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Maya Villagers Resist Mega Hog Farms in Yucatán

Communities fight back as industrial farms overwhelm them with stench, contamination and corruption

“The smell was what woke us up. The green flies, the mosquitoes. The headaches. The pestilence, which at night no longer lets us sleep. Then something appeared in the fruit, as if it were smoke. The bushes looked sad and would soon dry up. When we realized it, the Kekén farm had already been running for a year.

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Permaculture for Climate Change Resilience in Mexico

Tikkun Eco Center works with Mexican villages to solve water crisis  

Tikkun Eco Center works with Mexican villages to solve water crisis

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Botany as archaeology, to save a sacred site from a lithium mine

“First foods” survey reveals an ancient kinship of place with a “horticulture based in endearment”

Nikki Hill is a “first foods” specialist who has studied the patterns of pre-colonial horticulture throughout the American West — most controversially above the largest known lithium deposit of its kind. Thacker Pass, Nevada, or Peehee Mu’huh by its Paiute name, was fast-tracked by Donald Trump for a large lithium mine in the last days […]

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Tikkun Eco Center : Spreading seeds of change

Creating resilient community through water harvesting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MÉXICO – Victoria Collier and Ben Ptashnik are a couple with a vision: they want to teach how to create self-sustaining ecological community where people can grow food, disengage from destructive systems with the use of renewable energy and green building, and create community projects that benefit everyone while raising the […]

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Small-town citizens get creative in Black Hills uranium mine fight

Ballot initiative would declare mining a 'nuisance' — a way to protect treasured springs under seige

This summer, Hot Springs citizens scored a breakthrough: They collected enough signatures to obtain a ballot measure that would declare mining a “nuisance” in Fall River County.

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Call of the Turtle Mini Vision Council at a Glance

This meeting of great minds, hearts and spirits will soon be available online. Meanwhile, we share bios and a harvest of collective wisdom.

For those of you who joined us this weekend for the epic Call of the Turtle Mini Vision Council, and indeed for any of the brilliant EcoSapiens who shared their stories and insights with us during the monthlong Restoring Sacred Culture in the Americas Convergence, we are so grateful to you. You, in fact, are […]

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LIVE TODAY at 11 am CDT: Gaia University founder Liora Adler on 'Retrotopia'

Retrotopia: Creating Buen Vivir* in a De-Industrialized Future: Interview with Earth Sky Woman Tami Brunk

Since the turn of the century humans have been building communities structured on technological and industrial practices that are steadily destroying the ecosystems that support life on this planet.  “Retrotopia”** is an alternative vision that supports the re-emergence of sustainable community living focused on ecosystem regeneration and restoration. Register HERE to join us for this weekend’s lineup […]

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EcoSapien Speaker Series + 'Call of the Turtle' Mini Vision Council

Monthlong Convergence highlights visionaries, activists, elders and thought leaders who are restoring sacred culture in the Americas

This monumental monthlong convergence features conversations with indigenous visionaries and activists, eco-elders in the fields of bioregionalism, ecovillage design, permaculture, earth-regeneration and humans we see as helping us connect to our animist roots while restoring elements of sacred culture. 

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Sacred Earth: Gathering the voices of the protectors of Amerikua

A series of interviews with indigenous leaders to inspire environmental consciousness

An interview with Ivan Sawyer, founder of Voices of Amerikua, on Sacred Earth, his new series on Indigenous Ecology

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The Great Transition

We are not at the end, we are in a shift from a system that devoured our Earth to one that can work with Gaia.

Editor’s note: As we first published this story (May 3, 2022), author John McLeod and his family in rural New Mexico were evacuated from their home and farm due to the Hermit’s Peak / Calf Canyon fire that started not far from their home. “This is what Climate Change looks like,” he wrote, “making the […]

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Pablo Alarcón and his luminous environmentalism

Honoring the life and work of Pablo Alarcón Chaires (1964-2022)

True, legitimate, deep environmentalism is, above all, a luminous act where the human being gives himself body and soul to the defense of life. It is luminous because it lights flames of hope in a world of darkness. Pablo Alarcón Chaires was an exceptional environmentalist whose career left a trail of light. His very arrival […]

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Moira Millán: 'A telluric movement is awakening the women of the Earth'

Author, activist and traditional Mapuche weychafe on the end of the patriarchy

Moira Millán is a force to be reckoned with — a weychafe in the Mapuche tradition, or as she explains it, a warrior, a fighter, a defender. “To be a Weychafe is to be the defense of the territory, the defense of life. And that is the spirit that inhabits me.” Moira had just traveled […]

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AMLO Comes to Temaca, the Town That Refuses to Drown

Villagers face a crossroads as president puts a monumental decision in their hands

Saturday, Aug. 14, was a day that would be marked as a turning point in the history of Temaca. And the Carbajal sisters, together with scores of other defenders of the historic village, would be ready.

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Nature, Covid-19 and Species Fear

Can we rise to the challenge of converting our angst into effective action?

We are living in a dangerous time, where everything depends on humanity managing to overcome what is the second period of maximum risk in its history (the first occurred when the Homo sapiens population was reduced to a minimum and trapped on the coasts of South Africa due to the effects of extreme freezing weather).

