BLACK PLASTIC FRIDAY

FROM NOW ON THE BLACK FRIDAY DO IT ON THE BEACHES AND COLLECT ALL THE PLASTIC YOU FIND.
FROM NOW ON THE BLACK FRIDAY DO IT IN THE WOODS AND COLLECT ALL THE PLATICS YOU FIND.

 

CANADA KILLS NATURE

Canada: first in the world for deforestation - to pull out bitumen

When it comes to deforestation, we always tend to think of the Amazon. Instead, the king of deforestation is not Brazil but the very civilized Canada.

The international group Forest Watch estimates that in just 13 years - from 2000 to 2013 - about eight percent of the world's virgin forests have disappeared from the planet. This is 100 million hectares, three times the area of ​​Germany that disappears due to deforestation. This means that we have destroyed 20,000 hectares of forest every day.

Who was primarily responsible for the wild saw?

The Brazilians? The Indonesians? No. The Canadians who are responsible for the destruction of about a fifth of the trees felled in the world. That is, in Canada, 4,000 hectares of trees are pulled down every day.

That is the beauty of 40,000 square kilometers in a single day!

Second in the standings, the Russians and third the Brazilians.

The study was carried out by the University of Maryland, together with Greenpeace and the World Resources Institute. Satellite images were analyzed to study forest dynamics
from 2000 to 2013.

The main rate of deforestation occurred around the Tar Sands of Canada, lupus in fabula, around Fort Mc Murray. They pull down trees to take out bitumen and without replanting anything. In other places, forests have also been lost - in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, but Alberta and its Tar Sands which transform the boreal forest into oiled land is the queen of deforestation.

Peter Lee of Forest Watch Canada made this comment on why: There is no political will at federal or provincial levels for conserving primary forests.

And I mean, nobody cares about it.

GUERRILLA GARDENING

Guerrilla Gardening is a group open to all, a group of green enthusiasts who have decided to positively interact with the urban space through small demonstrative acts, what we call green "attacks". Guerrilla Gardening actively opposes urban decay by acting against the neglect of green areas. The main activity of the group is to remodel and embellish, with plants and flowers, the flower beds and the abandoned or forgotten areas of the city. The movement was born in Italy in 2006 thanks to a group of young Milanese, founders of the group, who still follow and advise independent groups all over the world.
The city population responds well, some gardening companies help us with advice and giving us pro-cause plants and materials, others just applaud and appreciate our actions. Every day new "guerrillas" are added to our cause, to transform and re-appropriate the sterile and impersonal common spaces of the citizens. New groups are springing up in all the big cities. You too can become a Guerrilla-Gardener: document an attack and send us photos, you will be reported on our website!
Redevelop, beautify and bring color and plant life through plants and flowers in abandoned corners of the city with an unauthorized gardening activity. This is what is meant by guerrilla gardening. Unauthorized gardening attacks that, on publicly owned and privately owned but abandoned land, bring beauty and improvement to the environment.
In practice, the green guerrillas "appropriate" in the name of the community of abandoned public spaces, mortified by concrete and neglect to bring color, embellishment and decoration where it is missing. A phenomenon different from that of urban gardens that is practiced by people and for very different reasons, especially by environmental groups that refer to permaculture theories or to problems concerning land rights. Generally, groups of environmentalists take care of it and select the areas to be cultivated, also reflecting on the right to occupy and exploit the land.
In any case, it is a question, from the individual to the organized group, of non-violent protests that aim to recover the abandoned areas of the cities by planting and sowing shrubs, plants and flowers as in a real war complete with bombs - of seeds, however. And in fact, the various movements on their sites and social profiles explain how to make seed bombs or how to make sure that the chosen place is not risky both for the cultivation and for the "legality" of the action.
Guerrilla gardening persists whenever groups or individuals "secretly" plant fruit trees, or other perennial edible plants, or even simple flowers in parks, along cycle paths.
This form of gardening warfare carries behind the experience of Liz Christy, a young American citizen who in 1973, between the Bowery and Houston Street neighborhoods in New York, gave birth to a garden on an urban plot of land in state of abandonment. Today, that garden is still there: it is called Liz's Christy Community Garden and it is a lush and public space.
One of the best-known books is the book entitled Guerrilla Gardening published in 1983 by John F. Adams, which aimed to encourage gardeners to grow naturally occurring plant varieties instead of hybrid ones resulting from the artificial selection of companies. of seeds. Another book is that of Barbare Pallenberg, also entitled “Guerrilla Gardening”, who taught how to build a garden on a small budget.

