The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: NGOs aren’t the only ones working to save the Amazon

The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: NGOs aren’t the only ones working to save the Amazon

Photo © Antonio Briceño Click here to find the previous installment of the Nature Needs Half Field Guide to the Kayapo Project. This is the fifth installment of a five-part series featuring a partner project in the Nature Needs Half Network. Each installment will run weekly, and every month we will spotlight a different member of the Network to reveal how their work is connecting nature across the planet for the benefit of all life on Earth and to ensure that we achieve our goal of 50% protected by 2050. For more information about this project, please contact jackieb@natureneedshalf.org Summary: For the past fifteen years, Flashbay has been an environmentally minded company that specializes in manufacturing custom-brand promotional technology products. Now, they are taking on a new project. Hear from them about why they have chosen to help save one of the world’s last truly wild places: the Amazon rain forest.  Our Flashbay Family is passionate about helping to conserve the most valuable natural habitat on our planet: the Amazon rainforest. After very careful analysis of a multitude of non-governmental initiatives on conservation in this part of the world, the WILD Foundation’s approach stood out as the most common-sense based strategy. It recognizes the irrefutable connection between the forest and its indigenous inhabitants. In other words, long-term rainforest conservation can only be realistically sustained when taking a holistic view, incorporating the survival of rainforest habitat with direct support for its tribal people, at least wherever they still live. The Brazilian Constitution of 1988 effectively recognized indigenous people’s rights to practice their customs without pressure or outside interference to assimilate or integrate into mainstream Brazilian society. Article...

“The ‘future of conservation’ debate: Defending ecocentrism and the Nature Needs Half movement”

Originally published by Biological Conservation By Helen Kopnina, Haydn Washington, Joe Gray, Bron Taylor Abstract The Future of Conservation survey, launched in March 2017, has proposed a framework to help with interpreting the array of ethical stances underpinning the motivations for biological conservation. In this article we highlight what is missing in this debate to date. Our overall aim is to explore what an acceptance of ecocentric ethics would mean for how conservation is practised and how its policies are developed. We start by discussing the shortcomings of the survey and present a more convincing and accurate categorization of the conservation debate. Conceiving the future of conservation as nothing less than an attempt to preserve abundant life on earth, we illustrate the strategic and ethical advantage of ecocentric over anthropocentric approaches to conservation. After examining key areas of the current debate we endorse and defend the Nature Needs Half and bio-proportionality proposals. These proposals show how the acceptance of an ecocentric framework would aid both practices and policies aimed at promoting successful conservation. We conclude that these proposals bring a radically different and more effective approach to conservation than anthropocentric approaches, even though the latter purport to be pragmatic. Read the full journal...
The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: The Amazon is calling, will you pick up?

The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: The Amazon is calling, will you pick up?

Photo © Rodrigo Salles, Untamed Angling Click here to find the previous installment of the Nature Needs Half Field Guide to the Kayapo Project. This is the fourth installment of a five-part series featuring a partner project in the Nature Needs Half Network. Each installment will run weekly, and every month we will spotlight a different member of the Network to reveal how their work is connecting nature across the planet for the benefit of all life on Earth and to ensure that we achieve our goal of 50% protected by 2050. For more information about this project, please contact jackieb@natureneedshalf.org Summary: Who does the Amazon belong to? As of this moment, the Kayapo steward much of the land there, but illegal industries are threatening to destroy this irreplaceable habitat that houses a third of Earth’s plants and animals. And that has consequences for all of us. If they Kayapo are to succeed, they need our help. Discover how you can become a part of the international team strengthening Kayapo territory and preserving the life-giving rainforest for all life on Earth. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey You wish to fill your belly so you head outside the protective ring of the village, down to where the land ends until you can go no further. Standing on the shore of the great river, its waters lapping against your bare toes, you face the current. You notice the fallen fragments of the forest, swift and glittering, sailing downstream before they vanish from your view altogether. Then you draw your weapon. Maybe it’s a...
The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: The secret to saving the rainforest? Hint: It’s smaller than you think.

The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: The secret to saving the rainforest? Hint: It’s smaller than you think.

