Biodiversity and Sustainability Closely Linked to Language and Culture

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. As linguistic and culturally diversity disappear, so too does biological diversity. This is because the world’s indigenous cultures know best how to create the conditions to maintain species and keep ecosystems functioning in areas where humans also live.

Who Will Speak For Jeju Coral?

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By Staff, Save Jeju Now | YouTube. A South Korean naval-base project for U.S. “missile defense” warships on Jeju Island is threatening to destroy one of Earth’s last great soft coral reefs, numerous endangered species, and centuries-old sustainable communities. The leadership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) taking place near Jeju has refused to criticize the naval base or grant the villagers access to an information display booth. In addition, WCC speaker Imok Cha, who supports the conservation of Jeju, was denied entry into Korea. (Videos)

Environmentalist Pressure Leads Mexico to Cancel Baja California Megaproject

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By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers | Haiti Chery. Days before a global summit that would have focused attention on Baja California, Mexico’s president on Friday June 15 canceled a mammoth development (Cabo Cortes) project on the peninsula – next to a pristine coral reef – that had enraged environmental groups.

Fair Trade Business Is Growing, Part 2 – Surprisingly Robust Spanish Market

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By Inés Benítez, Tierramerica, IPS, Global Issues. The economic and financial crisis afflicting the European Union (EU) countries has scarcely affected the sales of fair-trade products in Spain, especially foods from Central and South America. (English | Spanish | Portuguese)

Fair Trade Business Is Growing, Part 1 – Argentinian Honey

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By Marcela Valente, IPS. A steady growth in export of fair-trade goods, including honey, from Argentina despite the global recession, is proving that socially and environmentally sustainable practices can be more than a refuge from external crises. (English | Spanish)

U.S. and Dominican Republic Killing Haitian Organic Egg, Poultry Production

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By Ronel Odatte (kft and rc), AlterPresse | Translation and editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Small farmers from Haiti’s Central Plateau are losing their livelihood due to a massive influx of eggs and poultry into the country from abroad; likewise farmers of freshwater fish from the same region are being driven to bankruptcy by a massive and incessant influx of fish from the Dominican Republic and United States. (English | French)

Latin-American Environmental Innovations for Clean Water, Fuel and Gold

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By Staff, with reporting by Milagros Salazar (Lima), Emilio Godoy (Mexico City) and Alice Marcondes (São Paulo), Tierramerica. Environmental innovation projects to obtain clean gold, fuel, and water demonstrate the capacity of Latin American researchers to develop solid virtuous circles.

Theory of Degrowth Questions Validity of Extractive Economy

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By Marcela Valente, Tierramerica | Rebelion. A number of Latin American countries have achieved economic growth by an extractivist model of production that increases the gross domestic product (GDP) at the cost of the intensive use of gradually exhausted natural resources such as: large-scaling mining with cyanide to cause major environmental impacts, or monoculture plantations for export, at the expense of diversified rural production.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame Rallies Support for World’s Small Farmers

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By Staff, The New Times | Paul Kagame et Kanayo F. Nwanze, Project Syndicate, with French translation by Michelle Flamand for Le Matin. “If the world is to meet the twin objectives of feeding the growing population and protecting the environment we will have to do what we know works… and that is: targeted support and investment in smallholder farming to raise agricultural productivity, contribute to food security and reduce poverty, while protecting our planet.” – Paul Kagame (English | French)

City Dwellers Flock to Raising Chickens | How to Raise Urban Chickens

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By Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute | Andrew Kalinchuk, Green Home Authority | You Tube | Haiti Chery. Grassroots campaigns, often inspired by the expanding movement to buy locally produced food, are leading United States municipalities to allow limited numbers of hens within city limits. You get fresh eggs pretty much on demand and know the chicks are raised in a supportive and loving environment.

Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango: Music and Dance

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | You Tube. Superb orchestral and dance performances of Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango. These are offered as a nod to the residents of Famatima and Chilecito whose protests have helped to save their lands and water from Canadian mining.

Sustainable Artisanal Fishing Could Boost Economy of Haiti’s South East

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By Joachim Dieudonne, Le Nouvelliste | Translated by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Artisanal fishing could be an almost inexhaustible wealth for the fishermen of southeast Haiti, but they feel unappreciated and complain of a lack of refrigeration and credit with which to buy simple devices to attract fish. They also increasingly express a need for devices to collect deep-sea fish.

Aid as a Trojan Horse: On the Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake

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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Long before the word sustainable became fashionable, before Henry David Thoreau noted that “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone,” there was Haiti. This article is dedicated to the unknown woman from a tent city who said into a TV camera “Pa bliye mwen” (Don’t forget me).