WALKING IN THE WOODS

Walking in the woods is a fantastic thing, it recharges you, it makes you feel your true nature, it gives you life again. We belong to nature and not to concrete. But we forgot about our green heart, which is why we are all sick now. The forest is our home. An environment made up of meadows, shrubs, trees, wetlands or not, welcomed primitive man. Being in nature, crossing the woods, was useful for our ancestors to get food. A primary need fixed in our genome. Despite a sedentary lifestyle and a safe home, our body, our immune system, invites us to be in nature, to take a walk in the woods. Our body knows that all of this makes us feel good.
Terpenes, this is the secret of the forest. Terpenes are chemical molecules that plants produce to communicate with other plants. There are about 40,000 of them. They use them to defend themselves from parasite attacks, to send odorous messages. Through the terpenes the forest speaks the language of smells. And our body buys it up to strengthen the immune system. And not only. Our mood improves, we move away from any states of depression and we know, if our mood is high, our immune system also works better. The terpenes in the air come from the leaves and needles of the trees and again from the bark and trunk. They are released from shrubs, grasses and undergrowth bushes. And again from mushrooms, mosses and ferns. Everything in a forest emanates terpenes, precious and incredible biomolecules that we assimilate through the skin and through breathing, therefore from the lungs.

Now you know. So you stay in the woods for a few more minutes. Are you OK. Fill your lungs with air. Breathe and this time really, breathe and choose to feed yourself with a dose of air full of what makes you feel good. Your immune system reads, decodes and copes with any external attack just like a tree would because it is in the woods that you have your roots. Home.
All fables take place in the woods, the best known and the individual ones, of each of us. Those who choose to walk in the woods want to live their own fairy tale, looking for that inner freedom that makes them the master of their own life and dreaming of acting like trees, birds and deer, which in their simplicity live above everything. When you go deep into the woods you leave behind the noises of civilization. Venturing completely alone is a unique experience that we can offer ourselves, with that mixture of fear and a state of alert that are mixed with the pleasure of daring to challenge the atavistic fears that we carry within us since we were children. Going deeper and deeper into the trees, and closing your eyes, you can hear the heartbeat of the forest play in unison with your own.
Human beings become inhumane when they turn away from nature. They become numb. They become sad and bored. Living in concrete houses has killed the energy of human beings. They have shelter but no longer feel any joy. They are trapped in sterile cages and become sterile. Nature is destroyed and man does not understand that destroying it means destroying himself.

PLANT TREES

If you have a garden it is very important to plant trees. I know you love and flowers and you want a flower garden but if you plant trees you can save the planet. This happens because trees help combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide and contribute to cleaning the air, taking in pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides. All this thanks to their respiration and photosynthesis processes. So you can plant your flowers in pots or wooden boxes near your home and in the garden plant trees to save the planet. It is really important.
Trees have the ability to purify the air of our cities through their foliage and their foliage. The factors that produce this benefit reside in the density of the foliage, in the ability to capture dust through hairy leaves, high percentage of stomata, roughness of the trunks, longevity of the species. Trees are perfect allies in this fight against fine particles, effective against fine and ultrafine particles such as PM10, PM2.5 and below, becoming indispensable in heavily polluted cities and along busy roads. Trees have the ability to fix and neutralize polluting gases from anthropogenic emissions, thus becoming a benefit for our health.
Trees have the ability to purify water, through the phytodepuration process, with soil improvement, capable of intercepting organic compounds but also hydrocarbons and heavy metals. The roots form the heart of these plants through filtering and purification. For example, the poplars, willows and alders along rivers and wetlands, in addition to making these places green and rich in biodiversity, have the ability to create buffer strips against pollution and therefore able to improve water quality. . Same thing in a city environment where urban forests represent a filter for polluting waters that are gradually purified through the root systems.

MOTHER EARTH

WE ARE ALL TREES, WE START AT THE ROOTS, OUR ROOTS GIVE US LIFE, OUR ROOTS ARE OUR BEGGINING AND OUR END, THEY ARE OUR LIFE AND OUR DEATH, WE NEED THEM TO SURVIVE. THEY HELP US GROW UP, AND OUT ABOVE THE SURFACE, SO WE CAN SEE THE SUN AND BREATHE TO FEED THE EARTH AROUND US, SOME OF US FLOWER, SOME OF US DROP OUR LEAVES, OR LEAVE OUR SEEDS, DO WHAT YOU WILL WITH YOUR TREE, BECAUSE YOUR ROOTS ARE YOUR SOUL, AND YOUR LEAVES AND FLOWERS ARE YOUR NATURE.
How to treat your body:
do not think of it as a body
your body is a plant with your feet rooted into the solid ground you have fingers for stems and flowers blossom from your head allow food and respect to act as the sun and water there will be downpours of rain you will feel grey clouds.

