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05/29/2015

We're working on a short documentary about Vanuatu and its efforts to define wealth and wellbeing on its own terms rather than by global standards such as Gross Domestic Product. For the ni-Vanuatu, as the locals are called, traditional wealth includes participation in ceremonies, access to gardens and customary land; clean air, food and water; trust in leaders, safe community... Because of its richness in these things Vanuatu ranked #1 on the Happy Planet Index in 2006, despite being labeled 'impoverished' by the global development community. Wealth depends on priorities, no?

Here's a drone shot at sunrise on the island of Efate outside of Port Villa, the capital. Please hit the sound to hear the richness in the voices in this traditional song.

#Vanuatu #wellbeing #islands #DJI #drone #Melanesia #Awesomeearth #nakedplanet #traveldeeper

Indigenous peoples make up just 4% of the world’s population yet their homelands contain 80% of the planet’s remaining #...
05/22/2015

Indigenous peoples make up just 4% of the world’s population yet their homelands contain 80% of the planet’s remaining #biodiversity. Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, so we’re giving a shout out to the people who steward our biological resources. Check out this landscape in the Gedeo region of Ethiopia, for example. You wouldn't guess that this is one of the most densely-populated agricultural landscapes in the world. That’s because of the way the people's indigenous #agroecology respects and integrates the soil, water flows and native plants and animals to create a living and productive landscape. People need biodiversity, and with so many of us humans living on Earth, biodiversity needs people.
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#IDB2015 #NatureIsSpeaking #Indigenous #BiodiversityDay
#agriculture #sustainable #conservation #africa #agroforestry

"Everyone has to believe in something," said American poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. "I believe I'll go canoei...
05/21/2015

"Everyone has to believe in something," said American poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. "I believe I'll go canoeing." This woman shares a similar belief, navigating #Tahoe with a pup on her S.U.P. Researchers @uniessex say that taking a walk in #nature reduced depression scores in 71 percent of participants in a study. The same goes, one could hypothesize, for paddling on a mountain lake.

Today the #Navajo Nation becomes the first community in the United States to implement a ‘junk food tax’, and this is no...
04/01/2015

Today the #Navajo Nation becomes the first community in the United States to implement a ‘junk food tax’, and this is not an April Fools joke. Prior to colonization, the Diné, as the people call themselves, had robust #sustainable #agriculture and animal husbandry systems that were well suited to the high desert #ecology of the desert Southwest. Today the 27,000-square-mile Navajo reservation is considered a food desert and diabetes and obesity run rampant through the population. The Navajo are part of a renaissance of #Native food systems and culinary arts that is spreading throughout the country.

However: “Native foods are not a trend,” said Nephi Craig, executive chef at the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Sunrise Park Resort Hotel. “They are a way to recover our communities and decolonize ourselves.”

Right on.

#nativepride #nativeamerican #organic #humanrights #healthyfoods

In the Hawaiian language, water is called "wai," and wealth is called "waiwai." Coincidence? Definitely not. For Native ...
03/26/2015

In the Hawaiian language, water is called "wai," and wealth is called "waiwai." Coincidence? Definitely not. For Native Hawaiians, water is wealth. Property and legal rights traditionally center on access to water, and those who disrespect the sanctity of water are punished. As the state of California enters another year of extreme drought, it is important to remember to protect and care for our water—it is the most precious resource we have.

The great Julia Child once said that cooking well “doesn’t mean cooking fancy, it just means that anything you set your ...
03/24/2015

The great Julia Child once said that cooking well “doesn’t mean cooking fancy, it just means that anything you set your hands to makes good eating, be it mashed potatoes, chicken soup, meatballs…” or, in this case, warm, hand-made tortillas fresh off the grill. In Sonora, Mexico, the gifts of the desert landscape include native varieties of corn to make these tortillas and hearty types of beans and chiles to go with them. What’s better than that?

We love beaches. Not only are they awesome places to hang out, they are complex ecosystems providing habitat to birds, g...
03/18/2015

We love beaches. Not only are they awesome places to hang out, they are complex ecosystems providing habitat to birds, grasses, crabs, clams, fish, tiny invertebrates and sunburned Speedo-wearing Germans. Sandy beaches make up 2/3 of the planet's ice-free coastlines, so go check one out. Beach geeks will say that coastlines' roles in biogeochemical cycling and aquifer recharge are not yet well understood. Luckily, there are awesome groups like The Surfrider Foundation, Oceana and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute working to keep our playas pristine.

According to Yale economist Cheryl Doss, across 10 countries in Africa, an average of 31% of men report owning land indi...
03/12/2015

According to Yale economist Cheryl Doss, across 10 countries in Africa, an average of 31% of men report owning land individually, while only 12% of women do. But women who own the land they farm tend to have healthier and more educated families, wives suffer fewer incidents of domestic violence, and food security and economic development improve. Increasing women's access to property rights can decrease poverty, improve environmental sustainability and boost investments in the next generation. When women have title to their land, they quite literally grow a better future. Thankfully, organizations like Landesa are working hard on this issue. Photo: a Rarámuri girl carries a baby in the Sierra Tarahumara, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Trongsa Dzong, the largest fortress in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, was founded in 1543 and rebuilt and expanded ove...
03/05/2015

Trongsa Dzong, the largest fortress in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, was founded in 1543 and rebuilt and expanded over the centuries. Today it's an administrative and Buddhist center, housing a couple of hundred monks. The current king of Bhutan has brought democracy to the country, which held its first elections in 2008. We will soon be releasing a mini-documentary about Bhutan and Gross National Happiness

Every year or so hundreds of tribal members from dozens of tribes across the African Rift Valley gather in Arba Minch, #...
02/27/2015

Every year or so hundreds of tribal members from dozens of tribes across the African Rift Valley gather in Arba Minch, #Ethiopia for the Festival of 1000 Stars. The venue allows often oppressed minority cultures to assert their identities through song, dance and food.

Power Up The Planet debuts at our favorite music store, Amoeba! Limited time exclusive for the physical 'eco CD' @ Amoeb...
12/01/2009
Amoeba Music > Power Up The Planet CD

Power Up The Planet debuts at our favorite music store, Amoeba! Limited time exclusive for the physical 'eco CD' @ Amoeba... spread the power!

Power Up The Planet takes high-energy tracks from global artists, and mixes in an innovative project to bring solar power to the people.

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