Be a part of the Solution, not the Crisis

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Make it your mission to become part of Ecological solutions not the Environmental crisis! – Pioneering Solutions for Global Collaborative Change.

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Eco-Solutionaries is the title of my new book project which I am publishing this year, this book focuses on Ecological Solutions to the current Environmental Crisis – encouraging positive social and environmental change, individuals can become empowered with the knowledge of new ecological solutions that corporations and governments conveniently ignore or are unaware of.

How many Barrels of Oil are we extracting from the Earth Per Day!!!???
Over 1 Million Barrels per day (not 97, 000). This is a very shocking but real statistic´provided by the US Energy Administration   This highlights why we need to be cutting and reducing consumption of oil, at this record breaking rate of oil consumption we are rapidly driving  ecocide,  pollution and species extinction. Reducing or taxing Carbon emissions only makes bankers and politicians richer and  will do very little to deal with the root of the problem, . We have no excuse to use oil anymore while the Water Fuel Cell Car is now available on the public market.

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Over the last 20 years I have always been looking out for solutions and developments in sustainable and green innovation projects. I started looking at alternative energy solutions that would prevent this ecocide driven by giant corporations, I also found many projects that provide solutions to many of humanities problems from the water crisis to innovations in organic farming and nanotechnologies that will provide us with all our electricity and energy needs.

My book  Eco-solutionaries will bring to public awareness, new and  exciting entrepreneurial technologies, inventions and projects, some of which are explained in the last few chapters of my first book ´´The Silent Ecocide´´- the environmental crisis is a crisis of human consciousness​.

Incredible solutions already exist and more are coming to our fingertips. The funds for my second book will allow me the time to finish my research, to document and interview ecological solutions and ecological entrepreneurs in addition to fund the book tour to cover North America, the UK and EU to widen public awareness, the importance of ecological awareness in addition to Ecological solutions is fundemental in this book project.

While many people are overwhelmed by the terrible ecological collapse we are witnessing, the urgency to become more ecologically conscious and to create ecological communities where implementing solutions can become a reality, only then will we empower ourselves and our communities turning individuals into Eco-solutionaries. This way individuals can become empowered to implement solutions that corporations and governments conveniently ignore or are unaware of. Ecological awareness and what new green systems and sustainable technologies can allow us to make this transition, at the same time as reducing our pollution and ecological footprint on Planet Earth should be a priority knowledge at this time.

Funding Goal

Funding this book project will free up valuable time for me to write and complete my research, interviews and publishing the book, in addition to allowing me to travel to and do various public talks at Universities and Ecological Conferences in the UK, Europe and North America to help spread the message of the book and raise ecological awareness of the issues and how we can solve them by implimenting important solutions. I would like to  have both books translated into many languages so that the message can be brought to the global communities and to the forefront of public knowledge, so if you are a translator and want to help, please send me an email, there is also a basic forum available for ecosolutionaries to connect and share ideas.

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Black Friday-Day of the Zombies

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Governments have built values around material wealth, no value is seen in  ecological wealth which is what keeps life on this plant sustained. The only way to save ourselves and the planet is by putting financial value on ecological wealth, yet to some, this is an  invisible or an abstract concept in terms of human understanding of how much work and production goes on in the mechanisms of ecosystems in nature. We pay no attention to it we are so disconnected from nature we don’t think about the consequences of how much rubbish we gernate each week or where that goes, if we treat the Earth like one big garbage disposal, its going to come back to us with severe consequences on the future of our lives and health as well as the future of the planet. What we do affects the mechanisms of nature or ecosystems. Our anthropogenic impact,  how we live has immediate impact on nature to a monumentous scale where environmental scientists or ecologists have no time to measure our impact efficiently on each ecosystem or species,  though the signs point to warning signals for the future of all species, where both plant and animal species are going extinct at a rate of 200 species per day disappearing forever from this unique planet.

The environmental crisis is a crisis of human understanding, the outer manifestation of this destruction is an indication that we need to change. We are living in a time where we need to re-establish our lost connection with the Earth.

“At a deep psychological level, convincing young people that they will get the respect, admiration, and love that they are looking for, through consumerism, is a manipulation of a deep human instinct to want to belong. Advertising and the media reinforce this message, in the process, destroying the community structures that provided people with the affirmation that they need. We have evolved in groups – deeply interdependent and connected – the separation and competition of the modern world is antithetical to our deepest needs.” – Helena Norberg Hodge

Helena Norberg Hodge is an ecological pioneer and author of Ancient Futures, she studied with Noam Chomsky, Founder of the Society for Ecology and Culture and she believes that those running the global economy are imposing structural violence on our world.

