10 years after: the view from here, standing on the shoulders of giants

June 26, 2018 by  
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Revisiting the relevance of a world view based on respect for this planet and future generations in an age that continues to revere and depend on technology, the indigenous leaders who were involved with Hawaii’s initial clean energy and sustainability ambitions “talk story” about what’s happened over the past decade and offer their candid recommendations on what still needs to change. 

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Land fight could give tens of thousands of US Native Americans rights in Canada

February 22, 2018 by  
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A land battle in British Columbia could afford indigenous people residing in the United States rights in Canada . Rick Desautel, an American citizen who identifies as Sinixt, shot an elk in Canada 40 miles north of the border, and the British Columbian government decided to bring charges to court. While they lost an appeal in December, they filed papers last month to appeal again — but The Guardian said the fight could have the unintended consequence of giving Native Americans new rights . In 2010, Desautel shot an elk, dressed it, and packed the meat to his hunting camp in the western Canada forests. He called in the hunt to local conservation officers, and as a conservation officer himself, knew he’d receive tickets as an American citizen without permits to hunt in British Columbia, and then thought they’d be dropped. But the British Columbia government instead decided to take the charges to court. Over eight years, Desautel battled to show his indigenous heritage and right to hunt in the territory of his ancestors before country borders were drawn, according to The Guardian. Related: Tired of red tape, indigenous leaders are creating their own climate fund The Canadian government said the Sinixt First Nation went extinct in 1955, but Desautel identifies as one of the peoples whose territory once sprawled from Washington state into southern British Columbia. In March 2017, the court affirmed Desautel’s right to hunt in Canada and, according to The Guardian “restored the Sinixt’s legal status.” The British Columbia government seems to want to keep fighting with their appeals. But this case could have unexpected consequences. According to The Guardian, experts think the Desautel ruling might apply to tens of thousands of people living in America, giving them hunting and fishing rights in Canada. The Guardian said the British Columbia supreme court made the case about the border when they determined Desautel didn’t need to be a Canadian resident to be given hunting rights. The outlet said the United States-Canada border has acted as a barrier to recognizing the traditional lands of indigenous people. Desautel said of the border, “It cuts off my relationship to my ancestors. I can go just as far as the border. After that, [the government] says I have no more past.” Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons

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UNStudios striking Paris cultural center contorts for optimal daylight

February 22, 2018 by  
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UNStudio has unveiled competition-winning designs for Centre Culturel DédiéAu 7è Art, a new cultural center that eschews traditional building forms for a twisted, sculptural shape. The eye-catching building, which comprises a cinema and “cultural laboratory,” will become part of EuropaCity , a £2.74 billion tourism and leisure district masterplanned by BIG . Terraced green roofs will top UNStudio’s design to provide thermal insulation, while visually complementing BIG’s “rolling hills” next door. Clad in weathering steel , Centre Culturel is made up of three interconnected volumes that project into different directions. UNStudio describes the design as “a cinema that is designed to go beyond the black box by becoming interactive, social and above all, accessible.” To that end, the architects embrace both an indoor traditional cinema as well as outdoor screens placed on the side of the building and on the rooftop terraces. Restaurants, cafes, and panoramic views can also be enjoyed from the landscaped roofs. Related: BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris Film genres will dictate the organization of each of Centre Culturel DédiéAu 7è Art’s three volumes, which will also contain training and production studios. The center’s location and angular rooflines will be optimized for daylighting conditions. Wind studies will also inform the shape of the building. + UNStudio Via Dezeen UNStudio design images by Flying Architecture , EuropaCity masterplan by BIG

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This breezy bamboo amphitheater pops up in just 25 days

