Amazon Rainforest

Ecuador’s Kichwa and Rainforest Conservation

Ecuador’s Kichwa implements an innovative approach to rainforest conservation. In the face of multiple threats, a group of indigenous Amazonian Kichwa smallholder farmers have organized a cooperative, Ally Guayusa, for conservation. Through a unique combination of market-based approaches to conservation and traditional agroforestry practices, they are diversifying their sources of income while protecting the Amazon

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Protect and Preserve Wonderland Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Op-Ed Daily Camera: Late last year, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks put forward a development proposal for Wonderland Lake, a wildlife sanctuary located in North Boulder, that would have built structures on the water and throughout the sensitive wetland. An overwhelming majority of Boulder’s citizens rejected those plans. Instead, the community vocalized support for

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What an Indigenous Mohawk Elder wants us to know at the Biodiversity Treaty Negotiations

As the Mohawk Elder stood strong, his eyes connected directly with those in the room. His gaze was invigoratingly exhausted as if a deep spiritual lamentation were embedded in each word that he spoke. His Anglicized name is Charlie Patton, but he is traditionally known as Otsi’tsaken:ra (Speckled Flower, Bear Clan), from the Kanien’keha:ka Community of Kahnawake,

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Eat this and Save the Caribbean’s Coral Reefs.

In May, I was in Miami and had a chance to visit the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, which had an exhibit on coral reefs, mangroves, and sea grass ecosystems. As I explored the exhibit, I saw the beautiful and invasive lionfish on display in an aquarium. (Here’s what a lionfish looks like.) Lionfish are native to

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Miami? Amsterdam? NYC? San Fran? It’s likely your Favorite Cities are More Vulnerable than Ever.

As climate change increasingly threatens cities with sea level rise, we’re in desperate need of innovative solutions. On Saturday, February 3 the World Premiere of the documentary film, “Ocean Cities: Exploring Our Connection to the Seas” took place at eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado. The film explores cities, their relationship to the ocean, and the challenges we

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Are you in the know on #NutellaGate? Nutella Fans are Losing It for the Wrong Reason.

Nutella fans are going nuts and it’s not because they’re gobbling up the hazelnuts in Nutella. Ferrero SpA, the Italian company that makes Nutella—the creamy hazelnut and chocolate spread that Europeans, and some Americans gobble up daily, changed its recipe. However, the change in recipe isn’t why fans of Nutella should be going nuts. It’s the

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This is why Environmental Problems Should be Blamed on Consumers.

Both consumers and corporations are to blame for environmental problems; however, the burden of addressing environmental problems rests on the shoulders of citizens and consumers. Consumers are to blame for environmental problems because a consumer can choose—or refuse—to buy a product or a service from a company that creates it. Consumers are also blamed because

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My Ode to Nature: a Message of Love. {Poem}

Nature: When I think of you I’m absorbed; Affection moves me, making me feel alive; Always amazed by my deep appreciation for you, astonished and aroused; Intensely fascinated and free simply because you’re so calming, you fulfill me. With you, I’m giggly and glad, gloriously glowing; Enjoying your good humor and gracious ways; Gratified by

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How Yoga can Reverse Climate Change. Really!

Can yoga and mindfulness really reverse climate change? If you are rolling your eyes just reading this question, read on! It is no longer a matter of scientific dispute that climate change poses real challenges for current and future generations and impacts of the changing climate on weather patterns are already evident in most regions of the globe. Today,

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Eight Ways to Ensure Biodiversity on Earth: Insights from the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

The Parties to the United Nations (U.N.) Convention on Biological Diversity met in Cancun, Mexico, for the most recent round of negotiations December 2 – 17, 2016. The Biodiversity Treaty seeks to protect and conserve the variety of life on Earth, or what governments, civil society organizations and academics refer to as biological diversity. While in Cancun during the 13th Convention

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5 Steps Toward an Ecological Worldview

All living beings play a vital role in the evolutionary web of life. During the 21st century, humanity will have to deal with an environmental crisis unprecedented throughout Earth’s history. This crisis, deeply embedded in our worldview, is becoming more apparent through climate change, the loss of biodiversity, deforestation, soil degradation, and water pollution. It

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Global Chorus 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet

Global Chorus: A 365-Person Anthology of Worldwide Concern and Enduring Hope

I’m glad to be a part of Global Chorus: A 365-Person Anthology of Worldwide Concern and Enduring Hope. I’ve just received the following message from the Editor of Global Chorus, Todd MacLean; “This piece will help to provide some great general insight on this [networked governance] important social evolutionary development. So, again, thank you so

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McKibben Calls for Divestment in the Fossil Fuel Industry.

There was a flurry of activity at CU Boulder despite the uncharacteristically warm weather Sunday night. Bill McKibben, an American climate activist, author and journalist was in town for his Do the Math Tour. He’s the founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org. In his traditionally accessible style, McKibben presented three numbers that might add

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