Over the last 60 years, an ecological imbalance has emerged  due to the monopolisation of natural resources and energy, a monopoly that overlooks a need to create a more sustainability based economy that is within the bounds of the Earth’s natural carrying capacity. Centralised control of natural resources in the ‘free market’ causes imbalances such as socio-economic problems in the countries where these valuable natural resources are based. The result is deforestation, famine, debt, homelessness and problems for local food growers and indigenous producers. How is it justifiable that a wealthier country has helped itself to local resources of developing countries, leaving the natives with nothing? We need to focus on localised sustainability, basically going back to the traditional ways of farming and managing local agricultural practices. People in the west hold a lot of personal power by choosing ethically the products they buy, if people were more aware that their consumerism perpetuates injustices around the world then everyone would be more conscious about what they buy and who they buy it from.  However, most people that live in priviledged countries, rest on the poverty and injustice of slave continents such as Africa and parts of Central and South America and Asia for minerals, raw materials, fuel, cheap clothes and electrical goods.

It is definitely a fundamental truth that ‘needing and having’ are the current basis of what drives Capitalism.

Our over-reliance on technology is driving this unfolding ecocide, with emphasis conveniently on emissions from cars and industry rather than focusing on reducing the consumption of oil which is at a record breaking high of around 96 to 100,000 barrels a day this year, 2016. There is no excuse now to keep ignoring the Water Fuel cell car which Honda and Toyota and Genopax have already made available on the market but that the governments and corporations conveniently ignore by not supporting these clean energy systems by providing the infrastructure of rechargeable stations for Waterfuel cell cars and other clean energy cars.

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The consumerism of electrical goods such as ipads, tablets and android phones all rely on a highly unethical mining industry that relies on slave labour to mine and assemble electrical products in inhumane conditions, in addition to driving the destruction of the last cloud forests home of the highly endangered Silverback Gorilla populations in Africa. This is well illustrated by the story of the Silverback Gorillas in the African Congo. The mining of Gold, Diamonds and Coltan, (geological name – Columbite Tantalite), a mineral used in the microchips of every single new electronic device, cell phone or tablet and laptop, comes from the African Congo, Virungas National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A biodiverse ecosystem where a small group of the world’s last remaining Silverback Gorillas are critically threatened with extinction from poaching and continually reduced habitat due to these existing ‘Conflict Minerals’ being extracted in the area, that the world is responsible for plundering.

Coltan can only be found in a few places in the world, one of which is in Australia, which was the world’s largest producer at Wodinga Tantalum mine in Western Australia, however they closed their mine in 2012 because it is cheaper to mine it using slave labour in inhumane conditions in Africa’s Democratic Republic of Congo. To make matters worse for the Silverback Gorillas, the SOCO International energy company are pushing to extract gas and oil reserves from under Lake Edward in the National Park, all this, at the cost of one of the last greatest African forests and majestic Gorillas which have only been given an estimated 15 years of survival amidst the adversities they face and through our lack of global responsibility to better manage conservation of such situations, because minerals, gold, diamonds and oil are far more important than saving the Silverback Gorillas and their forest home.

The fact that a mining company can cut corners to make a bigger profit at the expense of an entire endangered species such as the Mountain Gorilla and at the expense of hard working African miners that are virtually slaves, shows that international environmental and human rights laws are far too flimsy and the Western world conveniently lacks ethics in business that feeds and perpetuates slavery, species extinction and ecocide.

The current psychology behind what drives capitalism cultivates a certain emptiness and spiritual deficit that leads to severe depression and lack of self-worth, when people feel that they have failed society and in societies view have not achieved a desirable status. For some, this leads to severe depression. There was an element of not feeling useful to society or the  community in the Western world if one is not successful financially, having access to community services and communal areas that include tending nature and growing food all provide a healthier sense of self worth, as human beings we need to feel a sense of belonging in our local communities, connecting with nature helps fill this void. If we had stronger communities in the West. Last year in the UK at least 12 men under the age of 45 committed suicide in the UK per day, perhaps the numbers of those suffering from depression could be reduced if we shift our values from status, financial worth and material wealth to values that focus on connecting with each other in our local communities and with nature .

Depression is an indication that human consciousness needs to change, the current social environment does nothing to remedy depression, it does everything to cause mental illness and disfunction. We need to change our psychological and status values in Western society to values that have more depth and meaning for the human spirit. An ecological economy would influence and cultivate healthier values for individuals as well as stronger communities, people could cultivate a self-worth that can be attributed to feeling part of a community and caring for the environment, values not based on status, or on consumerist needs and wants that are never deeply fulfilling.

