Australia announced a US$６４ million donation to
assist Indonesia with infrastructure development,as well as to boost the
southeast Asian nations’ economic growth.
Adventist Hospital of Happy Valley
The Adventist Hospital
of Happy Valley in Hong Kong takes meat off the menu and offers a variety of １３５
different vegetarian dishes for its patients.
Dr. Lučka Kajfež-Bogataj
Dr. Lučka Kajfež-Bogataj of the
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change wrote an article in the
Slovenian newspaper Večer which cites factory farming’s role in contributing to
９０％ of the destruction of tropical rainforests and encouraged vegetarianism to
protect the environment.
President Asif Ali Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari of
Pakistan has called for the capital city of Islamabad to be renovated into a
modern, sustainable city.
Sweden and Tanzania
Following Tanzania’s decision to
accept Burundian refugees as citizens, Sweden donates US$１.５ million to aid
Burundian refugees living in Tanzania to either obtain citizenship or to return
to their homeland.
In accordance with the Mauritian government’s
program of 『Making Mauritius a Sustainable Island,』 island textile companies are
changing to sustainable and energy efficient practices.
Malawi, by prioritizing food security, has emerged
from having to import grain in ２００５ to being able to share with others its
surplus in ２００８.
By June ２００９, Malaysia requires all cigarette
packaging to display graphic warnings depicting the harmful effects of smoking,
and manufacturers must inform smokers of the ４,０００ types of poisons in
United Nations General Assembly
The United Nations
General Assembly votes to forbid indoor smoking and tobacco sales throughout its
Morocco launches the Medical Assistance Regime
that will benefit ６２％ of the nation’s disadvantaged people with healthcare
International pop star Madonna, who currently
supports six orphanages in Malawi, is working to establish the Raising Malawi
Academy for Girls.
Kevin Rudd Australian Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd takes steps to ensure that all citizens are afforded decent housing,
medical care, and education, and takes the initiative to address the climate
Award winning Israeli actress, Gila Almagor,
established the non-profit Gila Almagor Wishes Foundation to help fulfill the
wishes of children who have serious illnesses or medical conditions.
Charles Njonjo – First Attorney General of Kenya
Njonjo, First Attorney General of Kenya, ２００８ Gusi Peace Prize laureate promotes
the banning of ivory trade, fur trade, or anything that would involve harm to
Japan donates US$５.６ million to Âu Lạc (Vietnam)
for a tree planting project on ９００ hectares of sand dunes in an effort to
prevent erosion as well as provide income to residents in the south central
Sir Paul McCartney
Acclaimed musician Sir Paul McCartney
jointly wrote a letter with Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nations
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to the Independent newspaper in the
United Kingdom stating that being vegetarian is the single most important step
individuals can take to reduce global warming.
Nguyễn Đình Vương
High school student Nguyễn Đình Vương
in Central Âu Lạc (Vietnam) jumped into the strong currents of the Lam River and
saved the lives of four students
Max the search dog, Dartmoor Rescue Group
Search dog Max
of the Dartmoor Rescue Group helped locate within two hours a ７９-year-old woman
who was missing for two days in Newton Saint Cyres in the United Kingdom.
Willie the Quaker parrot
Willie the Quaker parrot helped
save the life of two-year-old Hannah, who was choking on a snack, by alerting
the baby-sitter with his flapping wings and repeated calls of 『Mama』and
Diesel the dog
Diesel the adopted dog in Queensland,
Australia saved the life of a one-year-old toddler by jumping in between the boy
and a venomous brown snake and taking the poisonous bite himself.
SPECIAL THANKS of the MONTH
Australia pledges an initial contribution of
US$６１０,０００ for humanitarian assistance in Congo and will consider contributing
more if necessary.
United Nations FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural
The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the
International Fund for Agricultural Development collaborate to provide US$１０.２
million in hurricane relief funds for Haitian farmers.
Iran and Saudi Arabia
Iran and Saudi Arabia send ７１.５
tons and １０ tons of humanitarian aid, respectively, to Pakistan following the
International Organization for Migration, the United States Agency
for International Development
The International Organization for
Migration (IOM) and the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) deliver the remaining of the ９０７ new houses constructed for the victims
of Typhoon Reming.
Kenya launches a ３-year project to build ３０,０００
housing units in Nairobi for those without permanent homes.
Taipei City health officials
Taipei City health officials
announces that all foods claiming to be vegetarian must adhere to a labeling
certification system beginning July １, ２００９.
