Saturday, August 22, 2009

An awesome cover from Brazil!

Hello Saturday! Goodbye Friday! Yess...finally it's the weekend! Today, I shall share with you guys my second cover from Brazil! This time from an ICCC member, Daniel Blumenthal. Thank you very much if you happen to see this blog :) The set of 2 stamps franked on the right corner of this lovely cover belongs to the "Preserve Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers" series, issued on 18th March 2009. It is part of about 40 countries to issue stamps on this common theme so that to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change as well as the many creatures impacted by its effects.
Much more than just marvellous mounds of snow and ice, glaciers are the world’s largest freshwater reservoir. So large, in fact, that together they cover an expanse the size of South America. The rapid loss of these ice cores due to climate change threatens essential supplies of water necessary to maintain all forms of life on this planet.

By the end of this century, global temperatures are expected to rise between 1.4 and 5.8°C. Scientists predict that a 4°C temperature increase would melt nearly half the world’s glaciers. As they melt, we will see an increase in floods, water shortages, and a rise in sea levels that will destroy many, if not all, coastal communities and habitats. Climate change has already wiped out an entire ecosystem on the crumbling ice shelves of the Arctic.

I have blogged on this topic before.
Here you will find pictures of twenty-eight countries' stamp issues on this theme.

Next, we have a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Dom Helder Camara, issued on 7th February 2009.
Dom Helder Camara, who died in Recife, Brazil, on August 27, was one of the great leaders of the 20th century. Like most bishops, he was a politician who built links to the rich and powerful. Yet he also had the rare gift of appealing to all groups, including students, revolutionaries and the press. For a while even conservatives liked Dom Helder. He was Latin America's religious populist, capturing the hearts of the people through his charisma and piety.

Above all, the short and slender bishop devoted his energies to the poor. His struggle for Latin American development and human rights largely defined liberationist Catholicism. Also, his confidence in the laity--both men and women--counteracted the stern clericalism that had ruled the church for centuries. These attempts to change Brazilian society and the church made Dom Helder many enemies, especially among the repressive military officers who ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985. He survived that period and the many other secular and ecclesiastical storms of his era by anchoring himself in the spirituality and faith of the Catholic Church.

He is famous for stating, "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist."

This cover was postmarked on 10th August 2009 in Porto Alegre, Brazil and took 10 days to travel an estimated distance of 15, 891 kms to reach Singapore.

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