Annie and Eddie are waiting for Santa
Reindeer are popular during the Christmas season. We see them in movies, in Christmas displays, on holiday greeting cards and of course pulling Santa’s sleigh. But in northern Scandinavia, reindeer are a part of everyday life for the Sami people of Lapland. Lapland is the Arctic homeland of the indigenous Sami people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwest Russia.
Since it is Annie and Eddie’s first Christmas Eve and they are anxiously waiting for Santa, even though Annie’s naughty tally might total more than her nice, we thought it would be fun to talk to the kittens about a few interesting things about reindeer.
Fun Facts About Reindeer
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One elephant is killed every 15 minutes.
Today is the International March for Elephants that is organized by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust through their iworry campaign. The peaceful marches will take place in 15 cities around the world representing the single largest demonstration of awareness for elephants. The ivory trade is an international crisis that must be acknowledged by governments world wide if we are to see any changes and hope for the elephant. At this rate of killing, African Elephants could become extinct in the wild by 2025.
World Oceans Day is June 8. Celebrate by Committing to Responsibly Sourced Fish.
Our oceans have a great wealth of diverse species but they are in trouble. Climate change is linked to the killing of coral reefs and destructive fishing practices have led to a dramatic decline in many types of fish and sea life we depend on. Today is World Oceans Day so I thought we could spend a few moments thinking about what we can do to help support our oceans.
McDonald’s, one of the nation’s largest single buyers of fish, announced earlier this year that it would begin serving Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable fish at its 14,000 restaurants. This proved that responsibly sourced fish ,the once thought to be only a niche market, was making its way in to the mainstream.
More than a third of consumers polled in 2012 ate sustainable food at least weekly, up from 27 percent two years earlier. According to Darren Tristano, executive vice president of foodservice research firm Technomic: “We’ve seen an increase in the marketing of sustainability for two reasons. The first is that chains are taking responsibility for sustainability practices that were already in place and also because more restaurants and suppliers have taken a step in that direction.”*