By Prof. Vandana Shiva*
28 May 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Biodiverse ecological agriculture in women’s hands is a solution not just to the malnutrition crisis, but also the climate crisis.
A worker weeding in a nursery in Back Kan, Viet Nam. Photo: FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas
The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change. And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions.
Industrial agiculture is the biggest contributor to biodiversity erosion as well as to climate change.
According to the United Nations, 93% of all plant variety has disappeared over the last 80 years.20 May 2015 – The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change.
And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions.
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By Johan Galtung*
27 May 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Violence is to harm and hurt body, mind, spirit, even lethally, suicide, homicide, genocide (“cide”, from Latin “cadre”, falling). The focus here is on body violence, “sui” standing for Self, “homi” for Other. They do not exclude each other, they can be combined.
**The Kids off the Block memorial featuring hundreds of simple stone blocks, one for each child killed by violence in Roseland, Chicago | Author: Victorgrigas | Wikimedia Commons
We have in mind US shootings-killings in recent decades, often at schools, spraying Others with bullets, in the end also Self, at his own hand or somebody else’s, with a gun.
The killing by somebody else may or may not have been expected, but exposure to such extreme risk makes intention likely. In short, homicide and suicide. Both-And.
Hitler sacrificed millions of Germans, and committed suicide.
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By Raoul Monsembula*
27 May 2015 – “Chaos” and “chaotic” are frequently – perhaps even overly – used words. One dictionary definition is a “total lack of organisation or order”. That can be said certainly of the industrial logging sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Companies pay little heed to regulations, promises to forest communities go unfulfilled and government institutions show little or no will to hold them to account and protect the DRC’s vast natural heritage and resources.
But at the same time this chaos is organised and is ordered. It is to a large extent engineered by officials and companies for their own benefit.
The institutions that should govern the forestry sector and enforce the law are not functioning effectively.
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By Mamoudou Lamine Kane and Jennifer Lazuta*
NOUAKCHOTT, 26 May 2015 (IRIN) – Hundreds of thousands of Mauritanians are struggling to feed themselves as they fall victim to the effects of climate change.
**Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN | Carcasses dot the sandy landscape in southern Mauritania’s Hodh El Chargui region, where a lack of rain has affected both wild vegetation growth and crops.
A chronically hungry country, Mauritania could see the availability of food drop to its lowest level in years if drought continues to ravage crops, livestock and livelihoods.
An estimated 1.3 million people will face food insecurity this year, according to the latest assessment by the UN-backed Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).
Among them, nearly half a million people are expected to fall into severe food insecurity by June and be “unable to meet their food needs without external assistance.” Around 21,000 will suffer extreme food insecurity, or a near complete depletion of their livelihoods.
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