A Quilombo Wins Rights to 220,000 ha of its Land – and why Biocultural Diversity is Important to Preserving Life on Earth

Sometimes in difficult times, we unexpectedly get good news.  The community of Cachoeira Porteira recently won the rights to 220,000 hectares (849 square miles) of their traditional lands in the Amazon rainforest of the state of Pará, Brazil.  Cachoeira Porteira is a quilombo, i.e. a community made up of the descendants of escaped slaves, and it still holds strong... Continue Reading →

Earth Issues are the Same as Race Issues, Class Issues, Sexuality Issues and Empire Issues: Cornel West on Why we Need a Spiritually-Grounded Activism

Cornel West wrote an excellent piece for The Guardian recently describing the crisis the United States of America is facing, partly due to the presidency of Donald Trump but also due to long-standing efforts to oppress women, immigrants, people of color, native peoples, LGBTQ people and to sacrifice the environment that are really coming to a head right... Continue Reading →

Eyes in the Sky: How Satellite Technology is Already Changing How we Protect the World’s Rainforests

Recently there have been many breakthroughs in commercially available satellite monitoring technology, and especially in how it's used to protect one of Earth's most precious terrestrial ecosystems — rainforests. Mongabay just reported on a new set of free, open-source software tools (Collect Earth) that lets any person monitor deforestation and landscape-level changes (and track their causes)... Continue Reading →

More Evidence that Community-Managed Rainforests are Best at Preventing Deforestation

With tropical deforestation rates so high these days and many of the world's species in peril as a result of a man-made global Sixth Extinction Event in the making, it can be difficult to remember that there are many promising new strategies to permanently protect the world's forests. These range from corporate zero-deforestation pledges to new satellite monitoring... Continue Reading →

People are the Solution: Three Examples of Community-Based Conservation that are Thriving even under the Most Difficult Conditions

There has been a lot of talk recently about the Earth's impending (or current) 6th Mass Extinction event, climate change and our ever-increasing human population — and especially how the increase in the number of people on the planet is driving the former two crises. While it is undoubtedly true that more people means more use of... Continue Reading →

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