The local government of Bremen, Germany
decides not to renew a license for research being conducted on macaque monkeys
at the University of Bremen.
Salvation Army in Australia
The Salvation Army in
Australia is calling for a review of alcohol advertisement as well as a campaign
to inform the public about the ways that alcohol use hurts Australian
Spain’s consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and
illegal drugs fell to record low levels from ２００７ to ２００８ according to a
recently released study.
Good for You, Good for the Planet
A Spanish company, Good
for You, Good for the Planet, has developed a technology that completely
disconnects appliances after being on stand-by for a specified period of time.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles,
well-known for his philanthropic work and concerns for the environment; has
founded １８ charities and established several initiatives to encourage
sustainability, organic farming, and rainforest conservation.
Saudi Arabia’s １３th cargo relief plane
brings １０ tons humanitarian aid to the quake-afflicted Baluchistan province of
US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board
Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board ratifies regulations to implement
a ２００６ Congressional ban on illegal Internet gambling.
The Israeli Supreme Court makes a historic
property ruling, as two Palestinian land owners prove their title to property in
the West Bank settlement of Beit El.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New
York City, USA, proposes charging shoppers for plastic bags to encourage the use
of recycled or fabric alternatives.
Paraguay’s Secretary of the Environment
Secretary of the Environment cancels a permit issued to a company that clears
the rainforest for cattle ranching.
The United States Agency for International Development
The United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) contributes the US$４５ million Eastern Hebron Bulk Water Supply Project
to boost the supply and distribution of safe drinking water to Palestinians in
the southern West Bank.
Dr. Danny Harvey, Dr. Tony Weis, and other scientists
Danny Harvey, Dr. Tony Weis, and other scientists at the Canadian 『Climate
Catastrophe and Social Justice: Analysis & Action』conference emphasize the
importance of taking immediate steps to address global warming, including
adopting the vegetarian, animal-free diet.
Swedish Member of the European Parliament Jens
Holm hosts the 『Feeding the World under the Climate Threat?』forum where
international experts discuss the harmful impact of mass-producing livestock on
the environment and vulnerable populations.
Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council in West Yorkshire,
United Kingdom rules in favor of local residents and refuses an alcohol license
to a business applicant.
Rick Hansen, First Nations, government agencies, and
environmentalists in Canada
Through the efforts of Rick Hansen, the
Canadian aboriginal group First Nations, government agencies, and
environmentalists in Canada, the dwindling population of white sturgeon in the
Fraser River is now on the rise again.
Andrew Revkin, a New York Times reporter,
spoke at Yale University in Connecticut, USA on the need for urgent government
and individual action to mitigate climate change, and clean up and protect the
Journalist Emma Cook, in an article in the
British Times newspaper, advises parents to support children who want to eat
vegetarian out of concern for animal cruelty.
California Public Utilities Commission
Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has reserved US$１ billion for a Low Income
Energy Efficiency (LIEE) program, where free home energy audits will be
performed and energy efficient appliances and home weatherization will be
provided to eligible households.
Saudi Arabia donates US$１ million to fund
de-mining activities in Lebanon.
Ontario province, Canada
The legislative assembly of
Ontario province, Canada passes Bill ５０, a measure that expands animal care
standards to ensure humane treatment.
His Excellency Mr. Mario Boffo, the Ambassador of
Italy to Yemen, announced that Italy will build three specialized children
hospitals in Yemen and provide grants for medical help for refugees in the
district of Basateen.
Bangladesh tightens security to protect deer
in the Sundarbans mangrove forest from poachers.
Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service &
Approximately ６０ Australian wildlife rescue workers and
volunteers from Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service relocated １１ stranded
pilot whales to the ocean.
NBC TODAY Show
The US nationally broadcast NBC TODAY Show
began a week-long second edition of 『TODAY goes to the Ends of the Earth』program
to bring more information to the public about the harmful consequences of global
The European Commission has announced
a new action plan for ２００９-２０１２ to reduce the supply and demand for illegal
drugs, which includes a Europe-wide campaign to raise public awareness about the
dangers of drug use as well as increasing regulations and enhancing medical
The Netherlands extends a ban already in
place on the possession or sale of dried hallucinatory mushrooms to include the
cultivation and sale of the fresh ones as well.
In South Africa, a ２３,０００-hectare farmland
is now a restored sanctuary for wild animals called the Phinda Private Game
US top-ranking tennis player Serena
Williams has funded the construction and donated computers to a much needed
secondary school in Kenya.
