from Intercontinental Cry with thanks… After eight years of struggle, communities in Santa Cruz Barillas, Guatemala, are celebrating a decision by Spanish company Ecoener-Hidralia to leave Guatemala and start the “process of extinction of Hidro Santa Cruz S.A”.
The Dec. 29 announcement signals the end to a tragic legacy of political persecution and imprisonment, criminalization of resistance, threats and the murder of social leaders.
The aggressiveness of the hydro dam’s proponents reached its highest point with the murder of community leader Andrés Pedro Miguel, attributed to security officers hired by the multinational company. Legal authorities, even in light of undisputed evidence, decided to keep this crime unpunished.
The United Nations today adopted a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.
At a meeting of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with disarmament and international security matters, 123 nations voted in favour of the resolution, with 38 against and 16 abstaining.
Permaculture ‘inventor’ Bill Mollison, who died this weekend. Photo: Permaculture Association / Magazine.
Australian educator, author and co-inventor of Permaculture, Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison, died on the 24 September 2016 in Sisters Creek, Tasmania. He has been praised across the world for his visionary work, and left behind a global network of ‘peaceful warriors’ in over 100 countries working tirelessly to fulfill his ambition to build harmony between humanity and Mother Earth.
The Tasmanian rainforests gave him the founding structure for his life’s passion, Permaculture: the idea that we could consciously design sustainable systems which enabled human beings to live within their means and for all wildlife to flourish with us.
Born 1928 in the Bass Strait fishing village of Stanley, Tasmania, Bill’s life story included backwoodsman, academic, storyteller, lady’s man, and to many just ‘Uncle Bill’, doing all these things par excellence.
Bill was co-founder, with David Holmgren, of the permaculture movement – a worldwide network of remarkable resilience, with organisations now operating in 126 countries and projects in at least 140, inspiring individuals and communities to take initiatives in fields as diverse as food production, building design, community economics and community development. Continue reading Peaceful warrior: Permaculture visionary Bill Mollison→
60,000 peopled turned out in Melbourne for Australia’s largest climate march ever. It was being lead by amazing young indigenous people from Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. This is an incredible way to start a weekend of action:
Folks in Cairo, Egypt needed two selfie sticks taped together to capture this photo:
Photo Credit: التحرك الشعبى من أجل المناخ و البيئة
We’re not just fighting for the next generation — the next generation is joining the fight:
It’s time to keep fossil fuels in the ground and transition to renewable energy — and folks across the world are not shying away from saying it:
In Tokyo, Japan (Photo Credit: Hiroshi Okamoto):
And in Wellington, New Zealand:
Frontline communities are not staying silent — this weekend, they are fighting for survival:
Tuvalu Climate March
photo: Maruf Hossain
“Mina (in front) is dressed in a contemporary mix traditional attire from the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea. Due to climate change – what used to be fertile lands up in the highlands is now suffering from severe drought. PNG will not be silent anymore. We are standing in solidarity with the world!”
Photo Credit: Dagia. Aka
What is a movement without singing? We’re marching to our own beat this weekend:
We are ready for the solution. In fact, we’re already building it. Here’s a photo from Tokelau, the first nation in the world to go 100% renewable:
Over 10.000 Nicaraguans Protest Chinese Canal Project
“In Defense of the Land and Sovereignty, here in Rio San Juan the Chinese will not come, this fight is no match, the Chinese will leave” Nicaragua – Over 10,000 march through the main streets of Juigalpa, Chontales, to demand the repeal of Law 840 or Law of the Grand Canal. Demonstrators gathered Saturday in the central Nicaraguan city to protest the construction of a $50 billion (44 billion euros) canal that will run through their land. Displacing their families and farming livelihood. Continue reading Nicaraguans Protest China Canal Madness + Amazon also threatened→
This year, Adbusters, the folks behind BND, are upping the ante by promoting Buy Nothing Christmas, a challenge to not just skip a day of consumerism but opt out of the entire holiday shopping season
Buy Nothing Day 2012 is/was Sat 24/Nov. Could You Stop Spending for One Day?
Mark Boyle |Tuesday, 20th November 2012
Mark Boyle, author of The Moneyless Manifesto challenges you to take part in ‘Buy Nothing Month’ in 2013
It’s a classic scene from The Simpsons. A flock of marketing executives sit around a large table in a boardroom; sales, they’re told, are down in the third fiscal quarter, and they’re the people whose raison d’être is to make the graphs head northeasterly again. They break out into discussion, before a cigar-smoking man, with deep furrows of concern in his brow, intervenes.
He decides that they need to create a new day, and that it needs to be something “warm and fuzzy”. Cut to a new scene, where Homer is unwrapping his “Love Day” present, a talking toy bear called Sir Loves-a-Lot, whilst his daughter Lisa fills the rubbish bin full of Love Day wrapping paper. Continue reading Buy NOTHING .. Collapse Capitalism and Save the Planet!→