Being as honest with one’s self and others as is possible is important, we are not robots, and we are not machines, we are human beings that have lost our humanity in the distraction of false value systems. Being in nature, being creative, painting, writing, singing, and making things; developing projects that could contribute to a better and more harmonious world, playing music or getting involved in a community project or doing something that aids deep relaxation, meditation or trance, all of these things can help bring feelings of deeper fulfilment and bring us more into the moment, reconnecting us with the joy that comes from just being and connecting with others on a deeper level. Reaching out as much as possible to friends and family, without feeling humiliated or the stigma that is carried with the label ‘depression’ and the negative stigma that go with it such as the words ‘mental illness or mental disease’. Inner work is really important for all of us, not just those of us suffering from depression, but those of us suffering from denial which seems to be the greater problem in human society.

William Manson explains that in 1968, Erich Fromm prophesied The year 2000, might be the beginning of a period in which man ceases to be human and becomes transformed into an unthinking and unfeeling machine”. -In the context of a prevailing dehuman syndrome, spontaneous human expression becomes pathologised: Being open in speech; being unashamed of one’s body; relating to nature; hugging, touching, feeling and making love with other people; refusing to serve in the army and kill; and becoming less dependent on machines are generally considered ‘disturbed behaviour’ by a society of robopaths”. Of course, behavioural modification is facilitated through ideological training, expanding law enforcement, and emotional anaesthesia (psychopharmacology). In my view, revitalisation of one’s desiccated human-ness first and foremost requires a renewed contact with the web of evolved life, with Walt Whitman’s ‘primal sanity of nature’. Transcending the blinkered, bourgeois-utilitarian (mechanistic-industrial) world-view, one can embark on a purification of consciousness, a purging of the detritus of cultural pollution (and a recovery of emotional innocence). Withdrawing from the world of urban commerce (and its mind-numbing “messages”), one severs the flow of media propaganda and ceaseless “information” (relating to the ubiquitous ‘buying and selling’). Compulsive ‘having’ is the pathology of deficient ‘being.’ Aesthetic simplicity means disconnecting from repulsive superfluity. Seeking sanctuary in wilderness surroundings, one rediscovers the gentler rhythms of low-cost rural living: walking instead of driving, and prevention of disease through a style of living consonant with ecological wisdom.’’-William Manson.

by Carlita Shaw

Ecologist and Author

The Water Fuel Cell Car vs Oil, Terrorism and Climate Change

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I will never forget how an editor from a well known publishing company scoffed at me when I explained the world economy is based on oil, most people are not ecologically literate and that really needs to change, if we have any chance of survival. This environmental crisis is driven by the world´s dependence on oil, it is a subject that affects everyone on this planet.

While the world is on terrorism alert and certain countries are trying hard to foster a political climate for  World War III via Machiavellian tactics, while Paris is gearing up for the COP21 Climate talks and unbeknown to most, there will be a global Carbon Tax implimented as a result of these talks, because governments and banks gain around 33 trillion a year from trading carbon and taxing emissions.  This system does not remedy the root of the problem, while the emphasis is on emissions instead of consumption of Oil. The root cause to these critical environmental problems are blatently ignored, it is the consumption of oil which is the true cause of ecocide on the planet, because oil consumption is the highest it has ever been in human history, in 2010 the world oil consumption was at a rate of 87 million barrels of oil per day, which has currently increased to 97 million barrels per day by 2016, that is almost a 100 million barrels per day drained from the Earth!  How much more do these world oil barons think they can bleed out of the Earth?

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Aside from the fact that the climate has always been changing, that is what its role in ecology is, to change, it is not global warming or emissions environmentalists and politicians should be focusing on, this is all an astroturfed distraction, because they are all too afraid of having their multi-billions taken away from them. The climate change debate on emissions is solely designed and engineered for reasons that provide political control and unfairly repressive sanctions over developing countries such as Africa and other countries that have been made to submit, so that more powerful countries gain access with emission cuts, whilst the Western world can exploit their natural resources and make trillions from trading carbon and carbon taxing.

This is what Obama said at a talk in 2013, just to give you a clue of what is really driving these wars on Middle eastern terrorism and the problems we have been seeing unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, Tar Sands and other pipelines, its all connected to the globally manufactured war on terror.

 I’ve come to Cushing, an oil town — (applause) — because producing more oil and gas here at home has been, and will continue to be, a critical part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy.  (Applause.)

Now, under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.  (Applause.)  That’s important to know.  Over the last three years, I’ve directed my administration to open up millions of acres for gas and oil exploration across 23 different states.  We’re opening up more than 75 percent of our potential oil resources offshore.  We’ve quadrupled the number of operating rigs to a record high.  We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.

