Ecosystem Restoration PlaybookPeople and the planet are only as healthy as the ecosystems we all depend on. Bringing degraded ecosystems back to life – for example by planting trees, cleaning up riverbanks, or simply giving nature space to recover – increases their benefits to society and biodiversity. Without reviving ecosystems, we cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or the Paris Climate Agreement. But ecosystems are also complex and highly varied, and their restoration needs careful planning and patient implementation. To encourage the revival of ecosystems everywhere, UNEP has published a practical guide to ecosystem restoration. Released at the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, the Ecosystem Restoration Playbook provides an introduction to the range of actions that can slow and halt the degradation of ecosystems and foster their recovery. Designed for all interested individuals and stakeholder groups, the guide outlines three pathways to getting involved in ecosystem restoration during the UN Decade and beyond: Taking action such as starting or support an on-the-ground restoration project Making smart choices like buying only sustainable products and changing diets Raising your voice in support of ecosystem conservation and restoration The 21-page guide describes approaches to restoring eight key types of ecosystem – forests, farmlands, grassland and savannahs, rivers and lakes, oceans and coasts, towns and cities, peatlands, and mountains. It also lays out how all parts of society – from individuals and community groups to businesses and governments – can become part of #GenerationRestoration, a global movement to restore ecosystems everywhere for the good of people and nature.
The Church Forests of EthiopiaNearly all of Ethiopia’s old-growth forest has disappeared. This film tells the story of Ethiopia’s church forests–pockets of lush biodiversity that surround hundreds of churches—and the efforts to protect them. Directed by Jeremy Seifert. This film premiered in the seventh issue of Emergence Magazine on "Trees" with an accompanying essay by Fred Bahnson. Read or listen to the essay here: http://www.emergencemagazine.org/story/the-church-forests-of-ethiopia Subscribe to the Emergence Magazine Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08u6dw1kqCRh6__juO8GHg?view_as=subscriber?sub_confirmation=1 Follow Emergence Magazine: Twitter: https://twitter.com/emergence_zine Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritualEcology/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emergencemagazine Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/emergencemagazine Emergence Magazine is a quarterly online publication featuring innovative stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest stories from Emergence directly to your inbox: https://emergencemagazine.org/newsletter/
People have shaped Earth's ecology for at least 12,000 years, mostly sustainablyNew research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that land use by human societies has reshaped ecology across most of Earth's land for at least 12,000 years. Researchers, from over a dozen institutions around the world, assessed biodiversity in relation to global land use history, revealing that the appropriation, colonization, and intensified use of lands previously managed sustainably is the main cause of the current biodiversity crisis.
LandBack: The Indigenous Liberation MovementLandBack isn’t about deporting white people. It’s a path to a better future. Introduction - 0:00 What is LandBack - 0:53 How to LandBack - 10:51 Outro - 16:40 = Support me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/saintdrew = Support me on ko-fi! https://www.ko-fi.com/saintdrew = Follow me on Twitter! https://twitter.com/_saintdrew = Follow me on Medium.com https://saint-drew.medium.com = My website: https://saint-drew.carrd.co = Follow my music producer, salmon the ghost: https://soundcloud.com/salmontheghost = Music: Sun (prod. salmon the ghost) Rodeo days (Prod. Zeus The God x Greg Sekeres) = Sources: https://landback.org/manifesto/ https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/03/towards-decolonization-and-settler-responsibility-reflections-on-a-decade-of-indigenous-solidarity-organizing/ https://mgouldhawke.wordpress.com/2020/07/04/traditional-indian-government-of-the-people-by-the-people-for-the-people-marie-smallface-marule-1984/ https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/land-as-a-social-relationship https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/sever-land-and-freedom https://usa.anarchistlibraries.net/library/chris-kortright-colonization-and-identity https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/can-indigenous-land-stewardship-protect-biodiversity-/ https://seedsofresistance.noblogs.org/landback/ https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/rowland-ena-emaehkiw-keshena-robinson-the-abc-of-decolonization https://shadowproof.com/2020/10/19/philly-encampment-city-plan-unhoused/ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/29/chop-chaz-shooting-seattle-police-free-zone
#62: Synthetic life; rescue plan for Earth; muon g-2 new physicsScientists tinkering around with the creation of synthetic life have taken a significant step forward. The team explains how synthetic cells could one day be implanted in humans. Alongside this is the news that researchers have used frog skin cells to create a microscopic living robot, which can heal and power itself. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere reach a record high, the team looks at ways to join up global efforts in tackling both the climate and biodiversity emergencies. They discuss another challenge to the Standard Model of particle physics, as Fermilab’s muon g-2 experiment threatens to shake up everything we thought we knew. And finally the team explains how the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs gave rise to the Amazon rainforest, and explore news of rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. On the pod are Rowan Hooper, Tiffany O’Callaghan, Layal Liverpool, Richard Webb and Krista Charles. To read about these and much more, subscribe at newscientist.com/podcasts.
Aquatic biodiversity enhances multiple nutritional benefits to humansFood security is not simply about maintaining yields, but it is also about the need for a stable supply of nutritionally diverse foods. Obtaining nutritious food is a major challenge facing humanity, and diverse aquatic ecosystems can help meet this goal. To test how aquatic biodiversity affects human health, we assembled a dataset of nutrients, contaminants, and ecological traits of 801 aquatic species. We used ecological models to quantify the role of species richness and ecological functional diversity and found that these biodiversity dimensions enhanced seafood micronutrient and fatty acid provisioning by the same mechanisms that link biodiversity to productivity in grasslands, forests, and other systems. Our results underscore the need to minimize aquatic biodiversity loss to sustain and improve human well-being. Data and code are available at GitHub () and are archived using Zenodo with DOI: [10.5281/zenodo.4474988]. Data are available on Dryad () (). : https://zenodo.org/record/4474988 : #ref-941
A Diversity of Wildlife Is Good for Our Health, Says New Paper Led by Bard Biology Professor Felicia KeesingA growing body of evidence suggests that biodiversity loss increases our exposure to both new and established zoonotic pathogens. Restoring and protecting nature is essential to preventing future pandemics. So reports a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper, led by Bard Biology Professor Felicia Keesing, that synthesizes current understanding about how biodiversity affects human health and provides recommendations for future research to guide management.