information click here

Photo courtesy: U.S. Department of Energy. Pretty, isn’t it? …. In case you’re wondering it’s Bio-fuel Algae

Kenaf – A 21st century crop

Posted on 21. Mar, 2010 by admin in crop

Kenaf, should be the fibre crop of the 21st century, and hopefully explode into the market place for industrial products made from sustainable natural materials. Several multinational companies already use kenaf fibre in small, but growing quantities, in newly-marketed green products such as the Toyota Lexus and NEC mobile phones to replace environmentally-damaging materials.

Crucially, the green tag attached to kenaf is gaining more importance as people, companies and governments realize that the kenaf crop removes substantial amounts of CO2 and NO2 from the atmosphere and three to five times faster than forests with its deep roots improving the soil. Trees take many years to reach a harvestable size, however kenaf grown as an annual crop will reach a mature size in just 120 to 150 days after the seeds are sown, producing the largest biomass of any agricultural crop – far more than trees.

It can clean the environment efficiently and in some Japanese cities, kenaf is planted by the Government to improve the air quality. Kenaf will also greatly reduce our reliance on wood pulp and petroleum-based products. From construction board and concrete to plastic composites for mobile phones, from paper and light-weight, high-strength surfaces in aircraft to non woven industrial fabrics, from newspaper to absorbents for the oil industry. Commerce is waiting for the sustainable kenaf fibre in large quantities.

The kenaf plant is composed of multiple useful components (e.g. stalks, leaves, and seeds) and within each of these plant components there are various usable portions (e.g. fibres and fibre strands, proteins, oils, and allelopathic chemicals). What can’t be harvested can be used as Biomass fuel and fertilizer

Exciting New Technologies

In the past kenaf fibre production has been limited by the manual processing required to extract the fibres once the kenaf crop has been grown and harvested and the non-sustainable method of retting the fibres in rivers. New methods are now becoming available to process kenaf in volume providing a distinct advantage over existing processes, taking them to a new economical viability.

Green Planets and our partners intention is not to compete with other existing kenaf producers or processors, but to enlarge the industry and provide new opportunities for kenaf fibres. In most of the countries chosen, there are existing kenaf customers, we aim to enhance those relationships and the export routes for kenaf to developed nations. While at the same time create locally-owned hubs of agricultural excellence, kenaf business and community social support for the growers.

To find out more and how you can assist us, please contact us at     www.kenaf@greenplanet.com

Kenaf is a crop of importance – to a world in need of it


January’s racist Elle cover?


The petition below is from 2011 ..much has happen before it and since … as an article states in 9/2012 she had commercials … scene: The young woman then waltzes off in a tiny pair of white shorts as a voice-over states that the product can help skin become “bright and translucent”.

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Tell Elle to ends its practice of racist skin-whitening and apologize

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Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appears on the January cover of Elle magazine, but she’s outraged by the image. Her skin appears far more pale than it is in real life. Her dark brown hair is shown to be practically red.

Elle claims to celebrate women of color by featuring them on magazine covers, but this is the second time in just six months that Elle has blatantly made women of color more white. (The last controversy surrounded Precious actress Gabourey Sidibe.)

For better or worse, publications like Elle play a huge role in determining global standards of beauty — especially for young girls and teenagers who read it. It sends a cruel and dangerous message to women of color everywhere when Elle manipulates the skin color of one of India’s most famous actresses just so she can appear on a magazine cover.

Here’s our opportunity: Elle is a business that cares more about its bottom line and public image than anything else. To change their behavior — and send a message that reverberates through the whole fashion industry — we need a public outcry.

Join Change.org members in telling Elle Magazine to ends its practice of racist skin-whitening.

India already has a billion-dollar skin-whitening industry. Many women burn their skin through the use of unsafe whitening products. And there’s a pervasive prejudice against girls who are “too dark” and therefore can’t get hired or married.

A global publication like Elle has no business reinforcing that racist and damaging stereotype. Elle suffered from some bad press when the magazine cover came out, but there still needs to be a massive public campaign to force them to take real action. This is that campaign.

Tell Elle that women don’t have to be white to be beautiful – and to apologize for its offensive doctoring of its cover models:


Thanks for taking action,

– Judith and the Change.org team

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Gates Foundation supports for-profit youth prisons?


