“[E]verybody has a tree they remember from being a child. It’s very common I meet somebody who remembers looking carefully at a tree, and being near it, and what it meant to them, et cetera. And I think one of the only interesting things about me is that I never lost that.” –Hope Jahren
When I heard geobiologist and author of “Lab Girl”, Dr. Jahren, say that in a PBS interview about her memoir and investigation into the lives of plants I thought challenge accepted! I asked myself what do I remember from childhood? I came up with three. Continue reading →
Lumbini is a popular pilgrimage site for many Buddhists– WWF wants to secure the area’s cultural ecology.
The birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly known as Buddha, is honoring the memory of the great religious leader, ascetic and enlightened being. The Sacred Garden in Lumbini has achieved its goal of planting 108,000 trees in the year of 2011. Continue reading →
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) of Kenya was put to motion in 1977 by the late Nobel Peace Prize winning Professor Wangari Maathai and the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK). Their mission of reforestation provides defense against environmental degradation as well as empowerment for rural women. As Professor Maathai states, “the planting of trees is the planting of ideas. By starting with the simple act of planting a tree, we give hope to ourselves and to future generations.”
The links between poverty and environmental decline have been well documented Continue reading →
Greenpeace is accusing Barbie of destroying rainforests in Indonesia “including areas that are home to some of the last tiger, orangutans and elephants, just so she can wrap herself in pretty packaging.” Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, has been using paper packaging for the world’s most famous toy from Indonesia’s most notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).
So habitats full of animals and trees are being destroyed for cheap packaging that you’re going to throw away anyway? Does that make sense to you?
Watch the video below where they break the news of Barbie’s misdeeds to Ken.
Ever wonder what online encyclopedia Wikipedia would look like printed out? Art student Rob Matthews explores the utility of having a user-friendly online format by creating a 5,000 page print out of all of Wikipedia’s featured articles. Continue reading →