Sunday

After a stray puppy got hit by a car, she lay paralyzed in the snow for 12 hours. The puppy was hurt in a northern community of Alberta, Canada, and had broken her pelvis.

 Unable to move and with temperatures below freezing, she didn’t have much hope of surviving.

Fortunately, she was spotted by some teenagers and the animal rescue AB Task Force was notified, who in turn called Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).

“She spent over 12 hours lying there alone and cold before rescuers found and rushed her to SAVEvet,” wrote AARCS. The snow had melted around her because of her body heat.

The puppy, now named Nutmeg, was happy to see her rescuers when she was found.

As Nutmeg is recovering from her broken pelvis, she’s restricted to crate rest for 6 weeks.”So lots of treats, kisses and back scratches for this girl!” said AARCS.


“She’s still wagging her tail… She’s really happy. Once she’s all healed up, she’ll be ready for adoption.”

In Alberta, thousands of cats and dogs are homeless, abandoned, abused or living in horrendous conditions. Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society works closely with rural and First Nations communities where there is limited to no animal services. In 2015, AARCS took in over 2,000 cats and dogs. They cared for them by providing medical care, spaying/neutering, vaccinating and then found their forever families.
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"We marched for Standing Rock fighting to protect our water, traditions and sovereignty over sacred land."

In Seattle, Washington, native American women singers and drummers lead a women's march of thousands as it arrives at the Seattle Center, on January 21, 2017. Women across the Pacific Northwest marched in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and to send a message in support of women's rights and other causes.

"As protectors and defenders of our communities, rights, and Mother Earth we descend upon Washington DC to express our unified vision of resistance, love and movement."

Water and Oil: How common are oil spills; do they really impact the environment? For those who have yet to be affected by crude oil spills, it’s difficult to understand why some farmers and indigenous people are so worried about the increase in oil pipelines, especially in North Dakota.

The truth is, landowners struggle with spills from oil pipelines on a regular basis, and clean up can take several years.

As summarized in a report from the Associated Press, “North Dakota had nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, which were just a fraction of approximately 750 oil field incidents that took place in the state without the public’s knowledge.”


The frequency of these spills threatens the livelihoods of local farmers and is detrimental to the environment. If that isn’t bad enough, the secrecy surrounding these spills has only caused distrust from many indigenous and non-indigenous people alike.

Oil spills can cause immediate and long-term harm to the environment, wildlife, and humans.

Photos via Dallas Goldtooth

 Rob Wilson Photography



 Rob Wilson Photography



Canada Indigenous women stand with USA indigenous

The honor of the people lies in the moccasin tracks of the woman. Indigenous Proverb

Saturday

One of the last remaining nomadic groups of reindeer herders has been tracked down and captured on camera in northern Mongolia

 Japanese photographer, Madoka Ikegami, visited the East Taiga region of the Khovsgol province last year in order to gain her amazing images of the Tsaatan family.

She said: “The Tsaatan people live in either East or West Taiga, and I only visited East Taiga.

“There were five families at the time of my visit as, unexpectedly, the rest of the community - mostly young ones - had moved to a further remote area just a few days before my arrival.”

The Tsaatan tribe is somewhat dependent on reindeers for transportation purposes and their antlers are used as handcrafting tools. The reindeers also provide the travellers with milk, a fundamental part of their diet.

Madoka was originally motivated to document the tribe when she saw an inspirational picture of a Tsaatan child resting her head on a beautiful white reindeer.


She said: “It was so fascinating to see the peaceful face of this little child, her deep trust in this animal, which is much larger than her. And the reindeer doesn't look to mind her either.

The Tsaatan tribe is said to have co-existed with reindeers for thousands of years and Madoka wanted her photography to emphasise their relationship as well as the incredible scenery that surrounds them












"As protectors and defenders of our communities, rights, and Mother Earth we descend upon Washington DC to express our unified vision of resistance, love and movement."

"It's important through this march that we understand the role women have played throughout history: To be part of this march, is to carry on their legacy; Bertha Cáceres, the indigenous woman who fought for water and was murdered. All of our moms, grandmothers and sisters," said Angela Adrar, 41, the executive director of Climate Justice Alliance in Washington D.C.

"This march is a visual representation of our power," said Adrar, who is Colombian American. She crossed the border with her mother at the age of five.

In San Francisco, Leila Salazar-Lopez is marching for many reasons, one of those being environmental issues. Salazar-Lopez is the Executive Director of Amazon Watch, and says that she and her colleagues have worked hard to protect the rain forest for over 20 years, but fears that the incoming administration might disregard that.

"We have an administration that denies climate change," Salazar Lopez says. "It's one of the biggest threats our society has ever faced. It's our job, not only to amplify the voices, but to also promote the protection of mother earth in a positive way."

Salazar-Lopez says that indigenous communities, black and brown, are the communities most affected by environmental issues. She says there's no way to have climate justice, unless companies and corporations stop extracting fossil fuels from the ground.

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Melissa Montero Padilla, 35, of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent, traveled from Queens, New York to attend the D.C. march. "I'm marching for my niece, our families, all of the single mothers, immigrant women and our elders; I march because our lives depend on it."







Winters get chilly in Northern India, so volunteers at the the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center decided to knit giant sweaters for its rescued elephants.

 It takes around 4 weeks to make one sweater, and it does not come as a surprise knowing that elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet. Still, the volunteers make sure that the knits are not only warm and cozy, they are also colorful , and even fashionable.

“It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme winter, as they are weak and vulnerable having suffered so much abuse making them susceptible to ailments such as pneumonia,” cofounder Kartick Satyanarayan said in a release.

“The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with.” Thank goodness the abuse those sweet babies had to face is in the past, with bright – and stylish – future ahead of them.

Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth.

Today, the organisation has evolved to actively work towards protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities or those communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance.


Wildlife SOS consistently makes a difference to give back to the planet, to give back to nature and help protect the environment and wildlife.
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