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The art of storytelling in communicating sustainability | Viridizine

The art of storytelling in communicating sustainability | Viridizine | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Weekend Reading: “@russelloavery: Once upon a time... #sustainability stories were told. http://t.co/QVKzOyC0b4 ” #behaviourchange (click one more time, to a great read.

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The Bottom Line For People understanding and hearing what you have to say: Stop Shouting. Tell the story.

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Ecuador auctions off Amazon to Chinese oil firms

Ecuador auctions off Amazon to Chinese oil firms | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Indigenous groups claim they have not consented to oil projects, as politicians visit Beijing to publicise bidding process


http://amazonwatch.org/take-action

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Yet another tawdry story of cyclical debt trapping the planet, it's land, and it's indigenous cultures. I've included an action link for Amazon Watch! H/T to Sass Brown.

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Steven McGreevy's curator insight, April 4, 2013 8:30 PM

Can you imagine?  Oil rigs in the Amazon?  What's next, Mad Max and the Thunderdome?

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Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! Betrays America - It's Time to Label GMOs!

Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! Betrays America - It's Time to Label GMOs! | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
SOS: Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act - It's time to Label GMOs! - We will not be stopped!
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that late last night President Barack Obama signed H.R.
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Remembering "Green" - An Orangutan's journey - Winner of Best Short Documentary - Don't Miss This

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.
The film "Green" is a 48 min long documentary on the Indonesian rainforest, deforestation and orangutan extinction. It is a silent film (without narration) which addresses itself both to the Indonesians and the consumers of wood/paper/palm oil around the world. This film is now available for free download on the website: http://greenfilm.free.fr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J57ZRSjpzQA

 

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

TEN NEWS "PALM OIL ECOCIDE"  TV AUSTRALIA VIDEO: http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1561454232/palm-oil-ecocide-ten-news-australia-video

 

THE YEAR IN RAINFORESTS - Mongabay - December 31, 2012 http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1231-year-in-rainforests-2012.html

 

NEW STUDY SLAMS INDONESIA'S FOREST PROTECTION - ONLY 4% OF FOREST WILL BE INTACT http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4470&Itemid=214

 

WILDLIFE IN THE TROPICS PLUMMETS BY OVER 60 PERCENT http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0515-hance-living-planet-report-tropics.html

 

HALF OF TROPICAL FORESTS PARKS LOSING BIODIVERSITY http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0725-hance-tropical-parks-biodiversity.html

 

  


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Wildlife Margrit's comment, March 26, 2013 12:39 PM
Agreed
Alexia Abnett Trombas's curator insight, April 14, 2013 4:12 AM

To make way for money, the forrests that are home to Orangutans, are dissappearing..tragedy and death for our wildlife. 

VanAllen's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:26 AM

I never forget my initial watching of the extremely moving and informative documentary GREEN but I am also always extremely grateful to be reminded of it when somebody else posts it. I wish everybody in the world could watch it and be equally moved to try to take action before it is too late. 

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Cabiokid: Sanctuary of sustainability

Cabiokid: Sanctuary of sustainability | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
People are made to live totally dependent on technology and professional consumption, ignorant of how to grow their own food and recycle energy sources (Global news: Cabiokid: Sanctuary of sustainability - Rappler
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Sustainable America

Sustainable America | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Sustainable America's goal is to bring together like-minded groups to foster awareness through open dialog and educational outreach, and act as a catalyst for the development and funding of innovative, entreprenurial solutions to the impending...
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Good, clean goals at Sustainable America. They've got my ear, and lots of straightforward infographics.

