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Artifishal - the high costs of aquaculture and human ignorance

Artifishal - the high costs of aquaculture and human ignorance

Documentary produced by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard about the protection of wild fish

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Rainforest in Ecuador threatened by mining

Rainforest in Ecuador threatened by mining

Giant copper mining corporations BHP and Codelco close in on 243,000 hectares of rainforest - how you can help

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Don't go with Charmin toilet paper

Don't go with Charmin toilet paper

15% of deforestation is due to toilet paper alone

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Time of the Sixth Sun

Time of the Sixth Sun

Documentary film about the shift in global consciousness and the emerging movement to find a new way to walk more lightly on this Earth

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Jonathan Pie on Extinction Rebellion

Jonathan Pie on Extinction Rebellion

Pie joins the Extinction Rebellion protest that is helping save the planet whilst annoying commuters

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Dr. Bronner’s Heal Earth! Campaign Launches in the UK and More Than 20 Countries

Dr. Bronner’s Heal Earth! Campaign Launches in the UK and More Than 20 Countries

Top-selling natural soap brand releases new documentary, Journey to Pavitramenthe, highlighting supply chain solutions for climate resilience

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Artifishal - the high costs of aquaculture and human ignorance

Documentary produced by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard about the protection of wild fish

Last week, Patagonia released Artifishal—an illuminating 80-minute investigative documentary film by Liars & Thieves. The film explores the high cost—ecological, financial and cultural—of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction. It traces the impact of fish hatcheries and farms and the extraordinary amount of American tax dollars wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery, pollutes our rivers and contributes to the problem it claims to solve.

Patagonia founder and executive producer Yvon Chouinard and director/producer Josh “Bones” Murphy bring us Artifishal to tell the story of fish hatcheries and fish farms from California to Norway. We witness the conditions of factory fish farms as well as the genetically inferior, dumbed-down salmon they churn out. The film explores the repercussions of a wrecked net pen and the underwater destruction and disease caused by an open-water fish farm. And after the largest dam removal project in the United States, we watch government waste in action: $320 million on hatcheries after wild fish had been restored in their natural habitat. But the film also gives us hope and reminds us of nature’s resilience. In examples in Montana and Washington, after hatcheries were shut down, wild fish rebound.

Humans have always thought of themselves as superior to nature and it’s got us into a lot of trouble. We think we can control nature; we can’t,” notes Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder. “If we value wild salmon, we need to do something now. A life without wild nature and a life without these great, iconic species is an impoverished life. If we lose all wild species, we’re going to lose ourselves.

Patagonia was founded over 40 years ago by a dirtbag climber who wanted to explore wild places. The company is still in business today because it fights to protect lands and waters all around the world. The company is suing the Trump administration in an effort to protect public lands and has donated over $100 million to environmental nonprofits working on the most pressing challenges facing our planet. This film is the third in a trilogy about rivers by Patagonia, following DamNation and Blue Heart.

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Rainforest in Ecuador threatened by mining

Giant copper mining corporations BHP and Codelco close in on 243,000 hectares of rainforest - how you can help

243,000 hectares of rainforest in the Cotachaci Cayapas nature reserve threatened by mining

We received an email from Ned Cresswell, an organic farmer and biologist living in Ecuador, politely requesting help to protect his valley in the Intag region of South America.

What’s the problem?

Some of the world’s largest copper mining companies (BHP, Codelco) are planning to develop the region. With the consequence that the natural area will be destroyed.

The Intag zone of Ecuador, where Ned lives, covers an area of 150,000 hectares (1,500 square kilometres). At present, 90,000 hectares (70% of the area) have been concessioned to mining companies. Although these figures frequently change as more areas are concessioned.

In the Intag area, the mining concessions include many towns and villages, hundreds of streams and rivers, thousands of hectares of primary forests and the 6,900 hectare Los Cedros reserve.

