Irish town builds memorial to thank Native Americans who helped during Famine A sculpture of nine eagle feathers will be installed in Bailic Park, in Midleton, Co Cork to thank the Choctaw Indians for their kindness and support during the Great Irish Famine. Despite the oppression faced by the Choctaws in the years preceding the famine, on hearing of the plight and hunger of the Irish people in 1847, they raised $170 to send to the Irish people and ease their suffering. This figure is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars in today’s currency. Choctaw Sculpture photo by Irish Examiner. Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants Recommended this month New Book ** Edible Perennials: 50 Top perennials from Plants For A Future [Paperback] Current interest in forest or woodland garden designs reflects an awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures. They safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems, enable plants to form cooperative combinations, make use of layers above and below the soil, and they create benign microclimates which soften winds and recycle the rain.
» This Before And After Image Of Afghanistan Is Hard To Believe Alex Jones Glenn Beck's Bizzaro Rewrite Of Reality Mainstream Media Tries To Destroy Peaceful Revolution Conservative Turncoat Caught Spreading Lies Tea Party To Be Blamed For New Civil War The Systems Biggest Fear is Truth Stunning Portraits Of The World’s Remotest Tribes Before They Pass Away (46 pics Living in a concrete box with hot water pouring from the tap, a refrigerator cooling our food and wi-fi connecting us to the rest of the world, we can barely imagine a day in a life of, say, Tsaatan people. They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herding reindeer for transportation, clothing and food. “Before They Pass Away,” a long-term project by photographer Jimmy Nelson, gives us the unique opportunity to discover more than 30 secluded and slowly vanishing tribes from all over the world. [Read more...] Spending 2 weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honoured traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way.
Patents on Life Dolly sheep protest against patents on life at office for European patents. Patents are government guarantees that provide an inventor with exclusive rights to use, sell or manufacture an invention for a set period of time. A patent is usually granted for 20 years. Patents should be granted only to human inventions, not discoveries. Existing living organisms - plants and animals as well as their genes - are no-one's invention and should therefore never be patented and put under private control. However, over the past decades patents on plants and animals as well as genes and parts of human bodies have been repeatedly granted by the patent offices of industrialised countries. Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity Map showing the distribution of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage by State Parties. Note: transboundary properties have been redistributed among the concerned countries for the locator map, hence, have been counted multiple times. The Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity was made by the Director-General of UNESCO starting in 2001 to raise awareness on intangible cultural heritage and encourage local communities to protect them and the local people who sustain these forms of cultural expressions. Several manifestations of intangible heritage around the world were awarded the title of Masterpieces to recognize the value of the non-material component of culture, as well as entail the commitment of states to promote and safeguard the Masterpieces. Further proclamations occurred biennially until 2005. Background Proclamations
Practical Action - technology challenging poverty Latin America In Peru and Bolivia, we help communities set up small-scale technological solutions in remote areas where there is no access to basic services, including electricity, heating, clean water and sanitation. Western Africa Building on our recent extension of consultancy work into west Africa, Practical Action has recently set up an office to deliver impact at scale in Francophone west Africa. Eastern Africa Pictured: The giant pink rabbit that can be seen from space and now for something completely different. Find it here: --KimLast updated at 12:19 PM on 15th October 2008 A giant pink rabbit has been created in the Alps that can be seen from space. Visitors are encouraged by those who made it to climb all over the 200ft toy sculpture and even sleep on it. But the Austrian art collective who created the bunny were amazed to find that it is so large the rabbit can be seen from space via the Google Earth programme. Enlarge
Kari-Oca Declaration La Declaraciï¿½n Kari-Oca Dï¿½claration de Kari-Oca Kari-Oca Declaration The World Conference of Indigenous Peoples on Territory, Environment and Development (25ï¿½30 May 1992) Preamble Humanity Healing International is a humanitarian, nondenominational, nonpolitical organization promoting Spiritual Activism as a means to foster Healing for communities with little or no Hope. Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. Genocide of indigenous peoples Genocide of indigenous peoples is the genocidal destruction of indigenous peoples, understood as ethnic minorities whose territory has been occupied by colonial expansion or the formation of a nation state,[Note 1] by a dominant political group such as a colonial power or a nation state. While the concept of genocide was formulated by Raphael Lemkin in the mid-20th century, acts of genocidal violence against indigenous groups frequently occurred in the Americas, Australia, Africa and Asia with the expansion of various European colonial powers such as the Spanish and British empires, and the subsequent establishment of nation states on indigenous territory. According to Lemkin, colonization was in itself "intrinsically genocidal". He saw this genocide as a two-stage process, the first being the destruction of the indigenous population's way of life.