So we are drilling all over the place — right now.  That’s not the challenge.  That’s not the problem.  In fact, the problem in a place like Cushing is that we’re actually producing so much oil and gas in places like North Dakota and Colorado that we don’t have enough pipeline capacity to transport all of it to where it needs to go — both to refineries, and then, eventually, all across the country and around the world.  There’s a bottleneck right here because we can’t get enough of the oil to our refineries fast enough.  And if we could, then we would be able to increase our oil supplies at a time when they’re needed as much as possible.

Now, right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast. And today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done. (Applause.) ´´ – President Obama, March the 22nd 2012.

´´Cut through the red tape´´ means take several years to bypass respectable environmental laws that protect national parks and oceans from oil drilling and refining and foster a war on terror to make the world bend to America´s oil processing and refinery needs.

It is interesting that everytime the Water Fuel Cell car has been close to being publically unveiled or featured in mainstream media newspapers, not long afterwards a major event occurs that totally distracts the world media. Japan was about to launch a water fuel cell car in 2011, a company called Genepax, they unveiled a car that can run on river, rain or sea water, and even run on Japanese tea. Then Fukushima occurred as a result of the earthquake activity and tsunami before the car could be made available to the world market. Since then, we have had the radiated pollution of the Pacific ocean sea life and thousands of marine species have had mass die offs as marine ecosystems collapse, rather disconcerting when it is the oceans microbial and algal life forms that produce around 80 percent of our oxygen requirements.

This year it has been announced in mainstream media newspapers that Honda will launch the Water Fuel Cell car in 2016 and this Water Fuel Cell system has been demonstrated to also be able to support a domestic household with all the power it needs. Alternative energy solutions exist, the Water Fuel Cell was invented by Stanley Meyers back in the 1980s, he was poisoned in 1998 at a restaurant, probably by oil barons. A few years before Stanley was murdered he gave a presentation on his water fuel cells, in the presentation, Meyer describes a molecular, chemical and electrical level of  how water can be used as fuel — not just as a gas, but for domestic and industrial electrical generation. Meyers was also the holder of  40 patents.

Ten years later Honda launched a water fuel cell car that also has the capability to provide domestic power for a house, this probably evolved from Stanley Meyers original design.  Honda made this car available to the Hollywood elite in 2003, now they claim to be launching this water fuel cell car to become available in 2016 to the public. However, they are saying that the current lack of infrastructure worldwide to support Hydrogen fuel cell technology will need to be worked on. What this actually means is not something a mainstream newspaper will publish, it means that the oligarchy, the politicians and oil company CEOs and shareholders will not take kindly to the Water Fuel Cell car that can also provide domestic power to the home to finally become available to the public market, therefore they will make it difficult for hydrogen processing plants and Water Fuel Cell stations to emerge as part of this supportive infrastructure while those that hold the oil monopoly cards also hold places of decision making that stop the emergence of alternative emission free solutions that are also solutions as alternatives to consuming oil, stopping ecocide and the current mechanisms behind war.

Think about the economically devasting implications this would have on the current oligarchy monopoly on grid electicity power companies and oil stakeholders, when oil companies presently rake in 100,000 dollars per hour in profits. An astronomical amount of fortune that the world powers will defend with severe vehemency to protect its domination and fortune, the war on terror is being used to protect this fortune. These figures can easily be found in Forbes and Business insider and various geopolitical newspapers. Most people do not think about the simplicity of the expression ´´follow the money´´ but it does yeild the true motives of war, let alone bypassing environmental legislations and environmental agreements.

Most people do not realize there are currently clean energy solutions available, there are solar powered and water fuel cell cars that can travel thousands of kilometers before needing to recharge. These are the most advanced alternative vehicles we have so far to oil, yet these technologies are being ignored by politicians and NGOs at the Climate Talks that just focus on emissions rather than stopping oil consumption altogether by bringing this technology to dominate the world market.  What better opportunity to display such cars at these events for the world to see at the sustainability exhibition event at the Paris COP 21 Climate talks, these should be the solutions presented or point to the question ´why´ are these vehicles not available to us now, why is the consumption of oil not made obsolete on the basis of the current environmental crisis?

How can world leaders discuss cutting emissions without stopping the root cause of the problem when oil consumption is at a record breaking high worldwide?

If the global world leaders genuinely cared about the planet, government representatives at the Paris COP talks would focus on putting an end to the environmentally destructive oil industry, stopping the consumption of oil, not constantly focusing on emissions, which is a debatable unsettled science for climate change. Despite this, the environment is still in severe crisis with 150 to 200 species disappearing each day due to oil and gas extraction on terrestrial and the ocean environments. Rainforests occupy around 5 percent of the Earth’s terrestrial land, yet rainforests contain over 50 percent of the world’s plants and animal species (biodiversity). There is no accounting for the number of plant and tree species fast disappearing, especially from the rainforests, which are being destroyed at a rate of 60 square kilometres per hour. That is the equivalent of 4,000 football pitches per hour, every hour of every day that passes, with an exponentially rising rate of biodiversity loss.

