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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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).