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The promise of restoration lives within us

The call for a global campaign to restore nature is also a call to Indigenous people worldwide to remember who you are

“Today let’s start a new decade, one in which we finally make peace with nature and secure a better future for all,” declared António Gutterres, the UN Secretary General, during the virtual opening event of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in June. With environmental degradation already affecting almost half of humanity, and with every […]

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Turning the Tide on Megadams

Colombian activists and scientists boost resistance to large-scale hydropower by showing their destructive impacts

Miller Dussán is one of those rare people who can just as comfortably traverse the traditional fishing villages and small farms of the countryside as he can the halls of research and policy-making institutions. In Colombia, a dynamic, water-rich country that is highly dependent on increasingly controversial hydropower, Dussán plays a vital role in these two spaces. In […]

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Mentoring Our Climate Future

What do a WWII combat general, a brilliant nonviolent strategist, a Berkeley poet laureate and a German puppeteer have in common?

As Odysseus prepared to depart to the Trojan War, he left the supervision of his son Telemachus’s education to an old and trusted friend, Mentor. Many of us have had the gift of a mentor or mentors, whose words and deeds coupled with a personal relationship have guided and inspired our lives and our activism […]

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Monkeys Reaching for the Moon: An Environmental Parable for Our Times

Are we reaching for the illusion of sustainability rather than sustainability itself?

A few months ago my karate sensei shared with his students the Zen story of The Monkeys Reaching for the Moon. If you haven’t heard it, there are many versions. Here’s mine:

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México: The 4th Transformation in a Global Context

Strenghtening the defense of human values and those of nature

It is becoming clear that the future of the planet is red and green. It is equally clear that Mexico’s situation is neither exclusive nor unique, but rather replicates what is happening on a global scale, where the citizens of the world take on diverse forces in order to reduce, stop or suppress the double exploitation that a minority of minorities is imposing on the work of humans and of nature. The enormous ignorance prevailing among leaders and theorists of Mexican emancipation about what is taking place in the rest of the world, limits and reveals them. It is not only about keeping in mind the social and environmental struggles of Latin America, but of many other regions.

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May 13th, a Day to Do Nothing for the Climate

The climate needs us to do more nothing—as it is our pursuit of growth and more, more, more (whether profit, stuff, or children) that is at the heart of our sustainability crisis.

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No More Sacrificed Communities

How an Environmental Justice Documentary Is Building Solidarity in the Midst of the Racial and Health Crisis

A soon-to-be-released feature film exemplifies how independent media initiatives can be powerful tools for social and environmental justice organizing. Challenging the isolation and impotence that many are feeling in the face of the current health and racial crises, the internationally acclaimed documentary The Condor & The Eagle and its impact campaign “No More Sacrificed Communities” bring us […]

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Native leaders, civic groups blast rollback of bedrock environmental law

“We are the original people of the land and we’re having to fight.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Creature from the Black Lagoon loomed over the offices of the Interior Department last week as non-profit consumer advocate Public Citizen joined the chorus of voices condemning the proposed rollback of the bedrock National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.   “Trump’s Interior Secretary is an Oil Lobbyist,” declared the giant video […]

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The Devastation of the Chiquitanía in the decline of Evo Morales

The year that is coming to an end will be remembered in Bolivia not only for the hurricane winds that drove the fall of Evo Morales, the country’s first indigenous president; but also because of the fires those winds brought with them. They burned forests, ecological reserves, indigenous territories and national parks in eight of […]

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Turning trash into groceries in Oaxaca

Mexican student's innovative plastic waste initiative cleans up rural town

A “pet” is a PET-type plastic bottle. Its worth is equivalent to about a penny, and gathering together several of them you can purchase some basic food items through a project developed by a university student and implemented by his local government.

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Kelp Gardens, Piñon Forests  

Lyla June on Renovating Native Foodways as a Path to Sovereignty

Lyla June on Renovating Native Foodways as a Path to Sovereignty

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Native Flower Rebellion in Argentina

'Self-Convoked' Indigenous Women Occupy Interior Ministry to Demand: Stop the Terricide

As the Extinction Rebellion shuts down the system in the North, Indigenous women in Argentina stage an uprising of their own. The Native Flower Rebellion, they are calling it: an occupation of “self-convoked” Mapuche, Qom and other Indigenous women have traveled from all corners of the republic to demand an accounting from their government, and to unite in a powerful message: The Terricide must stop.

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Temaca to the World: We're Not Going Anywhere

10th Annual Chile Fair carries on a tradition of resistance to a megadam slated to obliterate three villages

TEMACAPULIN, Jalisco, Mexico — It’s been 14 years since the people of this charming colonial town in the Green River Valley of Mexico’s agriculturally rich Jalisco state have gotten a good night’s sleep — 14 years of fighting the thirty-story megadam that poses an existential threat to their precolonial heritage. A generation has nearly grown […]

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How the Women of Standing Rock Are Building Sovereign Economies

Water Protectors Take the Movement’s Lessons Forward

For Sicangu Lakota water protector Cheryl Angel, Standing Rock helped her define what she stands against: an economy rooted in extraction of resources and exploitation of people and planet. It wasn’t until she’d had some distance that the vision of what she stands for came into focus. “Now I understand that sustainable sovereign economies are needed to […]

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Women of Standing Rock: LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

Lakota grandmother and Sacred Stone Village founder on sovereignty, healing and touching the Earth: Part II

In the harrowing days of the Standing Rock resistance to the Black Snake, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard — Tamakawastewin, or Good Earth Woman — became an icon, though she’s quick to step away from such titles with her self-deprecating humor. The Lakota historian’s fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from plowing past her son’s […]

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