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Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 27, 2009


Did you know that the food you are buying is pushing Orangutans to extinction? Palm oil is found in most food products and its rampant cultivation is destroying the Orangutans habitat at an alarming rate.
The United Nations has warned that Orangutans could be extinct within a generation if we don’t act quickly.
The simple fact is that you can’t tell whether you are contributing to this crisis because palm oil is not labelled on most food products. Most of the palm oil that ends up in our food is unsustainably harvested. In fact, only one to four percent of the palm oil used in our food comes from sustainable RSPO certified sources. Without proper labeling we as consumers cannot demand palm oil that is sustainable RSPO certified in our food products.

You have a right to know whether the products you buy contain palm oil. However without legislation change, palm oil will remain unlabelled and you will continue to push orangutans towards extinction.

Do the right thing that let FSANZ know that you want the right to choose what you put in your mouth! Follow this link to sign the petition.


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Second Star to the Right review

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 17, 2009

secondstartotherightSecond Star to the Right
Deborah Hautzig
2008 (first published 1981)
Very Good

 Second Star to the Right is an incredibly moving story about 14 year old Leslie Hiller. Leslie is a perfectionist and constantly worries about disappointing her mother. To take control, and she believes, to make herself happy she decides to go on a diet. But things get out of control, when Leslie can’t stop dieting. She starts eating less and less, believing that she’ll know when she’s thin enough. But she’s never thin enough. Soon Leslie is throwing up whatever she eats, throwing food out her bedroom window and is too exhausted to even go to school. Leslie is aware that she’s slowly killing herself and that she needs help, but finds it impossible to bring herself to eat.

Leslie is soon admitted to hospital, where the treatments and reactions to anorexia seem very dated. It frustrated me so much whenever someone asked Leslie ‘couldn’t you just eat a little so you put on weight?’, not realising there was more to her problem than that.
There is no proper outcome at the end of the novel, which left me wanting to know what happened to Leslie. But overall Second Star to the Right was a very good, and often sad, read. I found it very interesting to see anorexia through the mind of someone suffering from it.

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Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 25, 2009

If you’re in year 12 or doing VCE English this year you might be looking for some articles or information about issues that have been in the paper lately. And of course the library can help you with that.  🙂

I’ve made up a folder in Learning Point which you can find here. There’s a large range of topics you can find information on, the latest addition being about Rugby Players and standards of conduct. Other topics include bullying, sexualisation of children, teenagers and alcohol and many more.

There’s also a great website that I’ve linked to called Act Now where you can find a huge amount of information about many different issues. You can find articles which include links to some great newspaper articles. There are also areas where you can find videos, photos, stories, organisations involved with that particular issue and also how you can get involved.

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Earth Hour 2009

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 19, 2008

It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?

The answer: Ask the people of Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour.

On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2,100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. If the greenhouse reduction achieved in the Sydney CBD during Earth Hour was sustained for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 48,616 cars off the road for a year.

With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities joined Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

So what happened at this years Earth hour?

  • 50 million people around the world switched off their lights for one hour
  • More than 370 cities, towns and municipalities took part
  • Earth Hour was held in more than 35 countries across seven continents, including Antarctica across more than 18 different time zones
  • From the Middle East to Asia to Europe and the Americas – millions from all corners of the globe played a part and celebrated Earth Hour in their own local way
  • 40,000 people gathered at a pedal powered concert in Tel Aviv; 19,000 people gathered to hear Nelly Furtado sing in Toronto, Canada; businesses, school groups, communities and individuals celebrated all over the world with candle lit dinners, torch parties and street celebrations
  • The lights of the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta USA switched off as did the famous Coke sign in Kings Cross, Sydney as well as the Coke billboard in Times Square, New York. Google home page went black.
  • Iconic buildings and landmarks went dark including the infamous Alcatraz Jail in San Francisco, The Sydney Opera House, The Sears Tower, Azrieali Tower in Tel Aviv, Tivoli in Copenhagen, The Coliseum in Rome, Italy, Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai and the lights of Brighton Pier in the UK.

Pretty amazing effort I think. Although next year we can definitely do so much better! Please sign up to take part! I just have at the Earth Hour Website.

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Stop the Whaling!

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 29, 2008

Did you know….

  • 1,400 whales are killed every year
  • 25,000 whales have been killed for commercial purposes since 1986
  • 7 of the 13 species of great whales are still endangered!

The simple explanation behind the continued decline in the whale population, is that some countries, including Japan– are still whaling, despite the international ban on whaling!

Sign the Petition!
Take a couple of minutes out of your day to help stop the whaling in Japan. All you have to do is click here and sign the petition, and at the same time create your own oragami whale. Maybe we can help in the fight to save these beautiful creatures.

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