February 22, 2018 by  
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A beautiful bamboo amphitheater has risen in the lush tropics of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian studio Bambutec Design crafted the 2,150-square-foot structure with the help of computer modeling in addition to old-fashioned model making by hand. The Bamboo Amphitheater Space Structure was built for the green campus of the Pontifical Catholic University and was assembled in 25 working days. Set on the banks of the Rainha River and screened in by bamboo, this bamboo structure complements its verdant surroundings with its dark green roof and exposed bamboo frame. The 1.4-ton amphitheater was built atop a foundation previously designed by architect Carlos Pingarrilho. Low landscape impact was emphasized throughout the design and build process, which made use of mobile prefabricated modules, pantographic grids, textile membranes, and a mobile lifting device. The ultra-lightweight dome is anchored to the ground with reinforced concrete and six touch-down pylons. Related: Dumping ground reborn as a bamboo and rammed-earth community space in Vietnam “The dome employs a textile hybrid space structure formed by self-supporting treated bamboo bipods, tensile pantographic gridshells and self-stressed active bending beams, avoiding buckling of the structural members,” wrote the design team. “Gridshell modules were disposed discontinuously in overlapping steps 0.5m apart, allowing air circulation and natural lighting. Active bending beams and pantographic gridshells were subjected to prescribed external loads in a process of elastic deformation during assembly.” The project was inaugurated in 2014 and used to host events, shows, and lectures. + Bambutec Design Via ArchDaily Images via Bambutec Design

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Gold miners claim they butchered uncontacted Amazon tribe members in Brazil

September 11, 2017 by  
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Around 10 tribe members who had little to no contact with the outside world are now dead in Brazil . The uncontacted Amazon tribe members were collecting eggs by a river when it appears they encountered gold miners, who later boasted about the killings in a bar. Federal prosecutors have started an investigation, but the incident may reveal that dangers to endangered indigenous groups in the country are growing. The gold miners said they had to kill the uncontacted tribe members or be killed, according to Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior of Funai , the country’s agency on indigenous affairs. The killings reportedly happened last month, and were alleged to have taken place in the Javari Valley, Brazil’s second-biggest indigenous reserve. The gold miners had a hand-carved paddle they said came from the tribe, according to Funai. Related: Watch as Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes Contact With the Outside World for the First Time Sotto-Maior, who is the coordinator for recently contacted and uncontacted tribes, said, “It was crude bar talk. They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river.” Funai lodged a complaint with the Amazonas prosecutor’s office. Prosecutor Pablo Luz de Beltrand said he investigated a similar episode earlier this year. In February, uncontacted Indians were reported killed, and the case is open. Beltrand said, “It was the first time that we’d had this kind of case in the region. It’s not something that was happening before.” Brazil’s president Michel Temer ‘s government has reduced funding for indigenous affairs, and in April Funai shut down five of 19 bases they use to watch and protect isolated tribes. At other bases, they cut staffing. These bases are used to prevent invasions from miners and loggers, and connect with tribes that have recently been contacted. Sarah Shenker, senior campaigner with global indigenous rights group Survival International , said, “If the investigation confirms the reports, it will be yet another genocidal massacre resulting directly from the Brazilian government’s failure to protect isolated tribes – something that is guaranteed in the Constitution…When their land is protected, they thrive. When their land is invaded, they can be wiped out.” Via The New York Times Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Environmental activist Berta Cáceres found murdered in her home

March 4, 2016 by  
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Environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home this week by two gunmen . Cáceres, like many activists, knew that her work made her a target, and she had received numerous death threats during her fight to improve the planet and her country. While the crime was reported as a simple robbery, many believe that it was an assassination, possibly planned by the Honduran government. Read the rest of Environmental activist Berta Cáceres found murdered in her home

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Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

July 3, 2014 by  
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A controversial gas project recently approved by the Peruvian government has the potential to wipe out a group of uncontacted tribes who live in the area. Earth First Journal reports that Peru’s Ministry of Culture , which is responsible for protecting the country’s indigenous people, has approved a plan by three foreign oil and gas companies to do oil exploration on land just 100km from Machu Picchu, where 15 uncontacted tribes live in isolated regions of the Amazon Rainforest. Read the rest of Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camisea , exploration , gas , Indigenous , nahua , oil , peru , Pluspetrol , tribes , uncontacted , United Nations

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

August 2, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of 6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alberta Petrochemical Refinery , canadian tar sands , carbon emissions , Climate Change , environmental destruction , environmental disasters , First People , fossil fuels , global warming , Indigenous Canadians , keystone pipeline , Keystone XL Pipeline , oil , President Obama Keystone , tar sands , tar sands oil        

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UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Planted Like a Tree in the City

August 2, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of UrbanEden: Net-Zero Solar-Powered Home Planted Like a Tree in the City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , eco design , green design , modular design , net-zero prefab homes , prefab design , rooftop solar panels , solar decathlon 2013 , Solar Decathlon Team UNC Charlotte , solar powered homes , sustainable design , tiny homes , UrbanEden        

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11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 2, 2013 by  
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