As we already have proven solutions such as the Water Fuel Cell and Solar Powered cars that have been test drived over thousands of kilometres are efficent form of emission free these cars are available for use to the world now, why are these wonderful technologies not available now to the public and why have they not been put into immediate production use?

For the obvious reason that the oil monopoly has bought its way into politics because oil production yeilds 100,000 million dollars per hour per oil company. These are the issues that should be highlighted at the Paris Climate Talks, not debating emissions or whether CO2 is a natural pollutant or whether the climate is heating up or cooling down. The fact that the Water Fuel Cell car and Solar cars are available for use but being ignored as alternative solutions is a question that should be on everyone´s mind for this climate change conference. These and other various forms of current solutionary energy systems that are breaking the mold of mainstream energy monopolies right now, but that are conveniently being ignored by world leaders, who are solely interested in perpetuating war for oil whilst destroying the planet in the process.

 

By Carlita Shaw

Ecologist and Author

 

The Environmental impact of China’s Twin Oceanic Railway on the Amazon & Indigenous People

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The above map shows proposed routes of the 10 billion dollar Chinese Railway and its impact on the biodiversity and indigenous communities of the affected countries from Peru to Brazil. Map courtesy of Boston University.org

While many are quite understandably distracted by the wars unfolding in Syria and other Machiavellian pantomimes being played out across the globe, the Amazon rain forest that stretches from Peru to Brazil, is quietly being destroyed, not only by ongoing oil exploitation, there is now a new threat of an epic scale development of a 10 billion dollar ‘Twin Ocean railway’, which has been proposed by the Chinese government. This would facilitate the rapid decline of biodiversity, decimate isolated uncontacted tribes and drive ecocide in the Amazon rain forest.

The 5,000 km railroad will allow the Chinese government to extract raw materials such as petroleum, hardwood, minerals, beef, soya and grains out of the Amazon to the main Coastal ports  onto ships bound for China.

China has been an important driver in the expansion of Latin American export of agriculture and extraction and is now the second country next to the USA to drive development in these areas in Latin America, (see the Boston University report below for more details) .

One of the proposed routes for the railway, known as the southern route (shown in the  above map), is of concern to environmental scientists, as it would pass though the Isconahua Reserve, Peru, the Cerrado biome and the Vale do Rio Juruá of Brazil, where some of the most important biodiversity hotspots on earth, can be found.

China has become a familiar Trade dealer with Latin American countries. In January 2015 China signed trade deals worth over 70 million with Peru, the Chinese President Xi Jinping visted Peru and pledged to invest $250 billion in Latin America over the next 10 years. China has been Ecuador, Peru’s and Brazil’s main foreign trading relation since 2008, China now has a firm hold over much of the  oil, mining and energy extraction projects that are ongoing in these Latin American countries. Though very little has been done internationally to criticize the level of environmental and social impact that these large scale developments are having in the Amazon rain forest or on indigenous people.

There are several uncontacted tribes in the Peruvian Amazon that are extremely vulnerable to disease upon contact and traumatic displacement upon invasion of their territories by development proposals such as this Chinese 10 billion dollar development of a 5,000 km railway from Peru to Brazil. The development will affect 600 indigenous tribal communities including 15 that are living in complete voluntary isolation deep in the Amazon, they choose not to have contact with the outside world. Nobody has consulted these people regarding this large scale development

The planned railway will connect Brazil’s Atlantic coast with Peru’s Pacific coast and would reduce the cost of shipping hardwood, petroleum, gas, grain and minerals to Asia.” As of now, most of South America’s import to China has to pass through the Panama Canal, which has become very costly as prices have tripled over the last five years. But like the $50 billion canal a Chinese billionaire wants to build across Nicaragua or the 3 hectares of pristine Amazonian rainforest that Ecuador sold to China, all the promise for commerce comes at a price.

The other proposed routes  through Peru, Ecuador and Brazil also carry a large threat to biodiversity and indigenous people’s rights in Peru and Ecuador. The final decision of the railway  route will be critical in evaluating its environmental and social impact, though whatever decision is made, a heavy price will be paid in sacrificing biodiversity and indigenous people’s rights. Laws in  Ecuador and Peru specify that  indigenous groups need to be consulted in advance in order for industrial projects to gain social or environmental permits.

Similar environmental and social impact have had heavy consequences on communities in Ecuador as a result of PetroChina’s oil exploits with Andes Petroleum which has threatened and destroyed indigenous villages on ancestral land in the Ecuadorian Amazon as part of President Correa’s ”sustainable development projects” that are not at all sustainable in the opinion of international environmental scientific community.

