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Summer 2012

December 2011

New Capsule Story

August 2011

New Capsule Story

  • Indonesia – Borneo – Restoring a Rainforest – An orangutan rescue project provides valuable lessons for re-creating a rainforest.

New Links:

  • Next World TV – Large collection of videos on environmental topics.
  • GroundRoots – A compilation of stories about water, land, waste, climate, and economics from a citizen journalist.

March 2011

New Ecotipping Point Publications:

New Capsule Story

  • USA – Alaska – Denali BioTechnologies – Valuable wild blueberries are harvested on deforested land, providing good nutrition and an economic boost to remote villages.

New Links:

  • Ecodana – A non-profit social enterprise that supports green solutions to poverty issues in developing countries. Ecodana uses crowd-funding to support specific small grassroots sustainable projects in partnership with local NGO’s.
  • Sahaja Samrudha – A grassroots organization working closely with the rural community in South India. Sahaja has revived many traditional seed varieties, established a seed savers network, and runs a successful organic producers company.
  • Teaching Kids About Water Conservation – A collection of resources for educators

January 2011

New In-depth Story

  • GermanyFreiburg – Improving sustainability with transportation, energy, waste management, land conservation, and a green economy.

December 2010

New In-depth Story

  • Mexico – Oaxaca – Community Reforestation in the Mixteca Region – The Center for Integrated Farmer Development recently won the Goldman prize for reforesting highly eroded lands and rescuing the traditional sustainable agriculture of the region.

Read our In-depth story follow-up reports:

  1. Follow-up report on pesticides in Andhra Pradesh documents how non-pesticidal management spread to over 3,000 villages (Replications of Punukula Example to Other Villages in Andhra Pradesh, India).
  2. Replication of Apo Island’s Example to Other Villages in the Philippines
  3. Summary of Reconnaissance for an In-Depth Study of Agroforestry and Community Forests in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
  4. Report on field visits to Yadfon Association’s working areas in Trang Province, Thailand



August 2010

New Video

  • Watershed Restoration with Agroforestry and Community Forest Management in Nakhon Sawan Province, Thailand. The adoption of agroforestry farming and communally-managed forests empower impoverished villagers to optimize their resources, both natural and human. Watch a 14-minute video
  • India – Rajasthan – Water Warriors: Restoring Traditional Earthen Dams for Rainwater Harvesting and Groundwater Replenishment – Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting dams recharges the aquifer, transforming a drought-ridden landscape. Watch a 11-minute video

New Stories

  • ChinaBiogas – Millions of rural households in China have switched to homemade biogas for cooking, with far-reaching environmental and social benefits.
  • Germany – Feldheim – Energy independent community. A community becomes completely energy independent with wind, biogas, and solar.
  • ChinaLeadership Training and Cooperation for Sustainable Community Development – The Harmony Foundation of Canada educates Chinese mayors and community residents for sustainable development.
  • Dominican RepublicSolar Based Rural Electrification – Small-scale enterprises for rural electrification with solar panels begin in the Dominican Republic and spread through Latin America and other parts of the world.
  • PeruMicro-Hydro Power – Isolated communities on the eastern slopes of the Andes achieve electrification with small hydroelectric generators in rivers and streams.

February 2010

January 2010

October-December 2009

  • New York City Video – Community gardens in New York City reversed a vicious cycle of urban decay, crime-ridden empty lots, neglect, and population flight, while producing food, flowers, and wildlife habitat. These gardens nourished the bodies and souls of 800 neighborhoods, and inspired urban community gardening across the nation. Watch a 12-minute video
  • How Success Works – This lesson uses six flagship case studies, dealing with a range of environmental concerns, to identify ingredients for success that they hold in common. How Success Works is an ideal lesson to teach about paradigms of success and the concept of EcoTipping points within science, social studies, or English classes. Students see 5-10 minute videos, read short case studies, identify ingredients for success in each case, and review the ingredients with a teacher-led PowerPoint. Students can also use fill-in diagrams to map out vicious and virtuous cycles in the stories. The cases can be used individually or as a group depending on teaching goals. All stories come with front-loaded vocabulary to help student comprehension and provide one tool for assessment. See Lesson Plan and Instructional Materials

September 2009

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