The European Union donates US$７９ million
to Paraguay for agricultural education projects between ２００９ and ２０１２.
United Nations International Fund for Agriculture
The United Nations International Fund for Agriculture
Development initiates,a US$３１ million program to benefit poor Dominican Republic
farmers and help them create a direct link between farmers and markets.
Massachusetts, USA passed a measure that
will prohibit dog racing and would require the two greyhound tracks in the state
to close by January １, ２０１０.
Renée Frappier, president and co-founder
of Organic & Healthy Living Association of Quebec, Canada, connects
vegetarianism to the Earth’s health through her book 『The Guide to Natural and
Animalia, Finland’s biggest animal welfare
organization, promotes the rights and kind treatment of our fellow beings
through campaigning and lobbying for improved legislation for animal
After watching a film about people in need
of glasses in Africa, seven-year-old Imogen Hassam in Crawley, England wrote a
letter to everyone she knew, asking for yeglasses, and sent the ３１９ pairs which
she’d received to Vision Aid, a Christian charity in Gambia.
British & German scientists
A team of British and
German scientists release a study which explains that trees release chemicals
called terpenes, which transform water vapor into clouds, thus effectively
providing a protective cover to cool the Earth.
Solar Sailor, an Australian-based company,
has designed sails to attach to ocean-going vessels that can harness wind and
American actress Debra Skelton promotes
vegetarianism and compassion for animals as something that everyone can do to
heal the planet.
Hackney City Academy
The Hackney City Academy in London,
United Kingdom opts for 『e-books』to reduce expenses and the need for heavy
backpacks for students.
Burundi’s National Assembly voted in favor of a
law that would abolish the death penalty.
The Emirates Friendship Hospital Ship, Emirates Airline Foundation,
His Highness Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum
Friendship Hospital Ship, sponsored by the Emirates Airline Foundation under the
patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum of Dubai,
offer continuous free medical care to millions of residents living on River
Brahmaputra’s small islands and banks.
Dr. Fransiskus Xaverius Soedanto
Dr. Fransiskus Xaverius
Soedanto in Papua, Indonesia, charges patients an equivalent of only １０ US cents
for a consultation and even accepts a 『thank you』as payment.
Tanzania passed the Animal Welfare Act, a bill
that protects the rights and welfare of domestic as well as wild animals
including cows, goats, dogs, donkeys, chickens and others.
Canadian company, Element Four, has invented
the WaterMill, a device that condenses the air’s moisture and filters it into
South Australia’s Parliament passes a law
banning most types of plastic shopping bags that will be enforced with fines to
protect wildlife and the environment.
Upon seeing smoke coming from John Smith’s
house, Ryan Mason, a British newspaper boy, saves the life of the sleeping
elderly by immediately running to get help from a neighbor and awakening Mr.
Smith in time.
Dallas Stobbe and Joanne Webster
Mountain climbers Dallas
Stobbe and Joanne Webster heard ７０-year-old Kurt Drocholl’s calls for help and
rescued him from a crevasse into which he had fallen on Mt. Baker in Washington,
Six US Marines
Six off-duty US marines, noticing flames
and smoke at the motel where they were staying in Lake Forest, California, USA,
ran door to door to warn guests and carried one elderly man to safety.
Grace the German Shepherd
Grace the German Shepherd came
to the rescue of Tanya Kendell and her son in Missouri, USA, when a stranger
entered their home in a threatening manner.
A lamb belonging to a restaurant in Malan Village
in China tried to save his mother’s life by lying on a butcher knife to hide it
and, as a result, touched the restaurant owner to spare both mother and child
and close down his restaurant.
Stray dog in Florida, USA
A wandering pitbull in Florida,
USA saves Angela and her two-year-old son Jordan from an armed attacker who fled
from the scene upon the pitbull’s heroic intervention.
SPECIAL SALUTE of the MONTH
Macedonian soldiers and volunteers planted six
million trees in one day to revive the nation's forests following devastating
Fatima Saeed Obeid al-Awani
Mrs. Fatima Saeed Obeid
al-Awani is the first woman Maazoun in the United Arab Emirates, allowing her to
conduct marriages throughout the Gulf region.
Sweden donates US$４.７ million to Asian Development
Bank to assist developing member states in becoming more energy independent.
