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Jadav Payeng Walking through the Forest he Created. Source: paperblog.com

Jadav Payeng Walking through the Forest he created.
Source: paperblog.com

Do you think you could grow your own forest? It sounds impossible right? But Jadav “Molai” Payeng, a 47-year-old man from India, devoted his life to forestry and planted his own 1,360-acre forest over 30 years.

It all started way back in 1979 when he was only 16. Jadav found a location nearby that was covered in dead reptiles along the coast, due to too much sunlight and inadequate shelter to protect them.

“I wept over the dead snakes and I wanted to do something about it so I got in contact with the forest department to ask could I grow trees there. The replies I got, said nothing will grow there. They suggested that I try to grow bamboo, so I did; although it was very tough having to do it on my own, eventually I did it.”

It took some time for Jadav to do what he did and it didn’t take long for the animals to benefit from his hard work, Jadav even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. As a result of his years of dedication, this forest and ecosystem now serves as a safe haven for numerous birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants — species increasingly at risk from habitat loss.

Jadav Payeng now, after some much-deserved R&R, is pledging to devote the rest of his life to planting another forest all by himself.

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Indigenous Solar Observatory. Source: G1/ Musa

Indigenous Solar Observatory. Source: G1/ Musa

A study carried out with different indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon verified that climate changes have affected their astrologic predictions, made in order to determine the best season to plant, harvest, hunt and perform religious rituals. As a part of the native spoken culture, monitoring the stars help them better understand nature and its phenomena. As a result, many of their activities are based on astrological knowledge.

Coordinated by Germano Afonso, Doctor of Astronomy and Celestial Mechanics, and hired by the Foundation for Research Support in the State of Amazonas (Fapeam), the research contrasted the predictions of seven Amazonian ethnicities (Tukano, Tupé, Dessana, Baré, Tuyuka, Baniwa and Tikuna) with the meteorological forecasts for the regions where they live to identify the flaws in their estimates.

“With this analysis we noticed that some phenomena caused by climate change were distorting their predictions, as expected rain came early or was delayed by phenomena, such as El Niño and deforestation”, explained Afonso. The Greenhouse gas effect, environmental pollution and the construction of dams in the middle of the Amazon forest were also pointed out by the expert as key influencing drivers to changing the indigenous calculations.

Source: G1

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Ireland's Countryside. Source: IDB.ie

Ireland’s Countryside. Source: IDB.ie

Ireland is a country that is often thought of as “Green” to the core, owing to its lush green rolling countryside and its affectionate unofficial name abroad, the Emerald Isle. It seems as if Ireland is now determined to not only look green, but actually be green, in a concerted effort to improve their environmental consciousness and sustainability credentials.

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board confirm this green status, noting that…

“Ireland is a country supremely well suited to sustainability. Our climate is temperate; our lush, green countryside is perfect for farming; ours seas are teeming with fish.

Our dairy industry shares the lowest carbon footprint in the EU with Austria. Our beef industry, the largest net exporter in the northern hemisphere, is also among the lowest. And with our rainfall, in a world facing water shortages, and agriculture requiring 70% of freshwater supplies for irrigation, our water stress index, unsurprisingly is one of the lowest in the world.”

They continue on, explaining that “it is the proper management of these resources now that matters, and which will further enhance and demonstrate our green reputation, around the world.”

This growing reputation and expertise, is also acknowledged in a recent article from The Guardian, which notes that Bord Bia have “developed tools to assess beef farm emissions and also the carbon emissions generated (in the process), to help identify carbon hotspots where potential improvements may be possible.” These tools have been developed during the organisation’s unique sustainability development programme, called Origin Green.

Changing Ireland’s sustainability colours will not be easy, but a determined, collective effort is a necessity in the ongoing global fight against detrimental climate change.

Bord Bia's Origin Green Campaign Logo. Source: Bordbia.ie

Bord Bia’s ‘Origin Green’ Campaign Logo. Source: Bordbia.ie

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The environment is the primary source of the humans needs. Mother Nature provides us with goods and services that play a key role in the development of our society.

The earth’s stock of resources and its natural regulating mechanisms are what we call Natural Capital Assets.

This priceless legacy must be sustainably used in order to guarantee that it will be available for us and for the future generations. In fact, there is a direct survival link between humans and nature.

This video is an encouragement for us to rethink our systems and concepts of growth and give value to these Natural Capital Assets freely given to us.

How much is nature worth to you?

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Source: G1

Cyanogaster noctivaga, the transparent fish species found in the Negro River. Source: G1

Cyanogaster noctivaga, a transparent fish measuring 2cm in length, was captured at night in different locations of the Negro River, in the vicinity of the Municipality of Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, 846 km away from Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian State of Amazonas.

The fish attracted the attention of the researchers by its size and transparency. As reported by Ralf Britz, one of the Biologists in the expedition, when the flashlight hit the body of the fish swimming in the river, it reflected a shiny blue colour.

Source: G1

The animal attracted the attention of the researchers by its size and transparency. Source: G1

In order to register an image of the new discovery, the researchers had to take a special fish pond to the shore of the river as the small fish was considered to be fragile and highly vulnerable to die after even few seconds outside the water.

“The amount of fish species found in the Amazonas River is huge, and there are still many to be discovered. It is important to preserve this biodiversity as the future of the planet is extremely dependent on the human relationship with the environment”, said the Biologist Manoela Marinho.

Source: G1

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For those of you who didn’t know today is Earth Day, which celebrates its 43rd birthday today. Earth Day’s goal is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment.

US Senator Gaylord Nelson conceived the idea for the event in the wake of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. The first Earth Day began in 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets to demand a sustainable environment and it is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement

Today Earth Day is a big deal with more than one billion people across 192 countries now participating in Earth Day activities, with planting trees being one of the most popular ways to show support. The numbers involved also mean that it is the largest secular civic event in the world.

Even Google Doodlers are getting involved by featuring a colourful and interactive doodle on its homepage to mark the cycle of seasons.

Watch this video about the Earth Day Network, and the education & sustainability activities which people are engaged in, around the world.

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Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Day, April 19th. Source: Dialogos Scoialistas

Brazilian Indigenous Peoples’ Day, April 19th. Source: Dialogos Socialistas

Today, Brazil recognises the Brazilian natives. Festivities happen throughout the country, particularly in the states where there are numerous indigenous communities.

In the Amazonas, the state with one of the biggest indigenous populations, the native culture is celebrated in the streets and at schools, where cultural events, sports competitions and engaging educational activities take place.

The celebration date and the festivities seek to stimulate the recognition and the valorisation of the indigenous cultural heritage to the current society and promote the strengthening of the native identity, tradition and customs.

The Brazilian Native Day was created in 1943 by the President Getúlio Vargas, as suggested by the Inter-American Indian Congress, held in Mexico, in April 19th, 1940, where indigenous leaderships of the Americas met for the first time.

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