On 15 October 2012, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales promulgated one of the most radical environmental legislation in global history: the Law of Mother Earth. Matatea Changuy and Sophie Beier take a critical look at this very ambitious legal project. Developed by grassroots social groups and politicians, the Law of Mother Earth grants Nature comprehensive legal rights, including the rights to life, biodiversity, freedom from genetic modification, and restoration from the effects of human activity. It draws on the Andean philosophy that views the Pachamama (meaning Mother Earth) as a living being and sacred home. “Mother Earth is a living dynamic system made up of the undivided community of all living beings” states the law. This novel legalistic strategy will, its supporters claim, help guarantee the more sustainable development of Bolivian society and economy in the future. This law marks a significant change from an anthropocentric perception to an eco-holistic … [Read more...] about What can we expect from Bolivia’s Mother Earth Law?
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According to an ongoing temperature analysis conducted by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), the average global temperature on earth has increased by about 0.8° Celsius since 1880. The possibility of reducing global temperatures as compared to pre-industrial times cannot happen anytime soon. Scientists have been looking for a quick solution to fix the situation. Research focused on various geo-engineering solutions. One of the most-talked-about methods is Solar Radiation Management. It is in its infant stage of research, but has already paved way for much controversies and criticism. Also known as Solar Geo-engineering, this method involves preventing some of the sun's rays from hitting the planet's surface, forcing them instead go back up into the space. Sometimes nature also does the same. Debris from the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, for example, lowered the planet's average surface temperature for a year or two afterwards. … [Read more...] about Can we cool the Mother Earth?
Portion size matters. As most of us know from experience, it matters for your waistline because consuming more energy than you exert tips the bathroom scales in a direction you probably don’t like. But it also matters from a sustainability point of view because eating more food than your body needs wastes both food and the natural resources required to produce it. This may not be the message you want to hear at the tail end of Thanksgiving weekend, seeing as the average American consumes 4,500 calories on Turkey Day alone, according to the Calorie Control Council, the marketing board for the diet food industry. That same group says that the average American eats 3,600 calories on an ordinary day. Since the USDA says that an average active human needs only 2,700 calories a day, we are, on average, over-eating by 900 calories per day. Pasta is added to the chorizo cream sauce. Staff photo by Ben McCanna paSTA with Brussels Sprouts and Chorizo Cream This recipe was developed … [Read more...] about Eat less – it’s good for you and good for Mother Earth
Rebecca Wang poses for Michelle Young, left, and Michelle Huang, all of Temple City, near cherry blossoms in Descanso Gardens’ Japanese Garden in La Cañada Flintridge during a recentCherry Blossom Festival there. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News) Harry and Jean Pope of Long Beach love the beauty of nature and gardening and the gorgeous butterflies that are attracted by them. (Courtesy photo by Harry Pope) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Harry and Jean Pope of Long Beach fill their front and back yards with plants that bring beauty and pollinators. (Courtesy photo Harry Pope) People check out a Beni-Hoshi Flowering Cherry at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge duringa past Cherry Blossom Festival. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News) Solano Canyon Community Garden in Los Angeles is filled with flowers and fresh produce in the middle of an urban environment. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News) … [Read more...] about Celebrate National Garden Month by spending time with Mother Earth
In today’s fast-paced life we are entangled in a whirlwind, where we get spun off center and completely intoxicated with stress and anxiety. We are caught in a chaotic, frenzied spiral of a new addiction. People are chasing money, power, success and a wilder, faster pace of life. Do you resonate? Do you desire to connect with nature to find your center and a community? Explore the lush green jungles of Costa Rica whilst expanding your awareness and challenge body and mind? Gnosis is a calling to all those who wish to connect with the cosmic intelligence pulsating in the very fabric of your DNA, in the earth beneath your feet, in the soothing ocean waters, and in the vibrant rays of the sun.What happens when we surrender to bliss? We let go of our identity and we trust in the state of presence, love, wisdom, and purity. Bliss is our natural state of being. However, due to social conditioning, we live in fear and separation that causes a whirlwind of … [Read more...] about A Homecoming to Community and Mother Earth