I’m Rashad Robinson of the organization ColorOfChange, and I started a petition to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes, which says:

An awareness of and opposition to private prisons is growing. States and companies previously invested are recognizing the uniquely devastating impacts of private prisons and choosing to disassociate completely. But the Gates Foundation—one of the world’s largest private funds, which aims to promote the health and well-being of communities across the world—continues to support an industry responsible for immeasurable human suffering.

Sign Rashad’s petition

For years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has supported the shameful for-profit prison industry, investing millions of their vast wealth to finance companies that profit from locking Black and Brown youth in some of the most dangerous and inhumane conditions in the country. 

ColorOfChange has urged the Gates Foundation to do the right thing and divest, but executives with the power to do so have refused to act. Now, it’s time for the public to get involved. 

Please sign the petition to urge the Gates Foundation to live up to their mission and end all support of for-profit prisons.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Rashad Robinson

This petition was created on MoveOn’s online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. ColorofChange didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.

Head & Shoulders has a dirty secret


I wanted to check that you saw my email last week. Procter & Gamble — the maker of Head & Shoulders shampoo — is pushing endangered animals like the orangutan and Sumatran tiger closer to extinction by supporting rainforest destruction.
In just one week, supporters like you have sent over 185,000 messages to Procter & Gamble’s CEO, demanding the company to take forest-destroying palm oil out of its products. But P&G is trying to ignore the public and the evidence linking its products to deforestation.
That’s why it’s time to turn up the heat. Right now, nine Greenpeace activists are protesting at P&G’s global headquarters. Or more accurately — on the walls of P&G’s global headquarters. Today, Procter & Gamble won’t be able to shut out the message that it is on the hook for deforestation.
Let P&G know that your concerns aren’t going away.

Tell Procter & Gamble to make its products forest friendly now.
Thanks for all you do,  From: Joao Talocchi, Greenpeace

Procter & Gamble’s products — like Head & Shoulders — are tied to Indonesian rainforest destruction.
Act now to stop rainforest destruction! The  company must cut the link between its products and extinction. Demand that Procter & Gamble commit to forest-friendly palm oil now.
take action today

A rainforest that’s home to 10-15% of all species on earth — including the last remaining 400 Sumatran tigers — is being methodically destroyed in Indonesia.
Yet, despite this terrible fact, I’m optimistic. I’m not writing to tell you about extinction or catastrophe. I’m writing because I believe we’re on the verge of a historic moment that could change everything. To get there, I need your help.
Greenpeace launched a new global campaign this month demanding that big name brands cut their links to dirty palm oil — the leading cause of deforestation in Indonesia. And the pressure is working — new companies are announcing No Deforestation policies almost weekly.
But a few key corporate holdouts are stalling the progress. If we get these companies to commit, we can transform the palm oil industry in Indonesia for good.
Procter & Gamble the company that makes Head & Shoulders continues to buy dirty palm oil tied to forest destruction in Indonesia. Send the company a message now demanding that it use only forest friendly palm oil in all its products.
With every person who speaks out and every new company that commits to a No Deforestation policy, it gets harder and harder for companies like Procter & Gamble to continue with business as usual.
In the two weeks since we launched, over 220,000 supporters like you have demanded that brands they use commit to using only tiger and forest friendly palm oil. The results speak for themselves.
L’Oreal, Hershey, even supermarket Food Lion have joined multinational companies like Nestle and Unilever over the last two months in committing to cut their links with forest destruction.
This is huge. Change is happening faster than we ever could have hoped for. But to truly tip the balance in favor of the forests, corporate leaders like Procter & Gamble must commit to stop contributing to deforestation. Tell Head & Shoulders’ owner Procter & Gamble that it’s time the company cut the link between beauty products and extinction. Demand that the company commit to forest-friendly palm oil now.
Changing corporation’s palm oil policies won’t just help protect Indonesian rainforest. When major brand start demanding no deforestation palm oil, suppliers around the world will have to stop cutting down forests to keep their customers. This single campaign could protect forests across the globe from destruction for palm oil plantations.
We are at the tipping point to utterly transform the entire palm oil industry. Do that, and we’re well on our way to achieving our goal of zero deforestation globally by 2020.
Tell Procter & Gamble: Stop using dirty palm oil now. We won’t let up until it makes the change.
With hope,
Joao Talocchi Greenpeace USA Palm Oil Campaigner


Tell Procter & Gamble — the maker of Head & Shoulders — to stop using palm oil linked to deforestation because washing away dandruff shouldn’t wipe out tigers.