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RESTORING THE EARTH – HOPE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

climate restoration

Is it possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, improve the lives of people trapped in poverty, and sequester carbon naturally? John D. Liu has proven that it is. His film, “Hope in a Changing Climate,” showcases approaches that have worked on the Loess Plateau in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Produced in collaboration with the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP). http://sco.lt/7sy3CT

INDIGENOUS YASUNI ECUADOR

AND ANOTHER GREAT VIDEO TO WATCH;
“INTO THE HEART OF THE ECUADOR’S YASUNI PEOPLE” by Yale Environment 360

Few places on earth harbor as much biodiversity as the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, a 6,500-square-mile territory in eastern Ecuador where the Amazon basin ascends into the Andes Mountains. But Yasuni also sits atop vast reserves of oil, and this rainforest wilderness, home to the indigenous Waorani people, faces intense development pressure.
In this Yale Environment 360 video, filmmaker Ryan Killackey travels into the heart of Yasuni with seven scientists and chronicles their work as they inventory the reserve’s remarkable birds, fish, animals, and plants. Through their work, the researchers hope to bolster international initiatives to preserve a large swath of this threatened land….

VIDEO: INTO THE HEART OF ECUADOR’S YASUNI: A PENDING CORPORATE OIL PLUNDER http://sco.lt/5c5Z2H

ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE: SEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH AND POPE FRANCIS SPEAK OUT  http://sco.lt/57JX0L

Eradicating ecocide could create conditions for business to flourish, but company leaders often offer knee-jerk response to environment campaigners

▶  ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE  http://sco.lt/7ExcmX

Ecocide-trial-010

Thursday, 21, February 2013 – Guardian Sustainable Business – The Eradicating Ecocide campaign calls for ecocide – the extensive destruction of ecosystems – to be recognised in international law as the fifth crime against Peace. Lawyer Polly Higgins’ compelling argument is that the abolition of ecocide requires business leadership as surely as the campaign for the abolition of slavery did.

One of the paradoxes for environmental campaigners in developed nations is that we are often fighting for the rights of others – for other species, people in other nations, people not yet born. Like the abolitionists we may not personally benefit from our victories and indeed may be disadvantaged in the short-term. This produces a complex moral and psychological field to work in, one that frequently produces unintended consequences like my conversation with the business leaders. Angry denial, studied indifference and projection of blame are just a few of the responses that leave campaigners shell-shocked and puzzled as they struggle to engage both the public and the powerful in the struggle for a truly sustainable future…. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/eradicating-ecocide-business-leaders-challenge

▶  SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/5x2tqz

June 26, 2013 Stanford Center for Social Innovation
▶  CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS ESSENTIAL TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY http://csi.gsb.stanford.edu/corporate-social-responsibility-essential-environmental-sustainability

▶  THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS: HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL  http://sco.lt/6XU6Kn

-▶  THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB http://sco.lt/7sR3eT

-▶  INDIA MANDATES WORLD’S FIRST CORPORATE CHARITABLE GIVING LAW.  EU PASSES LAW ON CSR REPORTING http://sco.lt/6ENF8D

▶  SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/5x2tqz

March 1, 2013 Global Research
▶  PREDATORY CAPITALISM AND THE RISE OF THE “GLOBAL CORPORATOCRACY”. http://www.globalresearch.ca/rise-of-the-global-corporatocracy-an-interview-with-john-perkins/5329456

-▶ ECO-SPIRITUALITY:  TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED ECONOMIC STRUCTURE  http://sco.lt/92y1Ef

-▶  THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS:  HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL  http://sco.lt/6XU6Kn

-▶ HOW A SENSE OF SACRED CAN HELP SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS – RESTORING VALUES http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3994926408/how-a-sense-of-sacred-can-help-sustainable-business-restoring-values

ALSO SEE:  AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

▶  POPE FRANCIS  WARNS ON COMING “IDOLATROUS” GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, PLEAS FOR ENVIRONMENT http://sco.lt/9JnutN

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

▶  ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/8diF4z

WATCH: “HOME” An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

▶  THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM — DESTRUCTION OF LIFE ALL IN THE NAME OF “GROWTH” http://sco.lt/6HLK77