Irish Aid, a humanitarian organization in
Ireland, pledges over US$１０ million to assist in rebuilding Liberia’s health and
United Nations World Food Program
The United Nations
World Food Program is launching a first-ever large-scale distribution of a
nutritious paste known as『Supplementary Plumpy』to Somali’s children to help
restore their health and prevent malnutrition.
French Development Agency, the French Center for International
Cooperation in Agriculture for Development, and the Northern Mountainous
Institute for Agriculture-Forestry Technology and Science
French Development Agency, the French Center for International Cooperation in
Agriculture for Development, and the Northern Mountainous Institute for
Technology and Science contribute over US$１.６ million
in farming grants to Âu Lạc (Vietnam).
The United Nations Development Program, the United Kingdom’s
Department for International Development, the Danish International Development
AgencyThe United Nations Development Program, the United Kingdom’s
Department for International Development, and the Danish International
Development Agency collectively donated over US$１.３ million to help Nepal’s
Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology set up an action plan for
The Saudi Popular Campaign for the Relief of
the Lebanese People funds humanitarian projects in Beirut, including the Prince
Naif bin Abdulaziz Center for Dialysis, the Saudi-Lebanese Center for Dentistry,
and the Horizons Center for Technical Sciences and Technology.
Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka
The late Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka
donated US$１ million in memory of the two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Abebe
Bikila, to UNICEF to support the Community-Based Nutrition Programme in Tigray
and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region in Ethiopia.
US President George Bush
US President George Bush gives
１４ Presidential pardons and two reductions in sentences.
Emirates World Heart Group and the Red Crescent Authority of the
United Arab Emirates
The Emirates World Heart Group and the Red
Crescent Authority of the United Arab Emirates have initiated the 『Beating
Heart』project to freely treat children in the Horn of Africa region who have
serious congenital heart conditions.
IKEA, a Sweden-based home furnishing store, promotes
eco-friendly shopping by eliminating plastic shopping bags from US stores.
Danish company Photosolar has created an
innovative shading system that reduces summer cooling costs through a dual-pane
window system that shields light according to the angle of the sun.
Swedish and Lithuanian scientists
A group of Swedish and
Lithuanian scientists succeed in developing a new, effective way to treat highly
toxic industrial oil-polluted water at a tenth of the usual cost.
Japan donates ６０ high-quality water purifiers to
South Sudan in an effort to provide safe water for medical centers.
Dr. Ghislain de Marsily
French scientist Dr. Ghislain de
Marsily speaks to the Times of India on the importance of a plant-based diet for
conserving water, noting that the fact that a large number of Indians are
vegetarian will help conserve water as it will not be wasted on raising
Kuwait offers a safe haven for approximately ３６３
migrating bird species in the country’s nature preserves.
Singapore government leaders
To promote benevolent
stewardship of the environment, Singapore government leaders participate in tree
planting during the Clean and Green event.
Delta Doctors in Diaspora
American organization Delta
Doctors in Diaspora donates medical equipment and medicine to aid rural
healthcare in Delta State, Nigeria.
Mayor John Peyton
Mayor John Peyton of Jacksonville,
Florida, USA signed an executive order to establish a city-wide sustainability
policy that includes measures for Earth-friendly construction standards,
recycling practices, and the use of laptops by all Council members to reduce the
use of paper.
Australia’s religious alliance
Many spiritual groups in
Australia, including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Baha'is
gather to inaugurate the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change
International signatories of the Ramsay Resolution on
２０００ people from over １６５ countries signed the new Ramsar
Resolution on Flyways to safeguard habitats where birds spend the winter or
summer and to monitor populations.
US-based travel planning website
GoPlanit.com has launched an iPhone game called Pet Earth, with all proceeds
being donated to environmental organizations Arbor Day Foundation and Trees for
２７ dogs in Formosa
２７ dogs at international airports in
Formosa are utilizing their great sense of smell to stop banned items from
entering the country.
The US government extends protection to a group of
Alaskan beluga whales by listing them as endangered.
Singapore’s Department of Agriculture launches
the Organic FIELDS Support Program to support the nation's agricultural industry
in replacing chemical pesticides with healthy organic farming practices instead.
The American military ship USS Kearsarge reaches
the last stop in Guyana in its humantarian mission to provide medical, dental
and eye care to six Latin American countries.
SPECIAL THANKS of the MONTH
Sir Roger Moore
British movie star Sir Roger Moore,
awarded with one of France’s highest honors – the National Order of Arts and
Letters – is also noted for his work in many charities as well as being goodwill
ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
World Food Program
The United Nations World Food Program
(WFP) donates US$１１７ million in food aid to Sri Lanka.
