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TED Tuesday: Restoring a rainforest July 7, 2009

Filed under: ecology,forest,human interference,rtr09,TED — Radiance @ 12:00 AM

I have written about the speaker, Willie Smits, and his incredible work in sustainably replanting the rainforests in Samboja Listaria before. It was in connection with the RTR09 fundraising campaign that I was volunteer blogging for at the time. I had watched this talk that time but I didn’t start the TED Tuesday till much later. So today I’m sharing that fascinating talk with my readers. And also a few words from my previous post about him,

What made Dr. Smitts stand out as different from others for me was his reaction to the audience’s claps when he mentioned that there were a 1000 Orang-utans in the conservation centre he ran. The audience found this an impressive achievement and began clapping. Dr. Smitt immediately interrupted, “No, no, no! Wrong!!! This is an indication of our failure to sustain their natural habitat.” This told me that here was someone who really cared about the ecosystem and not about his achievements in saving it.

 

By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.

 

RTR 09 Twitter mate of the week: TreeBanker June 13, 2009

Filed under: rtr09 — Radiance @ 12:00 AM
[Image source: Linda MB Hughes]
If my readers go back about a couple months into my blog archives, they would find that I participated in a campaign as a volunteer blogger. The campaign is ‘Replanting the rainforests’ (RTR09) initiated by the EcoPreservation Society and TreeBanking LLC as a 10 year project for sustainable replantation of rainforests around the globe. The first phase of this campaign finished a few days after the Earth Day (22nd April 2009). Now we’re gearing up for a more forceful second phase and the bloggers are teaming up. The facilitator of the online presence and influence of this campaign, Linda MB Hughes, is spotlighting one blogger each week on her blog. I started this blog post category in order to post the links to all ‘Twitter mate of the week’ posts on Linda’s blog each week as one consolidated post on my blog. I have done this so far for two previous mates, Sandip Sen and Radiance (yours truly).

However, we’re deviating a little from the pattern this week. The reason for this is that TreeBanker (Dan Tefft) has featured on Linda’s blog earlier. However, recently he was unfortunate prey to some technical glitch over at Twitter, which made his 25K-follower strong account disappear. So he was featured once again in order to get the word out about his (and his partner, Jocelyne Grzela-Tefft’s) other whereabouts on the web2.0. So click on the link above, read about them and their raiforest replantation projects and become a part of our team!

Update: I would like to point out a very pleasent recent development that Dan’s original Twitter account, that had disappeared mysteriously some days back, has been restored just in time for this post. YAY!!!

 

RTR 09 Twitter mate of the week: Radiance June 6, 2009

Filed under: rtr09 — Radiance @ 12:00 AM
[Image source: Linda MB Hughes]
If my readers go back about a couple months into my blog archives, they would find that I participated in a campaign as a volunteer blogger. The campaign is ‘Replanting the rainforests’ (RTR09) initiated by the EcoPreservation Society and TreeBanking LLC as a 10 year project for sustainable replantation of rainforests around the globe. The first phase of this campaign finished a few days after the Earth Day (22nd April 2009). Now we’re gearing up for a more forceful second phase and the bloggers are teaming up. The facilitator of the online presence and influence of this campaign, Linda MB Hughes, is spotlighting one blogger each week on her blog. I will be posting the links to all the posts related ‘Twitter mate of the week’ each week as one consolidated post on my blog tomake it easier for my readers to follow the person.
This weeks ‘Twitter mate of the week’ is Radiance (yours truly).
Monday question: Has the economic crisis in western countries affected your daily life?
Tuesday question: What do you think will be necessary to move the global economy forward?
Wednesday question: Describe a typical day in your life.
Thursday question: How does American politics affect your daily life, if at all?
Friday question: What do you want to tell Americans about your perceptions of life on the planet?
 

RTR 09 Twitter mate of the week: Sandip Sen May 30, 2009

Filed under: rtr09 — Radiance @ 12:00 AM
[Image source: Linda MB Hughes]
If my readers go back about a couple months into my blog archives, they would find that I participated in a campaign as a volunteer blogger. The campaign is ‘Replanting the rainforests’ (RTR09) initiated by the EcoPreservation Society and TreeBanking LLC as a 10 year project for sustainable replantation of rainforests around the globe. The first phase of this campaign finished a few days after the Earth Day (22nd April 2009). Now we’re gearing up for a more forceful second phase and the bloggers are teaming up. The facilitator of the online presence and influence of this campaign, Linda MB Hughes, is spotlighting one blogger each week on her blog. I will be posting the links to all the posts related ‘Twitter mate of the week’ each week as one consolidated post on my blog tomake it easier for my readers to follow the person.
This weeks ‘Twitter mate of the week’ is Sandip Sen.
Monday question: Has the economic crisis in western countries affected your daily life?
Tuesday question: What do you think will be necessary to move the global economy forward?
Wednesday question: Describe a typical day in your life.
Thursday question: How does American politics affect your daily life, if at all?
Friday question: What do you want to tell Americans about your perceptions of life on the planet?
 

