TAKE ACTION: Ask the Pope to protect the Ecuadorian Amazon

Pope Francis:
Call on Ecuador to Protect the Amazon
and its Peoples!

“For human beings…to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins.”
Pope Francis,
Laudato Si, On the Care of Our Common HomeTAKE ACTION

On July 5th, Pope Francis, who has called deforestation a “sin,” will visit Ecuador, the country with the highest deforestation rate in South America. A major driver of Ecuador’s deforestation is state oil company Petroamazonas, which is leading a massive expansion of the Amazonian oil frontier.

Most disturbingly, Petroamazonas is attempting to drill in Block 31 and ITT – the most fragile part of Yasuni National Park and home to Ecuador’s last indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. The Ecuadorian constitution qualifies any operations there as “ethnocide” because such activity would threaten the very existence of those isolated communities. This behavior echoes Pope Francis’ warning in his encyclical that “environmental exploitation and degradation” can lead to “the disappearance of a culture,” which “can be just as serious, or even more serious than the disappearance of a species of plant or animal.”As His Holiness prepares to meet with Ecuador’s devout Catholic president Rafael Correa, let’s ask him to urge President Correa and Petroamazonas not to drill Yasuní National Park. We also ask him to meet with theKichwa ofSarayaku, the Amazonian community who wrote to him in May which has successfully protected its territory fromthe incursion of oil companies for decades.For the Amazon,

Shall We Dance On Ice … Save the Date 12/12/2015

Thanks to anap62 for the great vids … just listened to kristi say SWDOI will be back !!! 12/12/15  hoping meryl & maks will be back too

 Kristi Yamaguchi announced that  SWDOI will be back !!!


a Paul Kirkland & Sharna Burgess Creation

          Dance Fuzionkleinemocha:</p><br />
<p>aairitwforum:</p><br />
<p>kleinemocha:</p><br />
<p>Schedule and instructors announced (as of May 7, 2015…to be updated)Dance FuzionAugust 14-16 Las VegasSharna Burgess, Paul Kirkland, Chelsie Hightowerm featuring Sabrina BryantSeptember 11-13 San FranciscoSharna BurgessOctober 2-4 ScottsdaleChelsie Hightower, Paul KirklandOctober 16-18 SeattleNone announced yetNovember 6-8 MiamiMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie HightowerNovember 20-22 OrlandoNone announced yetDecember 4-6 San Diego (overlaps with Sway 4 dates)None announced yetJanuary 15-17 Palm SpringsNone announced yetFebruary 5-7 HonoluluNone announced yetFebruary 19-21 DallasNone announced yetMarch 11-13 AtlantaNone announced yetApril 8-10 New OrleansMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie HightowerApril 15-17 VancouverNone announced yetApril 22-24 TorontoNone announced yetApril 29-May 1 MontrealNone announced yetMay 6-8 New YorkMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna BurgessMay 13-15 PhiladelphiaMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna BurgessMay 20-22 ChicagoChelsie Hightower, Paul KirklandJune 3-5 Grand RapidsNone announced yetJune 10-12 MinneapolisMaksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna BurgessJune 17-19 Kansas CityNone announced yetJune 24-26 Oklahoma CityNone announced yetJuly 8-10 NashvilleNone announced yetJuly 15-17 DenverNone announced yetJuly 22-24 HoustonNone announced yethttp://www.dancefuzionusa.com/@dolphia</p><br />
<p>With Sharna in those spring shows… I don’t think she’ll be on DWTS then. </p><br />
<p>There are only two weekends, towards the end of the season (22!!), where she’s named as being one of the instructors. I’m sure in a pinch she could switch things around, but since they only hired her by the skin of her teeth for Season 19, I’m glad to think she has something to fall back on. Just hope they find the market for this–it’s a high price but I assume they’ve done their research!</p><br />
<p>(imo)they see it, now is the time …there are a lot of orgs like them but they don’t have all the dances dfuzion does…they also have built in PR ! …i do think they probs wouldn’t mind if their fans tell folks about the schedule …i will be. i think they might get more than just wannabe dancers,some who know they need a refresher,get a few good hrs of a diff style… in school you have to take a history of dance class…this is in 3D…awesome

Schedule and instructors announced

(For updates) go to the link below


a Paul Kirkland and Sharna Burgess Production

I cannot confirm any of the dates below ~ Please check on their website for schedule

A Great Gift!

