10 Stories You Loved In 2019
Indigenous agroforesters and femicide fighters, climate strikers and permaculture disaster responders rose to the top of The Esperanza Project's most-read changemakers of the year
Our Top 10 stories of 2019 reflect the hunger for fresh ideas and different voices — people who are tackling the issues of climate change, environmental destruction, mass migration, food security, femicide and human rights — especially indigenous rights. The popularity of these stories also show that people are ready for younger and alternative visions — and those, as you may have noticed, are our specialty.
Regenerating Agriculture, Regenerating Communities
Vía Orgánica and Ecosystem Regeneration Camps Lead the Way in San Miguel de Allende
Don Manuel García Pacheco stands at the edge of the field he has known since his birth more than six decades ago, when the land was plowed by oxen. He smiles broadly as he surveys the industrious crew that has come from all over the world to work in his cornfield. “Estoy feliz como un lombriz,” he declares in typical campesino parlance – I’m happy as an earthworm.
Restoring the Earth, One Camp at a Time
Ecosystem Restoration Camps Founder John D. Liu on a mass mobilization to regenerate Earth's natural systems
Over the past 150 years, poor land management practices, driven by industrial agriculture, has resulted in the loss of half of the earth’s topsoil. Soil is becoming so degraded that some scientists are predicting that in some parts of the world, such as the UK, we only have 60 harvests left. More carbon has been […]
Regenerating the Human Story
Mexico's Vía Orgánica restores soil, water, biodiversity - and the lives of its farmers, as well
Editor’s note: One of my most inspiring assignments so far this year brought together two important movements for the healing of the Earth: the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in the Americas, and Vía Orgánica, the host organization. I went on to write about them both for Mongabay Latin America and the brand-new issue of Permaculture […]