$10 for a sustainable future April 20, 2009

Filed under: animals,earth,forest,future,rtr09 — Radiance @ 10:17 AM
So far I’ve written 11 blog posts for the ‘Replanting the rainforests’ (RTR09) campaign by Eco Preservation society that aims towards sustainable management of replanted rainforests. The campaign started about 3 weeks back with the aim of raising $100K towards the abovementioned goal and culminates 4 days after the Earth Day on 26th April. The material I wrote about touched upon various aspects of the campaign ranging from why there is an urgent need for action, what are the methods employed for sustained management of the replanted forests and what other conservation projects (saving near-extinct species) it will support. There is much more that can be written about the topic of conservation and its need.
The importance of the rainforests to our planet cannot be justified enough. They’re the lungs of Earth in a reverse sense that they absorb about fifth of the carbon emissions pumped out by humans. Creating “dis-incentives” for tropical deforestation will help sustain those forests which in turn will help us combat the rapid climate change that the planet is experiencing currently. In spite of all the benefits the planet and humans have from them, rainforests are in crisis today. The reasons for deforestation are varied and their plight is grave. People predominantly grow commercially viable plants, like Palm trees for their oil, in the rainforest area which disrupts the balance of this delicate ecological system. Fate of some really unfortunate forests, like those of the Amazon, is now deemed irreversible. The green house gases emitted by our industrialised civilisation are making the matters worse. The scientists are now conceding that the Earth is most likely facing the 6th mass extinction which will see almost half of the known species of flora and fauna disappear in the next century.
However, all is not lost yet if we wake up on time and take action. We need to find solutions to the problems we created on this beautiful planet. And more and more people are coming up with some great solutions. Replanting the deforested areas is one of the solutions that have been around for a while. However, what is needed is sustainably managed rainforests which will only be possible with the involvement of locals in the affected areas. Important people like the Prince of Wales are now involved in this process and making the populace sit up and take notice. There’s also some hope for the Amazonian rainforests after the scientists revised their estimates of ‘irreversible fate’ for them. However, all these projects can only go ahead with sufficient financial support. It is important that ‘we the people’ start taking an initiative and provide strong financial support for such work. Instead of depending on a few thousand politicians and bureaucrats around the world, let us, the rest of the 6 billion, take action. $10 from each one of us will ensure a huge investment for our future on this ‘little blue planet’ while not asking too much from us. Give a gift of $10 (using the Chip-in widget in right hand column on my blog or RTR09 website) to your planet and secure your and your children’s future! Lets reach the mark of $100K in next 2 days and show our solidarity towards our world.
Planet Earth, your children and I thank you profusely for your contribution!
 

RTR 09 overview series: Projects undertaken April 15, 2009

Filed under: animals,ecology,forest,human interference,rtr09 — Radiance @ 9:04 AM

Continuing on from last two days, today we come to the last segment that gives overview of the 2009 Earth Day pilot projects undertaken by EPS. Each of the projects is connected to the critical issues identified and employs unique methods to achieve the goal.

· Reforestation of Borneo rainforests for saving the habitats of endangered Orang-utans
· Reforestation in Costa Rica (Playa el Rey) to provide adequate habitat for its endangered Mono titi monkeys
· Reforestation in Belize rainforests to save the Jaguar habitat

Hence all three projects will employ similar methods, such as Tree avalanching, ecological forestry etc., to achieve slightly different goals. The basic idea behind these reforestations is to give back the endangered species their habitat. Loss of favourable habitat is one of the foremost reasons for dwindling numbers of these species. Hence, RTR 09 campaign aims to raise $1M by Earth day (April 22nd, 2009) in order to undertake sustainably managed reforestation at these locations around the world. It is called ‘Give a gift to your planet’ because this is the least we can do to present something valuable to our mother Earth on her birthday, the Earth day. So I sincerely request all my readers to donate at least $10 each toward this great cause. This will also be an investment for your children’s future!

 

RTR 09 overview series: Methods employed April 14, 2009

Filed under: ecology,forest,rtr09 — Radiance @ 8:58 AM
Yesterday we saw what critical issues have been recognized for RTR 09 that need urgent attention. The one needs to invent or research methods that will help improve the conditions. Eco Preservation Society (EPS) has managed many successful campaigns/projects using their distinctive methods for years.
· The main focus of RTR 09 (and all EPS reforestation projects) is sustainable management of permanent rainforest habitats. This is different from other reforestations which do not have a long-term goal of sustaining what has been planted.
· In order to save majority of the rainforests exist today, locals in Papua New Guinea have been introduced to ‘ecological forestry’ and educated in the benefits of rainforests to the planet and to themselves. Involvement of locals is essential in long-term sustainability of the ecosystem.
· Tree avalanching has been described as “the financial engine to reforest the planet” and is a technique regularly employed by EPS for rejuvenating the rainforests in crisis. This approach redirects the financial revenue from reforestation towards multiplying the resources and acquiring more land for forestation.
· One of the great examples of how our ancestors had knowledge that can be a solution to problems today is the rediscovery of Biochar/Agrichar technique. This carbon-negative soil-enhancer was used in the ancient El Dorado to raise crops in a naturally mineral-poor soil.

Each of the above mentioned methods are unique in their own sense, very different in approaching the problem and finding the solution. These methods have been effectively used in many areas by EPS. Tomorrow I will give you a brief overview of some of their projects. I’ve already introduced you to them individually in my earlier posts. But this time you will get to see the coherent, whole picture.