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Message from Neil

planet Earth messageShanghai warned children and the elderly to stay indoors for at least a seventh day this month, intensifying pressure on local authorities to control the worst smog since government monitoring began last year.

That prompted the government to order cars off the road and factories to cut production.

If the planet is “Mother Earth” Neil Young has become “Father Environment” – his most recent post at Neilyoung.com about the air pollution in China’s city of Shanghai.

Here is Neil’s message, Looks like he is writing from his home in Hawaii. Nice time of year to be there, on the beach.

 

Whenever you do something good in the war against CO2, people around the world benefit. Everyone benefits.

Neil Young Hawaii, USA

Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning.

The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub on par with the likes of London, New York and Hong Kong by 2020.

On Friday afternoon, the Shanghai government issued its severest health warning as the city’s pollution index ranged between 23 times and 31 times the levels recommended by international health officials.

In the first such advice since a new health warning system was launched in April, authorities urged residents to stay indoors and asked factories to either cut or halt production.

The unusually noxious haze was caused by several factors, including industrial pollution and auto emissions trapped by cold, windless weather, said Xu Bin, an associate professor at Shanghai’s Tongji University.

By 2 a.m. ET Friday, the level of PM2.5 particulate matter, or tiny particles in the air that are the most hazardous to health, reached a “severely polluted” 466, according to the Shanghai government’s monitoring website.

A similar measure by the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai showed a reading of 503, a level described as being beyond the index on its website.

Levels above 300 are considered hazardous, while the World Health Organization recommends a daily level of no more than 20.

More here.

Didi Tang and Eugene Hoshiko, Reuters Shanghai, China

 

More on Honor the Treaties

neil-young-fullIt was the last Friday in August and the radio was off in the 1959 Lincoln on the highway from Edmonton to Fort McMurray, Alta., when Neil Young first heard about the daunting legal costs facing the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in their battle against the tar sands.

The story is told at APTN National News, how Neil Young and Daryl Hannah traveled to visit members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and learn about their battle against the tar sands.

“Really, really strong words came from him when he started talking to the chief directly,” said tribal member Eriel Deranger, who accompanied Neil.  “Neil has a lot of pull in the world and he wanted to use it for some sort of good and he mentioned we should do some sort of benefit concert.”

“All the First Nations people up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted, their treaties are no good. They have a right to live on the land like they always did but there’s no land left that they can live on,” said Young. “All the animals are dying. This is truly a disaster. And America is supporting this. It’s very unfortunate that this is where we get the majority of our fuel from.”

Concert lineup: Jan. 12 in Toronto, Jan. 16 in Winnipeg, Jan. 17 in Regina and Jan. 19 in Calgary.

NOTE: Although initial reports indicated tickets go on sale Today (Dec. 10), a Ticketmaster link to the Winnipeg concert says tickets for that particular show go on sale Friday (Dec. 13). The link for the Winnipeg show also indicates the price range is from $59.50 on the low end up to $260.25 on the high end. Meanwhile, the Massey Hall link for the Toronto concert says tickets (ranging from $95 to $250) go on sale Friday morning at 10:30am local time.

Read the full article at: http://aptn.ca/news/2013/12/09/neil-youngs-honour-treaties-tour-born-greened-59-lincoln-road-fort-mcmurray/

To learn more about the ACFN: http://www.human-highway.org/2013honor-the-treaties

Neil plans “Honor the Treaties” benefit concerts, & London in summer

neil_young_glasto09_ge_12Neil Young announced Monday that he will perform four benefit concerts in his native Canada to raise funds for a legal defense fund supporting the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in “challenges against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights,” according to a press release, and published in USA Today.

The “Honor the Treaties” shows — a title referring to the last and largest of 19th century land agreements between First Nation and the government of Canada, guaranteeing protection of the ACFN’s lands, rights and ecosystems — will be staged in January. Young will be joined by fellow Canadian artist Diana Krall as special guest.

The concerts will take place Jan. 12 in Toronto, Jan. 16 in Winnipeg, Jan. 17 in Regina and Jan. 19 in Calgary. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

Read More:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/12/09/neil-young-to-play-benefit-concerts/3915589/

After the unofficial announcement of Neil Young & Crazy Horse to perform 4 concerts in Germany this summer, now there is news that they will be headliners for next year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

Performing July 12, Young will be supported by The National, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent, Flyte and Tom Odell, according to The Guardian.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/dec/09/neil-young-crazy-horse-hyde-park

 

Thanksgiving message from Neil

Neil Young’s Thanksgiving message

Neil Young’s message for this holiday is an environmental/political one targeted at the  health of his homeland:

Today, I am thankful for all of the people world wide who work tirelessly for a good future on Planet Earth. And to my Canadian friends I say this, along with Elizabeth May:

STEPHEN HARPER IS NOT CANADA. When he became Prime Minister, he cancelled all climate programmes, repudiated our Kyoto targets, chose far weaker targets, weakened them again, legally withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol, and then failed to meet the weaker targets.

Harper’s Conservatives now compete with Australia’s pro-coal government for the worst climate record in the industrialized world. As a result Canada’s international reputation has been severely damaged, but I must emphasise again: STEPHEN HARPER IS NOT CANADA.

80% of Canadians want climate action. 80% of Canadians continue to be very concerned about tackling the climate crisis. It is not too late — Canada can be part of an international solution, we can repair our reputation on the world stage. We cannot give up on our own and our children’s future with a collective shrug.

Neil Young Thanksgiving Day

California, U.S.A.

http://www.neilyoung.com/

 

message from Neil (CO2)

planet Earth messagehttp://www.neilyoung.com/ / a message

Cars and CO2 for a While

With another deadly climate disaster in the Philippines taking 10,000 lives the world is sure to be more aware of Climate Change. It’s a slow awareness, creeping into daily life. The more awareness that human
activity causes climate change, the more people start to wonder what they can do to help stop it.

Cars are not the only cause of CO2 rising in our planet’s atmosphere and causing global warming. Cars are just one of the big contributors. We have been talking about cars and CO2 for a while now, building an electric car that drove across North America without using any gasoline and sharing how ultra low CO2 emissions can be possible even with a big car. We demonstrated that there is a real alternative to fossil fuels in daily personal transportation, a clear way that negates the need for gasoline.

In our journey across North America we saved the weight of our car (over 6300 LBS) in CO2 compared to what would have been emitted if we had used gasoline. When we arrived in Washington, I spoke to the National Farmers Union about bio-fuels and what CO2 is doing to our planet. Recently at SEMA in Las Vegas I spoke about the replacement of fossil fuels in daily driving with the Bio Electric Transportation model.

I hope we start to bring CO2 back down to earth, back in balance, where it belongs.

Neil Young
November 12th 2013
California

LincVolt | SEMA keynote speech (video) |

Random Quote

see the sky about to rain, broken singers, some are bound to glory, who can tell your story rolling down the track again”
by -- by Neil Young

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