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Category: Environmental Intelligence (Page 1 of 9)

How to Understand Interdependence, The Key to True Happiness

Be at Peace

Isn’t it intriguing that the definition of ecology reflects the natural principle of interconnectedness that lies at the very heart of many of the world’s wisdom traditions like Buddhism?

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines ecology as “the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.”

It appears that ecology and spirituality agree: we are all inextricably linked – for better or for worse.

We are not independent. What we think, say, and do has an impact. Is it a positive impact or a negative one? The choice is always yours.

According to the principle of interdependence, our impact is like a boomerang. Our actions go out and touch others, helping or harming. Then the impact bounces back to either harm or help us too. It’s impossible to escape the effects of our own actions. Therefore, your interest and my interest are intimately connected.

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What Are You Willing to Do To Save Another Person’s Life?

Grass, White Sands

“From one point of view, this 21st century is an amazing time. We have amazing technology and we enjoy the benefits of that technology. But from another point of view it’s a horrible time because we are actually destroying the very basis of our existence and survival – our environment. This is an utter contradiction.” – the Karmapa

If saving a life were as easy as giving up some of your creature comforts, would you do so?

You probably wouldn’t give it a second thought if the opportunity were right in front of you.  But for some reason, the reality of climate change remains abstract, unreal, or implausible for most people.

Eyes open or closed, the planet is heating up.  According to an article in the NY Times, by the year 2047,

“…for a given geographic area, ‘the coldest year in the future will be warmer than the hottest year in the past,’ said Camilo Mora, the lead scientist on a paper published in the journal Nature.”

And that means unimaginable human and environmental consequences.

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Celebrating the Magnificent Web of Life


I rarely listen to music, but one piece I love is I Giorni by the Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi.  The story and song behind the composition makes it all the more hauntingly beautiful.

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Why Honolulu Made Me Depressed



Dwarfed by the thunderous roar of the elevated freeway, I felt an urge to jump on a return flight. A busy metropolis, Honolulu instantly overwhelmed me with its overcrowded, unending expanse of concrete and construction juxtaposed against an innocent sky, sea, and smattering of proud peaks.  Houses, stacked one just above and behind the other, tightly lined every hillside.  High risers dotted the stuffed lowlands.

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The Incredible Impact of Buying Shoes

According to Planet Shoes, it can take 1,000 years for the sole of a typical shoe to fully degrade.

1,000 years! Let that sink in and stir you up.

Knowing this puts an entirely different spin on buying footwear. At least, for me.

No more popping into a shop and picking up whatever strikes my fancy. Now, it takes time, research, and thought.

But, the process can be simplified if you have a helpful information resource and take to a reliable, eco-friendly brand or two.

Planet Shoes is one place that offers a simple guide to sustainable shoe facts. The online store provides:

  • a list 40 “Eco Brands” (see warning below);
  • A list of “Eco Logical Materials”.

But buyer beware. Here are 4 factors to consider when you are seeking less environmental impact from your footgear.

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Bee Wise

My neighbor’s honey bees have died.  All of them.

She said, in a friendly, but sarcastic tone, “Don’t worry, we won’t have bees but we’ll all have cell phones.”

There is a fantastic die off of bees all around the world, which could have a dramatic impact on the production of fruits and vegetables that require pollination.

In her article, A World Without Bees, timethief reports:

“Can you imagine a world without bees? Entomologists are studying the reasons behind an enormous bee die off.  They call it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and if they cannot find a solution the 80% of fruits and vegetables that require pollination may not make it to market.   Places bees can forage for pollen without being poisoned by pesticides have dramatically declined, and the cause of CCD appears to be related to diseases from pesticides, but no one is certain.”

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