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Whole Foods, Others To Shun Genetically Modified Seafood

Whole Foods, Others To Shun Genetically Modified Seafood | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
By Lisa Baertlein March 20 (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market Inc, Trader Joe's and other food retailers representing more than 2,000 U.S.
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Biofuels boom threatens to disrupt global biodiversity

Biofuels boom threatens to disrupt global biodiversity | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

March 13, 2013 -Deutsche Welle: Environment & Development »

The rush around the world to plant crops used to produce biofuel has not only sparked a global food vs. fuel debate, but it’s also putting biodiversity at risk.... http://www.dw.de/biofuels-boom-threatens-to-disrupt-global-biodiversity/a-16665847

 

MORE ON BIOFUELS http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=BIOFUELS

 

 


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Why do we continue to believe that finding more fuel sources is a more imprtant alternative than using less? Kuzu to elephant grass? The focus needs to be on simplifying, not on interfering with the planet's resources. What do you think?

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US Climate Bomb is Ticking: What the Gas Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

US Climate Bomb is Ticking: What the Gas Industry Doesn't Want You to Know | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

The history, science, economics and politics of hydraulic shale gas fracking


While many rhetorically call natural gas a bridge to the clean energy future, new information is showing the opposite; natural gas will hasten climate change, poisons the air, land and water, and carries unacceptable risks to our health.


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Researchers Develop RecycleBot to Recycle Plastic Using 3D Printers

Researchers Develop RecycleBot to Recycle Plastic Using 3D Printers | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Suppose you could replace "Made in China" with "Made in my garage." Suppose also that every time you polished off a jug of two percent, you would be stocking up on raw material to make anything from a cell phone case and golf tees to a toy castle...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 2, 2013 12:52 PM

Awesome, isn't :-)

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:57 PM

How's this for innovating?

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the green elephant: Education and Fairness, Fear the Possible

the green elephant: Education and Fairness, Fear the Possible | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
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Great article, essential blog to follow by Lauren Campbell. FIts my two top bills: Education AND sustainability

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Vandana Shiva: 'Seeds must be in the hands of farmers'

Vandana Shiva: 'Seeds must be in the hands of farmers' | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Biodiversity campaigner Vandana Shiva says corporate giants are trying to take over the world's seed supply. Mark Tran meets her

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Climate Change Is Cutting Humans’ Work Capacity | Climate Central

Climate Change Is Cutting Humans’ Work Capacity | Climate Central | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Climate change has reduced humanity’s ability to work by making the planet hotter and muggier (RT @TheDailyClimate: Via @lmorello_dc @ClimateCentral: #Climatechange is cutting humans’ work capacity.

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Chart Shows How to Win Any Climate Change Argument

Chart Shows How to Win Any Climate Change Argument | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
If you’re exhausted by climate change shouting matches or so flummoxed by confronting scientific ignorance that you suffer in silence, this chart might be for you.
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When you're talking climate change, a little humor helps - or a great infographic.

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Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! Betrays America - It's Time to Label GMOs!

Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act! Betrays America - It's Time to Label GMOs! | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
SOS: Obama signs Monsanto Protection Act - It's time to Label GMOs! - We will not be stopped!
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that late last night President Barack Obama signed H.R.
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Fracking: A Tragic Waste of Water Resources

Fracking: A Tragic Waste of Water Resources | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The natural gas mining method known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" is another major source of water usage and a serious source of contamination. There are several ways of disposing of the water used in the process.

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Duane Tilden's comment, March 26, 2013 2:29 PM
Drilling deep into our earth through aquifers almost inevitably leads to contamination, and injecting fluids into the ground will inevitably contaminate water supplies. When I was up in Grande Prairie I found that most of the well water was too contaminated with sulfer and methane to be potable. A result of oil and gas drilling, imo.
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World faces decades of climate chaos, outgoing chief UK scientific adviser warns

World faces decades of climate chaos, outgoing chief UK scientific adviser warns | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
The world faces decades of turbulent weather even if it takes drastic action to tackle climate change, the Government's chief scientific adviser said today in a final stark warning as he prepares to step down.

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David Collet's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:39 PM

Imagine Malaysia without water in some places and severe flooding in others. This makes the small dispute between Selangor and the Federal Government over water management meaningless. There are global implications to climate change and Malaysia will not be spared the impact.

