Daily Archives: January 30, 2022

Walter Jehne, Vijay Kumar & Rep. Chellie Pingree: Nature’s Solutions as National Policy

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate – Jun 8, 2021

Learn more about Biodiversity for a Livable Climate: https://bio4climate.org/
A panel discussion among Walter Jehne, Climate and Soil Scientist; Vijay Kumar, government advisor for the Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Movement; and Chellie Pingree, Congresswoman from Maine and organic farmer. A remarkable look at the potential future of farming.

This discussion took place June 5, 2021 and is the first installment in a conference series focused on environmental policy and hosted by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.

Environmental Decline and Public Policy: Patterns, Trend and Prospect


From the back cover…

Chapter I – Devising Public Policy in an Ecological Community
Chapter II – Historical Aspects of Environmental Decline
Chapter III – “Development” and Environmental Decline in the Contemporary Third World
Chapter IV – Environmental Decline in Post-War Africa: A Case Study
Chapter V – Time’s Arrow and the Human Prospect

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Who Are the Real Chosen People?

University of California Television (UCTV) – Oct 8, 2009

Who is most beloved by God? Monotheists have often advanced the idea that their relationship with God is unique and superior to all others. Rabbi Reuven Firestone explores the idea of “chosenness” as articulated through the scriptures of the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. [11/2009]

The Water Crisis | National Geographic

Premiered May 5, 2021
Actor, Adrian Grenier, and National Geographic Explorer, Shannon Switzer Swanson, explore the growing problem of water scarcity in the US. Are we running out of water? Shannon heads to the Colorado River to uncover solutions for the problems facing the region, while Adrian challenges himself to reduce his water use at home by an ambitious thirty percent. Will he succeed? Paid Content for Finish.

Lords of Water – Necessity or Commodity? – DW


Millenium Festival  – Feb 3, 2020
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival From September 23 to October 1, 2020

KatAgiotatos KatAgiotatos– Apr 7, 2021

Can Africa’s forests help save the world? (Director’s cut — reupload) | DW Documentary

DW Documentary – Dec 11, 2020

Humans are destroying more and more natural habitats, which brings animals into closer contact with people — and this can contribute to the outbreak of pandemics, like Covid-19. But several African countries are trying to protect forested areas. For example, most researchers believe that the Covid-19 virus originated in bats, and then crossed over to humans. The precise origins of Covid-19 are not yet clear. But there is no doubt that a number of new viruses have originated in the animal kingdom or are transmitted in the wild. The primary source of Covid-19 is widely believed to be bats; pangolins may have served as intermediate hosts. And the destruction of forests by humans has brought many animals closer to populated areas, which has increased the threat of new diseases.

In Uganda and Kenya, virologists and zoologists are trying to determine whether there’s a connection between human contact with wild animals and the spread of viruses. They’re concerned that a deadly virus like Covid can spread from humans to certain species of animals. At the Bwindi National Park in Uganda, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, is working to protect mountain gorillas, an endangered species. She fears that the gorillas could fall victim to Covid-19, transmitted by humans. Her job has become more difficult, because a number of men who lost their jobs due to Covid restrictions have now turned to poaching gorillas.

Kenyan scientist Augustine Baraza Obuyele is an expert on bats. He’s been working at Mount Elgon on the Kenyan-Ugandan border, trying to discover new kinds of viruses among the bat population there — viruses that could one day spread to humans, as Covid has. As humans continue to encroach on animal habitats, such as clear-cutting forests, there is an increased risk that infections could spread from animals to humans.

The international community is concerned about these developments. For example, the U-N has declared a decade-long effort, set to begin next year, to protect and revive the world’s ecosystems. The project, led by the UN’s Environment Programme and its Food and Agriculture Organization, includes a number of re-forestation projects.

Many African countries are cutting down forests to generate income, but others are committed to conservation efforts. For example, Kenya is trying to protect as much of the Mau Forest as possible. But to do this, the authorities have driven large numbers of indigenous people from their ancestral homeland. It will be difficult to find the right balance between protecting ecosystems and preserving the rights of people who live in those areas.