Photo © Cristina Mittermeier Click here to find the previous installment of the Nature Needs Half Field Guide to the Kayapo Project. This is the third installment of a five-part series featuring a partner project in the Nature Needs Half Network. Each installment will run weekly, and every month we will spotlight a different member of the Network to reveal how their work is connecting nature across the planet for the benefit of all life on Earth and to ensure that we achieve our goal of 50% protected by 2050. For more information about this project, please contact jackieb@natureneedshalf.org Summary: Where do you find your power and independence? The Kayapo find theirs beneath the rainforest canopy. In this installment of the Nature Needs Half Field Guide to the Kayapo Project, discover how the gifts of nature can revive the autonomy of an entire culture.    In Kayapo lands, everyone knows the shape of the universe. It’s a wasp’s nest. No one has actually seen it of course. Nothing like that has happened since the time of the ancestors. In those days, before men descended to Earth on a rope cast through an opening in the bottom of the heavens, they gazed across the cosmos and noticed that it was a circle comprised of many delicate layers. Since then their children and their children’s children have guarded the memory of the ancestors’ knowledge in the shapes they fashion from day-to-day. See the sun-like corona of the men’s feathered headdresses? Notice the fields, round as a woman’s pregnant belly? And what about the villages themselves, with buildings carefully arranged in rings...
The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: Kayapo Prowess – Could you defend a rainforest from deforestation without an iPhone?

The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: Kayapo Prowess – Could you defend a rainforest from deforestation without an iPhone?

Photo © Martin Schoeller Find the first installment of the Nature Needs Half Field Guide to the Kayapo Project here. This is the second installment of a five-part series featuring a partner project in the Nature Needs Half Network. Each installment will run weekly, and every month we will spotlight a different member of the Network to reveal how their work is connecting nature across the planet for the benefit of all life on Earth and to ensure that we achieve our goal of 50% protected by 2050.   For more information about this project, please contact jackieb@natureneedshalf.org Summary:  A picture may be worth a thousand words but what if the picture is misleading and the words are inaccurate? In this installment of the Nature Needs Half Field Guide to the Kayapo Project, we get at the stunning truth that energizes the resilience and unwavering will of Chief Raoni and the Kayapo people to protect their land at all costs. Without the assistance of modern technology, Chief Raoni is relying on the help of NGOs. But attracting the attention of world leaders and experienced conservationists is difficult in the middle of a rainforest. How the Kayapo developed and sustain outside alliances is a critical component of their success and the subject of this blog.   When we left off last week, we had just begun to discuss the Kayapo’s incredible ability to leverage traditional skills and knowledge to defend their home and the rainforest from an amoral and technologically advanced foe. Given that information, few things could be more certain than the courage, resolve, and strategic sophistication of the Kayapo people...
The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: Traditional Cultures & NGOs Ally To Prevent The Wholesale Deforestation Of The Rainforest

The Field Guide to Nature Needs Half: Traditional Cultures & NGOs Ally To Prevent The Wholesale Deforestation Of The Rainforest

Photo © Cristina Mittermeier This is the first installment of a five-part series featuring a partner project in the Nature Needs Half Network. Each installment will run weekly, and every month we will spotlight a different member of the Network to reveal how their work is connecting nature across the planet for the benefit of all life on Earth and to ensure that we achieve our goal of 50% protected by 2050. For more information about this project, please contact jackieb@natureneedshalf.org Summary: The 8,000 strong Kayapo tribe are fighting valiantly to defend 11 million acres of rainforest from the total destruction caused by illegal mining and logging operations. Against the odds, they are succeeding, but only with the international support provided by outside NGOs. The Nature Needs Half Network prioritizes bringing greater attention to the efforts of Indigenous people to preserve and defend their home ecology and programs that defend large landscapes, protecting nature at the scale she needs to continue to function on our behalf.   In 1954, somewhere beneath the Amazon’s vast rainforest canopy, a meeting occurred between three men that would change the course of history for an entire culture and the living lands that this culture had defended for centuries. Two of the men were brothers, Cláudio and Leonardo Villas-Bôas. Both were citizens of Brazil entrusted by their government with a vital economic mission: the penetration of the tropical forests to prune from the densely living undergrowth areas wide enough for the construction of roads and airfields. The brothers, though unambiguous emissaries of the industrialized world, were nevertheless singular in their compassion for the Indigenous...
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