United States Agency for International Development
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donates US$１５１
million in grants as part of a five-year commitment to Ethiopia for projects in
health, education, economic growth, governance, and democracy.
The European Union provides* over US$６.３
million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to help ensure a
better life for Palestinians in Gaza.
The European Commission donates an
additional contribution of almost US$２ million to provide water assistance to
１００,０００ Palestinians affected by global warming-related droughts.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation has donated nearly US$１ million through the United Nations
World Food Program (WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development
(IFAD) to benefit farmers in developing nations.
Iraq has increased security and provides US$９００,０００
in funds to assist displaced Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Germany is providing US$１２７,０００ for emergency
assistance for the flood-affected people of Yemen to help speed their recovery.
India's Tamil Nadu state government officials are
sending some ２,０００ tons total of food, clothing and other items to Colombo in
Sri Lanka to be distributed to tens of thousands of people in need.
World Food Program
The United Nations World Food Program
(WFP) has delivered the first １００ tons of assistance, including food, blankets,
and clothes, for ５０,０００ Congolese in Rutshuru and Kiwanja towns.
Libya donates tons of rice to Liberia to help
stabilize the food crisis in the country.
World Food Program
Following last month’s devastating
earthquake in Pakistan, the United Nations World Food Program provides
nourishment for the ２０,０００ survivors as they prepare for a cold winter.
George Bidgood & Malvern Primary School’s students, teachers
Seven-year-old George Bidgood of Melbourne, Australia
raises over US$２６,０００ for the Cancer Council of Victoria by bringing together ３４
classmates, teachers and parents of the Malvern Primary School to have their
heads shaved in a charity drive.
Beijing provides accommodation and meals
for those without homes for the cold winter.
Iraqi soldiers donate money to assist
victims of the recent wildfires in California, USA, as well as the September １１
memorial and the victims of Hurricane Gustav and Ike.
Chongchen Military School
Chongchen Military School in
Kaohsiung, Formosa has begun to serve vegetarian meals one to two times a week
to its students.
President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Emirates President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, instructed
that replacement homes be constructed for thousands of Yemen residents affected
by the storms and flash floods in October ２００８.
The Malaysian tribe, the Penans
A group of Penans, a
Malaysian semi-nomadic tribe in Sarawak state, returns to the jungle without
asking for a reward or recognition after they’ve rescued two surveyors, Ismail
Salleh and Rano Sani, who were lost for five days in the Sarawak forests.
The World Bank will help plant one billion
trees across Nigeria in an effort to counter climate change and desertification.
Dongsung Academy, a Christian boarding
school in Hanam, South Korea emphasizes loving service, honorable living, and
vegetarianism, teaching its students to grow their own fruits and
California passes Proposition ２, a measure
that bans all confining veal crates, gestation crates, and battery crates to
allow enough space for the animals to walk and turn around.
Queensland, Australia bans alcohol
for all beginner drivers which means that novice and provisional drivers will
have to register a zero alcohol reading before driving.
Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates
Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates is providing flood relief for those
affected in Yemen, as well as offering immunizations and providing a base for
The United Kingdom sets new restrictions
before Christmas to curb binge drinking, including the banning of happy hours,
drinking games and all-you-can-drink deals in pubs and bars.
Argentina, Fisheries Secretary Carlos Cheppi
Secretary Carlos Cheppi of Argentina has placed a ban on all fishing on Burdwood
Bank, a ６９４-square-mile valuable ocean ecosystem.
Legendary American country singer and
vegetarian Emmylou Harris performs at １５th Annual Lint Roller Party in Los
Angeles, California USA to benefit the animal sanctuary Best Friends of Animals
Legislators Nelson Albano and Matt Milam
Nelson Albano and Matt Milam in New Jersey, USA, sponsors a bill to ensure that
animal companions are included in government relief efforts during emergencies.
Russia donates three large multi-purpose tents to
function as field hospitals in flood devastated Nepal.
Mayor Helen Zille
Mayor Helen Zille of Cape Town, South
Africa has been awarded the ２００８ World Mayor prize in recognition for her
commitment to the well-being or her city.
Halud Al-Fakir has been appointed as the
first female judge to preside over the Palestinian Islamic or Sharia court in
『Off the Hoof』magazine
『Off the Hoof,』a new independent
magazine devoted to all things vegan, debuts in the United Kingdom.
Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama has
been chosen as the United State’s next president.