EMMA Hosts a 'Social Cohesion Conference' to discuss the current issues in regards to 'London 2012 Olympic Security to Legacy'. In the response to the London riots in 2011 and banking crisis.
Keith Vaz MP
Prof. Paul Rogers
A wander around my latest collage on deforestation. All the photos are cut out from National Geographic magazines and glued down onto collage board. This work measures a whopping 160 X 110 cms!
This collage took me 3½ months of fulltime work to complete. I hope to raise funds for a charity called the world land trust. I want to make it clear that the world land trust in no way endorses my work, website nor any of my products. Please go to www.worldlandtrust.org During the last 20 years they have saved over 400,000 acres of tropical rain forest thanks to donations received from the public. They work in relation with local NGOs and target areas (as far afield as Brazil, India and Borneo) menaced by deforestation and where there is a particularly rich bio-diversity. I am donating 50% of all poster sales to their cause. Please go to their website to find out how you can help save both tropical rain forest and bio-diversity from exploitation.
Amongst the details in this collage you can find:
A herd of cows grazing on a newly deforested region of Brazils Amazon basin. Fast food restaurants in the U.S.A. including McDonalds buy this meat, even though they deny any involvement in deforestation.
To the right, there is a huge area being cleared for growing Soya beans. This crop is then distributed worldwide mainly as animal feed.
Towards the lower centre one can find an illegal farmer, busy planting palms for the palm oil trade. A number of animals are trying to dissuade him; a mouse with a STOP sign, a monkey dropping a large stone on his hand, whilst a giant gerbil is about to give him the fright of his life. Palm oil ends up in a wide variety of products, from fast foods, chocolate and soap to cosmetics and even cleaning products.
Most of the animals in this collage have taken up arms in a desperate attempt to save their ever-shrinking habitat. You can find:
A snow monkey armed with a rifle and cannon.
A grasshopper mouse (shouting orders) equipped with a decorative dagger.
A tiny poison arrow frog wearing a helmet, armed with a silver plated pistol.
A lemur handing over an M-16 assault rifle to a giant kangaroo rat.
A team of meerkats moving a heavy machine-gun into position.
A grizzly bear sniper.
A tortoise complete with crash helmet and a delivery of grenades.
A trio of chimpanzees are launching grenades at a lumberjack about 3 metres away. If you look really closely you can even see their selection of rocket-propelled grenades and launcher!
A clan of prairie dogs are awarding a veteran fighter with a medal, whilst to the left a Philippine tarsier is suffering from shell shock.
A mouse can be seen whispering death threats into the ear of a lumberjack, but hes closed his eyes and put earplugs inwhat a coward!
Elsewhere, some naughty proboscis monkeys are tying a lumberjacks legs together.
A wild cat is about to shred a loggers hand to ribbons and a man carrying a large tree trunk is being attacked by a mouse, 2 prairie puppies and a squirrel.
Sadly, a lot of the animals are under threat from exploitation. Here is a list of some of the endangered species I have included in the collage. You can find:
Brown howler monkey (population declining)
Buffy tufted-ear marmoset (vunerable, less than 10 000 individuals)
Burrowing bettong (population 5 000 and rising)
Crowned lemur (vunerable, declining population)
Gees golden langur (endangered, less than 3 000 individuals)
Giant kangaroo rat (endangered, population unknown)
Golden bamboo lemur (critically endangered, less than 5 000 individuals)
Golden crowned sifaka lemur (critically endangered, 6 000-10 000 individuals)
Golden headed lion tamarin (endangered, less than 2 000 individuals)
Hispaniolan solenodon (critically endangered)
Kinkajou (population declining but not threatened)
Malagasay civet (vunerable but unknown population)
Margay cat (population declining)
Pileated gibbon (vunerable, 30 000 and declining)
Philippine tarsier (rare but population unknown)
Proboscis monkey (endangered, less than 1000 individuals)
Rabbit-eared bandicoot (vunerable, less than 10 000 individuals)
Red ruffed lemur (endangered but unknown population)
Slender loris (population declining)
Sokoke scops owl (vunerable, less than 1,000 pairs)
Spectacled bear (vunerable, 5 000-30 000 individuals)
Sumatran rhinoceros (endangered, estimated at 400 individuals)
Western barred bandicoot (vunerable, less than 10 000 individuals)
Please go to www.worldlandtrust.org to help save rain forests and bio-diversity from exploitation.
Today's topic is the Large Hadron Collider, a bold choice given that none of us know anything about particle accelerators. To those of you who do, feel free to angrily comment on any mistakes you notice. I assure you that we'll take them super seriously.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologize in advance to Switzerland for some of the things we said.