 

 

Resource speculation driven by financial markets, climate change and biofuels threatens starvation for the world’s poor.

http://sco.lt/6znBab

Submitted by: Hazel Henderson Posted: Nov 29, 2012 – 09:16 AM EST CSRWire

Tags: ethics, commodities, food prices, sustainability, economics, economy, fiscal cliff, european debt crisis, gri, necsi, esg, united nations

Recent spikes in prices of rice, soy, wheat and corn have driven many poor people in developing countries into hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, then World Bank president Robert Zoellick estimated that 44 million people fell into poverty in 2010 due to rising food prices, adding, “Food price inflation is the biggest threat today to the world’s poor…one weather event and you start to push people over the edge.”

The United Nations (UN) FAO Food Price Index jumped 25 percent in 2010.

The dots connecting world hunger, weather events and speculation on global financial markets are obvious. Yet, well-meaning officials at UN agencies, including the FAO, World Bank and IMF, are curiously blind. Instead, their many urgent meetings over the past three years have focused on raising more money to pay these rising prices for food staples, urging more productivity from agriculture and opposing nations curbing exports to protect their domestic foods …. MORE A VIP READ: The Economics of Curbing Speculation In Food, Water and Vital Resources

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“THE FOOD SPECULATOR”

Food Speculation and The Stockmarket

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/food-speculator/

-▶  THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB http://sco.lt/7sR3eT

FOOD AID FOR THE 21st CENTURY: MEETING THE OBJECTIVE OR FEEDING THE CORPORATE COFFERS? http://sco.lt/6jtrlJ

-▶  WHO OWNS NATURE? CORPORATE POWER AND THE FINAL FRONTIER IN THE COMMODIFICATION OF LIFE  http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2299601530/who-owns-nature-corporate-power-and-the-final-frontier-in-the-commodification-of-life

-▶  ERADICATING ECOCIDE:  WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/7uGWKv

▶  THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM — DESTRUCTION OF LIFE ALL IN THE NAME OF “GROWTH” http://sco.lt/6HLK77

Real News One, June 10, 2014
-▶ PUTTING THE ECONOMY BEFORE THE ENVIRONMENT IS ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM AND SUICIDAL http://realnewsone.com/2014/06/10/putting-the-economy-before-the-environment-is-environmental-vandalism/

FastCoExist:
-▶ SHAKING UP THE CORPORATE STRUCTURE TO GO BEYOND THE PROFIT MOTIVE http://www.fastcoexist.com/3024770/world-changing-ideas/a-public-company-will-become-a-benefit-corporation

▶ PROSPERITY WITH LESS:  WHAT WOULD A RESPONSIBLE ECONOMY LOOK LIKE?  Guardian Sustainable Business, October 4, 1013. The founder of Patagonia Inc discusses the value of the simple life, and growing an economy based on buying less, not more http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/patagonia-founder-responsible-economy-with-less

▶ PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC SERVICES LIMITING ACCESS TO PUBLIC INFORMATION http://sco.lt/8Aq0AL

 

Protecting The Environment is Everybody’s Duty 

For the well-being and survival of our planet and the human race

ABC Environment Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Protecting the environment is a global problem, which needs a global solution (For without nature we do not exist. pdjmoo)

If we want to manage the world for future generations, we need to define what kind of world that should be. Credit: NASA

ACHIEVING A MORE SUSTAINABLE world presupposes a worldview that considers well-being not only in terms of income, but also in terms of human security and opportunities for every person to thrive. It is worth considering what the world would look like from such a perspective.

For starters, it would be a world in which people live free from conflict over land, water, and space; and that ensures food security for the 739 million people who are hungry or malnourished today. Such a world would preserve the 20,000 species of animals and plants that face extinction, understanding their power to heal us physically and spiritually. It would draw us back from the brink of unstoppable global warming and its consequences for coastal communities, weather patterns, and, in some regions, habitability. It would protect sites of extraordinary natural beauty and inspiration. And, for future generations, it would be a world that is more sustainable than ours…. Think globally, act globally – Opinion – ABC Environment Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Impact of Vanishing Biodiversity on Human Health (VIDEO LINK)

Your Health has it’s own ecosystem, dependent on the greater ecosystem

– by Claudia Rowe — YES! Magazine

Our Health is Ecosystem Health: Dr. Ted Schettler, a Harvard-educated physician, frustrated by the limitations of science in combating disease, believes that finding answers to the most persistent medical challenges of our time—conditions that now threaten to overwhelm our health care system—depends on understanding the human body as a system nested within a series of other, larger systems: one’s family and community, environment, culture, and socioeconomic class, all of which affect each other. He has researched connections between poverty, iron deficiency, and lead poisoning; insecticide use, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease; income disparities and asthma.

