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Wealth in Poverty: A Tribal’s View

Women in a tribal (Gond adivasi) village, Umaria district, India. Picture taken during a meeting organised by Ekta Parishad about land rights, the main grievance of the Adivasi people. By Yann via Wikimedia Commons.

Women in a tribal (Gond adivasi) village, Umaria district, India. Picture taken during a meeting organised by Ekta Parishad about land rights, the main grievance of the Adivasi people. By Yann via Wikimedia Commons.

This is an excerpt from “The Little Earth Book” by James Bruges.

Wealth means different things to different people. For a tribal person, money has little value. It is community they value.

The community at Gudalur, South India, is extremely poor. They used to live in the forest but could not prove ownership of any land. In their culture, there was no conception that land could be owned. Land, water and air are regarded as commons, available for all to use.

The government sold the forests in which the tribal community adivasis lived. It was assumed that the forests were empty and Brooke Bond acquired large tracts as tea plantations. Tribals continued to live on the edges.… Read the rest

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No Bull! Scientists Convert Cow Manure Into Drinking Water

Pic: Daniel Schwin (CC)

Pic: Daniel Schwin (CC)

Don’t get too squeamish: If you’re on a public water system then I can assure you that the water that pours out of your spigot isn’t bottled by magic elves living at the top of a glistening glacier. Even the cow to your right knows that. (Don’t judge me, cow.)

Scientists in the US have developed technology that can turn cow manure into drinkable water.
The anaerobic digester takes manure and passes out water which is clean enough for livestock to drink – by removing compounds such as ammonia.

Nutrients are also pulled from the manure during the process which can be turned into fertiliser.
Professor Steve Safferman, from the Michigan State University team, said: “If you have 1,000 cows on your operation, they produce about 10 million gallons of manure a year.

“About 90% of the manure is water but it contains large amounts of nutrients, carbon and pathogens that can have an environmental impact if not properly managed.”
The system produces 50 gallons (227L) of water for every 100 gallons (455L) of manure digested.

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The End of Fish

Cardona,Rizaljf5207 01Amy Novogratz and Mike Velings, co-founders of Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture, write about the inevitable end of fish as we plunder the oceans, at the Washington Post:

People are getting more adventurous with how they eat, and when it comes to seafood, this means exhaustively looking to every exotic corner for the best, newest and tastiest fish. Also, the stuff is delicious. Seafood is a critical portion of more than 3 billion people’s diets. Already, 90 percent of U.S. seafood is imported.

This can’t last. The oceans are stretched, and certain fish species are approaching depletion. Leading scientists project that if we continue to fish this way, without allowing our oceans time to recover, our oceans could become virtual deserts by 2050. That’s just 36 years from now. Given that demand for seafood – along with the world’s population – is rising, don’t be surprised if this window closes even faster.

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Controversial Study States UK and France Will Run Out of Fossil Fuel in Five Years

Begun, the resource wars have. (Okay, they’ve been going on for a long time, but I’m not missing a chance to use a Star Wars joke – even if it’s from the prequels.) Anyway, read the story and check out the report. Your mileage may vary…

The UK will run out of its own gas, coal, and oil within the next five years, according to a report released by the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. And France, which continues to rely heavily on nuclear energy, could run out of its remaining fossils fuels within the next year, reports the BBC. This means that the two countries could soon become completely reliant on global fossil fuel suppliers such as Russia, Norway, and Qatar.

THE UK HAS 4.5 YEARS OF COAL LEFT

The report, which outlines worldwide fossil fuel vulnerabilities, paints a varying picture of Europe’s natural resources. Given the UK’s current rate of fossil fuel consumption and its current known reserves, the country is said to have 5.2 years of oil, 4.5 years of coal, and three years of gas left.

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Sustainable Community Goes Up Against WalMart : sustainability

In this video Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange.org visits the Eastern Light project in Rockland County, New York and documents a community of people who are trying to make difference in their local area. The goal of the Eastern Light project is to inspire people to engage in a more sustainable and connected way of life. They are currently fighting a battle with the local county and Wal Mart over the land.

To find out more about the Eastern Light Project check out easternlightproject.com

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Introducing Tri Hita Karana, Bali’s Bold New Model for Sustainable Development

Megan-young-for-miss-world-2013Bali, Indonesia: When you arrive in Bali, the most diverse and popular of Indonesia’s 7,000+ islands, you are immediately confronted with a just-constructed, state of the art, vast airport with an arrivals area designed to accommodate thousands of visitors and conference delegates.

It had its inaugural run a week earlier for the Miss World contest that brought bevvies of beauty queens and their entourages to the Nusa Dua Convention Center that, this week, plays hosts to far less popular government leaders of the 21 member APEC—Asia Pacific Economic Community.  Later, as foreign leaders arrived, the new airport was shut down—ostensibly for security reasons—greatly inconveniencing 17,000 travelers.

Predictably, there were more photos in the press of the victory of a smiling and vivacious Miss Philippines than all of the self-important politicians scurrying for credentials.  The news in America focused on one issue: Obama’s no show and then John Kerry standing off to the side for the official photo and what he was wearing.… Read the rest

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DisinfoCast: 65: Wendy Jehanara Tremayne, ‘The Good Life Lab’

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Wendy Jehanara Tremayne was living a fast-paced life as a New York City publicist, but something was missing. To find it, she embarked on a journey that began with performance art and activism and ended as a DIY maker and artist living off the grid with Truth or Consequences, NM. The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living is her new book.

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