Source: Green Matters – BY CARLY SITZER
After setting a record in 2015 for the most consecutive days of using solely renewable energy, Costa Rica has bested themselves and beat their own record by going 300 straight days using only renewable energy.
British Barrister calls for new Criminal Law
to protect People and Planet
“COP negotiations cannot address climate breakdown until
Ecocide is recognized as an international crime.”
On the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, British Barrister, Polly Higgins says it’s now time for a new Criminal Law of Ecocide to protect the rights of the Earth. As COP24 negotiators squabble and fail to accept the recent IPCC report that they themselves commissioned, Ms Higgins proposes a more muscular approach to the global environmental crisis.
We were very blessed to meet Philip last year and his wonderful project Otepic.
Philip needs some help buying some bricks at 1$ a brick for his amazing project Otepic in East Kenya.
OTEPIC was established in 2008 as a grassroots community project in Kitale, a city in Western Kenya.
From the start, @Philip Odhiambo Munyasia mobilized young people and women’s groups from Kitale’s slums. The aim was to grow their own food, plant trees for reforestation, ensure sustainable water supply, use renewable energies, develop community building and to find peaceful solutions for (tribal) conflicts.
When the Rome Statute, one of the possibly most powerful and important documents in the world was drafted, environmental crimes where on the list of possible crimes against peace and security of mankind.
But it was removed without vote and without any reason given. This was possible because it has not been in the public domain. But these times have changed.
Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.
Humble yet passionate and philosophical about his work. Payeng takes us on a journey into his incredible forest.
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Tree Conference founder Suzi Martineau talks to Campfire Convention’s Pete Lawrence and reflects on this year’s conference, shifts in thinking, social change, politics and tree hugging. www.campfireconvention.com www.thetreeconference.com
Diana shows us how to plant a tree:
Diana Bernadette Beresford-Kroeger is an Irish botanist, medical biochemist
She is known for her extraordinary ability to bring an understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public.
“Diana Beresford-Kroeger is one of the rare individuals who can accomplish this outwardly simple but inwardly complex and difficult translation from the non-human to human realms,” E.O. Wilson wrote in the forward to Arboretum America, a Philosophy of the Forest by Beresford-Kroeger
To find out more about Diana’s work visit :
Call of The Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees
The Tree Conference and associated network provide support to individuals and groups working to take care of trees, reforest the planet, regenerate habitats for wildlife, research emerging tree ecosystem science at this time. Our core aims: 1) Profile the amazing projects and methods globally to meet IPCC pathways for reforestation, afforestation and soil sequestration. 2) Highlight the emerging science and best practice around tree ecosystems in the media and education. 3) To halt deforestation of ancient growth forests through supporting legal advances and forest defenders. Go to www.thetreeconference.com to find out more, explore partnerships, volunteer or join our email newsletter list. The Tree Conference Network is a project under the charitable status of internationaltreefoundation.org and works in close collaboration with TreeSisters.org.
Isabella Tree writes for publications such as National Geographic, Granta, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Her articles have been selected for The Best American Travel Writing and Reader’s Digest Today’s Best Non-Fiction, and she was Overall Winner of the Travelex Travel Writer Awards. She published her first book The Bird Man – a Biography of John Gould when she was 25. Her latest book Wilding – the Return of Nature to an English Farm charts the story of the pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex where she lives with her husband Charlie Burrell. Recorded at The Tabernacle in London in May 2018. 5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. There are only two rules – no scripts and only 15 minutes each. Learn more about 5×15 events: http://5x15stories.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/5x15stories Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/5x15stories Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/5x15stories
“I believe with all my heart that we can create cities and towns that are functioning like a forest. How to really thrive on this planet is all around us.” – Sue Swain Follow more of Sue’s work in the field of biomimicry, at www.biowise.org.za
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Zero Carbon Britain is the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.
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What if we could save the fishing industry and protect the ocean at the same time? Marine ecologist Enric Sala shares his bold plan to safeguard the high seas — some of the last wild places on earth, which fall outside the jurisdiction of any single country — by creating a giant marine reserve that covers two-thirds of the world’s ocean. By protecting the high seas, Sala believes we will restore the ecological, economic and social benefits of the ocean. “When we can align economic needs with conservation, miracles can happen,” Sala says. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED