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Nature has far-reaching roots, not least the magnificent ash tree and its European mythology. Both could be lost to die-back
The Guardian Environment – George Monbiot – 12 October 2012
Reading the shocking news about ash die-back, the disease that has now killed most of Denmark’s ash trees and many of those across the rest of northern Europe, I was reminded that when we lose our wildlife we lose some of our stories.
The death of a species, especially a species as significant as the ash, punches a hole not only in nature, but also in our culture.
Throughout northern Europe, the ash tree was associated in pagan thought with the guardianship of life. As Paul Kendall explains on the Trees for Life site, in the mythology of the Vikings (and several other northern peoples), an ash known as yggdrasil or the “world tree” was the scaffolding on which the universe was built…. more http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2012/oct/12/wildlife-ash-tree-die-back
FOLLOW UP BLOG by George Monbiot : “Let’s Rename The Ash Dieback ‘Cameron’s Contagion’ ” The government’s disgraceful failure to act on this disease reflects an ideological fixation with unimpeded commerce…
Unprecedented study: Language and Culture Disappear with Ecosystem and Biodiversity Loss http://sco.lt/8PcKsD
▶ HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS VITAL FOR BOTH HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH http://sco.lt/7rCeWH
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
– ▶ LARGE SCALE BIODIVERSITY IS VITAL TO MAINTAINING ECOSYSTEM AND HUMAN HEALTH http://sco.lt/5gy5Q1
▶ NO TO BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING: CONSERVING OUR NATURAL WORLD IS BECOMING DEPENDENT ON IT DESTRUCTION
▶ KEEPING NATURE IN OUR FUTURE: HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS ESSENTIAL FOR ECONOMIC AND PLANETARY SURVIVAL http://sco.lt/99SfhJ
By Cory Vanderpool 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.
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
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:
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NO-WHERE TO GO, NO-WHERE TO HIDE
“OUR SUCCESS IN TRANSFORMING THE COMMODITY MARKETS WILL DETERMINE NATURE’S (AND OUR) FATE ” MongaBay http://ow.ly/a8DiF
According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the deforestation that has already taken place in Indonesia for palm oil, and the illegal logging that is still occurring there now, indicate that most of the country’s rainforest will have been destroyed entirely by the year 2022.
An ECOCIDE of Mammoth Proportions
“Just 300-500 companies worldwide control 70 percent of the trade of each of the 15 key commodities linked to habitat destruction and degradation. And less than 100 corporations impact half of global production.”
This is an issue that must be addressed and addressed head on NOW. Planet Earth survives because of a healthy biodiversity where all species in the web of life are symbiotic, interdependent and which we humans depend upon for our very survival. As top of the food chain, we humans have both a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure this balance is maintained, not just for our own survival sake, but for all life that we depend upon in all ecosystems. We are destroying Nature at an alarming pace; emptying our oceans, destroying our soils and waterways, poisoning our food and wildlife with lashing of pesticides and chemicals with no idea what the final outcome of this destruction will be. Extinction is forever and the inbuilt intelligence of ecosystems is beyond our scientific minds due to its intricacies and self-regulating integrity. And if take an icon such as the Orangutan (one of our distant cousins) to wake us up, so be it. For we must WAKE UP, get out of our heads, put aside our linear statistical thinking and reconnect with the circular organic process of life that we are part of and depend on for our health & well being.
LIVETEN – Australia – REPORTS
TAKE ACTION: http://ow.ly/a8IdU
RainForest Action Network: http://understory.ran.org/?s=Orangutans+Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia—Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest, deliberately set by palm oil corporations, may have killed a third of the remaining rare Sumatran orangutans. About 200 of the original 3,000 still live there. Only 12,267 hectares (30,311 acres) of Tripa’s original 60,000 hectares (148,260 acres) of forest remain.The rest has been broken up and degraded as palm oil companies drain the swamp and terminate the life of the forests. Orangutans in Indonesian Forest May Die Out in Weeks Read the rest of this entry »
Is This Insanity Or What?
The Objectification of Life – and The Huge Price We Are Paying
What is it about the human psyche that is willing to destroy the very foundations of life that humanity (and all species) depends upon for survival? Aren’t we supposed to be the most “intelligent” species on the planet? Sadly, facts are showing that we have far less understanding of the natural balances required for the planet than our arrogance and intellect would suppose.
It seems this disease is pervasive right across the globe. Like a swarm of locusts, we are ravaging and razing the earth to a point where life can no longer survive. We continue to over-fish our oceans until 90% of the big fish are gone, devastating the natural ocean systems and their biodiversity. Why? For profit and under the guise of “feeding the people” Overfishing leaves swaths of Mediterranean barren
We continue to ravage the forests that hold so much life that maintains the natural balance and biodiversity of our lands, often displacing indigenous peoples from their homes, creating dependency. For What? Profit and the hunger/demand for timber and clearing of forests for non-regional monocrops, destroying thousands of species and their habitat in the process. Our Disappearing Forests. (It takes 100 years to grow a 100 year-old tree)
We continue to “drill baby drill” even as we are faced with horrific oil disasters world-wide, destroying land and ocean life and ecosystems and costing billions in cleanups. Why? For profit and the hunger for cheap fossil-fuel energy, oil and gasoline. Effects of Oil & Drilling on the Environment AND A Tough-Oil World: Why 21st Century Oil Will Break the Bank — and the Planet Read the rest of this entry »
CAN LIFE BE OWNED?
Rachael Carson was Right in her classic novel “Silent Spring”. This Canadian documentary is one of THE Best explanations of what is happening to the state of our planet with the biotech juggernaut racing across our environment, leaving an irreversible destruction in its wake. Our ecosystems, environment and human health and the future of our planet is at stake and I strongly urge you to take the time to listen and watch the entire Canadian expose. It is both educational and global in its reach.
Let’s Make Every Effort during 2012 to protect our animals, preserve their natural habitat and conserve our natural resources for all
In 50 years Indonesia has sold off 50% of It’s Rainforests
INDONESIA Orangutan conservation project – IN PICTURES @guardian http://ow.ly/8iQQj
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
VIDEO: UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
Re-Tune Your Brain – Naturally
Listen to The Sounds of Beautiful Nature
AND Listening Earth http://ow.ly/4lZD7
There are no negative effects from listening to sounds of nature, while positive ones are many. Except the calm and relaxation they are giving, which affects the psychological and mental state in a best way, other healing powers can be found in sounds of nature. Many modern studies showed that these sounds help regulation of the blood pressure, diabetes, as well as support overcoming of insomnia and depression. Nature sounds can be separated in two main groups: first one includes the sounds produced by animals, while the second consists of sounds produced by natural phenomena such as weather and meteorological occurrences.
During the history, sounds of nature, especially animal sounds, have been objects of imitation of tribal people (and even of devotion when they have been related to their belief systems). Even today imitation of nature sounds is used in many shamanic rituals and healing techniques. Read the rest of this entry »
Biodiversity in ecosystems, the scientists report in the Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature, dampens a pathogen’s ability to spread among humans. A study by a group of biologists, ecologists and medical researchers casts new light on a phenomenon farmers have known for years: the less genetic variety in a crop or a herd, the greater the risk that disease will decimate it…(more) The Less Biodiversity, the More Disease – NYTimes.com.