After Paris Falls Through, States Form the US Climate Alliance

In response to the news President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Governor Cuomo joined California Governor Edmund G. Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee to announce the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene states committed to taking aggressive action on climate change. There is a growing consensus among local leadership that if Washington will not act on climate then the states must.

More than 1,200 US mayors, companies, university presidents and state governors pledged by Monday to uphold the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. It is a bid to circumvent the move by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the landmark accord. In an open letter posted online, the signatories vowed to continue their support of the deal “in the absence of leadership from Washington.”

“The Trump administration’s announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world’s ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change,” the letter says.

A poll taken after the announcement indicates that nearly 6 in 10 Americans oppose withdrawing from the Paris agreement.

Click here to pledge your support for the United States Climate Alliance


Bioneers: Restoring People and Planet

Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and the planet. Founded in 1990 by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, Bioneers has acted as a hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Their programs include radio shows, podcasts, youth fellowship, women’s leadership, and more.

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Q&A with Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD, Evolution Biologist & Futurist

We just read about the work of Elisabet Sahtouris, explaining how Nature can be our guide to the destination of a peaceful and prosperous future. We recently had the opportunity to ask Elisabet Sahtouris to tell us about her life and her work, and the answers are just fascinating!

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Las Vegas Taps into Solar Energy for Municipal Buildings

As reported in The Huffington Post and USA Today, last month Las Vegas became the latest U.S city to complete the switch over to solar power for its municipal buildings. Now that the final array of solar panels has gone online, Las Vegas can brag that all of the city buildings, parks, community centers and street lights are powered by renewable energy. At a news conference following the completion, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said proudly, “We can brag that the city, this city of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green source.”

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David Young: Farmer and Beekeeper in New Orlean’s 9th Ward

David Young, a retired police chief from Indiana, first came to New Orleans in 2010 for a visit. Responding to what he called, “A calling from God,” he stayed. Drawn to the desolate landscape of the Ninth Ward, still heavily damaged from hurricane Katrina, Young started his first garden in one of the vacant abandoned lots there. Now that garden hosts bees, goats, chickens, and a koi pond, as well as helping to feed the neighborhood. One lot let to another, and now Young has over 30 gardens and orchards and 60 beehives. Sensing a need in a community where the closest grocery store is miles away, Young distributes the food for free or at very low cost.

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Reclaiming the Ancient Tradition of Tree Wrapping by Jan Johnsen

Our modern insulated lifestyle with its technological advances has diminished our contact with the earth and we are now virtually cast adrift, isolated from the strength and resilience that trees can offer us. We spend such little time amongst these grand woody beings that we have lost – unknowingly – an important stabilizing and grounding anchor for our psyche. This changes once we remember to honor the energy that trees emanate. The Zen master, T. D. Suzuki, wrote in his book, Zen and Japanese Culture “Every old tree of any sort inspires a beholder with a mystic feeling which leads him to a faraway world of timeless eternity.”

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Living Shamanically: An Introduction by Rebekah Shaman

| by Rebekah Shaman

Now I know what you are thinking? How is a woman born and raised in London, in one of the busiest, modern cities in the world, writing an article about living shamanically? And my answer is – it makes sense in a divinely paradoxical way that I would have to learn how to live in flow with nature, as it did not come naturally. I am a Londoner, and have lived here for most of my life. For years I hated it; the dirt, the pollution, the lack of space, the chaos, the impermanence, the concrete, the cars, the car parks, the hugeness of the city. For those who know London it can be a very isolating place, despite the growing population, twenty-four hour lifestyle, and myriad things on offer and to do. Despite this being my ‘natural habitat’ something about this way of life just felt wrong and unnatural….

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The Many Healing Qualities of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Are you familiar with Lion’s Mane Mushrooms? They have become the hot item for healthy eating. Vegetarians love them for their high protein content, while doctors and naturopaths go to them for their many healing qualities. Known by a variety of different names, such as bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or yamabushitake – the mushroom is often used as a meat substitute, since many say that they taste like shrimp or lobster when properly cooked.

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Your Home Sanctuary & Ancient Sacredness with Tim Walter

Your home sanctuary is directly connected to the sacred sites of ancient societies that still hold an attraction for visitors all over the world even after thousands of years. The essence of these places that archaeologists, historians, spiritual seekers and the vaguely interested call sacred sites is their atmosphere. It’s the enigmatic feeling that people are still there and a presence that is contradictory being intangible but also palpable as it hangs in the air and is felt even more strongly with the gentle laying of hand against age-worn stone.

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Ancient Geoglyphs Found in Kazakhstan

| by Cheryl Shainmark

Ancient geoglyphs have been found in Kazakhstan. Reminiscent of crop circles, or the more famous Nazca Lines in Peru, the images, captured on Google Earth, depict over 250 giant earthworks designed to be seen from the sky. First noticed by an ardent Google Earth fan in 2007, NASA has now confirmed the pictures, and scientists from around the world are debating about the possible age and function of the man-made formations.

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