Eco News

A village that plants 111 trees for every girl born in Rajasthan

A village in southern Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district is quietly practicing its own, homegrown brand of Eco-feminism and achieving spectacular results.

For the last several years, Piplantri village panchayat has been saving girl children and increasing the green cover in and around it at the same time.

Here, villagers plant 111 trees every time a girl is born and the community ensures these trees survive, attaining fruition as the girls grow up.

Over the last six years, people here have managed to plant over a quarter million trees on the village’s grazing commons- including neem, sheesham, mango, Amla among others.

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Documentary distributor Dogwoof, which acquired “Blackfish” in 2013, has announced that they have closed a multi-territory sales deal with NBCUniversal.

What this means is that “Blackfish” will soon be arriving in Asia, Italy, Portugal, central and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Latin America! Woohoo!

This is excellent news since it will allow Tilikum’s story to spread to nearly every corner of the Earth and hopefully inspire many viewers to boycott marine park facilities and speak up in support of true orca conservation.

Building Earthen Homes Using the Original DIY Material

Adobe, cob, compressed earth blocks and clay-straw building methods are labor-intensive but tremendously rewarding.

By Clarke Snell


65 Tips to Save Money Through Self-Reliance

Apply a do-it-yourself approach to personal finance to significantly reduce your living expenses. Follow these tips to save money from our community of readers and experts to start living on less today.

By Kale Roberts

Photo by iStockphoto/ivstiv

Although this image just looks like a rock formation, pictured here is actually a species of chiton, Acanthopleura granulata. Recent research on this animal identified functional eye-like structures on each of the shell plates. Rather than being formed from proteins, these “eyes” are actually composed of aragonite, a carbonate mineral. Interestingly, the team of researchers concluded that aragonite can be used to form a lens effective both above and below water.

Photo by Hans Hillewaert (CC)

See: Speiser, D. et al, (2011), A Chiton Uses Aragonite Lenses to Form Images, Current Biology, 21: 8, pp 665-670.


It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here: ‘China Starts Televising The Sunrise On Giant TV Screens Because Beijing Is So Clouded In Smog’

From The Daily Mail:

The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city’s natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises.

The futuristic screens installed in the Chinese capital usually advertize tourist destinations, but as the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous smog hit - residents donned air masks and left their homes to watch the only place where the sun would hail over the horizon that morning.

Serious air pollution plagues most major Chinese cities, where environmental protection has been long sacrificed for the sake of economic development. 

Coal burning and car emissions are major sources of pollution. In recent years, China has beefed up regulations and pledged financial resources to fight pollution.

Check out the rest of the article here.


Woah! Great development for the Taiji dolphins from the Japan Times!

In response to the international outcry over the cruelty of the annual Taiji dolphin hunt, Japanese government officials have been quick to defend it by using the predictable excuse of “tradition.”

However, Japan Times has slammed this excuse by saying, in a recent editorial: “Their argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. Many past cultural practise, such as slavery, bordellos and beheading were stopped for ethical reasons. Tradition and culture are forces that change in accordance with new scientific understanding and evolving ethical standards.”

Read the rest of the story here.

If you didn’t already just love Monsanto for all the wonderful ways they’ve helped purify our food system (cough cough), this just in: they’re probably helping to kill off the beautiful Monarch butterfly in significant numbers, too.

Old School Beauty Basics: How to Make Glycerin

By The Old School

What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions (and gave us a bonus bar of soap).