He calls this new approach to medicine “the ecological paradigm of health.”

Our Health and Ecosystem Health

“Can there be any doubt that human health is enormously dependent on ecological systems that we are having a major influence on?” Schettler says. “It’s all one world. Our tendency to describe the natural world as something without humans is part of the problem.”

“It’s accepting up front that humans do not stand apart from the environment. We’re a major species, along with the mosquitoes and fish and trees and bacteria. And there are all of these wonderful interrelationships.” … continued …

Returning to a Holistic Approach to Life: Breast Cancer and Chemicals, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables vs Industrial Processed Food, Epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cancer; public health system; income inequality are all factors discussed in this article.

via Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body by Claudia Rowe — YES! Magazine.

-▶  A CULTURE SEPARATED FROM NATURE CANNOT SURVIVE:  BANKRUPTING NATURE http://sco.lt/8EqAwD

– ▶ WHY CHOOSING NATURE WILL ONLY ADVANCE HUMAN SOCIETIES http://sco.lt/8BIJP7

-▶  KEEPING NATURE IN OUR FUTURE:  HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS ESSENTIAL FOR PLANETARY SURVIVAL  http://sco.lt/99SfhJ

-▶  ECO-SPIRITUALITY: TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED ECONOMIC STRUCTURE http://sco.lt/7tcgQj

-▶ BEWARE THE AGE OF LONELINESS: MAN MUST DO MORE TO PRESERVE THE REST OF LIFE ON EARTH – EDWARD O. WILSON
http://www.economist.com/news/21589083-man-must-do-more-preserve-rest-life-earth-warns-edward-o-wilson-professor-emeritus

-▶ E.O.WILSON: PRESERVING BIODIVERSITY IS AN ETHICAL IMPERATIVE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-chameides/eo-wilson-preserving-biod_b_4803125.html

-▶ HOW BIODIVERSITY COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE http://sco.lt/90Sr2n

-▶ THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US. CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/630INt

 

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“HOME”

 Yann Arthus-Bertrand

 An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

Solutions For A Sustainable Planet

 

A four percent increase in Amazon deforestation has led to a 50 percent increase in malaria because mosquitoes, which transmit the disease, thrive in the cleared areas.

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Editorial and Communications Specialist Ian Hanington.

We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water, and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized.

Preventing illness is the best way to get health care costs down. So why aren’t governments doing more to protect the environment? We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized…. more

via How Environmental Factors Contribute to Human Health « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement.

– ▶  LARGE SCALE BIODIVERSITY IS VITAL TO MAINTAINING ECOSYSTEM AND HUMAN HEALTH http://sco.lt/5gy5Q1

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Awesome ! Biodiversity Visualized – Vancouver Film School

 ▶ NO TO BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING: CONSERVING OUR NATURAL WORLD IS BECOMING DEPENDENT ON IT DESTRUCTION

http://sco.lt/9EcFvt

 ▶ KEEPING NATURE IN OUR FUTURE:  HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS ESSENTIAL FOR ECONOMIC AND PLANETARY SURVIVAL http://sco.lt/99SfhJ

 

One World

One Humanity

One Environment

September, 2009, Rev. December 2010

The Common denominator among all living things

IS NATURE

Finding A Way For The Greater Good

An Urgent Task

OUR HOME: We Live on a Wondrously Diverse Planet and We are a vital, integral species within the Magnificent Web of Life not separate from it. Nature needs us. Let us Honor and Respect That

 

THE GREAT AWAKENING

In just over 250 years we have consumed or destroyed what took millions and millions of years to evolve…