Indigenous groups in Peru and Ecuador have been recognized under the United Nations to which there exists a non-binding agreement giving indigenous groups in these countries the chance to defend their lives, land, and culture. Guaranteed throughout the Declaration is the right to a process of “Free, Prior and Informed Consent” for indigenous peoples when faced with decisions, projects, or legislation that may affect their people and/or territory within a reasonable period; however, this does not require consent (and is not binding).  In Ecuadorian law, Article 82 refers explicitly to environmental consultation, in the case of a state decision which might affect the environment, and specifies broad and timely information for those affected. However, even if there is a majority opposing the project in question, it may still be carried out on the condition that the impact on those affected and the ecosystem is minimized (art. 83. see this link for further details on the Ecuadorian Constitution).

It is not clear if there will be future plans to connect the Chinese Railway through to the Ecuadorian side of the Amazon or if Ecuador will be bypassed at this stage. However, it is clear that China’s rising demand for raw material extraction from the Amazon rain forest is affecting every country that the Amazon covers including Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. This large scale railway project will speed up the ecocidal destruction of the Amazon because the most important cause of deforestation are the ongoing construction roads, canals and railroads to get those products to ports.

According to research by Philip Fearnside (the author of China’s impact on Brazil case study project)- the report show’s that access roads are the most important cause of Amazon deforestation, as they open the forest to human settlements and interrupt animal migration patterns, causing forest fragmentation and faster species extinction.

Thus according to the studies, in order to adequately account for the impact of the “China boom” in Latin America, it is critical to  include not just exports to China but also Chinese-financed roads, canals, and railroads designed to get those products to ports, as well as dams to provide power to mines and oil fields that are being constructed in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Brazil to suit China’s exponential industrial growth at the expense of one of the worlds most uniquely biodiverse, major key ecosystems, the Amazon rain forest and its people.

Article by Carlita Shaw

Author and Ecologist

Other Sources

Boston University study on the impact of China on Latin America

http://www.bu.edu/pardeeschool/files/2014/12/Working-Group-Final-Report.pdf

Natural Capital and Ecological Economy

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The word ‘economy’ comes from the Greek rooted word Oikos (Ecology), Eco and nomy meaning money, the economy was only ever supposed to be within the boundaries of nature’s resources. Eco-nomy is defined by how communities of people choose to use to  manage and harness their local and global environmental resources to meet their chosen living requirements, therefore economy, should have always been based on ecological principles to begin with.  Human life depends on goods and services provided by nature, therefore, it is our duty to manage what we utilise from Earth sustainably, if we want to keep the Earth Bank sustainable, we must invest in its future and its present invisible production of goods and services.  We can explore innovative strategies to transfer an entire economy built on principles within the Earth’s ecological carrying capacity, (within the limitations of the Earth’s natural resources).

When our current economy is based on oil, this can only mean ecological destruction, as it is the only way to gain profit and improve the economy as it is, if we transferred our economy from this destructive pattern, to be based on ecological values in terms of financial capital, we would not only secure life on Earth to prosper but our economy will be sustainable and evolve in unexpected ways.    We have an oil-based economy, most of the world believes that oil comes from fossil fuels and is in limited supply which allows oil prices to soar in the USA, destabilising the economy and there are those that believe oil to come from abiotic sources.  With this dichotomy aside, we still have too many roads and cars and although we have the technology for alternative fuels and energies, the oligarchs will not lessen their grip from oil, which is causing much of the global ecocidal destruction.

The current world economic collapse being experienced in developed countries is a sign that we need to re-evaluate an economy that has been built on short-term gain and with no acknowledgement or regard for nature’s capital, invisible goods, services and production.  This complete disregard to nature’s capital is so engrained in our perception of the world.  We could start exploring new ways of seeing nature as an investment to preserve biodiversity and the natural balance of ecosystems for the future of humanity.

