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Elders Take Action on Climate Change

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Elders around the world may be our best hope for solving the "super wicked" problem of climate change. Short-term thinking created our current climate predicament.

'Green News Report' - May 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: "The Paddle in Seattle" -- "kayaktivists" hit the water to stop Shell's...

What Role Do Indigenous Peoples and Forests Have in a Sustainable Future?

A View from the United Nations | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
A View from the United Nations

Indigenous people are, by definition, outsiders, due to their geographic and political remoteness. They make up about 5 percent of the world's population and anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of the world's poorest people. Yet they hold the vital knowledge of generations on how to live with nature and be in balance and harmony with the natural world.

Donny Rico Schools Chevron on How To "Be the Victim" in Ecuador

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

First we're told that money = speech, now we're told speaking out is against the law. If you're not worried about what Donny Rico is talking about, you "damn well should be!"

Peru's Accidental President Speaks

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 04.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo told me, half-jokingly, that he exists in the error margin of the world of probabilities. Indeed, his rise shouldn't have been. Toledo doesn't just come from poverty. He was born of a poverty so dire, his siblings were dying of it.

A Unique School Struggles to Preserve an Ancient Culture

Hilary Cadigan | Posted 04.30.2015 | Impact
Hilary Cadigan

This year, Mor Wah Kee saw its first two alumni graduate from college, and two more enter to begin their secondary degrees. When I asked a classroom full of sixth graders who else wanted to go to college someday, nearly all the hands shot up.

'Globalization and Its Discontents'

Carl Pope | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The current trade regime is not just a matter of the U.S. exporting manufacturing jobs to China and importing cheaper consumer goods. We are also dramatically increasing the volume of pollution associated with our consumption, so much that a significant part of U.S. pollution is now generated in China in the production of goods for U.S. consumers.

Chevron Whistleblower Videos Prove Oil Giant's Guilt in Ecuador - AGAIN

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

On April 8th, Amazon Watch released secret videos turned over by a Chevron whistleblower that clearly show company technicians finding extensive oil pollution at well sites in the Amazon that Chevron had previously certified as "remediated."

Is Putting a Telescope on Mauna Kea Short-Sighted?

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Natives ask, "Why Threaten the Ground We Stand on to Reach for the Stars?" In late March, Kanaka Maoli warriors representing several islands in the Ha...

This Man Helped Save 55% of the Colombian Amazon Rainforest and He's Not Stopping -- Here's Why

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Summer Rayne Oakes

As the sun started to wane on the horizon, he and his son, Francisco (Pacho) von Hildebrand, the new Executive Director of Gaia rolled out a giant map of South America on a table.

Connecting to Sacha Inchi and Beyond: A Database for Products of the Amazon

Forest Trends | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

In the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous people are harvesting sacha inchi -- as they have been for 3,000 years. And on screens around the world, Dr. Oz, among others, touts the nut-like seed for its high nutritional value and delicious flavor. It's fast becoming a grocery store favorite: roasted, covered in chocolate, tamari-flavored, or pressed into oil.

Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

All my life, I have heard only one story about California Indians: godless, dirty, stupid, primitive, ugly, passive, drunken, immoral, lazy, weak-willed people who might make good workers if properly trained and motivated. What kind of story is that to grow up with?

Nobel Winning Women Agree: World Bank Safeguards Don't Cut It

Nezir Sinani | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As of right now, the World Bank does not have a mandatory gender safeguard policy. As they note, women and girls make up well over half of the world's population, but they have no safeguard to insure their fair share of Bank projects.

The Blessing of Heritage Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Colleen M Fitzgerald

I'm a Fitzgerald, freckles and all, but one piece missing is the mother language that must have been spoken in Ireland by earlier generations of relatives on my father's side.

Capturing Humanity Through the Arts

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Steven W. Hawkins

The public space between social activism, advocacy and art can be profound. In their own ways, art and social justice are universal languages. The idea that all people should be treated fairly and respectfully transcends backgrounds and cultures.

A Love That's Louder Than Rage: The Beautiful Revolution

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Good News
Jacob Devaney

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Ta'Kaiya about the video while delving into the changing face of social engagement that is bringing healing for our communities and the environment.

Chevron Crowned World's Worst!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 01.27.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Amazon Watch is honored to take the Public Eye Lifetime Award to Chevron's HQ in San Ramon, CA, where we will remind the corporation and the world that it has been globally recognized as the worst corporate actor on the planet. Twice.

Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The greed and corruption of a small clique are now turning Sarawak's rainforests into a monoculture of oil palms and hydropower reservoirs. Lukas Straumann documents the local politics, international complicity and desperate resistance in the struggle over one of the world's last paradises.

Love Will Save My Place

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 02.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy I was reading the controversial Canadian journalist Naomi Klein's latest book This Changes Everything, recommended by a colleague ...

Indigenous Kogi on Global Webcast: Restore Balance or Perish

Jacob Devaney | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Jacob Devaney

Human beings with all of our promise and ingenuity are causing irreversible havoc upon the delicate natural systems that sustain all life. This is only a doomsday scenario if people choose to do nothing about it.

Cop 20 Climate Solutions: A Small and Mighty Consortium in the Spotlight

Forest Trends | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

At this year's COP -- where the strong presence of indigenous people is a noticeable difference from meetings of years past -- AIME presents voices that speak of proven strategies and solutions.

Flood Disaster in the Amazon: A Fight Against Climate Change Gets Personal

Forest Trends | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Images of the Yawanawá community, after flooding (Photo credit: TEDGlobal) The rain hit hard and fast, and in the dead of night. "The people woke...

Uplift Festival Inspires Global Solutions

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Our global paradigm is shifting from one of competition to one of cooperation and the stakes are high as we face many global crises.

A Ministry On Top Of The World

Global Sisters Report | Dawn Cherie Araujo | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

The story was first published on Global Sisters Report. For most of the year, Tuktoyaktuk is accessible only by air. In the winter, however, it’s...

No, Erdogan, Muslims Didn't Discover America Either

Craig Considine | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Craig Considine

Tayyip Erdogan, a Turkish politician, recently claimed that Muslims discovered America before Columbus. It's a pretty stupid statement -- "we discovered America" -- and one that people and groups continue to make.