We now understand that the majority of life on Earth has never been – and will never be – known to us. In a staggering forecast Edward O Wilson, eminent Harvard biologist, predicts that our present course will lead to the extinction of half of all plant and animal species by 2100…. – “Animal Extinction – The greatest threat to mankind”

Over the last 60 odd years we have become preoccupied with, and fixated on ourselves, our man-made lives of production, indiscriminate consumption and lust for profit. self-gratification and status. In this process we have increasingly excluded from our daily decisions and equations the well-being of others and Nature’s life supporting eco-systems. We can now see how this myopia has wreaked havoc upon both our environment and all species with in it –our societies, our communities and ourselves.

While we were flying high our natural world (and us) began to get sick, really sick .  Greed took over from compassion, and wealth negotiated itself more wealth at the expense of the average man, woman and child setting the stage for a global uprising and reawakening.

We forgot our deep and profound responsibility to care for and nurture the greater whole. We forgot that we abide in Mother Nature’s womb, dependent on Her every second of every day. Just as we depended on our mother for nurturing and sustenance while in her womb, we depend on Mother Nature’s health, abundance and generosity for our daily nurturing and sustenance and FOR SURVIVAL as a species. This amnesia has resulted in us almost consuming ourselves out of existence and, in the process, we have lost our connection to community, to each other and to the essential natural processes of life.

 

EXTINCTION CRISIS – ECOLOGICAL ARMAGEDDON

In 40 Years HALF world’s wild animals have been wiped out:

 http://sco.lt/7M1PCD

 

Without Nature We Do Not Exist. Period

It is an illusion to expect healthy, balanced lives without a healthy, balanced natural world. Her health is our health

While we were flying high our natural world (and us) began to get sick, really sick . Greed took over from compassion, and wealth negotiated itself more wealth at the expense of the average man, woman and child setting the stage for a global uprising and reawakening.

 


A Perfect Storm is approaching – a combined environmental, economic and social collapse UNLESS we change our attitudes and priorities in life NOW, and even then, we may well have passed the tipping point of what our biosphere can handle.

The major difference this time, than the Great Depression or any other time in human history, is the environment – its massive degradation and depletion by man – the degree of which has never before been seen on this planet – and the cumulative effect is the cause of Climate Change.

We depend upon a healthy, balanced natural world for our very existence – as does all life. Our eco-systems have been plundered, pillaged and polluted to a point, in some cases, of no return; species are disappearing at an alarming rate totally destroying the biological and crucial biodiversity balance of the planet. Our common life’s values and the dignity of cultures have been dismantled as we gave ourselves over to the Age of Consumerism.  When Drilling for Oil has become a greater priority than clean water and healthy food, we have no choice but to revisit our values in life. What we do and choose now will set the destiny of humankind for centuries to come.

Read the rest of this entry »

By   via Triple Pundit:

Will the children who inherit the Earth, and the potential issues that might still remain unresolved, feel the innate desire to preserve it? Or is our connection to nature being lost? This interesting and thought provoking concept was introduced to me by Kim Marshall McLean, a PhD classmate of mine at George Mason University and a NOAA Biologist. Kim is researching how exposure to the outdoors and the lessons learned in nature shape our understanding and even our intelligence. The sociological and environmental information gathered from this kind of research is far reaching and has implications for business as well. It is the hope that future leaders, especially those in business, will retain the close kinship with nature.

via Losing Our Connection to Nature: Is Sustainability at Risk?.

 

REWILD THE CHILD – OUR DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE IS KILLING US

Via Earth Policy Institute: Adapted from World on the Edge by Lester R. Brown. Full book available online at www.earth-policy.org/books/wote.

“The archeological record indicates that civilizational collapse does not come suddenly out of the blue. Archeologists analyzing earlier civilizations talk about a decline-and-collapse scenario. Economic and social collapse was almost always preceded by a period of environmental decline….

“No previous civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural supports. Nor will ours. Yet economists look at the future through a different lens. Relying heavily on economic data to measure progress, they see the near 10-fold growth in the world economy since 1950 and the associated gains in living standards as the crowning achievement of our modern civilization….More….Two Views of Our Future: Science Versus Mainstream Economics : TreeHugger.