Every living species of plant and animal and ecosystem has a role in nature’s bio-production which has financial value in natural capital. This is a very exciting concept that could revolutionise, reshape and immediately shift a destructive debt ridden oil based economy to an entirely sustainable and wealthy one. However, just like other similar solutions to humanities problems, it may be difficult to implement an economy based on Natural Capital, as it may pose as a threat and may not be adopted by the elite 1 percent, whom wish to maintain their power and control over centralized management of the world’s natural resources and maintaining world debt is a way to do this. The most powerful companies in the oil, chemical and biopharmaceutical industries also would have to pay the largest costs for environmental damage to natural capital, through negligence of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to the environment and severe damage to ecosystems.  The environment needs to be a larger priority for Corporate Social Responsibility. ‘The Green Economy Initiative’ of the United Nations Environment Programme, (UNEP) and other efforts are now underway to improve the way in which we value and account for nature in our economic decision-making, a new foundation for switching to an ecological economy and putting value on ecosystems and natural capital.  Recent initiatives, such as the global study on

‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB), has resulted in a better understanding of the economic value of forests and other ecosystems for societies, as an example.   The TEEB study estimates that the world’s national parks and protected areas generate wealth via nature-based goods and services equal to around US $5 trillion per year in terms of biodiversity value. Ecosystems provide us with food, clean air and water, while forests provide protection from soil erosion, recreational services, medicinal products, and climate regulation.

The World Resource Institute (WRI) estimates the value of ecosystem services to be US $33 trillion a year, nearly twice the value of the global gross national product (GNP) of US $18 trillion.

The US is also in debt by 17 trillion dollars, if the US switched to an economy based on natural capital, it would take care of this debt.  In the same way that a banknote is a promissory note against the gold or silver that has been deposited in the bank, ecological economists are seeing how we can start to put the same value onto ecosystems and the role of species in ecosystem production, another example, would be the 80 percent of oxygen produced by algae in the ocean.  Hypothetically, the value of ecosystems that exist could regenerate local economies and increase the wealth and monetary value of nature globally, simply by ensuring its conservation and existence by using initiatives similar to the TEEB.

Nature’s ecological banking system could be a way to revolutionise our world and local economies and transfer wealth from an oil-based economy to an ecology-based economy, this wealth would provide poor countries with enough ecological economy that global debt would become a thing of the past. This starts on a local level worldwide, which would regenerate and allow local communities to have better control over their own natural resources, protecting and managing them from over-exploitation of previously decentralised management of resources, which could be prevented, if corporate social responsibility pays a tax to the natural capital  destroyed and when more is taken out of the ecosystems and Natural Capital, than is put into them,  this crucially needs to be taken into account in order to gain more balance.

This form of converting nature into capital would boost the world economy, as well as local economies on so many levels; it would also provide millions of new jobs and professions for ecological accountants, auditors and bookkeepers. Pavan Sukhdev was involved in setting up the TEEB initiative and he says that “the stuff of life is natural capital”, he proposed putting a value on natural capital in order to ensure its conservation, he says that there is an abundance of unclaimed financial goods in ecosystem services that would breathe life into the poorest communities, they are important benefits of public wealth, and it is usually the poorest people that manage these ecosystems. Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) are agreements whereby a user of an ecosystem service makes a payment to an individual or communities whose practices such as  land use or deforestation directly affects the use of that ecosystem services.

Pavan, points out that when we measure our GDP, we don’t include our biggest assets at the country level at the local level, which would be the Natural Capital of each country.  When we measure Corporate Social Responsibility we do not consider our impacts or costs on nature, or human health or society, and that needs to stop, ‘You cannot manage what you do not measure” – Pavan Sukhdev.

A community at a local geographic level, as well as at a global level, has the power to change the direction of humanity, so perhaps while governments continue to ignore the crisis, we in our local communities can start taking action to change things at this level, and we can start Nature Capital initiatives in local communities and councils.  Sustainability empowers the planet and people; this is the only route for humanity to take if it is to stop species extinction and to have a chance of survival. We have to invest in sustainability by also investing more in conservation and designing an ecological economy, an entirely new economy built on the principles within the Earth’s natural carrying capacity, which means that we make economic decisions according to the limitations of our ecological natural resources.  This would be an investment in both nature and ourselves.   If only governments would invest in conserving natural resources and wildlife conservation as they do in the world banking systems, after all, planet Earth is the bank of life, only when we begin to see this, will things change, when the value of all life on Earth is seen as an ecological asset that helps keep the planet functioning in balance.  While these important ecological values are being ignored, species extinction and ecocide will continue till we have no choices left.

There is still a seed of hope for a shift in human consciousness from a political-economic hierarchical pyramid structure to a more sustainable equal or holographic way of operating politically, socially and economically through improved transparency in governments and financial institutions and an ecologically sustainable economy, where all humans have an equal chance at wealth and quality of life. An ecological economy would allow more people to see and value nature and ecosystems, let alone, how we are interconnected to all life on Earth. There is a great resistance for this to take place at government levels, as the addiction to power drives a great fear of the loss of power, which is also why alternative cleaner energies have been avoided, therefore we are being made to persist in this state of doomed atrophy on all levels of reality.