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Pictures: Dipping Under Unspoiled Rivers

Pictures: Dipping Under Unspoiled Rivers | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Photograph by Michel Roggo

"Te Waikoropupu Springs are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand and the largest cold-water springs in the Southern Hemisphere. According to Roggo, they contain some of the clearest water ever measured.

Roggo made this picture a few weeks ago by mounting his camera on a pole. He made no contact with the water, because touching it in any way is prohibited in order to protect water quality and cultural heritage.

"To local Maori, Te Waikoropupu Springs are a taonga (treasure) and wahi tapu, a place held in high cultural and spiritual regard," said Roggo.

He added, "As a European, it was really amazing to see that people have such respect for water.  For us water is to make electricity, or put waste in it, or I don't know what."


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A Month's Worth of Links for New Year

A Month's Worth of Links for New Year | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Some farming, health and GMO news to usher you into 2013.
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Suah a good article by Mark Bittman. (In case you missed it...)

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so much good info to share here
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Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge”

Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge” | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy.

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy. - See more at: http://blog.cleantechies.com/2013/02/26/capturing-carbon-dioxide-with-a-solar-sponge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cleantechies+%28CleanTechies+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader#sthash.JO5scbcM.dpuf


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GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population

GMOs and Illegal Logging Halved Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Photo via Shutterstock Just about anyone who grew up in the eastern United States will recall the beautiful black and brown Monarch butterflies that migrate en masse from Mexico to breed and feed in the US and Canada, before returning to slumber in a central Mexican forest. But this year their numbers have dropped by 59 percent, according to the latest WWF-led annual census of the insects. In part, this has to do with the loss of milkweed that butterflies require for food and to breed, which has declined in parts of the United States where genetically modified soybean and corn crops are grown. But that’s not the only reason, according to the experts. (more)

Read more: GMOs and Illegal Logging Halve Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat

The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it
Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.
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A beautifully written summary of how and why Aquaponics is changing the face of both farming and food in our cities, from The Atlantic Cities and TED Books

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Sonar and whales are a deadly mix - Can Humans and Nature Co-Exist?

Sonar and whales are a deadly mix - Can Humans and Nature Co-Exist? | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Feb 28, 2013 - David Suzuki Foundation

Endangered species cannot recover and survive without efforts on both sides of the border to ensure they are protected from acoustic harm.

Whales face numerous threats, many from garbage and toxins dumped into the oceans. Human-caused noise pollution also harms whales, leading to death, stranding, temporary and permanent hearing loss and hemorrhaging around the brain, ears and other tissues from decompression sickness when whales are startled by sound and surface too quickly.... http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2013/02/sonar-and-whales-are-a-deadly-mix/


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Litter found in deepsea survey of one of Earth's final unexplored realms

Litter found in deepsea survey of one of Earth's final unexplored realms | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Feb 25, 2013 - The Guardian Environment

A glimpse into one tiny nook of the UK's vast ocean depths - Discarded fishing nets? Yes, on underwater mountains in the Indian Ocean. Discarded longlines? Yes, more than a mile deep in the remote south Atlantic. Plastic? Yes, a shopping bag at a deep-sea vent in a Pacific marine protected area. Scrap metal? Yes, a tangle of discarded pipework on an undersea volcanic ridge north of the Azores.... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/25/litter-deepsea-survey-earth-unexplored


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The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm

The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm | Towards A Sustainable Planet: Priorities | Scoop.it

Our society needs a new story to belong to. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible.

But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing.

And all of this knowledge and introspection, dreaming, questioning, and discovery is essential for a cultural transformation that addresses root causes... http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/films_for_action_presents_the_top_100_documentaries_inspiring_the_shift_to_a_sustainable_paradigm/


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Marc Gobé's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:00 AM

Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. Can we reverse this visual pollution? This Space Available looks at diverse activists from the worlds of advertising, street art, and politics. http://thisspaceavailablefilm.com/

Steven McGreevy's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:02 PM

Gonna take a look at this...