April 22 is Earth Day: Stop the killings!

Students pose for the photo with a globe during a campaign to mark the World Earth Day in a middle school in Dexing, Jiangxi province April 19, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily
Students pose for the photo with a globe during a campaign to mark the World Earth Day in a middle school in Dexing, Jiangxi province April 19, 2011. Credit: Reuters/China Daily

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Did you know April 22 is Earth Day? Do you care? Have you already stopped reading?

Hoping to get “A Billion Acts of Green,” organizers of Earth Day 2011 are encouraging us to sign up to do something small, but sustainable in our own lives to improve the planet’s health:

  • plant a tree
  • eat local food in season (Don’t buy rasberries for your Christmas dinner if you live in the northern hemisphere)
  • refuse to use plastic bags
  • stop buying plastic bottles of water 
  • there’s nothing wrong with dandelions growing on your lawn – stop spraying them with pesticides.

I was going to write something about water for today’s blog. Did you know that:

  •  each American uses 99 gallons of water a day?
  •  bottled water can cost up to 1,900 times more than tap water?
  • About 40% of bottled water is regular tap water (and that includes Pepsi’s Aquafina, and Coca-Cola’s Dasani)?

but after hearing the news of the deaths, yesterday – April 20 2011 – of the photojournalists Tim Hetherington, and Chris Hondros in Misrata, Libya, this earth day I’m signing up for PEACE on earth: 

End all wars, stop the killings, don’t drop another bomb.

Tim Hetherington (L) climbing from a building in Misrata on April 20, 2011 and Chris Hondros (R) 

Tim Hetherington (L) climbing from a building in Misrata on April 20, 2011 and Chris Hondros (R) (Phil Moore/ AFP/Getty)

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Photojournalist Tim Hetherington, born in Liverpool, England December 5, 1970 was best known for his work in Afghanistan, and the documentary film Restrepo (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011) which he directed with Sebastian Junger.

hetherington-460.jpgPhotograph by Matt Stuart.
Hetherington won numerous awards, including four World Press photo prizes and the 2007 World Press Photo of the Year award with the photo “Exhausted soldier in Afghanistan”.

photo from Afghanistan for Vanity Fair by Tim Hetherington

“Exhausted soldier in Afghanistan”  published by Vanity Fair magazine  in February 2008.

For a couple of years Mr F and I have seen the World Press Photo of the Year  at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Unbelievably moving experience to see the images all together on the walls. If you can’t get to an exhibition, World Press also puts out the Photo of the Year book each year.

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Some of Tim Hetherington’s  photos

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American, Chris Hondros, born March 14, 1970, is a Getty images photographer, whose photos have been seen in the New York Times, the Washington Post and Newsweek, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004, won the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 2006  (war photography’s highest honour) for his work in Iraq, and was named a “Hero of Photography” by American Photo magazine in 2007.

The London Guardian’s retrospective of Chris Hendros’s photos.

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It doesn’t make sense that Moammar Gadhafi is killing his own people, or that two men were killed trying to capture images of those killings.

Stop the Killings!

Imagine what our world would be like if we didn’t spend another penny on *war* so the millions and billions of dollars could instead be used for housing, clean water,  feeding the hungry, medical and dental care, education …

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an excerpt of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s statement yesterday:

Journalists across the globe risk their lives each day to keep us informed, demand accountability from world leaders, and give a voice to those who would not otherwise be heard. The Libyan government and all governments across the world must take steps to protect journalists doing this vital work.

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Two other photojournalists were injured in the mortar attack: “Chris Brown, was said to be up and walking in the Misrata hospital, but Guy Martin was still in the ICU”.

Stop the Killings!

Thanks to J.B.

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4 Responses to April 22 is Earth Day: Stop the killings!

  1. souldipper says:

    Right on, Rosanne. Every person who has this attitude contributes to it stopping. I agree. Just stop!

  2. dearrosie says:

    Glad to know you’re with me souldipper. Pass it on = Stop the Killings!

  3. Dumdad says:

    Tragic loss of talented people. Stop the killings – if only one could.

    PS I liked the poem, sweetcakes.

  4. dearrosie says:

    Always a pleasure to welcome you here Dumdad. Our voices are not in vain – just think how one mosquito can keep one up all night!

    It is a splendid poem isn’t it? Sweetcakes is my favourite new word.

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