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PRACTICA INGLES CON ONE TO ONE PERU – ECO NEWS & INVENTIONS 2011 / NOTICIAS E INVENCIONES ECOLOGICAS 2011

PUT A GREEN IN YOUR DIET – Raising animals for food contributes substantially to global warming  And is responsible for more water pollution, topsoil depletion, deforestation, and wildlife destruction than any other human activity. Senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld reported that the meat industry is “one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems.”  Additionally, raising and feeding farmed animals wastes crops that could be fed to humans, furthering global malnourishment and starvation. Fortunately, making vegan choices allows us to begin tackling these complex problems, while improving our personal health and reducing our contribution to animal exploitation.

 Numerous studies indicate that switching to a vegan diet can cut out 90% of the total emissions your eating habits contribute to global warming, while,  according to data by University of Pittsburg, the average American diet to all-local foods will only reduce this number by 4%! An effective long-term solution to these multiple global crises must include a transition to plant-based diets of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains.  So what you’re waiting for, cut proteins and add more green daily in your diet, be ECO-RESPONSIBLE!

DOWN WITH PLASTIC – Ban disposable water bottles new Eco invention

 And encourage reusables by offering mobile refillable stations such as Water on Wheels company. Ideal for festivals and outdoor events, the tented, fully staffed WOWs hook up to an exsiting water main to help keep guests hydrated. The popular four-spout model handily quenches the thirst of 5,000 people refilling their water containers over a 12-hour period. Arrange for biodegradable drinking cups or sale/giveaway of reusable event-branded canteens. Water On Wheels mobile units encourage reusable bottle refills.

A solution to reverse Africa’s growing deserts – Groasis, an ingenious passive ‘water incubator’ collects dew drops, making reforestation in barren lands possible.

 The most sophisticated “green” technology on the planet is the humble tree. Trees sequester carbon, fix nitrogen into the soil, create organic compost, prevent erosion and encourage rain, while providing sustainable crops, shape, lumber and even fuel. The single most important activity on the planet (I believe) is planting trees, but there is a problem.  Reforestation efforts in denuded lands such as Africa, Mexico, India and China have never been taken seriously as a means to abate climate change because young saplings are very difficult to establish. They take a lot of water and require regular maintenance — two things that are in scarce supply in precisely the regions where they are needed most. But what if there were a device that eliminated those risks? The Groasis Waterboxx. This simple passive water-harvesting device takes advantage of one attribute that most deserts have — a major temperature differential between night and day.

 Dew is created at night when the tiny amount of moisture in the air condenses on semi-permeable surfaces like leaves. As soon as the sun rises, the dew quickly burns off and returns back to the air. But the ingenious little Waterboxx channels the dew to a collection tank where it helps the young roots of a sapling get established.  Eventually the roots become strong enough to seek their own water deep underground. Pieter Hoff, the Dutch inventor of the Waterboxx, recently completed a study in a desert in Morocco. The results were astonishing. With next to no care whatsoever, 100 percent of the trees in a Groasis Waterboxx survived, and nearly 90 percent were thriving. Contrast that with a standard tree-planting effort in which only 10 percent of the trees survived. Likened to a “water battery,” the Waterboxx is a passive drip irrigation system, slowly wicking a trickle of the water it collects into the tree’s fledgling root system.

Bolivia Set to pass Historic ‘Law of Mother Earth’ Which Will
Grant Nature Equal Rights to Humans

 With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction. The law redefines natural resources as blessings and confers the same rights to nature as to human beings, including: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered. Perhaps the most controversial point is the right “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities”.

In late 2005 Bolivia elected its first indigenous president, Evo Morales, an outspoken champion for environmental protection, petitioning for substantive change within his country and at the United Nations. Bolivia, one of South America’s poorest countries, has long had to contend with the consequences of destructive industrial practices and climate change, but despite the best efforts of Morales and members of his administration, their concerns have largely been ignored at the UN.  Just last year, in 2010, Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca expressed his distress“about the inadequacy of the greenhouse gas reduction commitments made by developed countries in the Copenhagen Accord.” An increase of temperature of more than one degree above pre-industrial levels would result in the disappearance of our glaciers in the Andes, and the flooding of various islands and coastal zones.”

Bolivia’s successes or failures with implementation may well inform the policies of countries around the world. “It’s going to have huge resonance around the world,” said Canadian activist Maude Barlow. “It’s going to start first with these southern countries trying to protect their land and their people from exploitation, but I think it will be grabbed onto by communities in our countries, for example, fighting the tarsands in Alberta.”  Ecuador has enshrined similar aims in its Constitution, and is among the countries that have already shown support for the Bolivian initiative. Other include Nicaragua, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda – BUENA EVO, WE APLAUDE YOU………READ MORE AND LEAVE US YOUR VALUABLE COMMENTS HERE OR BY CLICKING IN THE FOLLOWING LINK:  www.onetooneperu.org 

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