AN ACTIVIST IN PERU

“Feliz Dia de la Tierra! Cuidemos a pachamama. Happy earth day ! Let us take care of Mother Earth. I have been thinking about exploitation on Peru. How other countries like the USA and Canada have had their mining and materials companies exploiting our land for gold, silver, etc. Recently, it’s been reported that we have a large lithium deposit near by Puno. A claim stating that our land is so rich on natural resources. Now all I am thinking is that we are going to become the next Bolivia situation and probably have another coup d’etat fault of the USA and their evil side kick lobbyist Elon Musk again like last year . Before you know it Elon Musk and his Tesla minions and even other competitors are going to come down to Peru exploit the land for lithium. They must have a hard look on us and they still have a grip on our countries land. We are not the only country, they are doing the same in Colombia and Ghana and other few I am currently failing to mention. I just hope that going forward we are able to remove super power countries’ companies grip on us and let us be. Remove them from our reservations and the country overall. It’s consider illegal for mining countries to exploit reservations in Peru, but they still do it anyway. Looks like Biden is another Elon Musk’s puppet. Wonder how much his lobbyist gave him. It’s not a war on oil, it’s a war on lithium now.”

Pachamama….. Earth Mother ….Mother Earth…. in grateful silence, I breathe with you. I pray…then, through your ears, I am listening,  listening….to pigeon coo and wind…. whistling through dry leaves…. to sandstone, re-forming. I seek to merge with the Love, the Knowledge that you are. Breathe it in. The pathways through the expanded heart we are, together, lets me see you clearly – brushing back strands of your hair –  the rippling, cracking, freezing, melting. The rivers and creeks across you, matched, within arteries, and veins. In my eyes the depth of your lakes and oceans, an expansion of consciousness like swelling schools of fish, along with a desire to breech – and leap – then merge back, into the waves.
I’m exhilerated! I sense your history, through the rocks of which you are made. There is so much written, which has gone, long before us:
Such a mystery, these stories lingering through time. Connections made, discoveries charted.
Sacredness kept strong.
And I feel the future, too, stirring, beneath the rock, the underground aquifers, into your core, your Fire — as I breathe, with you, Pachamama, spirit of this world. Like a child nearing it’s birthing hour, the present draws the next breath beyond the security of the past. I FEEL, inside of me — your movements, Pachamama, into the days ahead– filling me with a quiet joy. A strength to move beyond my small preoccupations and fear. Letting that fear unwind, Pachamama, as you move, swinging boldly across the sky, again and again, wheeling through the glittering throngs of constellations, on that incredible cycle of your life. I pray for you. I pray human perceptions shift. It is not what we can get out of you, what we can build on top of you, what we can obtain, how much we can own, but how we can co-exist with you as our support, Pachamama. I seek to live in a good way, honoring you. Opening to what that means, at this time of my life, to me.
Let my offerings to you, be accepted along with the love with which they’re sent. In communion with you, Pachamama, wherever I am.
Pachamama is the Supreme Goddess honored by the indigenous people of the Andes including Peru, Argentina and Bolivia. She is referred to as both the physical planet Earth as well as the universal Feminine Energy in time and space. Her name literally translates as Pacha – meaning world, land, earth, universe; and Mama, meaning Mother. She is the Mother of the World.
In Incan mythology Pachamama is also celebrated as a fertility Goddess who oversees planting and harvesting. She is responsible for the well-being of plants and animals and is often depicted as a Dragon or serpent representative of the Andean Mountains. When Pachamama feels disrespected it is thought that she causes earthquakes. Andean people believe that recent earthquakes in the region are a result of humanity’s destruction, disregard and disrespect for the planet. 
Not unlike many other indigenous goddesses or earth mother figures, Pachamama came to be united with the Virgin Mary following the Spanish conquests in the 16th century which led to a forced conversion of the indigenous peoples to Catholicism. While indiegenous temples were razed with Catholic shrines and churches replacing them, and ancient gods and goddesses swallowed by the one almighty, the animistic religion of the natives could never be fully outcast. The natives held strongly onto their customs and as a result many rituals, ceremonies and traditional beliefs were adapted into Catholic teachings. Thus we see today, old ways of honoring ancient Gods and Goddesses such as Pachamama are still very much alive,  particularly in places such as Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru.

COURAGEOUS WOMEN

Margoth Escobar was at a friend’s birthday party in the town of Puyo in the Ecuadorian Amazon last September when a neighbour called to say her house was on fire.
The blaze destroyed her home and more than $50,000 worth of artisanry that she and other women planned to sell over Christmas. The local fire department said it was an act of arson against Escobar, who belongs to Mujeres Amazonicas, a collective of mostly indigenous women who have banded together to defend their land and the environment against oil extraction and mining.
It was one of several alarming attacks against members of the collective in Ecuador last year, amid a broader trend of threats, smear campaigns and physical violence against women human rights defenders across South America.
Putting aside her distrust of Ecuador’s police and justice system, Escobar filed a criminal complaint at the regional Attorney General’s Office in October. She has not been granted protective measures, despite the risk her activism brings and the attack already suffered.

https://www.amnistia.org/en/news/2019/05/10314/courageous-women-take-risks-to-defend-their-rights

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