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Protecting the 'rainforests of the sea'

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored

Interview with Ken Nedimyer
by Jason Francis

Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation, discusses the ecology of the biologically diverse coral reefs, the ways in which CRF is rebuilding them, and efforts to educate the public as to the human impact on these critical oceanic resources.
The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is a nonprofit conservation group based in Key Largo, Florida, that develops offshore coral nurseries and reef restoration programs for critically endangered coral reefs at local, national and international levels. Tens of thousands of corals are grown and maintained in multiple offshore nurseries. With the help of students, volunteers, scientists, dive operators, public aquariums, and community groups, thousands of corals grown in CRF's nurseries have been replanted on degraded coral reefs. Ken Nedimyer, a commercial fisherman and tropical fish collector, formed CRF in 2007. Jason Francis interviewed Nedimyer for Share International. (more…)

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The people and the planet

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored

Interview with Stephen Leahy

by Felicity Eliot

Canadian environmental journalist Stephen Leahy discusses the obstacles to halting climate change and the exploitation of resources in emerging countries.

Stephen Leahy has worked as a freelance Canadian journalist for the past 12 years, including five years writing for Inter Press Service. Leahy specialises in science, the environment and agriculture. He has been published in leading magazines and newspapers in several countries. Based near Toronto, Canada, Leahy is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is also the 2012 co-winner of the Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for Climate Change. (more…)

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School of Life

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored, spiritual politics

Interview with Marion Spielmann
by Andrea Bistrich

Marion Spielmann, founder of The School of Life in the Austrian provence of Steiermark, discusses a new model for education based on the heart's natural connection with nature. This new approach fosters Aquarian qualities in character development, ecological sustainability, and honest relationships within communities. May 2013 

Marion Spielmann founded the 'School of Life' in 1990 in the Austrian province of Steiermark, also known as Styria, which campaigns for a new culture of thinking and a spirituality in harmony with the laws of nature. Along with the School of Life she is involved in many further projects; amongst others she instigated the idea of a World Future Day, on 21 December. For the last seven years Marion Spielmann has been an ambassador for 'Peace through Culture' and is engaged in the development of national, international and inter disciplinary co-operation between different scientific and cultural groups. Marion Spielmann was interviewed by Andrea Bistrich for Share International. (more…)

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The Consciousness Of Sustainability And Growing Organic Food

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored, spiritual politics

Digging The Dirt Out Of Your Thinking Before You Plant One Seed In The Ground

by Gabriel of Urantia

I am glad that so many Occupiers all over the country have been taking my advice and trying to start communities and grow organic food. But sustainable living is not just a physical thing that you do and goals of things to accomplish. Long-lasting and continually evolving sustainable living is a shift in consciousness, a state of being. It is a total lifestyle and a way of thinking and doing that is not done in part.

You can’t bring the city to your new country home. This is what Americans have done for decades, in trying to move away from the city to the suburbs, thinking that was going to change the quality of their lives, but all they did was make the new suburbs extensions of the cities. Even in the cities, you can begin to live more sustainably by composting and recycling and trying to conserve on gasoline by using mass transit, walking, bicycling, and using smaller, more compact vehicles, even electric vehicles and other hybrid cars. (more…)

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A Week of Sustainable Living in an Intentional Community

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored, spirituality

Niánn Emerson Chase

I, along with Gabriel of Urantia, founded the intentional community of more than one-hundred people who now all live at Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage located in the Tubac/Tumacácori area. It was more than two decades ago in Sedona (located in north-central Arizona) that Gabriel and I, with our three small children (an infant and two-year-old twins) began the journey of striving and struggling to create and maintain a culture more sustainable than the one that dominates Western civilization and increasingly the rest of the world. Within a few months of us beginning this adventure, others started to join us in our commitment to a vision that we all shared. Together we participated in the unfoldment of an intentional community that continues to expand on many levels—quantitatively and qualitatively. (more…)

