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 →

“Conversations With the Earth”: Why We Should All Listen to Indigenous Peoples More in 2018

Welcome to 2018.  With a new year comes new thinking, and along those lines I'd like to focus on the "Conversations with the Earth" project by biologist and traditional knowledge researcher Gleb Raygorodetsky (who is also author of the new book  Archipelago of Hope). Conversations with the Earth features videos and photo stories of indigenous communities who are... Continue Reading →

Seven Mega-Trends that Could Stop Climate Change – Or, the Movements that are Attempting to Remake Our System into One that Supports All Life on Earth

I couldn't resist sharing this article from The Guardian: "The Seven Megatrends that Could Beat Global Warming: 'There is Reason for Hope'." Damian Carrington talks about a lot of interesting solutions that have the potential to be scaled up to what's needed to halt global climate change. For instance his solution #1, plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives, could... 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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