The Los Cedros reserve is home to over 400 species of birds, 6 species of big cat, hundreds of other mammals and amphibians, many in danger of extinction, including a unique species of spider monkey.

More importantly, the mining concessions adjoin and are within the buffer zone of the 243,000 hectare Cotacachi Cayapas nature reserve.

The area covering 243,000 hectares of forest in the Cotachaci Cayapas nature reserve was established in 1968 to specifically protect:

• 689 species of birds, 139 mammals, 111 species amphibians, 124 reptiles.

• Wolves, jaguars, bears and pumas.

• Endemic nature in danger of extinction.

Anyone with a concern for nature will see why this is worth a few minutes of their time.

We all lead busy lives.

Yet this video makes you stop and think. If we do anything, surely it must start with protecting the rainforest. Championing the shift to clean energy and sustainable food production is pointless at the expense of the most precious nature reserves.

If one person sees this video who can help, please contact Ned Cresswell (Eduardo in the video) by email:

nedcreswell@yahoo.com.

And thank you to everyone who watches the video.

Please share this link as you never know what may happen.

One butterfly flaps its wings and sends a ripple through the air, that cascades across the world. The butterfly effect.

We believe in butterflys.

For more information see:

http://www.decoin.org/

https://johnseed.net/LosCedrosSummary.htm

https://www.cotacachi.eu/en/cayapas/la-reserve-cotacachi-cayapas

Sign the petition against oil drilling

I’m writing because I want to ask you to support the indigenous Waorani people in their battle to protect half-a-million acres of their rainforest homelands in the Ecuadorian Amazon from oil drilling. In less than two weeks, an Ecuadorian court will make a decision that could halt the auctioning of their lands to the oil companies and protect their forests. But the Ecuadorian judicial system is under pressure from the government and the fossil fuel industry to sway the verdict.

The time for action is now! I have signed an urgent petition supporting indigenous rights, rainforest protection and climate justice! Will you join me in signing this petition, and ensuring that the judges in Ecuador know that the world is watching this landmark human rights case!

Join me by signing their petition, then share it with five other people: https://waoresist.amazonfrontlines.org/action/

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Don't go with Charmin toilet paper

15% of deforestation is due to toilet paper alone

Charmin is one of the most recognizable toilet paper brands in the world. Charmin prides itself on being ‘made from nature’. But its parent company - Procter & Gamble isn’t telling you that Charmin is really flushing nature down the toilet. Single-use tissue paper products like toilet paper and paper towels are heavily impacting primary forests. These impacts are massive — nearly half of all pulp exported from Canada goes into single-use paper products like toilet paper and paper towels. Charmin, one of the biggest toilet paper brands in the world, contains no recycled fiber. That means that Charmin and its parent company, Procter & Gamble, are significant destroyers of the Boreal forest, habitat to wildlife including the endangered Woodland caribou.

Tell Charmin to stop cutting down forests for toilet paper and tissue products. Add your name at:

https://www.stand.earth/stopcharmin

In its “Issue with Tissue” report released earlier this year, Stand.earth and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) took the largest tissue companies to task for flushing our forests down the toilet, giving Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, and Georgia-Pacific “F” grades for having zero recycled content in their at-home toilet paper brands.

Nearly two thirds of Americans are concerned their toilet paper is made from clear-cutting globally important forests, and 85% want toilet paper and tissue sector companies to use more environmentally responsible materials, according to a poll released in March. But major brands refuse to change, instead relying on trees cut down from ancient forests like the Canadian boreal — the “Amazon of the North.”

Charmin prides itself on being “made from nature” — but if today’s video reveals anything, it’s that most shoppers definitely have no idea that when they purchase major brands like Charmin they are unwittingly complicit in flushing forests down the toilet. And that’s a real stinker.

Concerned consumers can join the movement calling on Charmin to increase its use of recycled and alternative fibers and stop cutting down primary forests for toilet paper at

https://www.stand.earth/stopcharmin

15% of Deforestation Is Due to Toilet Paper Alone