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"Glaciers are the canary in the global coal mine"

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored

Interview with James Balog
by Jason Francis

James Balog, founder of the Extreme Ice Survey, discusses climate change as evidenced by the massive systemic changes wrought by humans in the basic chemistry of the planet. April 2013; source: © Share International

James Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades. He has a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology and is an avid mountaineer. To reveal the impact of climate change, Balog in 2007 founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. The project is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice, which has won numerous awards worldwide. Balog is also the author of eight books; his most recent, Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, was released in the fall of 2012. Jason Francis interviewed James Balog for Share International. (more…)

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Sustainable Living: How Do We Achieve It? Where Do We Begin?

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored

Niánn Emerson Chase

I was blessed to live in Sedona (in north-central Arizona) for more than twenty years before moving to the Tubac/Tumacácori area in southern Arizona where I am even more blessed. Sedona is a lovely town of much natural and architectural beauty, a town of red rocks silhouetted against an intensely blue sky, rising above gated communities of perfectly landscaped properties adjoining bright green, manicured golf courses. (Of course there are many ungated neighborhoods too.)  It is true, that the town of Sedona gives the impression of being an oasis in a high desert. Though most of the residents and approximately three million annual tourists appreciate the natural majesty of the red rock land, people often cling more to the human-made amenities that abound there. In their daily lives residents and visitors alike can get lost in the "culture" of Sedona, almost ignoring the more subtle gifts offered within the intricate web of life in the natural world. (more…)

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Ecology goes behind bars

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored


Interview with Nalini Nadkarni
by Jason Francis

Nadkarni, founder of the Sustainability in Prisons Project, discusses the benefits of engaging prisoners in projects that research and foster sustainable living.  Reproduced courtesy Share International magazine March 2013

The Sustainability in Prisons Project has been bringing science and nature into prisons since 2004. The organization conducts ecological research and conserves biodiversity by building partnerships with scientists, inmates, prison staff, students and community partners. Their focus is on reducing the environmental, economic and human costs of prisons by inspiring and teaching sustainable practices. Dr Nalini Nadkarni, the group's founder, received her PhD in forest ecology at the University of Washington and is widely recognized as an expert in the field. She currently teaches at the University of Utah. Jason Francis interviewed Dr Nadkarni for Share International. (more…)

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Citizens Climate Lobby - creating the political will for a sustainable climate

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored, spiritual politics

Interview with Marshall Saunders

by Cher Gilmore

An interview with CCL founder Marshall Saunders, who discusses his mission to empower everyday people to exercise their personal and political power in the cause of saving planet Earth.  January/February 2013

Marshall Saunders, a retired real estate broker, founded Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) in October 2007. According to the group's website, CCL "trains volunteers to speak powerfully to their elected officials, the media and their local communities in order to inspire members of Congress to be leaders and spokespersons for a sustainable climate. CCL volunteers meet with their members of Congress, launch letter-writing campaigns, write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces, and generate editorials to promote a sustainable climate."

As of December 2012, CCL had citizens lobbying teams in 72 US cities and 10 in Canada. CCL's volunteers have had 848 meetings with their Congressional representatives in the last three years to discuss the problem of climate change and legislative solutions such as a revenue-neutral carbon tax, and have had over 1,000 newspaper articles, letters to the editor, and opinion pieces published.

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The Power of Natural Attraction Ecology

abracad, · Categories: environment, externally authored

How to Benefit from the Restorative Miracles of Nature that We Learn to Disregard

by Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.
Project NatureConnect Program Director, Akamai University, Hilo, Hawaii.

When I was a child a magician visited our elementary school and explained that he was going to perform a miracle: "Miraculously, I am going to make something from nothing," he said. He first rolled up his sleeves, then opened wide both his hands and twisted them so we could see them, back and front. He asked us if we recognized that that they were bare and empty. We agreed. They were. No doubt about it. The others and I, including our teacher, saw this with our own eyes. (more…)

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