 

 

THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US – CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?

 

Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life

Given that it takes hundreds of thousands to millions of years for evolution to build diversity back up to pre-crash levels after major extinction episodes, increased rates of extinction are of particular concern, especially because global and regional diversity today is generally lower than it was 20,000 years ago as a result of the last planetary state shift. … Possible too are substantial losses of ecosystem services required to sustain the human population. … Although the ultimate effects of changing biodiversity and species compositions are still unknown, if critical thresholds of diminishing returns in ecosystem services were reached over large areas and at the same time global demands increased … widespread social unrest, economic instability and loss of human life could result

Whee!

How close are we to such a global state shift? One way to conceptualize it is to visualize the percentage of the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems that have seen local state shifts:

Nature: Earth approaches a state shift

…READ COMPLETE ARTICLE…

via We’re about to push the Earth over the brink, new study finds | Grist.

 

THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US – CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?

by Shanny Basar, Financial News 22 Jun 2012 

Nature – The Great Teacher

Michael O’Malley, vice-president of human capital at Sibson Consulting, took up beekeeping as a hobby and was surprised to find that it provided insights into his day job of advising on risk management.

WE NEED OUR BEES, ALIVE NOT DEAD

O’Malley writes in the Harvard Business Review that beehives are structured for long-term growth and as a result the pollen gatherers have become masters of risk management, unlike many “too big to fail” banks.

He writes: “When a colony gets too large, it becomes operationally unwieldy and grossly inefficient and the hive splits. Eventually, risk is spread across many hives and revenue sources in contrast to relying on one big, vulnerable “super-hive” for sustenance.”

Other lessons he has taken from his hobby are that queen bees do not appear to be subject to short-term quarterly pollen and nectar targets. “No queen bee is under pressure for quarterly pollen and nectar targets. The hive is only beholden to the long term. Indeed, beehives appear to underperform at times because they could collect more,” he writes.

Instead, decision-making is decentralised with individual bees empowered to take decisive action, bolstered by a “disciplined career development program”: “By the time bees are sent into the field, they are prepared — and, even then, novice foragers are frequently accompanied by veterans who show them how to efficiently and productively move among, and work, the flowers.”……More

Read O’Malley’s full article at Harvard Business Review Why bees are better risk managers than banks.

If we are to survive as a species, we can no longer sustain extracting our precious resources to the point of extinction.   The health of the planet is our health.  We must change and change now.  SEE MY BLOGS:  CHANGE IS UPON US, AND CHANGE WE MUST   AND  AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

BONUS VIDEO: Helicopter Pilot Blows Whistle On Tuna Industry

Drop into the Ocean – YouTube.

50-year-old CARTOON TRIED TO WARN US – YouTube.

If We Do Nothing, We are Facing One of the Worst Disasters of Humankind

Sea the Truth is based on numerous scientific publications that examine the problems of seas and oceans.

via Overfishing and more: SEA THE TRUTH — In 2048 The Oceans Will Be Empty! 16:9, full-length, HiQ – YouTube.

Free markets were supposed to lead to free societies. Instead, today’s supercharged global economy is eroding the power of the people in democracies around the globe. Welcome to a world where the bottom line trumps the common good and government takes a back seat to big business.

It was supposed to be a match made in heaven. Capitalism and democracy, we’ve long been told, are the twin ideological pillars capable of bringing unprecedented prosperity and freedom to the world. In recent decades, the duo has shared a common ascent. By almost any measure, global capitalism is triumphant. Most nations around the world are today part of a single, integrated, and turbocharged global market. Democracy has enjoyed a similar renaissance. Three decades ago, a third of the world’s nations held free elections; today, nearly two thirds do.

