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Thoughts on Vocational Training Centers for Ecological Restoration

One of the things that people ask me a lot is: "What can I do?" to help. I think it is crucial that each individual answers this for themselves. I know for me that having made the decision to devote my life to understanding, documenting, communicating about and restoring degraded Earth's systems has provided an endless stream of fascination and purpose. I certainly believe it is critical and in many ways the "GREAT WORK" of our time to find ways to restore ecological function on a planetary scale. I recommend that each person get in touch with their own thoughts and determine what they can and want to do. Read the rest of this entry »

From fisherman to coal collector

In the village Aretika (India), coal mining has polluted the water and villagers can no longer catch enough fish to make a living. Megan and Paul witness how people were forced to find other ways to generate income, now filtering the coal debris from the river they once used to fish in. Read the rest of this entry »

One plant, four roles

Water lilies are very important for communities living in the Inner Niger Delta. The plant not only has an important ecological function, but also serves as a significant food source and is valued for its therapeutic properties. Read the rest of this entry »

Just discovered, already threatened

Lesula is an African monkey species living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in one of the last unexplored forests. "Cercopithecus lomamiensis" is the second species of monkeys discovered during the past 28 years. The study, published in the journal PLoS One in September 2012, was conducted by John and Terese Hart and funded by Yale University and the Arcus Foundation among others. Lesula is threatened because it is being hunted for its meat by local people. Read the rest of this entry »