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GAIA : Index

GAIA : Index


The Emancipated Earth Save for land in Antarctica, the terrestrial earth is entirely owned: Considered property, it has no rights of its own. For centuries humans have capitalized on this point of view, using and abusing nature—that is, natural resources—as they’ve seen fit. This proprietary outlook might soon be displaced, and not a day too soon, given its complicity in our present environmental quagmire. In September 2008, the citizens of Ecuador approved the world’s first constitution to extend inalienable rights to nature. In the South American country, “Nature, or Pachamama . . . [now] has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution.”

Debt Versus Democracy: A Battle for the Future Strike Debt on Fifth Avenue for Global Noise Demo. (Photo: Marisa Holmes) In the US and Europe, the movement of squares has responded to attacks on the social good by debt resistance and direct democracy. In assemblies, mic checks and self-organization, they demonstrated that another world is possible. Now the movement is articulating full-scale resistance. A New Warrior She’s the first ship in our fleet designed and built specifically for Greenpeace. That means the Rainbow Warrior is not just one of the most environmentally-friendly ships ever made; she’s also a campaigner’s dream. We are thrilled she’s now fighting with us for a green and peaceful future. Check out the live webcam images After 22 tireless years at the campaigning frontline, the second Rainbow Warrior retired from her Greenpeace life on 16 August 2011.

Resistance From a Cage: Julian Assange Speaks to Norwegian Journalist Eirik Vold Julian Assange, founder of, pictured outside the Frontline Club in London, July 26, 2010. (Photo: The New York Times)This is an exclusive English translation of an interview published Saturday, February 16, 2013, in the Norwegian news outlet Dagens Næringsliv. Julian Assange is the itinerant hacker from the Australian Outback who gave the world the biggest leak of secret documents in history. Seven months into his embassy asylum, the cyber crusade for transparency goes on. This is not the first time that WikiLeaks has come under attack, Assange tells me.

British professor claims to have photographed fairies! Do you believe in fairies? Well, if you do, then you may be interested to hear that a lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University in England, claims to have photographic proof those legendary mythical creatures of Disney films and childhood imagination actually do exist. Okay. John Hyatt, Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design at MMU has taken a series of photographs which he says depict these miniature creatures.

Why Chavez Chose Social Safety Net Over Skyscrapers People walk by graffiti showing late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, as they head to pay their final respects during Chavez's funeral ceremony at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, March 11, 2013. (Photo: Mauricio Lima / The New York Times) Since news broke last week of the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, reactions to that leader’s passing have been pouring in. While many argue that Chavez did incredible things for Venezuela and its people, there are those, especially here in the US, who don’t have such a rosy view of the former leader.

Gaia Amazonas inspires climate change action and the world's largest ecological corridor Colombia's government announced that it will draw up plans to join with Brazil and Venezuela in creating the world's largest ecological corridor, a project aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and preserving biodiversity. The corridor will span 135 million hectares (521,240 sq. miles) of rainforest. The move was announced by President Juan Manuel Santos after a Cabinet meeting in Leticia, capital of Colombia's province of Amazonas, on Friday. Earthlife, groundWork, and Greenpeace quit stakeholder forum over Eskom Espionage Climate change Eskom Espionage: Eskom responds to Earthlife, groundWork, and Greenpeace +++ Addition to the post: Johannesburg, Monday 18 February 2013 – Eskom has sent a reply to Earthlife, groundWork, and Greenpeace regarding the spying that has taken place on these organisations by the infamous ‘Swartberg Intelligence Services’. However, the personal response made by Eskom’s CEO Brian Dames is totally inappropriate: none of the demands of the affected civil society organisations have been met.

Eskom Spying: NGOs Quit Stakeholder Forum Feature story - February 13, 2013 Environmental NGOs Earthlife, groundwork, and Greenpeace have suspended their participation in Eskom’s NGO forum following reports that Eskom contracted an intelligence company to spy on the organisations. "Eskom’s shocking move highlights the deep rot within the organisation that takes us back to the dark days of apartheid. If we cannot trust Eskom’s leadership to deal openly with those that are pushing it towards sustainable practices, how can we trust them with such an important asset as our energy provision? Big Plan for nature needs Big Action now 08 October 2012 | News story Governments must take action and invest in nature to secure the diversity of life on earth and address today’s development challenges – urges IUCN at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP11), which starts today in Hyderabad, India. Governments meeting in Hyderabad will discuss implementation of the decisions taken at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in 2010, including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its 2020 Aichi Targets to save and restore nature. “In Nagoya, we agreed the Big Plan with ambitious yet realistic targets to save our planet’s biodiversity,” says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. “We need to keep the momentum going. Biodiversity loss continues and has breached safe planetary boundaries.

untitled By Kathryn Lyon ’13Illustration by Evan Lorenzen ’13 Suppose you were to come across a human and an ape dangling from the side of a cliff. The two are of arguably equal intelligence and have an equal capacity for suffering. An Addition to the Climate Movement-Civil Disobedience Toolkit Protesters engage in civil disobedience at the White House to demonstrate against the Keystone XL pipeline. (Photo: Cool Revolution) On February 13, 48 of the nation's environmental and civil rights leaders got arrested in front of the White House to draw attention to climate change and the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Many dubbed the action "civil disobedience."