The seeds of hope are within every one of us.  We are all responsible for this crisis; it takes those of us that are courageous enough to implement these changes.  Putting financial value on Natural Capital is a ‘Commons’ concept which would allow communities to locally maintain and manage natural capital and resources locally would also be a regenerative concept for natural economy. “a dilemma in which multiple individuals acting independently in their own self-interest can ultimately destroy a shared resource even where it is clear that it is not in anyone’s long-term interest for this to happen’’ – 4 Hardin.  1968 on The Tragedy of the Commons.

Excerpt from http://amzn.com/1512365718-the environmental crisis is a crisis of human consciousness by Carlita Shaw

Further Research

What is Ecological Economics?http://www.uvm.edu/~jfarley/EEseminar/readings/What%2Evolution of Ecological Economics

http://steadystate.org/wp-content/uploads/Czech_Ecological_Economics.pdf

Ecological economics vs. conventional economics http://sustainablepath.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/what-is-ecological-economics-one-pag-pdf-080123.pdfhttp://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/  TEEB Initiative Report available online.

Pavan Sukhdev- Ted Talks Put a Value on Nature  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU9G2E_RYJo

The Invisible Economy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU9G2E_RYJo  Garrett Hardin (December 13, 1968) The Tragedy of the Commons. Published in Science.  De Young, R (1999) Tragedy of the Commons. In D. E. Alexander & R. W. Fairbridge [Eds] Encyclopaedia of Environmental Science. (Pp. 601-602) Hingham, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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The Silent Ecocide-causes and solutions- Interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre

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The Silent Ecocide-causes and solutions- Interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre

 

In a NewsInsideOut.com interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre from rural Ecuador, author of The Silent Ecocide Carlita Shaw documents that humanity is in a 6th mass extinction, caused by humans, and that humans have the solutions to transform the mass extinction and human society into a Life-affirming and sustainable future for Earth.

Carlita Shaw is an ecologist, writer, artist and teacher, she focuses on connecting people with ecology and evolving consciousness. She has founded both a charity and later a non-profit organization www.evolvetoecology.com where people can volunteer to work and live with Indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest.

When she was asked to collaborate with an Indigenous organization, she started out teaching ecology at several Mayan schools in Guatemala nine years ago and now is living and working in Ecuador. She is focusing on conservation, ecological awareness and writing.

Her next projects will be working on some online Ecology Awareness Courses, a series of Amazon Rainforest Field Guides for Animals and Plants exclusive to the most Biodiverse Region of the Choco tropical rainforest that runs up through to Colombia.

Carlita will also be working on a new follow up book to The Silent Ecocidethat focuses on Advances in Ecological and Sustainable practices, Ecological Communities, Ecological Economics and Ecological illiteracy.

 

http://newsinsideout.com/2015/07/carlita-shaw-the-silent-ecocide-we-are-living-in-the-sixth-mass-extinction-caused-by-humans-and-we-have-the-solutions-to-stop-it/

Sustainability equals Harmony-The Gross National Center for Happiness, Bhutan

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working with Dr Vandana Shiva to transition Bhutan into becoming the world's first 100% organic nation.

Dr Saamdu Chetri working with Dr Vandana Shiva to transition Bhutan into becoming the world’s first 100% organic nation.

Dr Saamdu Chetri is one of the people that  has endorsed my book The Silent Ecocide-the environmental crisis is a crisis of human consciousness.

Dr Chetri is the Executive Director of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Center and a pioneer of Sustainability, making Bhutan one of the first countries in the world to move completely towards Organic Farming. Located between two of the world’s largest economies lies the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan, land of the thunder dragon.

Democracy and modernization are new here, and as Bhutan opens up to the world, it is defining its own development path, one that values its culture, Nature, and Happiness

The book “The Silent Ecocide” captures incredibly the truth about human greed, which has made us exceed the planetary boundaries. The data in the book plus  two decades of the writers experience in ecology  is a revelation for the ultimate awakening of human consciousness.  The wonders of nature are traded by the corrupt forces of market…mainly the investors….who have no right to it.

Human beings who have the smallest place in coexistence have pretended for too long to be above all. This ego has separated humanity from all forms of lives. Transformation of human consciousness  becomes urgent for the survival of all forms of life and for intergenerational equity………

Thank you and all the best for this wonderful book of yours. May human beings soon realize their follies before it is too late.”

Dr Saamdu Chetri
Executive Director
GNH Centre Bhutan

www.gnhcentrebhutan.org

GNH stands for Gross National Happiness.

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About the Centre: The purpose of the Centre is to offer space from where individuals leave refreshed, invigorated, and empowered with inspiration and understanding of how to bring GNH principles, values, and practices fully and meaningfully into their daily lives and work. Going back to their own communities, they will be enthused and empowered to serve their families, neighbors, country and the world with genuine purpose, compassion and effectiveness.

 

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