Conventional wisdom holds that where either capitalism or democracy flourishes, the other must soon follow. Yet today, their fortunes are beginning to diverge. Capitalism, long sold as the yin to democracy’s yang, is thriving, while democracy is struggling to keep up. China, poised to become the world’s third largest capitalist nation this year after the United States and Japan, has embraced market freedom, but not political freedom. Many economically successful nations — from Russia to Mexico — are democracies in name only. They are encumbered by the same problems that have hobbled American democracy in recent years, allowing corporations and elites buoyed by runaway economic success to undermine the government’s capacity to respond to citizens’ concerns… more.. Read Rest of Article: How Capitalism Is Killing Democracy – Robert B. Reich

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

VIDEO: UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Link: United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

PART TWO:

Occupy COP 17: Listening to the People to Build the New Architecture of the Ecological Commons

Submitted by: Francesca Rheannon Posted: Dec 06, 2011 – 04:58 PM EST

Tags: cop 17, climate change, environment, ecological commons, human rights, sustainability

In this second part of a two-part series, we explore how the “duopoly” of State and Market could become part of a new triarchy with the Commons to protect the environment.

Francesca Rheannon

By Francesca Rheannon

In this second part of a two-part series, we explore how the “duopoly” of State and Market could become part of a new triarchy with the Commons to protect the environment.

A banner reading “Listen to the people, not the polluters” was briefly unfurled December 5th when Greenpeace activists tried to hang it from a Durban, South African hotel hosting a conference of business leaders convened by the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. It was part of a protest to highlight Greenpeace’s new “Dirty Dozen” report, coinciding with the climate talks in Durban, on how major corporations are holding the world back from getting an effective deal on tackling climate change as the clock ticks perilously close to climate tipping points.

(One of the conference participants showed up on the “dirty dozen” list: Eskom, the South African state-owned electrical utility.)

That three of the activists were immediately deported is symbolic of just how little world leaders are “listening to the people.” (continued.http://ow.ly/7RgfB

Protecting Our Ecological Commons

Part One of a Two-Part Series

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: “Occupy COP 17: Why The Climate Talks Will Fail And What To Do About Ithttp://ow.ly/7JEoZ

by Francesca Rheannon Managing Editor CSRwire’s Talkback  – Posted: Nov 29, 2011 – 08:14 PM EST

With the climate talks in Durban seemingly headed for a train wreck, an innovative project is developing a new legal international framework for protecting the planetary ecosystem that could just be the most important legal initiative of our age.

The climate talks had not even started in Durban when their epitaph was already being written. It was revealed in a number of reports that at the two previous talks in 2009 and 2010, the big industrial nations of Europe and the US had bullied smaller nations into accepting no action on the climate and that the rich nations, including the UK, EU, Japan, US and the UN have already decided to quash any agreement until 2020 – at which time, no doubt it will be conveniently put off again.

It won’t matter by then because it will be, in the memorable words of Dr. James Hansen, “game over for the planet.” The narrow window we might just possibly still have to avert civilization-destroying climate change will close by 2015. To squeak through that window, we will have to begin ratcheting down our absolute emissions by then – in other words, reverse the direction we are currently on, which saw a 6% rise in emissions in 2010, despite the global economic downturn. Read the rest of this entry »

International Forum On Globalization – Vandana Shiva

May 21, 2010

UN says case for saving species ‘more powerful than climate change’

Goods and services from the natural world should be factored into the global economic system, says UN biodiversity report. Economic report into biodiversity crisis reveals price of consuming the planet . The economic case for global action to stop the destruction of the natural world is even more powerful than the argument for tackling climate change, a major report for the United Nations will declare this summer. READ REST OF ARTICLE: The Guardian http://ht.ly/1OstS

SEE ALSO

Measuring What Matters: GDP, Ecosystems and the Environment

A New Indicator: Valuing Natural Capital

“For the past 50 years, growth in GDP has been an overall policy objective pursued by governments at every level. Obsession with GDP growth has spurred policies to liquidate natural capital as quickly as possible. By correctly valuing changes in our stocks of natural capital and the ecosystem services that they provide will help advance a science of new metrics capable of inspiring more sustainable policy choices.” (Read on…Measuring What Matters: GDP, Ecosystems and the Environment | World Resources Institute.

AND

WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT BIODIVERSITY?

May 21, 2010: The natural world – biodiversity –  is our lifeline #guardian.co.uk http://ht.ly/1OsMg

 

 

The collective duty of humanity is to seek a balance with nature.

Everyone has to do their part; be more with less. The problem is not money, says Brazilian Leonardo Boff in this exclusive Tierramérica interview.