August 14-16 Las Vegas Sharna Burgess, Paul Kirkland, Chelsie Hightowerm featuring Sabrina Bryant

September 11-13 San Francisco Sharna Burgess

October 2-4 Scottsdale Chelsie Hightower, Paul Kirkland

October 16-18 Seattle None announced yet

November 6-8 Miami Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower

November 20-22 Orlando None announced yet

December 4-6 San Diego (overlaps with Sway 4 dates) None announced yet

January 15-17 Palm Springs None announced yet

February 5-7 Honolulu None announced yet

February 19-21 Dallas None announced yet

March 11-13 Atlanta None announced yet

April 8-10 New Orleans Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower

April 15-17 Vancouver None announced yet

April 22-24 Toronto None announced yet

April 29-May 1 Montreal None announced yet

May 6-8 New York Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna Burgess

May 13-15 Philadelphia Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna Burgess

May 20-22 Chicago Chelsie Hightower, Paul Kirkland

June 3-5 Grand Rapids None announced yet

June 10-12 Minneapolis Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Sharna Burgess

June 17-19 Kansas City None announced yet

June 24-26 Oklahoma City None announced yet

July 8-10 Nashville None announced yet

July 15-17 Denver None announced yet

July 22-24 Houston None announced yet


Happy 4th!


The Last Few Weeks Have Given Us Many Reasons To Celebrate.

The Fourth of July holiday couldn’t have come at a better time this year. The last few weeks have given us many reasons to celebrate. Since the terrible tragedy in Charleston, a substantive conversation about racism has spread across the country and its symbols are weakening. Last week, the Supreme Court made a series of landmark decisions. It upheld the Affordable Care Act and made the historic pronouncement that same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. And on Tuesday, the Obama administration announced expanded overtime protections that could raise wages for millions. These are all pretty good reasons to feel patriotic.

BOTTOM LINE: It has been a great few weeks of progress in America. Have a great holiday weekend!

U.S. Waters Polluted by 10 Million Tons of Dog Poop

U.S. Waters Polluted by 10 Million Tons of Dog Poop

The 78 million dogs living in the United States create 10 million tons of feces annually, polluting waterways and posing a threat to public health, according to a pet waste removal service asking Americans to pledge to scoop the poop this Earth Day.

Dog Waste Threatens Public Health

“Dog waste is an environmental pollutant. In 1991, it was placed in the same health category as oil and toxic chemicals by the Environmental Protection Agency,” explains Virginia-based pet waste removal company Doody Calls in a press release. “The longer dog waste stays on the ground, the greater a contamination becomes. Bacteria, worms and other parasites thrive in waste until it’s washed away into the water supply.”

USAToday reports that 40% of dog owners do not pick up their dog’s waste at all and all that waste pollutes waterways. Because scientists are able to track the origin of the fecal bacteria to the species that excreted it, we even know how much. One study showed as much as 90% of the fecal coliform in urban stormwater was of non-human origin, mostly dog.

In just a couple of days, 100 dogs can deposit enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay, and all  watershed areas within 20 miles of it,                     to swimming  and fishing. Officials in Seattle consider waste from the city’s million dogs to be a major pollution source of Puget Sound. Dogs have also been shown to be a major source of water contamination in Clearwater, FL; Arlington, VA; and Boise, ID.

So What’s a Responsible Dog Owner to Do?

If you live in Cambridge, MA, you can drop your dog’s leavings into methane digesters to power the lights in some parks. If you live in Jefferson County, CO, you can join the poop patrol to remind your neighbors that there is no dog poo fairy (seriously). For the rest of us, the Natural Resources Defense Council has the following recommendations:

  • First, you definitely should not let your dog’s droppings lay near water ways, curbs, or even in your yard. What you should do is . . .
  • Wrap it in a plastic bag (biodegradable, corn-derived, or regular) and put it in the trash (though not all municipalities allow this).
  • Flush it. Dog waste can be managed by most sewage treatment systems and some septic tanks. (Do not flush cat waste because the parasite Toxoplasma gondii can survive sewage treatment plants.)
  • Install an underground pet waste digester. Basically a septic tank just for your pet.
  • Bury it in your yard. Keep pet waste away from vegetable gardens, the water table, and streams and buried at least 5 inches deep. Always cover fresh waste with with dirt.
  • Hire a poop collection service. Services will patrol your yard for poop on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule.  What a service does with the waste will vary, but you won’t have to handle it yourself.

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