“The market is not going to resolve the environmental crisis,” says Boff, professor at Brazil’s State University of Rio de Janeiro. The solution, he says, lies in ethics and in changing our relationship with nature. READ ON: Tierramérica.

Mangrove Restoration

 

Ecosystem services provide the link between nature and economic development. How can this approach guide more sustainable decisions?

Investing in Nature, for People’s Sake | World Resources Institute.


BEST OF FESTIVAL

in the two most prestigious Wildlife Film festivals of the world

CLICK HERE to View this Must See THIS VERY IMPORTANT MOVIE “Green The Film

Her name is Green, she is alone in a world that doesn’t belong to her.  She is a female orang-utan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with Green’s final days.  It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P03nNeYiJo&feature=related


Midway – Message from the Gyre


Featured in YESMagazine http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/bearing-witness-chris-jordan-on-art-grief-and-transformation

Some extraordinary — and upsetting — pictures by http://www.chrisjordan.com show directly how our waste impacts our environment and all species within our oceans – and ultimately us! The foregoing photographs of albatross chicks were made on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking. Read the rest of this entry »

Relationships among organisms, or mutualisms, might be more important to global ecosystem health than previously thought, argues a research team involving UA professor Judith Bronstein

IMAGE: By harassing bees and other flower visitors, invasive Argentine ants prevent insects from pollinating the flowers of this Californian cactus (Ferocactus viridescens), which is now endangered. 

Click here for more information.

 

The authors present evidence that human impacts may be forcing these mutualist systems down unprecedented evolutionary paths.

“With global climate change, evolutionary change can happen very rapidly, over a few years,” said Judith Bronstein, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the UA’s College of Science and senior author on the paper. “That can be a good thing or a bad thing, we don’t know, but people need to start looking at those effects.” … more

via From bees to coral reefs: How humans impact partnerships in the natural world.

Reed frog (Hyperolius sp.) in a water lily in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photograph: Frans Lanting/Corbis

Around the world the picture is as bad or worse: the International Union for the Conservation of Nature believes one in five mammals, one in three amphibians and one in seven birds are extinct or globally threatened, and other species groups still being assessed are showing similar patterns.

Simon Stuart, a senior IUCN scientist, has warned that for the first time since the dinosaurs humans are driving plants and animals to extinction faster than new species can evolve.  (read rest of article….

UK Economic report into biodiversity crisis reveals price of consuming the planet | Environment | The Guardian.

ROME, May 21, 2010 (IPS) – Biodiversity in agriculture is about culture. Traditional knowledge and culture are as important as research and investments aver farmers, researchers and academicians who are gathered in Rome to celebrate International Day for Biodiversity. (read rest of article…)

BIODIVERSITY: Culture Integral to Agriculture – IPS ipsnews.net.

Toxic Pesticide Spraying of Crops

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — A fundamental critique of capitalism as the source of climate change pervaded the People’s World Conference on Climate Change, from the opening speech of Bolivian President Evo Morales

The main cause of climate change is capitalism. As people who inhabit Mother Earth, we have the right to say that the cause is capitalism, to protest limitless growth. … More than 800 million people live on less than $2 per day. Until we change the capitalist system, our measures to address climate change are limited.” (read rest of article…

Bolivia ‘people’s conference’ calls for system change, not climate change | Grist.

The green revolution is a women’s revolution

Women’s agricultural empowerment is the next frontier for the global women’s movement…an unrecognized fact that 70% of the world’s farmers are women… but own less than 2% of the land. (READ MORE…)

via Earth Day: Green Revolution Can Be a Womens Revolution, Too | Womens Rights | Change.org.

How ocean acidification could disrupt the entire food web, with dire consequences

What they (scientists) say is this: the oceans are 30 percent more acidic today than they were during pre-industrial times and, if we continue burning fossil fuels as we are now, we will double the ocean’s acidity by the end of the century. Scientists fear many organisms may not survive so radical a shift in chemistry. And some of those organisms form the foundation of ocean food webs. If they perish, what happens to the tens of thousands of species further up the chain? What happens to our shellfish — our oysters, clams, mussels — that appear particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification? VIDEOS, READ MORE….Sigourney Weaver: Protecting Our Oceans for Earth Day.

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